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Bloggers PhotoI was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah where I attended school and obtained an undergraduate degree in earth science. My true love has been astronomy, and I was fortunate to secure the position of Planetarium Curator at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science within a year of graduation. I held this position for some fifteen years and then had an idea of converting the Museum's auditorium into an IMAX theater. Only a handful of such facilities existed anywhere in the world at that time. I opened the theater after some four years of fundraising and planning, and it performed exceedingly well. Unfortunately, I was then victimized by heavy metal, chiefly mercury, that entered my body via fillings in my teeth and the dissimilar metals of two crowns. This led to a near-total health collapse and the loss of my position with the Museum. Fortunately, the theater did well, and IMAX began referring prospective customers to me to assist. Thus, I trained myself as a consultant in this field. That I could work from home and largely set my own schedule allowed me to have adequate income over the next twenty-five years. Eventually, I also added theater design to my repertoire of services. IMAX's migration from museums to Hollywood, coupled with the economic downturn spelled doom for my practice, and I unwillingly entered retirement a couple of years ago. A joy I had had in earlier years was celestial cartography. I picked it up again and published two star maps. I'm now working on an Atlas of the Constellations--a reference level work that will take years to complete. I also enjoy sailing, ham radio and disk golf. Several years ago I placed third in the seniors division world championship for disk sports. Poetry now consumes a lot of my time. I have a lovely wife, Marci, who has just finished a historical novel about her grandparents, set in the 1909-1931 time frame. She's shopping for agents, hoping to obtain representation for "Oranges in December." We live peacefully near the waters of Puget Sound with two cats and our golden retrievers, Betsy and Belle.

Dealing with Rejection

Blog Posted:2/20/2014 2:18:00 AM
I've read surveys stating that our deepest fear is that of speaking in front a large group. This is tied to rejection. No one enjoys it under any circumstance, but consider how it is amplified when a whole crowd has turned on you. No one responds to the key points you are trying to make. Your jokes fall flat. You look at your outline; so many more topics to consider, so do you cut it short and listen to the sighs of relief, or persist to the end, punishing them for their tepid response, knowing you'll never hear from them again anyway?

I've had pretty good luck in the past, speaking in front of large groups and haven't fallen flat too often. In smaller groups where there is eye contact, I've fared a little worse. I'm thinking that this is because everyone is trying to prevail in the moment, and the competition can be brutal--all the more frustrating because the well-considered point or best formulated idea may not carry the day. Instead, the ones who talk the loudest or are the best at maneuvering through the intricacies of the group dynamic often carry the day.

I have such disrespect for manipulative people, and my tendency is to withdraw when they seem to prevail, like a defeated warrior who pulls back in hope of triumph at a later day. Over time, I've learned a little about how to pick my battles, and I do so carefully. I'm tired of the politics of life. In fact, I'm tired of politics too and most kinds of wrangling, as people attempt to foist their ill-considered opinions on the group of fawning, servile sycophants seated in front of them or sitting mute in thrall of media.

I do stick up for what I believe, but do so in a quiet, reserved sort of way; however, I can use very specific language and razor sharp vocabulary when necessary. Often people don't comprehend for hours or days the invectives I've hurled.

Recently, I was disappointed at the performance of a contest poem and began feeling disillusioned about the whole PoetrySoup process. I felt rejection and disliked it. The Soup is a really neat, feel-good sort of place but can also seem disingenuous when those who have praised work on one hand then reject your best efforts in a contest. So why not just quit entering contests and make all the bad feelings go away. I tried that.

One person took time to point out why my poem might not have been as good as I thought it was, and that's fair. My poetry can be vague, certainly at first glance. But I assure you, I knew exactly what I meant when I hit the submit key.

I am truly in awe of the severely gifted poets I encounter here and view my work as comparatively mechanical. I'm a scientist and see poetry in numbers and concepts. I am able to see and comprehend the trend of a hundred thousand data points but then struggle finding the right words to complete a single couplet. Nevertheless, I work hard until it all makes sense.

