I am the author of POINTED SENTENCES (BlazeVOX 2012) and three chapbooks: FOURTEEN (Naked Mannekin, 2011), "Wound Jewelry" (new aesthetic, 2010), and WRENCH (erbacce-press 2009).
Free download of PFD of Fourteen from http://jjc.academia.edu/WilliamYarrow
My poems have appeared in Central Park, Confrontation, transom, The Antigonish Review, Berkeley Poets Cooperative, Poem, The Literary Review, Midstream, Hayotzer, Muse Apprentice Guild, Cabaret Voltage Online, Mantis, The Orange Room Review, blossombones, Angelic Dynamo, ditch, Gloom Cupboard, DuPage Arts Life, erbacce, Counterexample Poetics, The Balloon, In the Red, The Centrifugal Eye, Rio Grande Review, Up the Staircase, New Aesthetic, DIAGRAM, Arsenic Lobster, PANK, Pif Magazine, Magma, Poetry International, Like Birds Lit, Ramshackle Review, BLIP, LITSNACK, Blue Fifth Review, THIS Literary Magazine, Used Furniture Review, Everyday Genius, Novembre, blue five notebook, Whale Sound, Istanbul Literary Review, Negative Suck, Thunderclap!, Metazen, Right Hand Pointing, Now Culture, Atticus Review, A-Minor, fwriction: review, Prick of the Spindle, THRUSH, Camroc Press Review, The Del Sol Review, Exact Change Only, OF ZOOS, Wilderness House Literary Review, Pure Slush, rIgor mort.US, Mad Hatters' Review, Otoliths, Moria, Short Fast and Deadly, Lost in Thought, Literary Orphans, Scissors & Spackle, The Olentangy Review, After Hours, Connotation Press, Jewish Journal, RHINO, and Contrary. Work forthcoming in Lady Jane's Miscellany, Many Mountains Moving, Istanbul Literary Review, Twenty20 Journal, Blue Five Notebook, CC&D, OVS and treehouse.
I teach Introduction to Shakespeare online, Introduction to Film Study online, and Creative Writing online at Joliet Junior College.
Old habits are hard to break.
The Castle of Perseverance, Petrarch's Secretum, Truth is More Sacred by Edward Dahlberg and Herbert Read, A Private Correspondence by Henry Miller and Lawrence Durrell, Melincourt by Thomas Love Peacock, Opium: The Diary of a Cure by Jean Cocteau, I Am Not Ashamed by Barbara Payton, Project for a Revolution in New York by Alain Robbe-Grillet, Fun in a Chinese Laundry by Josef von Sternberg, Paris Spleen by Charles Baudelaire, Paul Gaugain's Intimate Journal, Life and Death of Mr. Badman by John Bunyan, Max Havelaar by Multatuli, Jacques the Fatalist by Denis Diderot, Lectures on Rhetoric and Belles Lettres by Hugh Blair, Life of William Blake by Alexander Gilchrist, Mercier and Camier by Samuel Beckett, The Innerworld of the Outerworld of the Innerworld by Peter Handke, Waste Books by G. C. Lichtenberg, A Girl Named Zippy by Haven Kimmel, Animals in Translation by Temple Grandin, The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell, Niebla by Miguel de Unamuno, Spring's Awakening by Frank Wedekind, Bouvard and Pecuchet by Gustave Flaubert, Richard II by Shakespeare.
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Thanks for reading and commenting on my story "Erased". Much appreciated.
Thanks, Bill, so much, for your continuing interest in "Tiger Milk."
Thanks, Bill, for your comments on Night Moves. I wanted to reach that place in everyone where fears or demons reside....
Thank you for reading and commenting on The Most Beautiful Lady, Bill. Once again you've helped me and I've changed a word.
Bill, thank you so much for your kind comments on "Pyromania". I'm honored.
Thanks for commenting on "Chimera", Bill. As always, I appreciate your pov.
Very much appreciate your comments and support!
thanks for comments on Looking Upwards. Much appreciated.
Thanks for your comment on "Return", Bill!
Thanks for your great comment on Choices.
Oh, and also for commenting on Pandemonium - just saw that. Thank you!
Thanks for commenting on Hank and Nettie, Bill, and for taking the time to do so. I appreciate any constructive criticism you may have for me in the future, as well.
re: Demons. Thanks for the comment on Sartre. You're right!
Thanks, Bill, for the encouraging string of asterisks!
Dear Bill, thank YOU for your comment on Demons. So very much appreciated.
Dear Bill, wow, THANK YOU for your comment on How to Travel...won't write another word until I finish my Robbe-Grillet novel.
Bill, thank you for your kind comment on "7 years for us" and for all your support.
At the vet: Thanks so much Bill. I love the father, too, and agree with him.
Hello Bill and thank you for reading The Light at the End of You. :-)
Hi Bill, thanks for commenting on "Middle Age." I'm happy you enjoyed it.
Thanks, Bill! Welcome back!
Bill, thanks for reading and commenting on Daddio. Appreciate.
Thanks for your comment on Catechism. I agree part I would stand alone, but I liked the complexity of adding the second part. I like to play with time, the past overlapping with the present.
Thanks, Bill for the fav on my poem "Tractors." Delighted you like it.
Well, Bill, it astonishes me that I'm able to read poets of your caliber for free on the internet; so really, the pleasure is mine.
Late I know - but - thank you for commenting on #5
Hi Bill. Thanks for the message. Love the bees poem. Thanks for the kind words about the Elimae piece. It's published at Fictionaut now, if you want to comment.
Thanks for commenting on Happiness Bill, I am endlessly fascinated by trepanning and recommend you watch "A Hole in the Head" if you are too!
Bill, thank you for your comments on "Fracas in the Memory Palace"; much appreciated. I am so glad to come to your work also! I have a feast to get to.
Bill, I can't begin to express how much your comment on Fairy Tale in Dachau moved me. I felt you really understood. thank you.
Thank you, Bill, for your generous comments on Milkshake & Fries.
Thanks, Bill, for that sally "lust in my heart for this," re: "Twedes." Was that phrase Jimmy Carter's in Playboy originally? The first time I heard or saw "slain in the spirit" it was written in a student essay I was scoring at a scoring factory (the place it was, not the opposite of euphemism for it: what is that? antonym for "euphemism" I just checked is "clarity"). I gave a high score thinking the expression was unique.
Hey, Bill. Thanks so much for the kind words about "The Violent Kind."
Thank you for your comment on The Sneeze. I appreciated your suggestions because even though I didn't apply them, they made me think about why I was doing what I was doing.
Here`s the announced Hafiz quote:
I said to God,
“What are you?” And he replied,
“I am what is loved. I am not what should be loved
for how cruel that would then
be for my bride.”
Thanks so much, Bill for commenting on "Dumb-Waiter." Brevity is risky and a bit scary. Always good to hear a fellow writer enjoyed your effort.
Loved and faved My Books. Thank you for the comment and fave on Binge Painter. I have just started reading Simenon and was not impressed by the Professor Maigret story I read. But I sense his writing is varied. I will buy When I was Old (horrors! another book!) I'm interested enough in him as a person. He supposedly has some more psychological work. Could you recommend a couple?
Bill, thanks for commenting and for the fav for my Things I Didn't Do poem. I'm sure Phillie is not the same without you.
thank you Bill... it always means so much, when you like a piece I know it has something. happy mid-summer to you...
Bill! You're the best for reading and liking my Saturday Morning. So thankful to have a reader like you. HM
thank you very much, Bill, for your very nice comment about my story "Night Flower". Meant a lot.. Hope all is well.
Thank you so much Bill for your kind comments on "Lola." I'm so glad you enjoyed it.
I loved your story Addictions and faved it. The Twelve Step format was inspired. Thank you for your initial guidance to a bewildered newbie on joining groups. I started to, but then decided to hold back and read through them to see if I can figure out how to narrow them down. Thank you so much for your generous comment on my story "Pig Girl."
Bill, your comment on "Unmailed Letter to B'go" is brave, for interesting critical reasons, and I shall cherish it.
Hi, Bill. Thanks for the comments about "Frida..." and thanks for the star. It was great to meet you at the KGB reading.
Thanks, Bill. I'm glad you liked 'Hints of the Blitz.'
Bill, your praise means so much to me. Thank you.
Hi Bill! Thanks for dropping by and taking the time to read "The Tall Man's Secret" and for your comment! Much appreciated! I'll make you a smoothie!
I appreciate your reading The Measure of Love, Bill.
Your poem "Picking the Bark Off Experience" is a marvel. Your approach to line & stanza is strong. It's a great piece - one of the best in the collection.
Thanks for the comment on "Chicken Soup." :)
Hi Bill, big thanks for your suggestion on the ending of 9 and 5. Your input is so valuable, I really appreciate it. fos.
