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Transcendent Ms Vincent

Now, I am speechless; I am without speech As you transcend the simplistic to grand Grant me the guidance of your gifted hand In the temple of your pen, I beseech To climb in your footsteps of verse, and reach Green summits of imagery-laden lands My throat growing tight as your voice expands As my eyes feast on all you have to teach Seeds planted long past still flower, untrimmed Beyond the span of pink springs come and gone Nor even the darkness of death can dim Words lit luminous in eternal dawn A timeless poet's timely passions brim In lyrical legacy, sonnet drawn. 6/11/20 (this is an ode to my all time favorite poet, Edna St. Vincent Millay; if you would like to read some of her work, I recommend 'The Spring and the Fall', 'Dirge without Music', 'Prayer to Persephone', or the sonnet which begins 'Love is not all, it is not meat nor drink' or 'I shall forget you presently, my dear' - but I love all of it!)

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Date: 11/8/2021 11:01:00 PM
Do you ever read a poem and you can't choose a favorite phrase because stellar line supercedes the previous one? This sonnet is so rich in amazing lines: 'transcend the simplistic to grand', 'In the temple of your pen', 'To climb in your footsteps of verse', 'Green summits of imagery-laden lands', 'Words lit luminous in eternal dawn', 'A timeless poet's timely passions brim In lyrical legacy, sonnet drawn'. Each one is a master class of brevity and impact. I remember you worked on this one a long time... it shows. This is a masterpiece, and honors so well your favorite poet. Parfait.
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Date: 6/15/2020 10:16:00 PM
Wow, your poetry is the gate that opens up to her work, Love your sonnet Michelle.
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Date: 6/13/2020 10:06:00 PM
If ESVM is your favorite poet, then it is incumbent upon me to start reading her. So glad you wrote and posted this poem, Michelle. Thank you, Gershon
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Date: 6/13/2020 11:54:00 AM
Skillfully-written and vividly descriptive, Michelle! Janice
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Date: 6/12/2020 10:05:00 PM
wow... this flows so perfectly and I know Italian sonnets are one of the harder forms... this is excellent Michelle! Wonderful ode to your favorite poet...I will have to look her up sometime! hugs
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Date: 6/12/2020 1:52:00 PM
Nothing wrong with your receiver at all! Aloha! Rico
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Date: 6/12/2020 8:24:00 AM
Oh WOW! A fitting incredible ode for an incredible poetess. I applaud you, and your own talent humbles me. Hugs! xomo <3
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Date: 6/12/2020 6:44:00 AM
yes, Pulitzer Prize in 1923 (only the thirs woman, to that date). shalom shalom and Paz! U have good taste & "socialist" friends (never a communist, anti-war ... maybe) World War 1- of course. I better fave with all my chatter
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Date: 6/12/2020 6:41:00 AM
Arthur Ficke and Floyd Dell were a few men in her amazing life. She acted in Floyd's play in NYC, and wrote drama, too. Yes, all-time shero but I loved Emily Dickinson first. Her mom, Cora, was the BIG encourager, even after divorcing "absentee dad: & working to raise her three girls! Famous words - to Ficke - "you too must die "Beloved dust." Thanks for this trip to gr8 POETs
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Date: 6/11/2020 11:06:00 PM
Italian sonnet! What? These are difficult and yet, with this smooth flow I had to look up to see what type of poem this was. Well done my friend. BRAVO! Edna is clapping from heaven
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Date: 6/11/2020 9:57:00 PM
I can't tell you how happy this makes me, Michelle! In lovely Italian sonnet form no less... if I could fave this twice I would! Absolutely spectacular, my friend, one I will return to over and over. Brilliant! ~ John
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Michelle Faulkner
Date: 6/11/2020 10:05:00 PM
I tried to write it in her style - not to imitate her, but because she made magic with simple words - I am so flattered and touched you made it a fave!