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Post by Krissy.Marie on Wed Feb 17, 2010 1:53 am

I like it. I like T.S. Eliot lots...

I like writing poetry. I've the knack for it, I'm told. I've won four poetry slam competitions.
I don't know if that's that great of an accomplishment...

But, anyway, I was just wondering.

Favorite poets or poems?
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Re: Poetry and Junk...

Post by Hdeuce on Wed Feb 17, 2010 2:03 am

Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein
There is a place where the sidewalk ends
And before the street begins,
And there the grass grows soft and white,
And there the sun burns crimson bright,
And there the moon-bird rests from his flight
To cool in the peppermint wind.

Let us leave this place where the smoke blows black
And the dark street winds and bends.
Past the pits where the asphalt flowers grow
We shall walk with a walk that is measured and slow,
And watch where the chalk-white arrows go
To the place where the sidewalk ends.

Yes we'll walk with a walk that is measured and slow,
And we'll go where the chalk-white arrows go,
For the children, they mark, and the children, they know
The place where the sidewalk ends.

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Re: Poetry and Junk...

Post by Krissy.Marie on Wed Feb 17, 2010 2:05 am

I really liked that.

I grew up with Shel, but who didn't?
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Post by CriminalAnarchist on Wed Feb 17, 2010 2:14 am

that brought me back duecey Smile

T.S. Eliot is a brillant poet.

right now i'm kinda into Dante Alighieri

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Re: Poetry and Junk...

Post by Krissy.Marie on Wed Feb 17, 2010 2:23 am

The Subtle Beauty of Misery
The chains clink and clank
The sounding bells of my personal torture rattle my cage.
I'm trapped behind bars...
I don't know how long I've been sitting here
Sitting here, sitting here in silence.
Minutes, weeks,
Hours, months,
Days, years,
Second, centuries!?
Is time moving fast?
Is time moving at all?
I've been locked up for so long
I forgot what colors are in a sunset
I forgot how many stars there are!
But does anyone know?
I sit here,
Dying to get out,
dying to be free,
while you don't even know if
the stars exist anymore!
But I know- I know better.
I know the stars are not in the skies
but burning in our eyes!
We have achieved hope!
Please!
Let the songbirds out!
Please!
Let the soungbirds free...
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Dante's inferno: canto III

Post by CriminalAnarchist on Wed Feb 17, 2010 2:28 am

"Through me the way is to the city dolent;
Through me the way is to eternal dole;
Through me the way among the people lost.

Justice incited my sublime Creator;
Created me divine Omnipotence,
The highest Wisdom and the primal Love.

Before me there were no created things,
Only eterne, and I eternal last.
All hope abandon, ye who enter in!"

These words in sombre colour I beheld
Written upon the summit of a gate;
Whence I: "Their sense is, Master, hard to me!"

And he to me, as one experienced:
"Here all suspicion needs must be abandoned,
All cowardice must needs be here extinct.

We to the place have come, where I have told thee
Thou shalt behold the people dolorous
Who have foregone the good of intellect."

And after he had laid his hand on mine
With joyful mien, whence I was comforted,
He led me in among the secret things.

There sighs, complaints, and ululations loud
Resounded through the air without a star,
Whence I, at the beginning, wept thereat.

Languages diverse, horrible dialects,
Accents of anger, words of agony,
And voices high and hoarse, with sound of hands,

Made up a tumult that goes whirling on
For ever in that air for ever black,
Even as the sand doth, when the whirlwind breathes.

And I, who had my head with horror bound,
Said: "Master, what is this which now I hear?
What folk is this, which seems by pain so vanquished?"

And he to me: "This miserable mode
Maintain the melancholy souls of those
Who lived withouten infamy or praise.

Commingled are they with that caitiff choir
Of Angels, who have not rebellious been,
Nor faithful were to God, but were for self.

The heavens expelled them, not to be less fair;
Nor them the nethermore abyss receives,
For glory none the damned would have from them."