And here is my point, the work poets put into their rhymes or prose ought to be matched by effort of the reader. How often people give up without a fight. I've had some say that they didn't understand a particular word in a poem of mine, so they stopped reading. As a youth, I'd read and come across words I didn't know. I'd ask my mother what they meant, and her response was uniform: "Go look it up." Such a gift, and it has served me well throughout life.

And it's not always just a word. Sometimes it's a concept that makes people stumble. If I talk about space-time's strange and distant shore, I'm not summoning an image of a Caribbean vacation. When I write about an old star collapsing right before it explodes, it's because that's what some kinds of old stars do. Be curious and find out more. Honor the effort. If I bemoan anything about humanity, it's the lack of curiosity...of poor appreciation for nuance. People want everything at the click of a button or tap on a screen. Read my poem "Pen in Hand," and you'll see a rhyme about this.

My passion is astronomy, the science of the barely there where researchers deal every day with the tiniest nuances imaginable. Radio astronomers struggle to detect the meager electromagnetic murmurs whispered across gulfs of space that are countless trillions of miles in extent. If all such radio energy arriving at our planet over the past five billion years were compressed into a single moment, it would allow a 60 Watt light bulb to glow for less than a second. Now go look up "electromagnetic."

I work hard to understand others' poetry. Most of the time I get it, but occasionally I don't but recognize brilliance beyond me, worthy of praise anyway. If I don't get it, it's not through lack of effort.

So I entreat you to try. You will be enriched in ways you can't imagine and might even get a chance to brag about some new morsel or gem you've teased out of the recondite puzzle of existence. Hopefully our paths will cross at that moment.
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  1. Date: 2/23/2014 9:10:00 PM
    and I DO ..LIKE to learn new words! I'm thrilled when some one uses a word I haven't seen before! As to being rejected, I have learned the hard way it really is best to 'consider the source'

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    Peterson Avatar Mark Peterson Date: 2/23/2014 9:40:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you very much for contributing these thoughts and memories. My wife thought it odd that I would settle down with a book before falling asleep, only to come to a word I didn't know and then switch over to the dictionary instead. I loved reading about the different shades of meaning, like with sagacity and perspicacity . English is wonderful this way--such nuance.
  1. Date: 2/23/2014 9:05:00 PM
    I love words, even if I don't know what they mean, I was reading Webster's Dictionary out loud at 5 [I was entertainment at family parties! LOL] Though I didn't know what they meant I could sound them out quite easily and I LOVED how they sounded and felt in my mouth and it was a powerful feeling! My son was the same way he loved multi syllable words at 2 he would say cal cu la tor and laugh & and laugh [he new what it was too!] he also loved es cu la tor & would toddle run into the mall and head straight for it! NOT knowing the meaning of a word has never stopped me from reading! don't want to look it up? no need [it's just 1 word] get the gist, the context will tell you!

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  1. Date: 2/22/2014 5:49:00 AM
    I totally adore your concepts.They are always blending science with spirituality, and to me, thats where we are moving to.Who knows,we might end up christening science the new pages of spiritualism?the poor appreciation might stem from some very deep rooted conditioning to the old and accepted beliefs,and to many, moving away from the old beliefs might imply rejection."chance to brag about some new morsel or gem teased out of recondite puzzle of existence".. see what I mean when I say you mix poetry and science so well? you work them into a fascinating union, giving them their due, away from their inherent rigidity, pushing things to where they must eventually reach... Cool work, Mark

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    Peterson Avatar Mark Peterson Date: 2/22/2014 1:05:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I think what you're suggesting is that we should remain open to new ideas, but a immense gulf yawns between our typically narrow minds and the vast ocean of truth. Whether it's science, religion, social change or really anything new and different, it is often met with stolid resistance. So science, for example, is not the answer. Rather, it is as easy as modifying the natural response to disagree to the simple utterance of I will listen.
  1. Date: 2/21/2014 11:59:00 AM
    Mark, I am enjoying this conversation and the variety of thoughts being shared here. I do think it is great to write poetry that makes the reader think. But ... you knew there was going to be a but ... I think there is a difference between making the reader think about what the poem means versus thinking about what the words in the poem mean. I love it when I read a poem that makes me think about the meaning or poses questions or can be interpreted in many different ways given your experiences and point of view. I love less poems that make me scratch my head and pull out my dictionary. But, again, that's just me. Like ice cream, poems come in many flavors for good reason.