Hi Bill, Thank you for the deeper digging on your pain poem. And EXACTLY! Yes, pain has so many levels--physical, of course, and psychic, spiritual, emotional. And this is how we discussed this poem in my seminar--as how as health care providers we need to be attuned to these many levels. That is how we achieve grace. Peace...
Bill! I can't believe you knew Brad Gooch! Scary Kisses is my favorite book of all time! I even like it better than Slaughterhouse-Five! Wow. Thanks for commenting on my latest. Much appreciated.
Bill, thanks for the fave and the bullseye. It's really just me goofing around. You know how I am. :)
Thanks so much, Bill, for faving "Sassy Wench." It means so much to me.
Hi, Bill. Thanks for reading 'Wattle and Daub.' I appreciate your comment, very much.
Bill, thanks so much for reading and appreciating No Sugar! Your encouragement is invaluable.
Hi Bill, so glad you liked "Hunter, Fate, Food". Thanks!
Thanks so much, Bill, for reading and faving "Telling." I'm so glad you enjoyed it!
Hello Bill. Thanks for spending a few minutes with Cactus - that you liked the ending carries lots of weight, thanks! fos.
Thanks for the ******** on "Ode to Garcia Lorca"! And congrats on "Pointed Sentences"!
I'll quote you on that last line.
Thank you for your poignant, ironic and humorous comment on "Disappointment" it made me smile!
Appreciate your reading City of Ants, Bill. Thanks for the comment.
Bill, thank you for the 'perfect' comment and fave on After he failed to wake up. I REALLY appreciate you reading my work. Peace...
Fascinating interview with Ann Bogle this week. I've incorporated some of the same kinds of devices and references to the I Ching in much of my visual art over the years so I found it very interesting to hear (read about) somebody exploring those ideas within the context of their writing practice. Synchronistic that all this talk of "coding" comes on the heels of the HTML craziness this past weekend! I am really looking forward to reading her piece.
Hi Bill, thanks for reading my bike story, and thanks for giving me something to think about regarding the last line - I always appreciate your input. fos.
Howdy Bill, I appreciate you taking the time to read and comment on 'All Will Be Well', that is some high praise indeed from a writer whose work I respect and admire. Thank you very much!
Hi Bill! Thanks for your comments on Chanting the Third
Thanks, Bill, for your kind thoughts on my three war micros.
Bill, many thanks for reading and commenting on Rear View. Happy it worked for you and I really appreciate you taking the time.
Bill, thanks for taking the time to track down and comment on "Barrett Reef" - I admire your work and value your opinion. Your comment, to me, is gold.
Thank you so much, Bill, for commenting on Memory Freeze. I so enjoyed meeting you and your readings were outstanding!!! You rocked it!! Next year in Boston!!!
Thanks for yer comments/reads as of late, Bill.
(I know you've seen these before, but what's a poor boy to do?)
As always, I'm very appreciative of you taking the time to read my poem "Never Enough." It's very of selfish of me to get this stuff out of my system...but it is sure feels good to set these verses free.
Thanks for the nice comments on "Eldorado" Bill!
Thanks for the kind and enthusiastic comments about "Touch" Bill, and thanks for sharing Mr. Cohen with me.
Thanks for your comment and fave on "The Anniversary." Your comment is one of my favorite comments ever!
Hi, Bill. Thanks for reading 'Rome Ants In The Sky.' I greatly appreciate your comment, suggestion, and *.
Your support is so appreciated, Bill. Glad you liked "Sweet Sounds of Home".
Hi Bill, thanks for commenting on 'Maths class' I don't know Carl Laszlo but I'll look him up. Cheers.
Thanks for the invites! I really appreciate it. Of course I am a little afraid of getting what I ask for, but I can take it! Well. I think :-)
Hi Bill, Thanks very much for reading Portrait of the Poet as Midwife and for the generous words of praise. I appreciate you taking the time to read it and comment. I value your input.
Thank you, Bill, for reading and commenting on "A Small Candle." Yes to your suggestion. That was the rebellious author ego hammering a nail that was already in place. Obedient already contains "as she has been taught." Thanks for the suggestion.
Oh, thanks for POINTED SENTENCES. I didn't have time to frame up a proper response "Eleutheria" or time or energy for much this week. Chills fever and insomnia and teaching-delerious existence.
Thanks Bill for commenting on "Happy Feet". I didn't even know about that book by France...looked it up now. How interesting, thank you!
Thanks for your words on 'Animal Shelter' Bill. Once again, much appreciated.
It's odd who still stands up. Louise Brooks still has whatever she had and Fairbanks, for me, but Navarro and Valentino go wayyy over the top.
The American studio-ized Garbo seems to have been the standard for all the great beauties (fashion models, movie stars) of the 20th Century. There is something modern and of course, timeless in that face and figure. Men (and wmen) of her times wrote so rhapsodically about her that I was afraid when I finally saw her on the screen, I would be let down-in the way Valentino's magic is invisible to me-but, no. As you say, she's still an unearthly, alluring creature.In my 20s, I used to have fantasies about going to NYC and "capturing" her. Thank goodness I never disturbed her in her wonderful privacy.
Lynch and Nell? Ha. You know, I admire David Lynch and I disagree with the grandma who calls him overrated.
Hi, Bill. Thanks for reading 'Along Came Doreen' and 'Life After Death.' Your comments and sentiment are greatly appreciated.
Hi Bill, thanks so much for reading and appreciating my rose poem.
Thank you for reading "The Story of F." And congratulations on Pointed Sentences.
Thanks for taking the time to read and leave your kind comment on "Garden of Earthly Delights", Bill.
Thanks Bill, for the comment and Freud reference. The question is, Does Freud really get that umbrellas are funny?
Bill, much gratitude for your kind response to "Swimming Lessons."
thanks Bill! I'm glad you like my essence and stuff! (and thanks for pointing out the misplaced comma!)
Thanks for explaining frivolity to me. I always knew I wanted to defend frivolity, having been called frivolous too many times. Oh, and thanks for reading "New Song of Innocence and Experience." Now if you could only explain the rest of the world to me . . . Oh, but you sometimes do.
Thanks for having another look at "Omaha." Must be your 10th so far!
Thanks your good comments on "The Wedding: Snow White." I'll have to think about your Disney suggestion. I wanted Disney in there because of his cute and cheery version of Snow White, but I don't want anybody as perceptive and admired as you to be pulled out of the writing. Must mull over.
Hi Bill Thanks for taking the time to read Conversation from a Lunch Counter and offer such an insightful and excellent suggestion. Makes a lot of sense. Looking forward to reading your work!
Thank you so much for your fine words on Uncle Henri, Bill. And congratulations on Pointed Sentences. I do hope the book will be available over the pond.
Thanks, Bill for reading and commenting on "Pirate."
Thank you for leaving a stone "For Carol", Bill. Re: Magritte—same for me, my mood for Magritte is long ago but i recently looked at "Le Therapeute" and still found it too ingenious for words. Or not, as you have shown.
Thanks for the fave, Bill. Appreciated very much. You're always so generous!
Thanks for the read and comment, Bill!
Thank you, Bill, for reading and commenting on my poem, "Homeless Outside The Church."
Thank you, bill, for reading and commenting on "I'm tired of being timid."
Thanks for your comment on 'The coded feather in the glass'.. very kind of you. And thanks for the welcome here. Merry Christmas.
dear bill, thank you for the comment on "fox". i am full of fancy. cheers for the festive season!
Thanks for reading "Sometimes suicide is slow" and your generous words.
bill, i REALLY enjoyed that interview with you by JP in connotation press. a wrench! such an item landed on my head five years ago (had fallen off a scaffolding), with similar results...
Many, many thanks for your comment on "Cloudy...", Bill. I very much appreciate your kind words.
Thanks, Bill. I have to be honest because I can't think up plausible lies. 'preciate the comment and the star for "Menage."
Hi, Bill. Thanks for reading, 'Lule of Raw-3.' I greatly appreciate your comment and manifold *.
I looked for the A of B form in Figures of Speech: 60 Ways to Turn a Phrase by Arthur Quinn. He calls it a metalepsis, and gives the example of "beards of corn" from Virgil (meaning the corn's silk as a beard). As far as I can tell this is his nomenclature--I couldn't find it in a dictionary. He defines it in the narrow sense of a double metonym (use of one word for the whole of which it is a part, raw material for finished product, cause for effect--or vice versa), but then gives examples that don't precisely follow this formula.
Hi Bill: Thanks for stopping by to read "For the Lost Boys." As squirrel tartare is a gourmet dish requiring some time for one to appreciate, I'll have to leave it as is ; )
Ha ha! "Master of the cassarole." Do I have to kneel when the First Lady gives me my medal? Thanks a bunch, my friend.
