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    re: Yu Xiuhua-What an extraordinary life story!Thanks for the links. It explains why there is so much reference to pain and difficulties in her poetry. I put her up in the other forum too, where they are always seeking new candidates for the Literature Noble. I think she would be a very worthy candidate.

    "How Could You Know How You Came Here..."-Beautiful but immensely sad!


    A poem in zejel form:https://areadingwritr.wordpress.com/...y-from-a-to-z/

    Super Powers

    Are all super powers something
    about which we would brag and sing?
    Or would many more likely sting?

    Sure, some would be able to fly
    And others detect every lie.
    But somewhere a hopeful young guy
    only bends like a chicken wing.

    And a woman afraid of heights
    Cannot see far distant sights
    Or fight like a long ago knights,
    But flies like a bird on the wing.
    https://suebe.wordpress.com/2019/07/...try-the-zejel/
    "I seemed to have sensed also from an early age that some of my experiences as a reader would change me more as a person than would many an event in the world where I sat and read. "
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    Enjoyed !

    Cool !
    Zéjel is a romantic Spanish form with Arabic influence related to the Qasida and adopted by the Spanish troubadours of 15th century.

    Zéjel are:

    syllabic, most often written in 8 syllable lines.
    stanzaic, opening with a mono-rhymed triplet followed by any number of quatrains.
    rhymed, the rhyme of the opening mudanza establishes a linking rhyme with the end line of the succeeding quatrains. Rhyme scheme, aaa bbba ddda etc
    "Away up on the River aux Lievres," - Nora Pembroke; A Legend Of Buckingham Village.... https://www.poetrycat.com/nora-pembr...ingham-village
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    who am I but a stitch in time
    what if I were to bare my soul
    would you see me origami

    7-8-2015

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    Chilling legend. Enjoyed!

    "Bent double, like old beggars under sacks,"."Dulce et Decorum Est" by Wilfred Owen
    https://poets.org/poem/dulce-et-decorum-est
    "I seemed to have sensed also from an early age that some of my experiences as a reader would change me more as a person than would many an event in the world where I sat and read. "
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    Tragic poem... had an English great?-uncle who fought in WWI who was gassed and actually made it home before it finally took him.

    "Comrades, if I don't live to see the day" - Nazim Hikmet Last Will And Testament... https://www.poetrycat.com/nazim-hikm...-and-testament
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    who am I but a stitch in time
    what if I were to bare my soul
    would you see me origami

    7-8-2015

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    "Last Will And Testament..." A sad, intense poem about war and destruction.

    "Droning a drowsy syncopated tune,". "The Weary Blues" Langston Hughes
    https://poets.org/poem/weary-blues
    "I seemed to have sensed also from an early age that some of my experiences as a reader would change me more as a person than would many an event in the world where I sat and read. "
    Gerald Murnane, Tamarisk Row

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    Wonderful poem

    "early morning. down to the shore again" - Ovid; Beach Body... https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poe...716/beach-body
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    who am I but a stitch in time
    what if I were to bare my soul
    would you see me origami

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    "Beach Body... "amazing work on an Ovid poem. Read the accompanying note.

    "For this you may see no need,"An Anthology of Rain" by Phillis Levin
    https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poe...hology-of-rain
    "I seemed to have sensed also from an early age that some of my experiences as a reader would change me more as a person than would many an event in the world where I sat and read. "
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    "Generally Speaking:"- Crisosto Apache; 37 Common Characteristi(x)s of a Displaced Indian with a Learning Disability... https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poe...ing-disability
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    who am I but a stitch in time
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    "Generally Speaking:"- Terribly good poem!Nothing else needs to be said.


    "Huffy Henry hid the day,"."Dream Song 1" by John Berryman

    https://poets.org/poem/dream-song-1
    "I seemed to have sensed also from an early age that some of my experiences as a reader would change me more as a person than would many an event in the world where I sat and read. "
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    A bit stilted but it works well... enjoyed

    "I carved your name on my watchband" - Nazim Hikmet; Letters From A Man In Solitary... https://www.poetrycat.com/nazim-hikm...an-in-solitary
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    who am I but a stitch in time
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    "Letters From A Man In Solitary... "Beautiful and terrible!
    Found some background:

    "Nazim Hikmet’s “Letters From A Man In Solitary”

    Prison ruin in Turkey
    Nazim Hikmet was a Turkish poet, novelist, and playwright whose poems are considered to be some of the most powerful statements of the twentieth century. After serving several shorter prison terms, Hikmet was finally sentenced, in 1938, to twenty-eight years in Bursa Prison for his “Communist writings,” a verdict handed down not through the regular Turkish civil courts (who didn’t have the grounds to convict him) but through secret proceedings in the National Security Courts (a strange parallel to our current military courts for enemy combatants). In 1950, Hikmet was released early due to worldwide pressure and the announcement he would receive an International Peace Prize (along with painter Pablo Picasso and Chilean poet, Pablo Neruda). Hikmet fled into exile after 12 years “inside” and settled in Moscow, where he died in 1963.


    …outside, with all its machinery and all its art,
    a plains night comes down red on treeless space.

    “Letters From A Man In Solitary” was written in 1938, the year Hikmet was sentenced to prison. The poem consists of three “letters” that Hikmet wrote to his wife, the only way Hikmet was able to send his poems to the outside world. Small things — the sun, his window, the sound of his own voice — take on large meanings in the small world from which he writes. Also, Hikmet’s language and surprising turns of tone and mood create moving portraits of a man who struggled most of his life to remain heard.
    https://20thcenturyprotestpoetry.wor...n-in-solitary/

    "Jocko the Monkey, Mouser - his chum, the Cat,"."The Monkey And The Cat by Jean de La Fontaine
    https://www.public-domain-poetry.com...-the-cat-21901
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    Nazim - Such a life struggle: "Small things — the sun, his window, the sound of his own voice — take on large meanings in the small world from which he writes." Thanx for the background

    "The Monkey And The Cat" - lol poem... another parable of never following the advice of a monkey

    "Kate! if e'er thy light foot lingers" - Charles Stuart; Evening... https://www.public-domain-poetry.com.../evening-38128
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    who am I but a stitch in time
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    "Evening..." Chaming and subtle!

    "Life is short, though I keep this from my". "Good Bones by Maggie Smith
    https://poets.org/poet/maggie-smith
    "I seemed to have sensed also from an early age that some of my experiences as a reader would change me more as a person than would many an event in the world where I sat and read. "
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    A mother's burden with a lasting hope.

    "My father kept a speckled conch" - Sylvia Plath; On the Decline of Oracles... https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poe...ine-of-oracles
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    who am I but a stitch in time
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    7-8-2015

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    "But I, I keep the voices he
    Set in my ear, and in my eye
    The sight of those blue, unseen waves" Beautiful poem!

    "Nothing can ever happen twice."."Nothing Twice" by Wislawa Szymborska
    https://poets.org/poem/nothing-twice
    "I seemed to have sensed also from an early age that some of my experiences as a reader would change me more as a person than would many an event in the world where I sat and read. "
    Gerald Murnane, Tamarisk Row

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