And I: "O Master, what so grievous is
To these, that maketh them lament so sore?"
He answered: "I will tell thee very briefly.

These have no longer any hope of death;
And this blind life of theirs is so debased,
They envious are of every other fate.

No fame of them the world permits to be;
Misericord and Justice both disdain them.
Let us not speak of them, but look, and pass."

And I, who looked again, beheld a banner,
Which, whirling round, ran on so rapidly,
That of all pause it seemed to me indignant;

And after it there came so long a train
Of people, that I ne'er would have believed
That ever Death so many had undone.

When some among them I had recognised,
I looked, and I beheld the shade of him
Who made through cowardice the great refusal.

Forthwith I comprehended, and was certain,
That this the sect was of the caitiff wretches
Hateful to God and to his enemies.

These miscreants, who never were alive,
Were naked, and were stung exceedingly
By gadflies and by hornets that were there.

These did their faces irrigate with blood,
Which, with their tears commingled, at their feet
By the disgusting worms was gathered up.

And when to gazing farther I betook me.
People I saw on a great river's bank;
Whence said I: "Master, now vouchsafe to me,

That I may know who these are, and what law
Makes them appear so ready to pass over,
As I discern athwart the dusky light."

And he to me: "These things shall all be known
To thee, as soon as we our footsteps stay
Upon the dismal shore of Acheron."

Then with mine eyes ashamed and downward cast,
Fearing my words might irksome be to him,
From speech refrained I till we reached the river.

And lo! towards us coming in a boat
An old man, hoary with the hair of eld,
Crying: "Woe unto you, ye souls depraved!

Hope nevermore to look upon the heavens;
I come to lead you to the other shore,
To the eternal shades in heat and frost.

And thou, that yonder standest, living soul,
Withdraw thee from these people, who are dead!"
But when he saw that I did not withdraw,

He said: "By other ways, by other ports
Thou to the shore shalt come, not here, for passage;
A lighter vessel needs must carry thee."

And unto him the Guide: "Vex thee not, Charon;
It is so willed there where is power to do
That which is willed; and farther question not."

Thereat were quieted the fleecy cheeks
Of him the ferryman of the livid fen,
Who round about his eyes had wheels of flame.

But all those souls who weary were and naked
Their colour changed and gnashed their teeth together,
As soon as they had heard those cruel words.

God they blasphemed and their progenitors,
The human race, the place, the time, the seed
Of their engendering and of their birth!

Thereafter all together they drew back,
Bitterly weeping, to the accursed shore,
Which waiteth every man who fears not God.

Charon the demon, with the eyes of glede,
Beckoning to them, collects them all together,
Beats with his oar whoever lags behind.

As in the autumn-time the leaves fall off,
First one and then another, till the branch
Unto the earth surrenders all its spoils;

In similar wise the evil seed of Adam
Throw themselves from that margin one by one,
At signals, as a bird unto its lure.

So they depart across the dusky wave,
And ere upon the other side they land,
Again on this side a new troop assembles.

"My son," the courteous Master said to me,
"All those who perish in the wrath of God
Here meet together out of every land;

And ready are they to pass o'er the river,
Because celestial Justice spurs them on,
So that their fear is turned into desire.

This way there never passes a good soul;
And hence if Charon doth complain of thee,
Well mayst thou know now what his speech imports."

This being finished, all the dusk champaign
Trembled so violently, that of that terror
The recollection bathes me still with sweat.

The land of tears gave forth a blast of wind,
And fulminated a vermilion light,
Which overmastered in me every sense,

And as a man whom sleep hath seized I fell.....

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Re: Poetry and Junk...

Post by Krissy.Marie on Wed Feb 17, 2010 2:37 am

[insert Epic of Beowulf here]
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Re: Poetry and Junk...

Post by Hdeuce on Wed Feb 17, 2010 2:45 am

Well fuck Ill be "That Guy" then ...


