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7/30/2015 8:09:55 PM
Topic:
i would like some honest feedback on this piece,

Debbie Guzzi
Posts: 11
The bad seed wrote:
ART IS DEAD MY FRIEND




Whitewashed and derailed

by modernism's vacuous hands

that scream empty metaphors

to cash rich sympathizers




and con-ceptualists scamming our intellect,

with their oh so profound egotistical postulating,

about the nature of existence,

and meaning of being.




It's all smoke and mirrors.

A three card trick,

unsatisfying, unnourishing.

greasy burgers for the soul.




What would Van Gogh do,

probably pluck out an eye,

and sew an ear to his head?




So, let's have a moment's silence,

In this hour of grief,

As I whisper, "art may you rest in peace."



ART IS DEAD MY FRIEND
ART IS DEAD

Whitewashed and derailed,
By modernism vacuous hand.
That scream empty metaphors.
To cash rich sympathisers

And con-ceptualists scamming our intellect,
with their o so profound egotistical postulating.
About the nature of existence,
And meaning of being.


It's all smoke and mirrors.
A three card trick.
Unsatisfying unnourishing.
Greasy burgers for the soul.

What would Van Gogh do?
Probably pluck out an eye,
And sew an ear to his head.

So lets have a moment silence,
In this hour of grief,
As I whisper "art may you rest in peace".
edited by The bad seed on 7/28/2015
edited by The bad seed on 7/28/2015
edited by The bad seed on 7/28/2015
7/29/2015 2:45:09 AM
Topic:
My Introduction to PoetrySoup Forum

P.I. Alltraine
Posts: 3
Hello fellow poets,

My Friends call me Isabella. I live in London, but I was born in the Philippines. I’ve lived inLondon for most of my adult life, and I love the place and the people and theculture, but I’ll always be proud to be Filipino. I think living in thePhilippines, a place where myths and legends are embedded in the culture,really sparked my imagination at a young age. It is a pleasure to be here and to share my poetic side with you all.
edited by P.I. Alltraine on 7/29/2015
7/29/2015 2:39:53 AM
Topic:
My First Published Novel

P.I. Alltraine
Posts: 3
My novel 'Heartbound' is available on Amazon for pre-order and will be released on the 5th August. I thought I would share some QnA's with you all to give you some insight on my process of becoming a published Author.


How long did it take to get your first book published?
It was a very quick process for me. First, I didsome research on credible agents and publishers that would be interested in mygenre. I randomly picked one from the list, just to see how the process workedand what a rejection letter looked like. Two weeks later, I got a request forthe full manuscript, and two weeks after that I was offered a contract. I had adifficult decision to make because I hadn’t really tried anything else at thatpoint. From what I heard, querying agents could take months for a reply (even a rejection reply), and even if someone took me on, there was no guarantee theycould sell it to a publisher—and I already had a publisher interested. It made sense to seize the opportunity.


How have you been marketing and promoting your book so far?
I started a couple of months ago by creating an AuthorPage on Facebook, twitter, etc. I have scheduled blog tours on 27th July to 24th August and 31st August to 4th September, and a press release comes out on 29th July. It’s been afun experience as I’ve met some wonderful bookworms, bloggers poets and authors.


If there is one book marketing strategy you have found to work for you, what is it?
Tell everyone you know.Word of mouth is an incredible thing.


What advice do you have for authors and those that are willing to be one?
Write for yourself. It doesn’t matter if your style doesn’t fit the current trend or if some circles won’t consider it “goodwriting.” Write because you want to, and write whatever the hell you want.Writing is not a way to fit in or please others. It’s one of the very few things in the world that allows the liberty to be true to yourself.




7/28/2015 2:23:51 PM
Topic:
i would like some honest feedback on this piece,

paul martin
Posts: 10
ART IS DEAD MY FRIEND



ART IS DEAD MY FRIEND
ART IS DEAD

Whitewashed and derailed,
By modernism vacuous hand.
That scream empty metaphors.
To cash rich sympathisers

And con-ceptualists scamming our intellect,
with their o so profound egotistical postulating.
About the nature of existence,
And meaning of being.


It's all smoke and mirrors.
A three card trick.
Unsatisfying unnourishing.
Greasy burgers for the soul.

What would Van Gogh do?
Probably pluck out an eye,
And sew an ear to his head.