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    Flach Avatar Joe Flach Date: 2/21/2014 1:30:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Yeah, Mark, I guess you could say I am a sesquipedalian-phobe.
    Peterson Avatar Mark Peterson Date: 2/21/2014 1:26:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    So you eschew obfuscation?
    Peterson Avatar Mark Peterson Date: 2/21/2014 1:16:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    This is a good point you make about words and meanings. I've been around for 70 years, studying words for decades, so--and I'm not trying to seem superior--when I encounter a word I've never heard, I tend to lose interest in the whole thing. In other words any well-written, non-contrived poem is worth reading.
    Flach Avatar Joe Flach Date: 2/21/2014 12:09:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Its just that, sometimes, I think fancy words can distort the message and insert too much noise in the thought process. It was suggested to me, very early in life, to not let complicated words complicate complicated thought.
  1. Date: 2/21/2014 11:39:00 AM
    I just re-read this blog and have to say that it is one of the best conversations I have seen here. Different points of view, but all constructive and thoughtful

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    Peterson Avatar Mark Peterson Date: 2/21/2014 1:18:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Yes, Roy, I'm enjoying this very much. Thought provoking and very likely to improve my writing, as the comments lend useful perspective and demand focus. Unfortunately, leaving me without excuse! ;>)
  1. Date: 2/21/2014 10:28:00 AM
    Great thought provoking writing and if I may, I would like to follow this up with a blog that is connected in some ways yet disconnected in others. We share a passion for "If I don't know it I'll look it up". Especially in todays computer age there is no excuse not to and shame on you if you don't. I think, however, when it comes to poetry that it is much more a divergence than a dichotomy, from one muse so many viewpoints and presentations. We have to decide what audience we are appealing to or if we care. Do they desire to be challenged by the abstract or want to withdraw life's meaning from realism. "2001 Space Odyssey" or "On Golden Pond". Both paths cross somewhere.

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    Peterson Avatar Mark Peterson Date: 2/21/2014 11:14:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Divergence and convergence--kind of topological thinking that recalls my effort in trying to visualize the shape of the universe and hidden dimensions. My wife thought it odd when I'd start reading a book at bedtime, only to transition to reading the dictionary for the rest of the time. I'll shift over to your blog.
  1. Date: 2/21/2014 3:11:00 AM
    Great blog! ...Sometimes the winning poem is not the best poem. Sometimes the judges favorite poem does not make it to the winners list. Contests come with their string of rules that influence placement. A poem has to resonate with the reader. Personally, I have written poems that make sense only to me for the sake of self preservation - those I consider my best efforts but as can be deciphered they do not resonate with the readers. The first time my poem did not place in a contest I was crushed but as my winning ratio began rising the losses became less significant. In the end, keep writing.

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    Peterson Avatar Mark Peterson Date: 2/21/2014 10:59:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    A lot of the poems I write are cathartic, written solely for personal solace. I gaze at them in the dark and silence, and they soothe but never proceed as far as the Submit Your Poetry button. What power your words summon.
  1. Date: 2/21/2014 12:18:00 AM
    Joe Flach raises an interesting question. He prefers to take complex ideas and render them comprehensible. I tend to leave phrases in doubt or subject to interpretation. Perhaps not all questions resolved. Certainly, there is validity in his approach, but how do you feel about mine?

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    Peterson Avatar Mark Peterson Date: 2/21/2014 10:41:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Marvelous comment, Vicky. I wish I had been able to express myself this way, but I'm certainly glad you could. This brings to mind the Socratic method, i.e., a form of inquiry and discussion between individuals, based on asking and answering questions to stimulate critical thinking and to illuminate ideas. (Wikipedia). The purpose is to arouse; then learning is internalized.
    Tsiluma Avatar Vicky Tsiluma Date: 2/21/2014 3:15:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Making people see or making people think? Mmmmh... Taking complex ideas and making them comprehensible is a gift, I agree. But instigating people to think? Now that's power.
  1. Date: 2/20/2014 10:33:00 PM
    Mark, I understand and appreciate what you are saying. I feel your frustration and wish you the best in coming to terms with this agonizing dichotomy. On the other hand, I take the opposite approach. I have always been most impressed with people that can take very complex and complicated ideas and state them in such clear, simple and precise language that any idiot (like me, for example) can understand and comprehend. And, as a reader, I don't want to work too hard to get the author's point. I find that I put lots of hours into my poetry trying to simplify the language without compromising the message. But, that's just my style. Not better, just different. Good luck with you poetry.