Edgar Allen Poe.

The Raven.

I memorised it in 8th grade.

Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary,
Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore,
While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,
As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.
"'Tis some visitor," I muttered, "tapping at my chamber door-
Only this, and nothing more."

Ah, distinctly I remember it was in the bleak December,
And each separate dying ember wrought its ghost upon the floor.
Eagerly I wished the morrow;- vainly I had sought to borrow
From my books surcease of sorrow- sorrow for the lost Lenore-
For the rare and radiant maiden whom the angels name Lenore-
Nameless here for evermore.

And the silken sad uncertain rustling of each purple curtain
Thrilled me- filled me with fantastic terrors never felt before;
So that now, to still the beating of my heart, I stood repeating,
"'Tis some visitor entreating entrance at my chamber door-
Some late visitor entreating entrance at my chamber door;-
This it is, and nothing more."

Presently my soul grew stronger; hesitating then no longer,
"Sir," said I, "or Madam, truly your forgiveness I implore;
But the fact is I was napping, and so gently you came rapping,
And so faintly you came tapping, tapping at my chamber door,
That I scarce was sure I heard you"- here I opened wide the door;-
Darkness there, and nothing more.

Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there wondering,
fearing,
Doubting, dreaming dreams no mortals ever dared to dream before;
But the silence was unbroken, and the stillness gave no token,
And the only word there spoken was the whispered word, "Lenore!"
This I whispered, and an echo murmured back the word, "Lenore!"-
Merely this, and nothing more.

Back into the chamber turning, all my soul within me burning,
Soon again I heard a tapping somewhat louder than before.
"Surely," said I, "surely that is something at my window lattice:
Let me see, then, what thereat is, and this mystery explore-
Let my heart be still a moment and this mystery explore;-
'Tis the wind and nothing more."

Open here I flung the shutter, when, with many a flirt and
flutter,
In there stepped a stately raven of the saintly days of yore;
Not the least obeisance made he; not a minute stopped or stayed
he;
But, with mien of lord or lady, perched above my chamber door-
Perched upon a bust of Pallas just above my chamber door-
Perched, and sat, and nothing more.

Then this ebony bird beguiling my sad fancy into smiling,
By the grave and stern decorum of the countenance it wore.
"Though thy crest be shorn and shaven, thou," I said, "art sure no
craven,
Ghastly grim and ancient raven wandering from the Nightly shore-
Tell me what thy lordly name is on the Night's Plutonian shore!"
Quoth the Raven, "Nevermore."

Much I marvelled this ungainly fowl to hear discourse so plainly,
Though its answer little meaning- little relevancy bore;
For we cannot help agreeing that no living human being
Ever yet was blest with seeing bird above his chamber door-
Bird or beast upon the sculptured bust above his chamber door,
With such name as "Nevermore."

But the raven, sitting lonely on the placid bust, spoke only
That one word, as if his soul in that one word he did outpour.
Nothing further then he uttered- not a feather then he fluttered-
Till I scarcely more than muttered, "other friends have flown
before-
On the morrow he will leave me, as my hopes have flown before."
Then the bird said, "Nevermore."

Startled at the stillness broken by reply so aptly spoken,
"Doubtless," said I, "what it utters is its only stock and store,
Caught from some unhappy master whom unmerciful Disaster
Followed fast and followed faster till his songs one burden bore-
Till the dirges of his Hope that melancholy burden bore
Of 'Never- nevermore'."

But the Raven still beguiling all my fancy into smiling,
Straight I wheeled a cushioned seat in front of bird, and bust and
door;
Then upon the velvet sinking, I betook myself to linking
Fancy unto fancy, thinking what this ominous bird of yore-
What this grim, ungainly, ghastly, gaunt and ominous bird of yore
Meant in croaking "Nevermore."

