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4/26/2018 9:13:42 AM
Topic:
My 1st Poetry book PUBLISHED!!!!!

Curtis Moorman
Posts: 6
Congratulations, Debra! I know the elation of having a first publication on the bookshelves. I am working on book number two.
4/25/2018 3:02:15 PM
Topic:
He who refuses to dare

Modupe Sefunmi
Posts: 1
He, who refuses to dare,
for fear of those he holds so dear,
may see that none really care,
when his cross he is left alone to bear.
4/24/2018 3:49:46 AM
Topic:
Help me to correct my poetry?

Noah Otori
Posts: 1
Hello, I am a student from Indonesia. I get homework to make a poem and I hope maybe someone can help me in giving suggestions, critics and comments or maybe correcting this poem. This is my first poetry and I realize that I do not have a special talent for poetry, I am just a person who enjoys poetry made by others, because I know to make the poem is not in vain.

Together we walked
And it took me years
To Realize
We walk in parallel lines

From the side,
even though I notice that you are looking down
Sorrowfully, I can’t touch you,
as I watch your receding figure

I see your tears are falling
and there’s nothing I can do
except sit here,
and cry with you

But if you wish strongly,
I’ll come flying to you
Overcome this space-time boundary,
to meet you.

Surely,
there’s a PARALLEL where we can meet,
Even if you keep saying,
that we live in different worlds.


I make this poem from some inspiration, nor do I understand what I write.So I hope you can correct it with the right words? Thank you before.Suicide
edited by mysticalwitchdream on 4/24/2018
4/23/2018 7:01:07 PM
Topic:
really.

Kristen Drechsler
Posts: 1
it is understood in modern English writing
that the word really
is not correct grammar

really important, really beautiful, really bad

a writer has two options:
substitute one word instead,
one that carries greater meaning—
a word that communicates just how much more important, beautiful, or bad something is,
because you must be unable to express what you want to say

or simply remove really
because they (whoever “they” are that decide these things)
have assumed the strong emotions, feelings, & thoughts you wrote, must be exaggerated

but sometimes when you write that something is really important,
you don’t mean crucial or imperative,
you just mean
really.
important.

or when I say I really like you,
I don’t mean I fancy you, I adore you, I appreciate you
& I definitely don’t mean I love you.
at least I don’t think so.

I mean I could love you, that I want to love you, but in no way do I know now.

but what I do know is
like just doesn’t cut it.

when we were kids, it was always such a big deal when someone went from like to like-like.
our language as children evolved
to communicate something for which adults would use a completely different word.
it’s so funny that saying a word twice increased the meaning.

but alas,
(because this is a poem & poems use words like alas)
the evolution of learning removes cause for the evolution that got us to like-like.

I am an adult now,
& I like-like you.
I am an adult now,
& I do not think I love you.
I am an adult now,
& I know that like doesn’t cut it.
so I am an adult now,
& I really like you.
4/22/2018 2:14:00 PM
Topic:
How do I add a photo

Cthe Freeman
Posts: 1
Same here
4/20/2018 5:01:26 PM
Topic:
Seeking military poetry

jack cooper
Posts: 6
Okay Kristie I posted my poem on poetry soup title is GATEKEEPERS OF THE LAND OF THE FREE and I will send it to your email. I think your book is a wonderful to let them all know Americas heart is always with them and how much we appreciate all they do and have sacrificed. Love to chat with you sometime about it more. penn name for this site is jack2
4/20/2018 4:54:35 PM
Topic:
Seeking military poetry

jack cooper
Posts: 6
jack2 wrote:
KristieRaburn wrote:
I am working on creating a book of a collection of military poetry. If you want one (or more) of your poems added to my book, you will get full credit for your work, you maintain all rights and you can sell or purchase as many copies of the collection as you desire. As a veteran, I have a fondness for military poetry, stories, etc and I want to publish a book for veterans. If you are interested in submitting work or working with me on this project, contact me here or at KristieRaburn@aol.com or on FaceBook under Kristie Raburn.
4/20/2018 4:38:07 PM
Topic:
Seeking military poetry

jack cooper
Posts: 6
jack2 wrote:
KristieRaburn wrote:
I am working on creating a book of a collection of military poetry. If you want one (or more) of your poems added to my book, you will get full credit for your work, you maintain all rights and you can sell or purchase as many copies of the collection as you desire. As a veteran, I have a fondness for military poetry, stories, etc and I want to publish a book for veterans. If you are interested in submitting work or working with me on this project, contact me here or at KristieRaburn@aol.com or on FaceBook under Kristie Raburn.
4/20/2018 3:58:59 PM
Topic:
Seeking military poetry