I opted for an oral exam, so there's nothing to read. I have the draft of an article on metaphor by my senior advisor, Ted Cohen. Not sure if he ever turned it into a book as he planned to. He did do a book on the philosophy of jokes, which we spent a lot of time on (a good excuse to swap jokes). Jokes like metaphors often depend on shifting senses of words.
Didn't study Beardsley. My course(s) on Aesthetics included E.H. Gombrich, Benedetto Croce, Nelson Goodman.
Hi Bill, thanks for reading Chairs and Mirrors, I appreciate that! fos.
bill, thank you for the most generous comment on "the serious writer occupies wall street". these are the responses i'm going for (not to mention the serious writer himself) much appreciated!
Hi, Bill. Thanks for reading, 'Lule of Raw-2.' I greatly appreciated your comments and I will, as you suggest: "Keep at these!"
Always love a thumbs up from you, Bill. Thanks for the fave for "Baby, Baby..."
Bill, Thanks for the congenial response to my story contest.
Looking forward to reading the letter since I clearly respond well to flattery.
Hi, Bill! Thank you for the kind comment on my post today. Happy holiday feasting to you this week.
Thanks for your words on "Nesting" and "Marblehead," Bill.
Hi, Bill. Thanks for reading, 'Lule of Raw.' I greatly appreciate your comments and suggestions.
Thank you, Bill, for liking my poem and posting on my wall. I'm a German writer living in America and my English poetry is still somewhat experimental. Let's see what becomes of it...
Bill, what a great idea! Menken and Twain and a couple of quarts of Jack Daniels. Thanks!
Hey, Bill! Thank you for your comment on "Freedom Can Wait." Much appreciated. :)
Thank you for reading "Pieta," Bill. You picked my favorite piece of the poem for singling out. Thanks for that as well!
thank you! so much.
Dunno about this master business. Just havin' fun. It beats working! (Thanks for the star for "Boo!")
Bill, you are such a perceptive reader. Thanks, always!
Bill: a series or a novel. Want a piece of the action? We could collaborate and make a fortune. Maybe.
thank you for the comment, bill, i appreciate it greatly.
Thank you! XX
Bill: Always appreciate when you read my work. Thank you for liking "2008..." Best.
Just found a heavy box outside my front door and tore it open. Inside were many, many delicious BOOKS! Now the kind and generous sender will have to let me pay the extra weight freight I know was tacked onto this shipment. Thank you for your lovely gifts, Bill.
You want more, Google Einar Mickelson. It's a good story. He was a real Boy Scout.
thank you for your comment on <a href="http://www.fictionaut.com/stories/marcus-speh/moondog--2">moondog</a>, bill, i appreciate it!
Hey, Bill! Thank you for taking the time to read, comment on and fave "The Shoes, the Girl and the Waves that Washed them Away"--very much appreciated. Hope you're doing well. Chris :)
Bill, thanks for the star for "A World of Hurt." You bet; I'm not proud; I use everything!
Hi Bill, Thanks for reading We All Have Wings, and thanks for the suggestion, too. I agree with you and as soon as I post this, I'm going to edit out that line. Thanks! fos.
The poem is called "Lemon Shark." I fixed it. Thanks. You're an Ocean City guy, right? and those Atlantic northern four season beaches put on a better show than my Gulf beach, but I'm grateful to have my sand and suds and birds and yesterday, one of those blood freezing circles of light wobbling on the surface, a big jellyfish.
Thanks, Bill for your kind read of "Three Stories of You." A nice welcome, indeed.
Bill, thanks for reading and appreciating. I am honored.
Thanks for visiting my latest, Bill. Glad that line worked for you. Your thoughts mean much!
Bill, regarding your comment on "Hot Dish," you are correct. A good teacher is always teaching, and you delivered a timely lesson here. And that, of course, is what this site is all about. Thank you.
Thanks very much for your comment about "Twister" and about my writing. It's always nice to get an oh kay from the master.
Thank you. Much needed words about that poem after grinding day. Best thng about grinding days--they hone appreciation for lazy rainy nights.
Bill, the book comes out relatively soon. Maybe in October.
Thanks, Bill. Great comment. On the nosey. Thanks for the read and the fav for "The Heron."
Hi, Bill. Thanks for reading 'A Life of My Own.' Your comments and * are greatly appreciated.
thank you Bill for your words on my story "Burglaries", and other recent works, you are so kind and talented. I am a lucky person to connect with you in here in this unique writing family! sentimental, but it is true. xo
Hi, Bill. Thanks for reading 'A Life of My Own-2.' Your take on the story is very helpful and I appreciate it.
Bill, "The List" is dedicated to English teachers everywhere. Thank you for your endorsement.
Dear Bill, I didn't read your rejection letter because it had three words in the title and I've up to my breasts with three-word titles.
So, I'm rejecting this rejection letter by habit, yet out of hand, and I'm letting you confess to faving it because the piece smelled ballsy.
Thanks for the welcome.
Thank you, Bill, once again. Glad you liked my story about the teacher.
Hi, Bill. Thanks for reading 'A Life of My Own.' I greatly appreciate your comment.
Hi Bill: Thank you for being moved by my story "The Lost Boy." I love it when a student inspires me and I can share that inspiration with others.
Bill, thanks for the kind words about Power Outage. It always pleases me most when anohter terrific poet likes something I wrote.
Thanks for the comment about "Flying," Bill. As for how Chicken fits in, you wouldn't to deny my old friend Jim a place in history, would ya?
I like short poems, Bill. I think most poems, even mine, go on too long.
I've never had an expired visa. My problem was that I didn't have one in the first place. Lucky for me, Italy isn't so interested in kicking out illegals.
Hi, Bill. Thanks for reading 'Nothing in the Middle.' I greatly appreciate your comment and *.
You are a gentleman and scholar, Bill. Thanks for the good grade for "Visiting Sally."
Hi bill. Just a little thank you for spending some time with Blank Checks - I really appreciate the read and your comments. This isn't the first time you've been #10. fos.
Thanks for reading The Pretenders, Bill. "Promising starts" are about as far as I get these days - so it goes in the summer months. fos.
Poor Pete. He died of alcoholism. Thanks for the read, comment, and star for "The Apostate."
Hi, Bill. Thanks for reading 'Bubble Busting, Boom!' Your comments, corrections, and suggestions are greatly appreciated.
Hey, Bill, thanks for reading and commenting on (and fav-ing) Notice.
Thanks for the Fav, Bill. (Just followed you on Tweety) x
Bill! Thanks for the read and comment. I always enjoy your comments because you always find more than I see.
I know I have succeeded in my quest to create a hiccupless poem when Bill Yarrow offers praise without revision suggestions ; ) Thanks, Bill. I appreciate you.
Thank you for the compliments on "Madeline", Bill. Much appreciated!
Bill: Thank you, my friend. Read the article on Chagall in Wikipedia. The first paragraph under "Home Life." Mystery of the title solved! Amazing that you were able to i.d. some of the "verses." You nailed #1 and #4. Great detective work!
Quite simply, the title here, and in Euclid, send a strong signal that what will follow will be light and playful. I know one could argue that it's an interesting task, maybe a necessary one, to defeat or rework this old, this leftover emotional formula. But I can't get around it in these two. What's gained? What is lost?
Hi Bill, thanks for taking the time to read and leave comments on Eight States Away - really appreciate it. fos.
Thanks for the kind words and the star, Bill. Glad you like "Don't Grieve for Fish." Do you ever teach in the NY area?
Thanks, Bill. I'll be on the lookout for your film tout. Gotta get out to our zoo again pretty soon. See if they put a diaper on the big cat.
Thank you for the kind welcome!
Hi Bill, sorry I'm so late with this, but thanks for reading Cactus. Also, and this is a credit to you, the editor who published it also nixed the last line - not sure why I added it back in. Thanks, fos.
Thank you, Professor Yarrow, for reading and faving the Tree Car Crash. Wait, did I commit to reading? Are you sure?
Thanks Bill, such a great comment. Onion came out so quick & easy i decided it must be superficial crap but i honed it because it was the best i could do. It by-passed thought & i reckon it maybe felt like surface simply because I'm inside out. Something like that anyway. XXX
hey, bill, thanks a thespian ton for yr comment on "ginger". that cage is acutely felt ... by me, by you, too, i'm sure. a place worth escaping from & returning to!
Bill, thanks for the thumbs up on the Hebrides piece. I appreciate it.
Thank you, Bill. As always, your comment on my poem was appreciated in abundance.
He's looking at Euclid
Meanwhile, the sandstorm of time
keeps polishing the geometry of space
Hi, Bill. Thanks for reading 'The Golden Sax Man.' I do appreciate it, greatly.