This I sat engaged in guessing, but no syllable expressing
To the fowl whose fiery eyes now burned into my bosom's core;
This and more I sat divining, with my head at ease reclining
On the cushion's velvet lining that the lamplight gloated o'er,
But whose velvet violet lining with the lamplight gloating o'er,
She shall press, ah, nevermore!

Then methought the air grew denser, perfumed from an unseen censer
Swung by Seraphim whose footfalls tinkled on the tufted floor.
"Wretch," I cried, "thy God hath lent thee- by these angels he
hath sent thee
Respite- respite and nepenthe, from thy memories of Lenore!
Quaff, oh quaff this kind nepenthe and forget this lost Lenore!"
Quoth the Raven, "Nevermore."

"Prophet!" said I, "thing of evil!- prophet still, if bird or
devil!-
Whether Tempter sent, or whether tempest tossed thee here ashore,
Desolate yet all undaunted, on this desert land enchanted-
On this home by horror haunted- tell me truly, I implore-
Is there- is there balm in Gilead?- tell me- tell me, I implore!"
Quoth the Raven, "Nevermore."

"Prophet!" said I, "thing of evil- prophet still, if bird or
devil!
By that Heaven that bends above us- by that God we both adore-
Tell this soul with sorrow laden if, within the distant Aidenn,
It shall clasp a sainted maiden whom the angels name Lenore-
Clasp a rare and radiant maiden whom the angels name Lenore."
Quoth the Raven, "Nevermore."

"Be that word our sign in parting, bird or fiend," I shrieked,
upstarting-
"Get thee back into the tempest and the Night's Plutonian shore!
Leave no black plume as a token of that lie thy soul hath spoken!
Leave my loneliness unbroken!- quit the bust above my door!
Take thy beak from out my heart, and take thy form from off my
door!"
Quoth the Raven, "Nevermore."

And the Raven, never flitting, still is sitting, still is sitting
On the pallid bust of Pallas just above my chamber door;
And his eyes have all the seeming of a demon's that is dreaming,
And the lamplight o'er him streaming throws his shadow on the
floor;
And my soul from out that shadow that lies floating on the floor
Shall be lifted- nevermore!

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Post by Krissy.Marie on Wed Feb 17, 2010 2:52 am

Alone by James Joyce
The noon's greygolden meshes make
All night a veil,
The shorelamps in the sleeping lake
Laburnum tendrils trail.

The sly reeds whisper to the night
A name-- her name-
And all my soul is a delight,
A swoon of shame.
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Doubt me, my dim companion!-Emily Dickinson

Post by CriminalAnarchist on Wed Feb 17, 2010 3:01 am

Doubt me, my dim companion!
Why, God would be content
With but a fraction of the love
Poured thee without a stint.

The whole of me, forever,
What more the woman can, --
Say quick, that I may dower thee
With last delight I own!

It cannot be my spirit,
For that was thine before;
I ceded all of dust I knew, --
What opulence the more

Had I, a humble maiden,
Whose farthest of degree
Was that she might,
Some distant heaven,
Dwell timidly with thee!

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Re: Poetry and Junk...

Post by Cat Soup on Thu Feb 18, 2010 12:51 am

Rage by Otep Shamaya
veins
expanding
ankles
exploding

eyes
evolving

i'm afraid
insane

&
i can't
seem
to
let
any of
this
go

i never
considered
time to be
my enemy ...


i see
the
unenlightened

walking
in their
oafish
circles

a sea
of humpback
whales &
slobbering
sloths

and i want
to attack

push them down
& vomit a world
of truth & pain
in their shivering
faces

i want
to sit
and nibble
the soft
sweet spine
and jelly
tissue of
these unformed
amoeba kings

yes,
you single cell!

you do not
know suffering

you do not
know pain

you do not
know release

you do not
know art,
possession,
surrendering

all u know
is image

& ego

& testosterone


oh, be careful children!

choose wisely if u
choose to follow ...

these are
not the guardians
you seek


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Post by StandAloneComplex on Thu Feb 18, 2010 1:13 am

There was no west, there was no east,
No star abroad for eyes to see;
And Norman spurred his jaded beast,
Hard by the terrible gallows-tree.