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    Peterson Avatar Mark Peterson Date: 2/21/2014 12:22:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Boy, you really nailed it. There is a realm where all poetry awaits and through effort we can kind of align our minds with it. When this occurs, the verse comes through and into our minds. I think this place is sometimes called the superconscious realm.
    Flach Avatar Joe Flach Date: 2/20/2014 11:21:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Mark - I understand. Sometimes what comes out of you is what comes out of you - almost like we are simply the vessel for some other realm in which the poems are hatched. That's often the case with me - the poem hatches in my sleep and all I do is lend my fingers to type them out on the keyboard. I can relate.
    Peterson Avatar Mark Peterson Date: 2/20/2014 10:55:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    This is certainly a great approach and philosophy, Joe. I sort of write my poems as they come to me. Sometimes it's plain, and sometimes its obscure. I don't seem to be able to tamper with it successfully, once it's there. When I try, I mess it up.
  1. Date: 2/20/2014 10:10:00 PM
    Mark, everyone likes different things, but Poetry is so subjective. Here is the way I look at it. If a person is taking the time to read my poetry, I always take the time to read theirs. Whether i like their poems or not, I try to find something in it that I like. Personally, I am drawn to very lucid poetry that does not require me to think too hard. That is not to say I like super simplistic poetry either. I love it when people use figurative language: metaphors, personification, things like that. I don't like didactic style much since it does not employ a lot of imagery. I am sure I have read some of yours that I really liked! I love all styles as long as they are well written & clear!

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    MacMillan Avatar Cyndi MacMillan Date: 2/21/2014 9:02:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Oh, hon, there is a mission in your words. LOL. Andy, this: "I don't like didactic style much since it does not employ a lot of imagery." See, it's thing like this that interrupt my fiction. ROFL! Seriously, I read that and wanted to write 15 poems just to prove it can be done! What a muse you are! Dammit. LOL. Hugs sent!!!
    Peterson Avatar Mark Peterson Date: 2/21/2014 12:28:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    You've said you like some of my poems, so I reckon I'll appreciate that. For some topics, worthy of poetry, there is no answer, and the delight is in the mystery. Cliffhangers too. Would it be all right if I left you trying to imagine a stick with one end?
  1. Date: 2/20/2014 10:10:00 PM
    And good humorous poetry I always adore!!

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    Peterson Avatar Mark Peterson Date: 2/21/2014 12:20:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I wish I could summon humor on demand, but I can't. I had some fun with my vampires poem.
  1. Date: 2/20/2014 9:44:00 PM
    You tend (and prefer) to write philosophically with carefully chosen vocabulary and meanings. Often, you prefer the expressive complication more than a metrical and elegant verse result. I can detect your specific way of writing, which is distinct but sometimes overcharged with complication. (It is an arrhythmic (mostly) "luxury" of what people call "free verse"). The optimum result for you would be to marry concise philosophical concepts with a metrical and comprehensively transmitting synthesis. As a writer, I have classified you among the natural, born talents, which, for me, is a rare distinction. If you wish to challenge yourself, try to be metrically perfect AND philosophical at the same time.