Hi, Bill. Thanks for reading 'Mercury Unbound-7.' I greatly appreciate your comments and suggestions: also your *.
Bill: Thanks for always being a close and connected reader. I appreciate your comments on "The Rest Home."
Glad 'Reasons' gave you a laugh, Bill, thanks. Spackling, scumbling, spalting, stippling- Never been entirely certain which was which :)
Thanks Bill for the comments and advice on "Suzanne", Bill.
I did rework it a bit... hope it still works.
Bill, I received Wrench over the weekend and devoured it. Thank you so much for directing me to the right place to buy it.
It's a new favorite!!
Bill: What a generous comment you left me about "The Human Condition." It was a soft-tipped "arrow" that flew directly into my heart ; ). Best.
Yes, yes--indirect free style. (That sorta describes most of what I set down on paper.) Thanks for your clarifying comments and for the fav!
Thank you for the encouragement to post in the Publications 2011! Just did, and will certainly continue to do so.
Love the line about mirror on your website btw.
Hi Bill, thank you for reading The Escapists. I will post the rest of the story - as soon as I complete it :) Cheers, Marda
Hi Bill: Another thank you for your comments about "Soir Bleu." You're a champ.
Bill, thanks for your comment & fav for "Old Age." I'm going to go out and get me a Moment trap. They're slippery little devils.
Thank you for the invite to 2011 Publications!
Thanks for the invite! So glad you remembered me as I have been MIA lately :)
Hey Bill, congrats on so many publishing credits. Thanks for the invite to the site. I think it's a great way to support those mags/publishers who support us. (In naming them or putting up their links) BTW Loved your latest poem *
Bill, appreciate you reading Snapshot -- and for your comments. Guess we all have a photo like that in a shoebox somewhere.
Thanks for the invite x
Hi Bill! Thank you so much for inviting me to the 2011 Publications group! You got some impressive publications this year. Looking forward to seeing what the others show too.
Thanks for the comments on "...Jersey Rails" Bill. It means a lot to me.
Thanks for reading & commenting on my Ornamental Onion. (I was thinking mostly about myself, really, as per bloody usual!) XXX
Thank you for commenting and fave-ing on 'Sparking a sneeze' - I'll think about an alternative title before sending it out [when I get more used to submitting online]. Thanks for the feedback, very much appreciated.
Thanks for your close read of my post "Amateur Theory of the Universe." The way you parsed it was exactly correct. I appreciate your time and your kind words.
Bill, I just ordered a copy of Wrench. Looking forward to its arrival.
Thanks for your definitive response to "Release" Bill. I appreciate it.
Hi, Bill. Thanks for reading 'Mercury Unbound-5.' Your comments, suggestions, and corrections are always welcomed and appreciated.
Bill, I took your advice on "1987...". Thank you!
Bill: A "very very fine" from you is high praise indeed. Thanks for reading and liking "Happy Hour."
I'm loving your work, Bill. Glad to have found you.
And it's all true. Would I bs you? Thanks for the comment on and star for "Marriage," Bill.
Bill, thanks for reading and commenting on Hidden Reminders. I really appreciate the time you took for both. Your suggestions are really good; I wish I was good enough to see them through, but I'll give it a try. Also, I really like your title suggestion. Thanks. fos.
Thanks, Bill, for reading and commenting on "Swim"!
Bill, thanks for reading Burn, Baby, Burn. I love your comment.
Hi Bill. thanks for reading bliss. Thanks for the comment, too, but I've got some googling to do: Keyser Söze, Knut Hamsun. fos.
Cheers for the comment on 'Love' - that was food for thought. I think I will have a go at fictionalising my grandmother as a character. Might end up as a separate piece. I tried - quite a long while back - to write some of my other grandma's stories in the form of a series of monologues. The voice ended up as a character other than my grandmother herself. I wouldn't mind going back into that and playing around with it.
A perfect response to craziness, Bill. You made me laugh--thanks!
Bill, that's the line that lead me to believe it was her, nagging at him over the years - "these thoughts swim in your head". But as you suggest, maybe they've been his thoughts all along. Lots of depth to this one.
Bill, you ol' so-and-so. Thanks for reading and the comment on the hobo/hamburger piece. Glad you enjoyed it :)
Bill, as always, thanks so much for the comment on "The Disease". Been pretty busy lately, but needed to drop in and let you know your support means a lot to me.
Always love your comments, Bill!! Thank you for reading "Couple Busting" and seeing a movie in this one!!! Definitely whacked out quartet here!!! Loving your work!!
Thanks for the thumbs-up for "South Texas Mobius," Bill.
Thank you for your suggestions on September Morning. I admire your poems and will give it a shot.
Thanks, Bill. I am having a lot of fun with M. Chagall's stuff. Glad you liked that one. Misti found La Mariee. http://www.globalgallery.com/prod_images/600/adl-ea-sa121.jpg
bill, i think you're right about that relationship between generations. if you ever get to, listen to thomas mann putting words into old goethe's mouth in <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lotte_in_Weimar:_The_Beloved_Returns">lotte in weimar</a>. i think creatives feel the chasm more acutely than others...
Many thanks for your comment on "Windows."
Yes, a picture without a beard. No beards allowed while I was living at home. My Dad was ex-military. Not too many two year olds could get away with even a goatee in those days.
bill-you picked my favorite line from "<a href="http://www.fictionaut.com/stories/marcus-speh/under-the-apple-tree">under the apple tree</a>". and yes, intentionally funny: the serpent is the tragicomical hero of this tale...eats shoots and leaves. thank you!
Hi Bill, thanks for your recent read and comments on 3 Short Shorts. Very kind!
Hi Bill, thanks for reading my bus driver story - I always apreciate your comments, and especially the ones that mention FD! fos.
Hi Bill, you know Walt was right to wander the burroughs like he did. So much inspiration everywhere! Thanks for the read, comment and fave on "Summertime City".
Bill, thanks for taking time for 'Bukowski', and for your feedback. Always appreciated!
Thank you for Benaue Rice Terraces. Much appreciated. Now I just need to find a magazine that will take it.
Bill, thanks for the read and comment. To make "Ants," all I had to do was write down the words when my wife repeated the conversation.
Bill, thanks for your comments on House By The Sea. Glad you enjoyed.
Thanks for your encouragement on "The Number 4".
Thank you so much, Bill, for your generous comments on "Unsaid." I really appreciate your reading!!!
Hi Bill, thanks for your comments and the Fave on "FENG THE CHEF REALIZES..." I'm tempted to start a group with poems and fiction dedicated to Liu Xiaobo and bringing attention to his plight.
thank you Bill for visiting "Bee Sting" and commenting, and for your support.
Hi, Bill. Thanks for reading 'Destiny Knocking.' I appreciate your comment and word analysis: erupts or irrupts.
Thanks for comment on "Freelance Assignment" Coming from a master of musical language it's uplifting. Cheers. LS
Bill, I made a copy of what you said (a response to "Snapshots"), and I am stopping people on the street, showing it to them, and saying, "Look what Bill said about my writing." Thank you so much.
dear bill, thank you for commenting on "in the nude" which was a difficult piece for me, not so much technically but emotionally. its humor covers some of the heaviness of personal history with the lightness of the landscape down there in italy.
Thanks so much for the compliment and the suggestion. You were right, of course! Reads/looks better now.
Thanks for reading my story, Bill.
Bill, thanks so much for the kind, ahem, no words on "She Danced Like Fred Astaire." Always an honor when you read my work.
Hi, Bill. Thanks for reading 'The Forest is Falling.' I appreciate your helpful comment and suggestion.
Hi Bill. I'm so happy you like "Life of Charlotte"! I'm a fan of your writing, so your words mean a lot. Thanks for being so generous.
I will endeavor, Mr. Yarrow. Thanks!
Thanks! (hurrah! I got a comment/fav!) XXX
Bill, thanks. "A suburban Chagall." I like that. P.s. When I post, I always await your verdict. No b.s.--I truly value your opinion.
Hi Bill, thanks for wading through my telephone story - it's kinda heavy, kinda thick. Always appreciate your comments. fos.
Thank you for your kind comment to Repatriation! Kafka has always held an attraction, so I'm very flattered from the comment. Thanks also for the message on twitter.
Thanks, Bill. Glad you like the last line of "Tuscaloosa."
Agree, Bill. Freund was one of the greatest of cinematographers - if for nothing else... Metropolis. I'd really like to know what scenes he directed in Dracula.
Thank you, Bill! You're right,"Out" is much cooler without punctuation!
Thank you so much for your kind words on Sky Without a Song. Wonderful to hear from you again.
Thanks yet again, Bill. As always, you are right on the money!