jack cooper
Posts: 6
I will post it on this site so it will be easy for you to access it for viewing but if you send me an email I will send you a copy of it with my permission to list it in your book of like poems.
4/20/2018 3:54:10 PM
Topic:
Seeking military poetry

jack cooper
Posts: 6
Hi I have an excellent poem that is a tribute to all branches of our military that has had great success it's been published in evergreen poetry journal in September of 2017 as senior editors choice on the cover and again on page six and international poetry digest as editors choice in the January 2018 issue of the magazine. Then it's also being published in from the heart put out annually by international poetry digest of the years most meaningful poetry from armatures around the world published in February of 2018. here is my email send me cooper4955@gmail.com my name is jack and I love your book idea and would be honored to have mine be read among others that appreciate what our veterans are to america creation to its protection.
4/20/2018 3:36:42 PM
Topic:
Seeking military poetry

jack cooper
Posts: 6
KristieRaburn wrote:
I am working on creating a book of a collection of military poetry. If you want one (or more) of your poems added to my book, you will get full credit for your work, you maintain all rights and you can sell or purchase as many copies of the collection as you desire. As a veteran, I have a fondness for military poetry, stories, etc and I want to publish a book for veterans. If you are interested in submitting work or working with me on this project, contact me here or at KristieRaburn@aol.com or on FaceBook under Kristie Raburn.
4/20/2018 1:48:57 PM
Topic:
My Brother's Keeper

CHRISTOPHER QUIGLEY
Posts: 2
like the flow think shallow might be better than hallow
0r even hollow to cause a slight break in the flow
4/19/2018 10:09:32 PM
Topic:
Seeking military poetry

JW Nugent
Posts: 8
My email is: alonewolfhowling@gmail.com
4/19/2018 10:06:59 PM
Topic:
Seeking military poetry

JW Nugent
Posts: 8
I am working on a book of about 91 (unless I add a poem or two- still under consideration) pages of War poetry. I started this writing in 1967 before going to Vietnam. The poems cover my first tour, returning home, a second tour, coming home, add the aftermath of surviving a war. Some of the better poem are actually those involved with my first time home and the final return.

I am now adding them onto Poetry Soup under JW Nugent. Adding them in reverse order so that some sense can be made from the sequencing.

You can get me at (281)451-7899. Also on Linkedin and Facebook.
4/18/2018 9:57:25 PM
Topic:
My Brother's Keeper

Anastasia Stewart
Posts: 8
My brother’s keeper,

four glass walls

amber liquid in a bottle.

Drink after drink,

hear the glasses clink.

Words as bitter as the gin,

sometimes he lets the liquor win.

Drown your sorrows with every swallow,

until you feel nothing, insides hallow.

Hear your heart pumping but it's not pumping blood,

alcohol runs through your veins,

spreading with every pulse.

Words tumble out of your mouth,

True or false?

My brother's keeper has caught many before,

and oh how I know there will be many more.

If blood makes you human

then what is he?

Not the brother he used to be.

Lost in a sea of golden temptation,

each new bottle: his salvation.
edited by anainabox on 4/18/2018
edited by anainabox on 4/18/2018
edited by anainabox on 4/18/2018
4/18/2018 3:27:37 PM
Topic:
New to the soup

Connor Lotts
Posts: 11
Heya, Roger! I saw you earlier on the "Best New Poets" page. When I came to the Introductions forum to see new soupers, I saw you first thing. Cool to meetcha! Hope you like it here, and good luck writing!
4/17/2018 11:20:54 PM
Topic:
New to the soup

roger turner
Posts: 1
Hi all. I am new to the site, but not to writing. I followed my friend Mike Hauser here because I love his writing and hope to find a new audience for mine. I have eight books on amazon ranging from western poetry and militaria to two coloring books and two Christmas picture books for kids. I hope you like what you read of mine here, and I look forward to hearing your thoughts and criticisms.
4/17/2018 10:01:09 PM
Topic:
Corner

Lena Marshburn
Posts: 1
Terror is a strange thing
After a while it becomes
A numbing void left in your heart
You aren’t left troubling
Over “if” or what’s to come
You’re simply torn apart

Trying to let out a breath
That’s locked in your lungs
As you’re left shivering
In the corner, where you’re left
There’s a ladder, but on each rung
Your steps leave them crumbling

You believe what they say
Those voices in your mind
You slash yourself
Because then they’ll go away
You’re left alone in this, blind
You’ve gotten to the twelfth

Left bleeding in your
Silly
Little
Corner
edited by Ross M. on 4/17/2018
4/16/2018 9:24:43 PM
Topic:
Turn up your thermostat

JW Nugent
Posts: 8
Would make "but they were wrong," the second line for better emphasis.
4/16/2018 9:20:50 PM
Topic:
Gods Mirror

JW Nugent
Posts: 8
I like it



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