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    Peterson Avatar Mark Peterson Date: 2/20/2014 11:03:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Now if I could do that consistently, Giorgio, I could make a living writing poetry. The only poetry teacher I ever had was always telling me I was on the verge of being good--always exhorting me to go deeper. The problem with that is one needs to be on the verge of suicide before such depth is achievable. Could I then get back. Anyway, I'll keep trying. You provide a good style to emulate.
  1. Date: 2/20/2014 2:12:00 PM
    It's pretty hard to write for everyone. I think the best writing is multi-leveled, when you can pull it off. Writing that can be appreciated at a superficial level, but which also has deeper levels, references and metaphors that perhaps only a more mature person or specialist can appreciate. The other factor is the character of the reader and what resonates with them. Hence, the best writing will ideally both tickle your mind and touch your heart. Much poetry comes from conflict and emotional pain, no doubt, (just look at a broad sample of new poems), so it's easier to connect with more poets via an emotional poem, whether it evokes relief or commiseration.

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    Peterson Avatar Mark Peterson Date: 2/20/2014 2:31:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Ah, Roy, this makes a lot of sense and brings clarity to what is otherwise challenging to make sense of when viewed all at once. Thank you for articulating these ideas. You've said more in a view sentences than the common mind does in a volume.
  1. Date: 2/20/2014 11:57:00 AM
    You make a lot of sense here. I have gone with "it all depends on who sees your poetry' to get positive responses. I have poetry thrown back to me a "trash", only to send it elsewhere and see it accepted and praised. I feel that poetry soup has its own click of poets who are always praised (although I have received an honorable on occasion). As for me I go with "frankly my dear, I don't give a damn." Like my stuff or not, I really don't care.

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    Peterson Avatar Mark Peterson Date: 2/20/2014 2:36:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks for your inciteful and worthwhile comments. I am really impatient with the idea that only 2% of the population makes decisions that the remaining 98% follow (from actual marketing research). Things become great because a few people say they are, and they're not always enlightened individuals. So to heck with them, and I'll make up my own mind.
  1. Date: 2/20/2014 11:30:00 AM
    Really enjoyed this blog, Mark. I could not agree with you more. I often think and worry about how relatable my work is and whether it can be readily or easily understood. Sometimes I think I write in riddles with a "read between the line" approach and other times even I wonder about my own meanings, like the poem was born in my unconscious or sprang from a dream. Thanks for posting a good blog to ponder :)

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    Peterson Avatar Mark Peterson Date: 2/20/2014 2:38:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Chan, I love poetry that leaves questions...matters unresolved. Such subtleties prompt the mind to ponder and wonder over the possible outcomes. Remember the "star child" in 2001. No one knew what that meant, but many have wondered. Sometimes I can write with between the lines consequences; however, it is not something I deliberately do because I can't.
  1. Date: 2/20/2014 8:28:00 AM
    I am very much like that also, Mark, in that I say exactly what I mean though it might be served up through an implication, or an emotion, or such. I have a love for science also, and spirituality, because as I am sure you know deep inside every tiny particle of light...God, in my opinion. I learned elementary electronics in the army to have a better understanding of how electromagnetic waves play upon the human body, and how, indeed, they can be manipulated. So, in that way, i guess you could say, I do try to manipulate, but never a person, or circumstance. I LOVE public speaking, yes, I love having THAT stage, and I am a determined speaker, in that, if I cannot grab their minds

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    Peterson Avatar Mark Peterson Date: 2/21/2014 12:49:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Some of my poems that might intrigue you: Sensing the Divine; Superiority; Diamond in the Sky; Rebirth; No Words. If you like any of them, by all means nominate me for the Nobel Prize.
    Peterson Avatar Mark Peterson Date: 2/21/2014 12:46:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Wow, Catie, you've packed a lot into your paragraph. Intriguing, all of it. Definitions of God by finite, ill-informed beings can be entertaining but vague. Certainly, the divine is manifested in everything.
    Lindsey Avatar Catie Lindsey Date: 2/20/2014 8:30:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I will reach in a attempt to grab their heart strings... thus catching their attention, and at the precise moment....make my point loud and clear. LOL yes, i guess that shows even in my poetry. Now you have captured my interest enough to read your poetry, do you have any scientific ones posted?
  1. Date: 2/20/2014 7:52:00 AM
    :) Mark I love this blog; but you are too hard on yourself. Mark poetry can be about numbers, formats, science, rhymes, etc; but the ones that reach me the most are from ones heart. They are not always metered, they do not always rhyme, but they speak deeply and loudly; they reach into the being of the reader. Of course that is for me. But that is the essence of poetry. People do not care for mine all of the time!! LOL But they are not always about them. Write for you Mark ;) Some will hit; some will be just for you.