Wow, Bill thank you so much for your kind words about "Sit in Here." have you read Landon's flying? http://blipmagazine.net/archive-4/2010-weekly/jeff-landon/
You and Susan both--you're really something! Thanks for the comments on my nutty story--and for the star.
Hey, Bill! Thank you for stopping by and commenting on "The Pain Taster"! Much appreciated. Hope you're doing well.
Bill, thank you for reading and faving "Space Man'. Appreciate it!
Bill, thanks for the generous comment and star on Unintended Consequences -- much appreciated! peace...
Hi, Bill. Thanks for reading 'Raw Goods.' I greatly appreciate your comments, suggestions, and *.
Bill, I wanted to come over here and thank you for the kind words on "Staying." Much appreciated. As always, the source of the compliment means a lot, and you're about the best there is.
Hey Bill, thanks for reading Table Thoughts, and thanks for the comment, too. I really appreciate your feedback. No, I've never read anything by FMF - should I? fos.
Yessir. Done. (No more caps for social services.) Thanks, Bill. For the correction and the comment and the fave!
Thank you so much for your comments on "Sinister Age of the Draft." Universal, indeed! Andrew Stancek grew up in Czechoslovakia and said he had a similar experience! It does give us lots of material to work with!!! Always appreciate your reading and commenting!!
Inspiring comment, Bill. Thanks!
So thrilled you liked "The Bed", Bill. Thanks very much!
thanks very much for the particularly lovely comment on my piece about falling into the essex river, bill. very flattering to see anything i do associated with butor.... stephen
Thank you for your wonderful remarks on my piece for my mother on mother's day. Thank you also for pointing out the typo. My mother would thank you. She used to be an English teacher, which was how she put my father through graduate school. Have a great week.
Bill, thanks ever so much for the read and the comment on "The Rising." Got carried away and totally forgot to pass around the basket after the sermon, so be sure to send in your tithes and off'rings ...
Bill, thanks for reading Misplaced Emotions. Your suggestion make such perfect sense, so clear - thank you so much for taking the time to share them with me. fos.
hey bill--thanks for reading april 9. yeah, i am big maxwell fan. always. ciao, g
Thank you so much, Bill. (For your comment about "My Wife, My Love.") Wow! Believe me, what you said means a lot.
Hi Bill, thanks for the comments on my poems! You are a poet I admire and I'm grateful for your encouragement.
Hi Bill. Thanks for reading Books and Covers, and thanks for the comment, too - means a lot! Also, thanks for the suggestion regarding "into the same thing" - I already made the edit.fos.
Bill, I greatly appreciate you comments on "Miscarriage." Hope all is well and the writing is kicking.
Hey, Bill :)
Thank you for reading and commenting on "A Literary Separation." Much appreciated. Hope you're doing well.
Thanks, Bill. for the fave and the comment on "David Foster Wallace meets the sage Lao Tse in a strange place."
Hi Bill, thanks for reading More Important than Money, I really appreciate that. And thanks for the comment, too - means a lot to me. The suggestion (if/whether) was perfect. fos.
Bill, congrats on the results of your hearing test. Perfect but selective hearing. You are blessed! Thanks for the kind words & fav for "Men Are Beasts."
Actually Bill, I thought it deserved a fave because of the originality of the concept as well as the fine structuring of it. I found it extremely funny and well thought out.
Thanks once again, Bill! Very much appreciated!
Thanks for comment on Reginald #1
Thanks. Can't wait to read more from you.
Thank you so much, Bill, for taking the time to read my stories and your generous comments!!! I am a huge fan!!
Thanks for reading "August," Bill, and for the star! I'm new to poetry, so your kind words are appreciated.
Dear Bill: Thank you very much for your supportive and informative comments on alys. As always, I really appreciate your feedback.
Thanks so much for your comments (on everything!) recently for "Watching Them." I really appreciate you!
Bill - thank you so much for your comment on Now and Then, and for the title suggestion; which I will use! Cheers :)
Bill -- thank you for the comment & fave on "Where You Lay Your Dreams"!
Hi, Bill. Thanks for reading 'Made in Japan.' I very much appreciate your comments and suggestions.
Bill, thank you for reading and commenting on Gray Feline. I cannot take credit for the metaphor, it is how my mind is holding the dissociated part of me that keeps my anger.
And my name, just btw, is Juhi : )
Bill, I couldn't ask for more: it works! Thank you so much for that comment about "Tatters."
Hi Bill, thanks so much for the feedback and suggestion. I took it.
Many, many thanks for reading "Christina Heppel" - I'm glad you enjoyed it!
Thank you Bill for reading "Hog Heaven". Appreciate!
Thanks for the comment on Humpty Dumpty 2011! Glad you liked the update.
Thank you for the kind comments you made about my poem, "The Envelope and the Stamp." I do so appreciate your valuable time.And I'm very glad you found something worthy in it to like.
Hi Bill. Thanks for reading Momma's Dogs. You were absolutely right about "will" vs. "can." I'm just getting started with your work. "Slutty mud" is a great expression. (I am Not a Corpse)
Bill, thanks for the kind comment on "She said." And for the box of "envy." I'll be sending it back your way soon, I'm sure.
Bill, I am so flattered by your compliment on my latest. Thanks for making it a favorite.
Thanks Bill for all your work on "Tortillas" which has earned you a share of any royalties and my deep gratitude.
Bill, Wow! Thanks for your great comment about "Big," and for the star, too.
Bill - you are too kind. Thank you for your comments on the last 2 pieces. I was stunned by one of them it was so damn nice! You are such a wonderful reader and support to me. xo
Hello Bill, and thanks for your kind words about "Jack". I'm looking forward to reading your work just as soon as I overcome a massive pile of imminent deadlines.
thanks for liking my latest!
"Not sure I want to be in the company of WB though!" Me neither ... and in triplicate.
Bill, thank you so much for reading and commenting on "The Musical!"
Hi, Bill. Thanks for reading '1965, what I wanted-2.' I greatly appreciate your comment and *.
Bill - thank you for reading and commenting on "Health Code". Always appreciate any words from you.
Thank you, Bill! Your encouragement means so much to me!
Thanks, Bill. Glad you liked "Still Life."
You're a champ, Bill. Thanks for the read and the star for "Surgery."
Bill, thanks for reading and commenting on "1910, What I Wanted." Always appreciate your read and insights!
Bill, whenever I hear from you it's a special occasion. My sincere thanks for taking the time to read and comment on "1993, What I Wanted." It's very much appreciated.
This Zine's website seems to be down. Everything ok? Bought a copy of Wrench and it just arrived in the mail.
Thank you so much, Bill! Appreciated, as always.
Bill, thank you so much for your kind words on "1991" - hell, for even reading it for that matter. And for the star. Thank you!
Bill, many thanks for your friendly remarks about "Root in a Bottle." I appreciate them.
Hi, Bill. Thanks for reading '1965, what I wanted.' I greatly appreciate your comments and suggestions.
Thanks, Bill. I vividly remember the madness. And it's been twenty years. I appreciate your comment on "Merry-Go-Round."
Much thanks for the suggestion to Answer.
Bill, thanks! And I'm a SK fan, so I would have taken it as a compliment even if you didn't mean it that way. :)
Seriously, there is a dark edge to the poem-- and to the Alabama collection as a whole.
Hello, Bill. Thanks for the read and comment on my 93 word single sentence piece--and for the Stephen-Paul Martin recommendation. I'm quite enjoying his stuff so far. Flattered by the association as well. Hope this finds all fab with you.
nono, sorry you don't spoil me. The effect is not spoiling it is encouraging. Sometimes I sound 8 years old, my logic is flawed, it is wonderful to have such support. xoxo
thank you Bill! You are way too kind to me. I am spoiled rotten. And I love that. Thank you so much for your comment on "Tip".
Bill, Thanks for your comment--short but sweet--about "War." Thanks for the star, too!
Thank you Bill for reading Descanso.
Gladly, Bill, re Thomas, just as soon as I get home again.
Bill, thanks again for your kind words.
Hi, Bill. Thanks for reading and liking "The Moral of This Story Is." Very much appreciated.
Dear Bill: Thank you for remembering my story fly and liking it again. That means a lot to me!
Bill, thanks so much for your continued support and the recent comments. They mean a lot to me.
Thanks for your comments on Economics. You're one of my bellweather people and I'm pleased when like something.
Much appreciation for comments on untitled!
Thanks for reading my latest poem! :)
Bill - many thanks for your read and comments on "Liplorn". I greatly appreciate it.
Hi Bill. Thank you so much for your very generous, starry endorsement of ash. You have a terrific Sunday. - Q
Am I wrong? Bad things happen. Happy Valentine's Day, Bill.
Hi Bill - I honestly don't know how I find the time to write but comments like yours on "Safa's Hair" make me glad I do!
