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Literary circle

I feel a sense of déjà vu as I listen
to the cacophony of voices:
dilettantes discussing poetry 
under baroque chandeliers. Masquerading 
as avant-garde writers or bona fide critics 
(black turtlenecks; color is an anomaly and suspicious), 
they claim carte blanche to spew 
pompous platitudes,
pronounce entire oeuvres as lacking elan
while all they create is endless ennui.

1/22/2018
For contest: Contest: Ten Words Ten Lines 2
Sponsor: Silent One

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Date: 5/5/2018 6:01:00 PM
Belated congrats on your awesome poem. It's a gem and a FAVE for me! Superbly penned. Smooth as silk, Agnes.
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Date: 3/27/2018 9:17:00 AM
Hmmm, Agnes. I've been considering joining such a group here, but this piece makes me wonder about the sagacity of that. Besides...I don't even own a turtleneck.
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Agnes Krampe
Date: 3/27/2018 4:42:00 PM
Thank you for your visit, Jim. Try your local group - perhaps it is different and welcoming.
Date: 2/18/2018 5:01:00 PM
Excellent...congrats. So thankful P.S. poets are nice critics and help us grow. bbn
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Date: 3/27/2018 4:43:00 PM
Thanks for your visit, Barbara. Yes, PS is a welcoming place.
Date: 2/12/2018 1:54:00 PM
Love your poem, Agnes. Congrats!
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Date: 2/1/2018 5:03:00 AM
Well said Agnes...Congrats on your win
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Date: 1/31/2018 6:19:00 AM
Congrats Agnes..you hit the points well..your poems always shine!
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Date: 1/30/2018 7:42:00 PM
Returning with congratulations Agnes for a wonderful win with your excellent poem. Warmest wishes ~Susan
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Date: 1/30/2018 1:08:00 AM
...and back to say congrats, Agnes, well done! Viv x
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Date: 1/29/2018 9:18:00 PM
I loved your free verse poem in this contest, Agnes. One of the best IMO. Congrats on your placement too.
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Date: 1/29/2018 2:09:00 PM
Great use of the ten words Agnes, you have a valid point in regards to critics.. Always makes me laugh when those who do not have a clue criticise.. Great poem.. Congratulations on your placement in the contest
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Agnes Krampe
Date: 1/29/2018 3:08:00 PM
Thank you for my placement and for your kind comment, Silent One.
Date: 1/29/2018 8:52:00 AM
Hey, you nailed it. Tremendous. Words woven in without a seam. I know them: wade through the waters of their passion, and you'd not get your ankles wet.
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Agnes Krampe
Date: 1/29/2018 3:09:00 PM
Nice way to put it, Jonathan - thanks for your visit.
Date: 1/29/2018 6:51:00 AM
This is superb, Agnes. I really like how you used those words in this piece. It is so descriptive of how people try to lord it over others fueled by an elitist attitude. Great job. Thanks for your visit to my work.
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Date: 1/29/2018 3:09:00 PM
Thank you for your visit and your kind comment, Eileen.
Date: 1/27/2018 9:44:00 PM
Yes! Black turtlenecks are standard equipment for the creative/cultured set everywhere. Very well-written piece, and I love how the last 2 lines sum up the whole scene. Excellent!
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Agnes Krampe
Date: 1/29/2018 3:09:00 PM
Thank you, Bernard. What is it with these turtlenecks?
Date: 1/25/2018 1:49:00 AM
Amen, Agnes, I once got invited to a poetry circle and found it tiresome and shallow. Not my bag at all. You summed it up well. Good luck in the contest! Viv x
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Agnes Krampe
Date: 1/29/2018 3:10:00 PM
Thank you, Viv. I've never done a poetry circle; I wish there was one nearby for me to try.
Date: 1/23/2018 3:42:00 PM
EXCELLENT usage of the words, Agnes. You pulled this off superbly!
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Agnes Krampe
Date: 1/29/2018 3:10:00 PM
Thanks, Andrea.
Date: 1/23/2018 12:28:00 PM
And suddenly his college years came flooding back! So true and clever.
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Agnes Krampe
Date: 1/29/2018 3:10:00 PM
LOL - were you a literature major?
Date: 1/23/2018 12:53:00 AM
There are quite a few like that here too, writing for an audience is far more important than writing for a critic. Loved how you expressed this. THOSE people need a mirror to look into!!!
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Agnes Krampe
Date: 1/29/2018 3:11:00 PM
I think writing for oneself is even better than writing *for* the audience, arthur. If people like what I have to say, great, but I'd hate to have to write to please readers.
Date: 1/22/2018 10:36:00 PM
Wow. I bow to thee, this is the winner for me. Wow wow wow ;)
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Agnes Krampe
Date: 1/29/2018 3:11:00 PM
aww, thanks, Maureen :)
Date: 1/22/2018 8:18:00 PM
Such an excellent poem Agnes, employing the required words masterfully as you 'call out' the wannabes in such an elegant way. Beautifully expressed. Best wishes for a win.. ~Susan
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Agnes Krampe
Date: 1/29/2018 3:12:00 PM
Thank you for your encouraging words, Susan.
Date: 1/22/2018 4:39:00 PM
BRAVO! Agnes I couldn't agree more about the literary critics who claim to know so much. I've had my poetry criticised here and don't give a fig If people don't like my style or me writing poop poems then they don't have to read them. i would much prefer to write simple poems that folks understand and make them smile than highbrow stuff that only the writer understands what the heck the poem is about. Am adding this to my faves:-) Maybe the title should be vicious circle lol:-) hugs jan xx
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Agnes Krampe
Date: 1/22/2018 5:14:00 PM
Thanks, Jan. When I read the required words, this was the image that popped into my mind immediately, and then i couldn't let go :)