"O, Norman, haste across this waste,--
For something seems to follow me!"
"Cheer up, dear Maud, for, thanked be God,
We nigh have passed the gallows-tree!"

He kissed her lip, then -- spur and whip!
And fast they fled across the lea.
But vain the heel, and rowel steel, --
For something leapt from the gallows-tree!

"Give me your cloak, your knightly cloak
That wrapped you oft beyond the sea!
The wind is bold, my bones are old,
And I am cold on the gallows-tree!"


"O Holy God, O dearest Maud,
Quick, quick, some prayers -- the best that be!
A bony hand my neck has spanned,
And tears my knightly cloak from me!"

"Give me your wine -- the red, red wine,
That in the flask hangs by your knee!
Ten summers burst on me accurst,
And I'm athirst on the gallows-tree!"


"O Maud, my life, my loving wife!
Have you no prayer to set us free?
My belt unclasps, -- a demon grasps,
And drags my wine-flask from my knee!"

"Give me your bride, your bonnie bride,
That left her nest with you to flee!
Oh she hath flown, to be my own,
For I'm alone on the gallows-tree!"


"Cling closer, Maud, and trust in God,
Cling close! Ah heaven -- she slips from me!
A prayer, a groan, and he alone,
Rode on that night from the gallows-tree.
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Post by AdamKane on Thu Feb 18, 2010 2:46 am

Eldorado By Edgar Allen Poe
Gaily Bedight
A galliant knight in sunshine and in shadow had journeyed long singing a song in search of Eldorado. But, he grew old this knight so bold and over his heart a shadow fell as he found no spot of ground that looked like Eldorado.
And when his strength had failed him at length, he met a pilgrim shadow.
Shadow said he, where can it be this land of Eldorado? Over the mountains of the moon, down the valley of the shadow. Ride boldly ride the shade replied is you seek Eldorado.
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Post by CriminalAnarchist on Sun Feb 21, 2010 6:29 am

Her Bliss-Mark Slaughter

Death is in the flower's heart – don't
Ever cry for life of any petal; and so is

Death in purple ink of weary pens: the
Written yearnings on her scented paper;

Death is laughing in her cry: the
Beating heart disclosing from a sleeve.

Death ignores the plight of any purity – He
Doesn't care or seem to be aware

Of what her dewy eye desires, for
Death beckoned: 'Embrace the jar! '

And yes, she did – for Death of course.
No other man would open up her hand

And bid her with a kiss, so
Death became her bliss.

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Post by sway on Sun Mar 28, 2010 8:46 am

Dante Alighieri and Edgar Allen Poe = EPIC love both their works. As cliche as it sounds by Dante fav book is Inferno and Poe fav works is The Raven

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Post by CriminalAnarchist on Sun Mar 28, 2010 9:53 am

it cool i love inferno

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Post by sway on Sun Mar 28, 2010 10:14 am

i got it and a version with a guy explaining what the poem means

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Post by CriminalAnarchist on Sun Mar 28, 2010 10:27 am

well i first read it in english ap in high school so we had to analyze it ourselves

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Post by sway on Sun Mar 28, 2010 10:31 am

oh yea mines in english its just the guy explains things like why the rapists head are backwards and when Dante uses figurative words he explains what they mean and define its really interesting how much stuff you think you know that others see differently

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Re: Poetry and Junk...

Post by Hdeuce on Sun Mar 28, 2010 11:59 am

Everythings blue in this world.
He put the gun up to his head.
BOOM
so much blood for such a tiny little hole.
Problems have solutions.
a life time of fucking things up fixed in one determined flash.
everythings blue in this world.
the deepest shade of mushroom blue
all fuzzy
spilling out of his head.

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