Thank you for the read and feedback today on the poem formerly known as "untitled"... I appreciate the insights!
Thanks for the comment and fave on 10 Keys, Bill! I always appreciate your take on my work.
Love your work Bill ... Quality.
Thanks for your comments on 10,000 Dollar Pyramid, Bill. You are one kind sir!
It's always something, Bill. Damn females. Thanks for the thumbs up for my bug story.
Hi Bill - Thanks so much for your generous comments on "Nothing Good..." you've made my day!
Bill, thanks ever so much for the read and your comment on "Sic transit Gloria Mundy." Meant a lot to hear it.
Thanks for the * for Mama's Funeral. Much appreciated.
Bill - thx for the feedback on my piece - good suggestions that I'll incorporate when I submit for publication.
Bill, thanks for commenting on Love At Last. Glad you liked it.
Thanks again, Bill, for the kind comment and ideas. My homage to Mandelstam, such as it be, is here at " In the Jaws of Kronos", a play, still in progres.
Hi, Bill. Thanks for reading 'Big Bang Cools.' I appreciate your implied suggestion on changing to past tense. It's something to think about.
Yup, that sums it up. A couple of lines that I borrowed from Twain. Thanks for the comment on "Carver Country."
Bill, thanks for the comments on "A heart that is not broken..." Glad you picked out the positive perspective.
Hi Bill: Thanks for your comment on "For the Women." The form is demanding, but I'm happy with its final incarnation and that it found an appropriate home at Writers for Human Rights. I'm glad you like it.
Hi Bill, thanks for the kind words on "A sense that something has happened".
"Kissed me kindness" is me looking for a new verb to replace 'gave' but with emotion and some of the physical. Plus it feels good in the mouth to say, kissed me kindness.
Thanks, Bill, for reading and commenting on “Jump Shots.” Very pleased you liked it.
Bill - thank you for reading and *ing "Solar Plexus". Means a lot from you.
Thanks for the warm welcome. And now that the issue is up, I'll have more time to explore the site.
hello...i really appreciate all your reads and comments, but particularly on the newest two (in between and the troupe)...i have the idea that something new is taking shape through them but i'm not yet clear on where it might lead. so it's good to know these work. plus bergman and resnais and robbe-grillet in one comment...i had to fan myself...
So pleased to have your read on "How to Take a Meeting." And thanks for catching that glitch. I knew something was wrong... * your *!
Thank you, Bill for always reading my stuff and for giving advice where it is needed. I truly appreciate and use it all.
Hi, Bill. Thanks for reading 'Disgeneration.' I greatly appreciate.
Thanks, Bill, for the comment and the suggestion. New guy mistake. Caps now expunged.
Thank you, Bill, for the comment and fave on "Foreplay." Should you wish to send a bottle of wine, just box it up, send it to me, c/o General Delivery, Munroe Falls, Ohio.
Hi, Bill. Thanks for reading 'Woman on Top.' I appreciate your comments.
Thanks for the read and the fave on Sins of the Father, Bill! I'm thrilled you liked it.
Bill, So glad you enjoyed Lunkers. Thanks for the compliment.
Hi Bill, thanks for faving Last Bell- Glad you enjoyed. Much appreciated!
Thanks for your kind read of "Bogart Generations," Bill.
Wearing women's panties? Whatever you say, Bill.
Hi Bill, thanks for reading Just for Kicks, I appreciate the comments! Thanks for the suggestion, too. fos.
Bill, thanks for reading Film Noir & thanks for having good eyes. not too many (including myself) would've caught that error.
Thank you for reading "Harpoon," Bill. You're always so generous with your praise. Thanks, too, for the star.
Thank you for the comment on 'Source.' That place is a good place.
Hi, Bill. Thanks for reading 'Creeper.' I appreciate your helpful comments and suggestions.
Thanks for the great comment and fave on Unheard, Bill. I always appreciate your close reads and thoughtful suggestions.
Bill, thanks for the kind comment on "Sage"!
Thanks, Bill. My Tacoma's an '03. I've already got 43,000 miles on it.
Hi, Bill. Thanks for reading 'Piece of Mind.' I greatly appreciate your comments and suggestions.
Thanks, Bill, for the read and thoughtful comments on “Oh, Fish Eggs!” I will definitely explore first person narratives in various forms. Your scholarly, helpful feedback is much appreciated.
Looked up the kawataba, sounds lovely & wonderfully odd
Will have to read...like mishama mixed with a little Poe
And that was a great stafford poem, thanks!
Hopefully the Kawabata story doesn't involve albinos africans being hacked to pieces if not then I will read it..
Thanks for your kind comments & I will rethink the "limbless" line, although perhaps the "limbs" in that sentence refer to his psyche instead of actual apendenges... Ok, surely stretching that...
Bill thanks for your comment on Headstone. When I first read it, I doubted you. Silly me! You're right. It would make a stronger poem starting there. I don't know what I'll do with this, but you've given me a new way to see it.
Hi Bill, thanks for the feedback for "Empty." That one's going into a new chapbook and I want it as polished as possible. Thank you.
Bill - thanks for the comment and critique on "I Like It". I appreciate it a ton! Always, always. Cheers!
thanks for taking the time to read through "For Starters." Glad it set well with you. Here's hoping for more along the same lines for us both this year!
Had to post it, Bill. "Mad Max," that is. Love that last line.
Hi, Bill. Thanks for reading 'I'll be Home for Christams-2.'
I greatly appreciate your helpful comments, suggestions, and corrections.
Hi Bill - been awhile. Thanks for reading Maduros. I wanted to convey at the end there how people, including the observer, then just go about their day with their simple pleasures, not even noticing the inequity/disparity between the two worlds. So I wasn't looking for a forceful ending in terms of statement, just a la-di-dah thing. If you are saying I could convey that stronger, then I must look at it, for I appreciate your critiques, Thanks again.
You tell me, Bill. My guess is that the piece is all about sex. Deadly sex, sex for sale, lesbian sex, adultery. But I don't know about the story, either. I may take it down and sub another from my "echoes & disconnects" series. (The first book is available now, and a vol. 2 is in the works.)
Bill--thank you so very much for these kind words. I'm always honored by
your presence at one of my poems. Thanks for reading. dp
Thank you for the comments on Erzurum. Very helpful.
Just wanted to tell you how much I appreciate your input on my work. Honestly, I don't know what we'd do without you around here!
Bill--thanks for your read and education about Kyd. I'm writing here more or less what I wrote after your comment. I can never figure out if Fictionaut comments alert people higher up in the string. They don't for me, but from the comments people leave it seems it works that way for others.
It was a tough poem to write, because it is every parent's worry, and I recall the Oscar Wilde quote--perhaps he said it for effect but there's some truth in it--all bad poetry is the product of genuine sentiment, or something like that.
Hi, Bill. Thanks for reading 'I'll be Home for Christmas.' Your knowledgeable comments, corrections, and suggestions are always greatly appreciated.
Thank you for reading Christmas Miracle. Glad you enjoyed it.
Thank you for the lovely comment on 'Gift.'
I haven't read any Robbe-Grillet (or rather, I think a writing tutor may have introduced me to an excerpt once, but it's vague in my memory.)Is there anything of his in particular you'd recommend as a starting point in reading him?
thanks for yr comments, bill. on "electric eyes" - SMALL letters: could be (about the tiny people). i write all first drafts in small caps. i only change it to the proper capitalisation if i can see the benefit, if you wish. it's a decision that i make intuitively, perhaps i shouldn't...i have a disturbed relationship with the entire caps system, as you can see.
Bill, Thanks so much for your kind note on Whipping Post. I really appreciate the read.
Thanks for commenting on my cozy little Christmas story, Bill. Ah, yes, the dreaded MM. Yet Marlow begins his sentences with subject & verb. What to do? What to do? And the AHD says either oversize and oversized is correct. Or do my old, weary eyes deceive me?
I'm so glad you liked Things Left Unsaid as a poem, Bill. Thanks for the fave, and great suggestion!
Thanks for the great comment and suggestion on Things Left Unsaid, Bill! I gave it a shot; we'll see what happens!
Thank you, also, for reading "Dessert Buffet".
Your opinion is especially valued, Bill. Thanks for reading "Casting It".
Bill,thank you for your only star...
Merci beaucoup, Bill, for the great comments on Ping Pong, made my day!
Bill so glad you like oasis and thanks for the very nice compliment!
Bill, thank you for taking the time to read & comment on It Stops. I appreciate your words.
Awesome stars, Bill, for god's man. I'll be keeping them all. Maybe I can string them on my tree. Cheers. -- Q
Thank you, Bill, for your careful look at "Love Poem." You may be right. I'm a bit like Marianne Moore when it comes to my work. I never quit tinkering.