So lets have a moment silence,
In this hour of grief,
As I whisper "art may you rest in peace".
edited by The bad seed on 7/28/2015
edited by The bad seed on 7/28/2015
edited by The bad seed on 7/28/2015
7/28/2015 10:37:06 AM
Topic:
Just wanted to say hello

BONNIE Hollywood-Cutts
Posts: 2
hello to all reading this....
I joined here quite a while ago. but had some difficulties and wasn't able to enter in till now.
I hope to get to know more of you with time and read some of your well written pieces and comments.
I cam here through a mutual friend . as I was looking for a new place to post somethings. I've been writing poems for over 37 years now and have just now begun writing about all sorts of things. So will try to share some here and the share some comments on yours as well.have fun writing and sharing here.
7/27/2015 9:52:28 PM
Topic:
I am new here so bear with me....

eric boddie
Posts: 1
I have been writing for quite some time
my pen is addicted to the line
that inspires so many Souls
finding the perfect muse is my only goal
it could be a relaxing summer breeze
maybe the birds chirping up in the trees
it could easily be all my pain and strife
but whatever it is, it will forever define my Life....
I am happy to be a part of this community, and I look forward to befriending at least most if not all of you....one
7/27/2015 8:49:25 PM
Topic:
Okay....Be brutal

Brenda Kelly
Posts: 2
mellowsquid, thank you very much! It has been very helpful! I have been doing a lot of reading on this site and learning quite a bit. I can't wait to try your suggestions. Thanks again, Brenda
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7/26/2015 8:03:02 PM
Topic:
Discovered a new love

A. Jax
Posts: 1
While listening to a TED talk at work about spoken word, realized how much I loved poetry growing up, and how I really need an outlet, so I started writing some things down.

Then I came across this site, and look so forward to reading other's poetry and getting some feedback on mine! Nice to "meet" you all!!!
7/26/2015 3:37:09 PM
Topic:
Fire away!

Mary Oliver Rotman
Posts: 1
The Call of the Alpha MaleRobin Hood, man in tightsJulius Caesar, might makes rightAlexander, called "the Great"Sitting Bull, righteous hateRobert the Bruce, Attila the HunCharlemagne, NapoleonHear the call of the alpha male!Warriors leave a bloody trail.George Washington, man on the spotJFK and CamelotThomas Jefferson, renaissance manAbe Lincoln took a standRonald Reagan, Richard IIIHenry VIII, Harry ByrdHear the call of the alpha male!In politics it's all for sale.Hemingway, Shakespeare, Kant, and PlatoChaucer, Shelley, Cicero, CatoVoltaire, Dickens, Rene DescartesByron, Lawrence, Jean-Paul SartreHear the call of the alpha male!Some prefer to write the tale.Wolfgang Mozart, dead so youngLeonard Bernstein's song is sungPicasso, art you love to hateLudwig Beethoven, voice of FateBach, Lennon, and ShostakovichMonet, Manet, Buddy RichHear the call of the alpha male!Art and music fill some sails.Joe Montana, football starMichael Jordan raised the barWayne Gretzsky, Hall of FameJesse Owens changed the gameRockne, Ruth, Gehrig, OrrChamberlain, Beckham, Man O' WarHear the call of the alpha male!Athletic prowess up for sale.Tyrone Power, Harrison FordJohn Glenn, Sir Thomas MoreEdmund Hillary, John DonneAlbert Einstein, Brigham YoungJames Dean, Alvin YorkMargaret Thatcher, Robert BorkAudie Murphy, Mohandas GandhiChris Columbus, Walter RaleghHear the call of the alpha male!Now it's time to end this tale.Woe to she who hears his cry,Destined, like as not, to die;For alpha males blaze bright and sweet,But she-moths burn inside their heat.
7/26/2015 10:29:22 AM
Topic:
And I have an 'Ology' :(

Bill Lindsay
Posts: 1
Sitting in the park ( close to the University ) eating lunch, and I became aware of 2 Professor types walking into my view. Deeeeep in conversation, they were speaking so loudly that the gulls and ducks scattered before them. As they did so, I turned my head to eavesdrop and all I heard was: "... and *NINTHLY"
7/25/2015 11:36:34 PM
Topic:
Just wanted to say hello