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    Peterson Avatar Mark Peterson Date: 2/21/2014 12:33:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I think you've summed up the issue perfectly. I definitely have an unsettled feeling the whole time I'm writing, until the aha moment when contentment sets in. Perhaps the greatest state of being to which we can aspire is contentment. Humanity's greatest examples were content with essentially nothing but the quiet and peace they had acquired inside.
  1. Date: 2/20/2014 6:13:00 AM
    Well, I lost my grandmother at 14 and my grandfather at 15. They were my "buffers." Life at home was hell. My mother committed suicide when I was 18, shortly after I left home, filling me with years of guilt for becoming independent. My father had his own life and though we loved each other, he was very distant for years. My stepmother died and a year later, at Christmas, my father passed away in my arms. We were both aware we could have been closer, if he had only even tried to phone me as often as I phoned him... after 16 years of infertility, one miscarriage that almost destroyed me, I have a beauty of a girl, nearly five now. So, I don't waste my time intentionally hurting people. Time is precious and short. I do not worry about what people think about me or my writing, however, I do feel hurt when someone I care about, or put out a hand of friendship, hurts me. That being said, most acts of anger and psychological warfare stem from feelings of hurt or disappointment. I get this. Actually, when I find that I have upset someone, I usually feel awful, because I have failed to communicate what I had intended... the message got "bunged up." Mostly, I feel bad about time. If I had more time, I would be able to write to my heart's content, both my fiction and my poetry, spend abundant time with my daughter and husband, keep in contact with all my friends and family, have a well-ordered and tidy home AND read voraciously-- on soup and elsewhere. But I do not. Scientists and mothers know, time is cruel. Time takes. Time has no heart and steals your loved ones right before your eyes. Enjoy writing, Mark. Enjoy the stars. Put both together. But my advice? Leave the intentional zingers to those who understand neither the workings of galaxies or the subtly of verse. Warmest Regards, Just a human being.

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    Peterson Avatar Mark Peterson Date: 2/21/2014 11:08:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Oh my, Cyndi, I've only gone part way with this. I've got lots of poems written from the heart but never submitted. Wait! I do remember a couple now that were written, printed, destroyed and erased. I felt purged!
    MacMillan Avatar Cyndi MacMillan Date: 2/21/2014 9:08:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I challenge you, sir, to do the following. Write a poem, put your heart into it. Do not save the poem. Print it out. Erase the file. THEN BURN THE PRINTED PAGE. Like a Tibetan mandala. The beauty of this practice steals my breath. Do you know what I mean?
    MacMillan Avatar Cyndi MacMillan Date: 2/21/2014 9:06:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks, Mark!! Hey, I always think of Dickenson, what is the true 'calling' of the writer, to release the words for self, the release of spirit through the creative process, or to be read and thereby (hopefully) understood? Ah, there is a question! Smiles from Cyndi.
    Peterson Avatar Mark Peterson Date: 2/21/2014 1:01:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Without readers, the verses would simply swirl endlessly around in my brain, driving me crazy because there would be no release.
    Peterson Avatar Mark Peterson Date: 2/21/2014 12:59:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Cyndi, what sadness and delight in your words. Your experiences have given you poetry and have released your pleasing image from its prison of stone. I'll try to do as you say.
    MacMillan Avatar Cyndi MacMillan Date: 2/20/2014 6:25:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    PS-- I just returned a book to the Library about crafting perfect sentences. This line was in it, "As a writer get used to this one fact. The reader is king. The writer serves him."