Thank you for your comments on "A Night in Saudi Arabia." They are much appreciated!
Bill, I appreciate your read and thoughts on my tiny "Lost in the City" piece.
Bill, what a pleasure to read your very kind comment about Wax Off. Titles are tricky, so glad this one seemed to you to get to the heart of things. Thanks for letting me know your thoughts about my little holiday rumination.
Thank you for reading Hands and for the suggestion. I'll rethink this one.
Thanks for the Baker/Barker catch. Now I have to spend my afternoon changing it on all the web sites where I posted.
Thanks, Bill. It means a lot to me that you liked my "fishing" story. It's one that still hurts to read.
You are too kind, Bill, you really are. I appreciate your words about loon and dark deer. They are encouraging to me and inspiring. Thank you. -- Q
Bill, as always, I am delighted when you read my work. I appreciated your comment on Gin And A Cowboy! While I didn't take your noted comment, I wanted you to know that your comment did spur me to another revision, with the singularly original title of Gin And A Cowboy - Redux, just posted here. The most wonderful thing about comments from wonderful writers, is what they make you think about! So thank you, truly!
Hi Bill - Thanks so much for your kind words on "Willie Nelson" - "The Proud Accounting" is a gem :)
Bill, thanks for the kind comment on "Repair Man." Appreciate the read.
Bill, many thanks for taking time to read, and comment on, my story "The Duende." Glad you liked it. Best, Frank
Yah, but you get no bread with one meatball, don'tcha know. Always glad to get your responses, Bill. Thanks.
Wow. Really appreciate the comment about "Night & Day," Bill.
Bill - thanks for reading and commenting on "Lay On Me". So very appreciated.
Dear Bill: Thank you so much for your very kind remarks about fly. I'm so glad you found it to be carefully crafted. This means a great deal to me. You take care of yourself and I'll be back after the holiday to read more Bill Yarrow. -- Q
Bill, thank you. Sometimes I post a thing I'm really fond of and it's met with silence. Not this time.
Bill, thanks so much for reading 'under the skin' and your comment. Glad this caught your eye and approval.
Bill, thanks for "rug", I always love hearing from you and thanks for helping me on that MOM vs mom-- it always stumps me a moment and I generally end up doing it wrong, and Happy Thanksgiving Bill
Bill: Thanks for your thoughtful response to June, Texas, 1993. In the last few years I find the muse has assumed the guise of my father. It would make him smile.
Thanks for the kind words on Eat, Pray, Network, Bill! I appreciate the read and your thoughts.
Hey Bill, thanks so much for your good words on Tall Men & have a nice Thanksgiving!
Hi Bill. Thank you for your excellent suggestion on my dog is and for your encouragement re: virtual recovery. Lovely hearing from you and very much appreciated. It is time for my next Bill Yarrow poetry fix. -- Q
Thanks for your note about Mermaid. I really enjoyed that one.
Thanks for reading, commenting, and faving Lettuce, Bill. I think I'm envious: no one has ever been that persistent to obtain a vegetable for a rendezvous with me. :)
Thanks, Bill for reading and commenting on "Three Questions for any Doctor." And congratulations on your wonderful work in Blue Fifth! I really enjoyed it.
Thanks, Jules. Glad you enjoyed the poem at Blue Fifth. Thanks for telling me.
Bill - just had to say I love your piece at Blue Fifth. So good. So cool.
Hello...Thanks much for the reads and comments on "A Dialectical Digression" and "Same Story Again." Both are greatly appreciated. I like the Marrianne Moore cite on the first. On the second: I can't tell you my uncle's story. I'm the only one in the family who never actually heard it. But shhh....that's a secret.
Thanks for the careful read on The Chair, Bill. I always appreciate your comments. Glad you liked that phrase 'my algebra years' -- made sense to me when I wrote it. I'm changing those caps now -- you are right (but I could not get online earlier today to do it)!
Always glad to get your comments, Bill. Thanks for reading "Win Some."
Hi Bill. I'm glad you liked after amelia. Thank you for your generous comments. Have an excellent day! -- Q
Terrific interview on Fictionaut Five, Bill!
Thanks very much for the kind words and fave on Rats, Bill. I always appreciate your comments.
Bill, thank you for "birds." I kinda forgot that little poem, and happy to see it was read again.
Hi Bill, I enjoyed your recent interview on Fictionaut! Thanks for your insightful revealings.
Bill, I enjoyed your interview in Fictionaut Five. Why the number 986? Do I understand correctly that the aphorisms are posting at Twitter (for two years now)? I must sign up! Yours is a book of poetry I'd love to buy, and I'm a cautious buyer with shelves groaning and full. May a book of yours (Florid Psychosis) be so. It so impresses me that there are 60-80 of your poems in circulation at any given time. Lucky editors!
Hi Bill - Thanks so much for your comments on "She Spread Her Legs" - I agree about the dissonance between the title & narrative - it's one of my favorite songs.
aye...and the line before: Heigho, the tale was all a lie;
Thanks for sharing your wonderful poem.
Thanks for reading Color Coded Pills and for the kind words. Much appreciated.
Bill, thank you for your wonderful comments on Unpacking Sentences. I greatly appreciate whenever you read my work. And, thank you for the lovely compliment about my finding the heart of I Am Not A Corpse - that was a singular line in the poem for me, as some, ahem, famous writer said... signifying all.
Thanks Bill! I really, really, really, appreciate you reading "Mama's Mass".
Bill, it was my pleasure. As a fiction writer, I feel I learn so much reading the poetry on this site. You're a fine teacher. cheers, Kath
Thanks for the read and comment on Two Trees, Bill!
Bill, thanks for your great comment on "Welcome Back." I'm happy that you liked the story.
thanks much for reading and commenting on the 10th event particle, bill. glad you like the bottle of vodka, too.
Thanks, Bill, for the kind comment on, you know, that long-titled story of mine.
Bill - thanks for reading and commenting on "Romance Writes" and the grammar tip. Always, always appreciated!
Hi, Bill. Thanks for reading 'Fifty Five Words or Less.' Your link to the story behind "lighght" and Aram Saroyan's book of one word poems is greatly appreciated.
mille grazie for your reading of with mary--
you are an astute reader--
hem, sure--as in the parataxis i was trying for--
something about mary? amen--all the marys we have known (where i grew up in italian american ny, everyone was mary. or paulie
anyway--thx for reading, bill
Thanks, Bill Yarrow, for your kind words for "Sidereal."
Thanks for reading Musical. Glad you liked it. I must say, The Sound of Music has grown on me a bit. However, I'm not going out to buy a copy for myself.
Bill, hello, and thanks for reading my "Liturgical" bit. I am interacting with Amazon after your suggestion.
Really appreciate the read and kind words for "How Elm Trees Die", Bill. I"m glad you liked it.
You are a prince of a fellow, Bill. Glad you liked "The Party."
Bill, thank you. Not to keep pushing Borges at you, but saw this and wanted to share: http://caperlitjournal.weebly.com/contest.html
Bill, very flattered you went into the "bowels" of my story list and dug out Deer, and that it affected you. I'm honored, thank you Bill
Cheers for the kind comment on 'She Doesn't Live Here.' Much appreciated.
Bill: Thanks for your very kind support of the birds in shades of a young miss zorita. I very much appreciate it. Yours -- Q
Thanks Bill for the comments and fave for the Martin Ripley story. What a great name. Martin Ripley. I'm happy to know he actually exists.
Thanks for the comment on The Point, Bill! Glad you liked it!
Borges (k)Not in form, but in 'the contamination of reality by dream' (from the intro to my Labyrinths, a favorite) - your images are fantastic, in all senses. At least, that's where I am in my reading today.
Bill, thanks for the kudos.
Bill, Thanks for your nice note on Tomorrowland. Hope you're doing well, Sara
Bill - I must thank you for reading and commenting on "John & Cathy Come Home". I greatly appreciate your feedback.
you clever clever man!
Hi Bill. Thanks for the read and comments on Sunrise. I'm working on the title, but I'm not very good with titles...
Thank you for reading and commenting on my piece "while we sleep," Prof. Yarrow. I look forward to treating myself to your own beautiful creations. Yours -- Q
Bill, thank you for reading Lavender. I appreciate your comment very much indeed.
Thanks for the kind comment re "Eclipse." I thought about making it a longer trail of debris, but I worried that if I went too far along that path I might never stop.
At any rate, looking forward to reading more of your stuff when the new baby allows me to surface again.
Bill, thank you! and thank you for sharing "The Naming of Parts" - this really made me smile big. So nice, Bill!
Thanks for reading Phantom Soldiers and for suggesting the read. I'll take a look for sure. I want to write a volume of war poems about Korea. My grandfather fought there.
Thanks so much for the great comment on 4P28. I'm so glad you liked the "armoured heart" line. It's my fave, too!
