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Re: Compensations

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Lawrence Upton <[log in to unmask]>

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Poetryetc: poetry and poetics

Date:

Mon, 18 Aug 2014 11:47:28 +0100

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Noted! I heard an outtake from Robin Williams at the comedy store in
London. Anyway astronauts in the space station as WWIII starts. One says
something like "Did you hear a noise?"   I don't normally laugh at RW but
the timing was just right then

L


On 17 August 2014 03:12, Bill Wootton <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Perhaps, L, it is only no postings from Raynes Park which will indicate
> eradication of the British Isles. With Pat on hols this week, I'd watch out
> if I were you.
>
> Bill
>
>
> On 15/08/2014, at 2:05 AM, Lawrence Upton wrote:
>
> > It has been claimed, and denied, that the failure of BBC's Radio 4 Today
> > programme (6 a.m. - 9 a.m.) to broadcast would be taken as an alert
> signal
> > for UK's Trident submarines, suggesting that UK had been "taken out"
> >
> > I wonder if the Captain of HMS Teapot ever worries that postings on
> > PoetryEtc have dropped: "not much poetry coming out of the UK - little
> bit
> > from Raynes Park and that's it - I do hope they're all right. Keep an eye
> > on it Number One. If there's nothing next time we check, maybe we ought
> to
> > consider lobbing one towards Moscow"
> >
> > (HMS Teapot is cartoonist Steve Bell's name for a UK expeditionary
> > force.Teapot it was which went to the Falklands)
> >
> > L
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > On 13 August 2014 11:33, Max Richards <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> >
> >> poetryetc at this time of year is always quiet, I seem to remember -
> >>
> >> holiday and travel time for the northern hemisphere...
> >>
> >> Otherwise I expect by now someone would have wondered aloud whether
> >> pouchily
> >> and
> >> springlessly
> >> were maybe uncomfortable coinages from Bill.
> >> But let them pass...
> >>
> >> I have some difficulty with eye sockets changing
> >> probably because for me a socket is made of bone.
> >> The turn at line nine is welcome, yet -
> >> eight lines of 'concreteness' seem to me to call for a turn
> >> that does not lapse into a big abstraction -
> >> Hopkins poems have similar problems shifting from the experiential to
> the
> >> abstract.
> >> Is there a way for 'beauty' to be held over until we can sense what
> might
> >> bring it to mind.
> >> Lines ten to twelve don't quite do this.
> >> Choughs? fussing and fossicking?
> >> sinister birds with sharp beaks.
> >> For you, Bill, but not for me.
> >>
> >> (Earlier today in the park I noticed a dead magpie - handsome but very
> >> dead.)
> >>
> >> Oddly I am about to post a verse snap with 'beauty' in it.
> >>
> >> Max in Melbourne
> >>
> >> On 13 Aug 2014, at 8:04 am, Bill Wootton <[log in to unmask]>
> wrote:
> >>
> >>> Compensations
> >>>
> >>> Cheeks hang baggy.
> >>> Face spills onto pillow.
> >>> Eye sockets fold and droop
> >>> forgetting former close bone cling
> >>>
> >>> Skin sags pouchily from shoulder
> >>> bone, as if from Brahman cow.
> >>> Muscles think before flexing,
> >>> withdraw springlessly.
> >>>
> >>> Yet beauty still bounces,
> >>> choughs fuss and fossick.
> >>> And tonight - so they say,
> >>> The moon will be Super.
> >>>
> >>> bw
> >>
> >
>

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