My Past Blog Posts

Kill or be Killed
Date Posted: 6/28/2014 9:03:00 PM
Dealing with Rejection
Date Posted: 2/20/2014 2:18:00 AM
Precious Friends
Date Posted: 2/7/2014 1:06:00 PM
The Secret Life of Poets
Date Posted: 2/6/2014 8:13:00 PM

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Date PostedPoemTitleFormCategories
2/23/2015 Home Quatraindeath,desire,self,
2/5/2015 Wolf Song Sonnetnature,
11/16/2014 Vincent Quatrainbetrayal,corruption,evil,
10/23/2014 An Eternity of Thought Free versehope,
7/24/2014 My Poetry Garden Narrativegarden,
6/10/2014 The Peace of Wild Things Quatrainpeace,
4/27/2014 Red Moon Free versemoon,
4/16/2014 Apotheosis Free verseheaven,
3/15/2014 Masterpiece Free versepoetry,
3/10/2014 Piteous the Legion Blank versepoverty,
3/3/2014 The Social Implications of Special Relativity Quatrainhumor,
2/14/2014 Looking Down Quatrainpoverty,
2/5/2014 Farewell Ethereegoodbye,
1/8/2014 Diamond in the Sky Sonnetstar,
12/30/2013 A Tree on Winter's Night Concretetree,
12/22/2013 A Poet's Lament for the Night Rhymenight,
12/16/2013 The Mystery Bay Store Quatrainhumorous,
12/12/2013 A Broken Heart Prosesad,sorrow,
12/8/2013 Soul of the Poet Quatrainfarewell,poems,poetess,
12/1/2013 Generations Epicbirth,death,hope,life,
11/27/2013 Terse Verse Epigramhumorous,
11/25/2013 World Peace Quatrainhumorous,peace,
11/22/2013 Farewell to the Vampire Quatraindark,horror,humorous,
11/19/2013 Memory Proseintrospection,wisdom,
11/15/2013 Gibbous Moon in Rhyme and Free Verse Quatrainbirth,death,moon,night,
11/14/2013 Labyrinth Free verseintrospection,
11/8/2013 Pen in Hand Quatrainage,beach,feelings,how i
11/5/2013 Dreaming Couplethumor,humorous,poets,
11/3/2013 Oak Rhymetree,
11/2/2013 Dying with Regret Prosedeath,
11/2/2013 Come Sit by My Side Tail-rhymefor her,marriage,moving o
10/31/2013 Barred Owl Free versebird,nature,
10/29/2013 Wonder and Dismay Quatrainfeelings,how i feel,intro
10/29/2013 No Words Prosebeauty,creation,emotions,
10/28/2013 Superiority Free verseirony,space,
10/28/2013 Rebirth Prosenostalgia,self,time,
10/26/2013 Sensing the Divine Prosecreation,dream,god,space,
10/26/2013 Guilt Proseinnocence,
10/26/2013 Comes Then a Day Coupletjudgement,
10/25/2013 Bereft Proselonely,rain,
10/25/2013 Mountains Free versemountains,
10/25/2013 Part of Me is Lost Prosememory,missing,
10/24/2013 Early Spring Proseeve,night,spring,
10/24/2013 Stones Prosenature,
10/24/2013 That Which Lasts Free versetrust,
10/24/2013 A Wish Free versehope,
10/24/2013 Fade to Black Free verseage,dark,depression,feeli

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IN THE MOOD Light Poetryadventure,woman,
The sea-waves touch Iambic Pentameterallegory,kiss,love,ocean,
POETIC COMPARISONS Free verselife,poetry,society,
Somber Is the Color of The Day Free verseday,light,me,winter,words
Kiss of the Eagle Rhymeadventure,space,travel,
Empyreal Ecstasy Quatrainnature,night,stars,
The Conceit of Poetry Coupletphilosophy,
A Little Less Laughter Rhymedeath,sad,

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Just That Archaic Poet United States Flag United States Read
Jon A Cavanaugh United States Flag United States Read
Anne Lise Andresen Norway Flag Norway Read
Jack Ellison Canada Flag Canada Read
Joseph Matose Zimbabwe Flag Zimbabwe Read
SKAT A United States Flag United States Read
ilene bauer United States Flag United States Read
Mystic Rose Canada Flag Canada Read
nette onclaud Philippines Flag Philippines Read
scott peterson United States Flag United States Read
Giorgio A. V. Greece Flag Greece Read
Roy Jerden United States Flag United States Read
Sophia Valentina United States Flag United States Read