Wilbert Dela Cruz
Posts: 1
Hello everyone, my name Wilbert E. Dela Cruz, and just likeeveryone else, all over the world, I was born a poet and I consider my life as wholemess of poetry in motion…My dreams are currently under construction and my passionis a work in progress. I believe in thesaying that, life is a lot like writing poetry, by how you live; it is how youcan inspire the world. I also believethat there is power in our words and every time we happens to write one down and then calls it poetry, in however ever ways we wrote them down, it isalready beautiful just like any other work of art is beautiful, all the other rules arejust different ways of specifying in what ways do each one of us, want to re-define what is beautiful. In a more personal note, I don’t particularly like walking inside astrange place as a stranger and so if you guys don’t mind, I’ll come in here andspeak as a friend and so don’t be a stranger, friend.
7/23/2015 11:20:25 PM
Topic:
Okay....Be brutal

Sigmund Fraud
Posts: 7
DAYUM!! Did he die!?
7/23/2015 11:17:43 PM
Topic:
My poem life is a fraud

Sigmund Fraud
Posts: 7
I feel like your poem is lacking pure expression and freedom of thought. I don't know if I can crituque your writing style so much as ask you what is it you're hiding from? What's holding you back? Is it your poem that's a fraud, or are you hiding behind your poetry? How can you return one day if you never brought it to us in the first place?

Work it out and come back here when you're serious, cause right now you're a clown.
7/23/2015 11:13:19 PM
Topic:
Tomato Soup

Sigmund Fraud
Posts: 7
Nameste man. Keep doing your thing. I appreciate your expressions of love.
7/23/2015 11:10:49 PM
Topic:
Think of a title then just riff.

Sigmund Fraud
Posts: 7
I don't know if this is totally helpful, but I find it best when I'm writing poetry just to think of a title of an abstract thought then just go for it.



For instance I just thought of the title "I shed a tear so don't even worry about my eyes; they function" So I'm just going to go for it, I hope you guys don't mind.




It swells up inside me, as the lump builds in my throat. I put up a wall, and my tears become a moat you can't cross. You have to just sit and watch me and wish that you could help, but all along you're the problem, with you I'll never cope.




So anyway, just think of a title and basically pure expression and pure genius will follow. Some say they're empty words, but if they fill your heart then put them on paper and you can save a life.




Nameste.
7/23/2015 11:00:59 PM
Topic:
I got a word for you, and you have to accept it.

Sigmund Fraud
Posts: 7
You've got no choice, as I put my thoughts in your thoughts and transcend what all you got goin on there in that bag of tricks.



Don't even try to pretend you don't like it. I've got it on good authority that if you had a remote you would change it to that channel and watch it all go down, you psycho. Like you don't even know it's good for you. Take a look at the before and after and tell me it's not all that. You've got words, but I've got better ones to come out yo mouth.




I got a whole new bag, and so does papa. And you don't even know to give it the what for, or even to ask what for if you did! Post it! Upvote it! Make sure to like it, and hashtag all of it to get the word out to the whole world, but you still empty and you know it, so clap your hands. And pretend. Cause it's all you know how to do.




And I'll be watching. I'll be watching and waiting for you to fail, but I'll be watching for a long time, cause failure looks a whole lot like success in this world, and I'm as confused as you. But the whole world keeps on turning, and sometimes it turns so fast it's hard to even stand up, let alone walk.




So I'll walk alone. Cause I don't even need you, Sheila. So you can suck it.
7/23/2015 10:51:48 PM
Topic:
Sick your momma on me so I can chase her out.

Sigmund Fraud
Posts: 7
I can't believe I've grown so stagnant. I got no where to go but out. What lies behind these walls? I don't even know, and I have no motivation to move. No desire to find out, nothing pushing me to be a better version of myself. ly



So let her loose. Let her track me down, let her chase me out of the rut I'm in. Let me runs towards the unknown, but mostly running away from her bare skin, trying to figure out why lies beneath but also what lies within.




Don't make me do it alone. She's your mom. She's your problem. She's after me, but she's part of you and I don't want to see what part of me she brings out and what part of me she puts in.




So watch us, but always let us be. Always remember who I was, but also remember who I'm going to be.




Call me father. But resent me. I'm sorry I did this to you. Let me call you daughter. Let me call you son. It's up to you. You'll figure it out on your own. But eventually we'll all be one.
7/23/2015 10:51:12 PM
Topic:
Tomato Soup

Benjamin Lieness
Posts: 1
I like the free flow of thought. True artists don't get hung up on grammar. True artists aren't concerned with how others preserve their thoughts but are concerned with expression and just spilling their thoughts freely to the page. Kudos man.. Keep it up!




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