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Re: Offshooting

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Patrick McManus <[log in to unmask]>

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Poetryetc: poetry and poetics

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Wed, 21 Jan 2015 09:56:30 -0000

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Hey you old snobs 'popular' is that at dirty word? Must confess to enjoying the Da Vinci Thingy!I seem to remember reading an old Bertrand Russell  about having as many enthusiasm as possible -even perhaps including such Kitschy mass hysteria stuff as 'poetry' Prynne dogs cats old buildings etc 
hey one of our popular cultural delights has just bitten the dust Sun 'Page three girls' which seemed to be adverts about breast feeding?my transport café will never be the same
Just been saddened seeing 'Spirit of 45' how did it all get to todays disaster back to the 1930s
Well enough hackles raised cheers P old popster

-----Original Message-----
From: Poetryetc: poetry and poetics [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Bill Wootton
Sent: 21 January 2015 07:00
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: Offshooting

Thanks Max, Andrew, Doug, Barry. 

Barry, I had thought to examine more seriously what passes for public approbation. Maybe another time. I take your point. Could the public get it right sometimes, even by accident? My first effort was set out in tercet form and concluded:

Floating with the current
provides false momentum.
Celebrate tributariness.

But when I looked again, I found a sort of rhyme in the beginning so went the jolly couplet route, recalling dimly, advice from you, Doug, that if you start with a particular feature, best not to drop it without good cause. Andrew, I was happy with reno's/predisposed. Max, I meant that beforehand and even after the fact, I'm still unpersuaded by the merits of such shows. Perhaps it does clunk a bit. The Morry, Max was a front-wheel drive Morris 1100. And it seemed insular to choose either of the then locally manufactured majors. The Morry was almost exotic as I shunted it into the drive-in at Bulleen. 

Re 'mission statement', I see redundancy already. Run, Max. Perhaps junk Strunk and admit to being a White man?

Cheers,
Bill



> On 21 Jan 2015, at 9:02 am, Max Richards <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> 
> If I say I enjoy this, Bill, and I do, it s partly because I used to 
> write light verse like this a lot.
> 
> (Then, I may seem to be implying,
> I grew out of it!)(except I didn t)
> 
> Funny how some examples are world-wide matters, others rather local.
> I have to say the only front-drive car I m aware of is the VW beetle, 
> but some time, let me know if Morry = Morris (hardly an abbreviation).
> (and wasn t it your instinct to choose the MORE insular?)
> 
> This may lead to a competition -
> I bet I missed more mainstream stuff than you - The Godfather, now, 
> one day I will catch up with it.
> The Labor Party line is the quirkiest - I know of at least three LPs 
> that have gone to seed, or lost their whatever, but this was part of 
> their converging on the centre, I think.
> Oh, I see, so you found another leftwing party? but aren t naming it  
>  neither post  isn t clicking for me.
> 
> best for now from Max in Seattle
> 
> (where the life-writing group I joined examined everyone s 
> two-sentence  mission statement  in detail, in turn, mine last, the 
> longest, and I had to let them take it part, rewrite it, junk most of 
> it, so that it ended up as pinched and flat as their own efforts. Our 
> tutor swears by Strunk&White.)
> 
> 
>> On Jan 21, 2015, at 7:29 AM, Bill Wootton <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> 
>> Offshooting
>> 
>> Veer clear of the middle is my mantra. 
>> When mates downed Coke, I sipped Fanta.
>> 
>> Beatles favourites: John or Paul? 
>> I went George; Love is all. 
>> 
>> No Ford or Holden my first car. 
>> A front-drive Morry - less insular.
>> 
>> Football? Cricket? Too mainstream.
>> Joined the junior volleyball team.
>> 
>> Don't watch The Wire or Game of Thrones.
>> Even The Sopranos got postponed.
>> 
>> Still yet to put myself through Jaws
>> or submit to Star Wars' laser sword.
>> 
>> The Da Vinci Code I will not read.
>> And The Labor Party has gone to seed.
>> 
>> To cooking shows and housing reno's
>> I'm neither post nor pre-disposed. 
>> 
>> Though they'll ever be defeated,
>> I support amendments at stopwork meetings.
>> 
>> Radio with ads, and all that talkback:
>> how, oh how, can this attract?
>> 
>> I'm not averse to fellow feeling
>> but popular taste just leaves me reeling.
>> 
>> bw
> 

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