Bill, thanks for reading, and for your comments. All best.
Thanks, Bill, for commenting on and faving "Wake Up." I'm glad it made you smile!
Thanks for the suggestions for Alice Sundew. It does look better.
Hello Bill: Thanks for reading and commenting on "White." I'm still adjusting to the 55 word constraint. It's lovely to see that the lines work.
Bill, thanks for the nice comment on "Searching for Samuel Beckett."
Thank you, Bill. 'preciate your comment about "Water, Water."
Thanks for your comment on Better Days, Bill. All best.
As always, I greatly appreciate your comments and input on my work, and thanks for the fave on Redux (Things I Should Have Done #4) now retitled... Heartbreak Waiting To Happen. I kept "answers aforethought", but I did tinker with the ending. With gratitude, as always.
Thank you once again for your kind words on my work.
Thanks, Bill. I am going to get a box to keep my deleted endings in. I can't seem to learn to stop yakking.
hello, bill: thanks for commenting on "pineapple." it's a peculiar piece.
Thank you once again, Bill. I'm delighted this little ditty pleased you.
Thanks for noting that line, Bill (in my post 9/11 story). I liked it, too.
Thanks again, Bill. You are so encouraging!
Thanks for reading 'Blues Away,' Bill. I changed the ending at your suggestion. And I think it's better. Thanks again for that.
Thank you for reading Water Heart. Glad you liked it.
Again, I really want to thank you for all your input so far on my Voice of the Past series of pieces. Don't know yet how they'll be put together. Thanks again, Bill!
Thanks Bill for reading "Sweet Sour" and your comments and support. I appreciate you.
Thank you once again, Bill. I'm so glad you enjoyed Johnny Mercer's Pier.
Wow, what a compliment you gave me on Hollow - thank you so much - I'm blushing.
Bill, I'm a little confused: did you find the vagina girl "irresistible" or the story? ha ha! Sorry I just couldn't resist! Thank you, Bill (for real)
Bill, I appreciate your comments, always. Thanks for commenting on "Shoot the Moon."
Bill, very happy to follow your work here. Always something to learn from you.
I very much admire Compton-Burnett's work, Bill. Mother and Son especially. Thanks for the compliment and thanks for reading my work.
Thank you for your kind words on Turtle Summer and Tethered Lashes. I'm so glad you enjoyed these, especially Tethered Lashes. I will post more, but I figured I needed to wait a day or two in between postings. You are sweet to request more :)
Thanks very much for reading and commenting on the pieces that I've posted here, bill. I appreciate both very much.
Ah, as always thanks for the critique, great comments on "Just a Mountain". Much appreciated and I always look forward to hearing your thoughts.
Thanks for the comment on No Goodbyes, Bill! I always appreciate your suggestions.
Bill, thank you for commenting on "The Ace". I always light up when I see a review from you. Cheers!
every time i have taught proust my life fell apart. you'd think this would worry me. instead i am looking forward to trying again and again until i figure out what the linkage is and snapping it. as for gombrowicz...cosmos is one of the finer things ever. i love the sentences, love the idea of it, everything.
Bill, thank you so much for finding Girl. I really appreciate the thoughtful read. I've been on a rotten FN hiatus all summer but I look forward to catching up on your work, and reading more, when life settles in a bit this fall.
Many thanks for your comment on 'Swimming Pool', Bill.
Bill, Thank you for your kind read on "Thursday." I love that you seem to always find that one thing that can be done without. Keep it up! Much appreciated.
Bill - thanks for wanting a Siberian life too! ha:) Very much appreciated!
Hi Bill, thanks for reading Ripe. Thanks for the comment, too. foster.
Thanks for the kind words on Telephone, Bill. So glad you liked it.
My pleasure. Back at you, Bill!
Thanks for the comment on "Real life." As it turns out, there is a film related to this subject: Lars and the Real Girl. It wasn't an influence -- a magazine article about a Real Doll repairman was -- but it is out there.
Bill, thanks for your nice comment and great feedback on “Sono Canadese (I am Canadian).” Very much appreciated.
Thank you for your suggestions on The Secrets of the Dead. Always appreciated.
Bill, really enjoyed Parabola Tango. In trying to figure out why it worked beyond the words and the content (which were wonderfully astute), it was also the meter, the combination of 11 and 8 beats. It seemed a funky combination, at least for me, but it left that bit of tension not apparent in the words.
Anyway, dissecting stuff to see why they work. Peace...
I appreciate you stopping by "An Honorary Jew." I think you're right and the piece would work well acted out as dialogue, but I'd hate to miss the nuances of, for example, the suspicion on the part of the nursing assistant by losing the narrative. Thanks for the thoughtful response, however.
Thanks for the kind words and the great feedback on Responsible. I always appreciate your thoughts.
Thanks for reading and enjoying "Last Winter's Leaves" the chap is the same name and available here free: http://fullofcrow.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/Last-Winters-Leaves-Ebook.pdf
Hi Bill - thanks so much for your comments on my story, 'Far'. I've made that correction and tend it agree that the energy fizzles out at the end. I think, to take it beyond a story that complies with a word limit to one that should exist in its own right, I'll need to address that. I really appreciate your feedback.
Thank you Bill for your read of my story "Leak Soup." Your comments are always welcome and helpful.
Thanks, again, Bill! You have really been instrumental in encouraging me to further develop the Voice of the Past pieces!
Hi Bill! I saw your poem Addiction in a recent issue of Pank and really enjoyed it. Well, done!
Thanks, Bill, for the fave and comments on "Snowlands..."
Thank you for reading my stories and for your wonderful and helpful comments. It deserves its own post, but congratulations on the nomination.
Bill, congrats on your nomination for Andalusia! It’s such an amazing poem and deserves recognition.
For your wonderful comment on my story “Monsieur Editor and Madame Malaprop” – merci beaucoup! I’m thrilled you enjoyed it, Bill. You’ve made me feel most welcome on my Fictionaut maiden voyage.
Thanks, Bill, for the comment on Corner! I always appreciate your thoughtful reads.
Hi Bill. Thanks for your helpful look at "Bob". I think you are spot on. Thank you!
My pleasure, Bill! Enjoyed it. Hope to read more of you.
Bill! Thanks for the star on Between, and the kind words. I really appreciate it! :)
Hi, Bill, thanks for reading 'Bud Business? Booming!' I appreciate your comment and fav.
Having my own editor is a very good thing. Thank you.
Thank you for reading Dream Catcher. As always, thank you for the suggestions. Its like like having my own editor.
Thank you for reading Dream Catcher. As always, thank you for the suggestions. It like like having my own editor.
Thanks very much, Bill for the close reading and comments on "Paris..." I'm glad to have the comments on word choice, something this tight needing to stand up under that scrutiny.
Great ideas for "Why We Need To Keep Writing." Thanks, Bill!
Thank you for reading and pointing out that little typo, Bill. I am officially the world's worst editor. I have a trophy for it and everything. Best of luck.
Thank you for reading Summer and the suggestions. Much appreciated.
Thanks for putting the link up to your noir blog. Great stuff there.
Hi. Bill, Thanks for reading, A Fragmentary Vision. I very much appreciate your helpful comments and suggestions and I will continue working on it.
Bill, Bill, Bill, you make me so happy when you comment. Thank you for your suggestion and review.
Hi, Bill, thanks for reading His Longest Day. I appreciate your comments, suggestions, and corrections very much.
Thanks so much for the helpful comment on 3 a.m., Bill. Your suggestions were perfect!
Bill...wow, thanks for spending some time on my stories. Really appreciate your suggestions and the affirmations on what you liked, particularly on WildBlue Yonder..i wanted those details to emerge
Thank you Bill for once again visiting my pieces (this time my 55 word Upstream) and your kind words. Your encouragement means a lot.
Thank you Bill for the star and your comments on In The Lake. So greatly appreciated, and I am pleased, as you are a wonderfully compulsive editor, that the ending worked for you!
Thanks, Bill, for your comments on "Godot, go wait yourself!" - GL
Thanks for the thoughtful comment and the fave on Limboland, Bill!
Hi, Bill, thanks for reading and commenting on Halfway to the Top. I appreciate it very much.
Bill, thanks so much for the kind words about my micro with the long title. I really appreciate it.
Thank you so much for your kind comment on my story, Bill. Made my morning brighter. :)
Thank you for taking the time to respond with your ideas and insights, Bill. Very helpful, I do appreciate it.
Bill, Thanks for your wonderful comments on Infinity Pool. I'm uncertain - the questions you ask, are you left wondering by the piece? Too much? Do you think some things should be more explicit? Eager to learn! Claire.
Hi Bill, thanks for your comments on "Poleward" - George
Thank you for the feedback. I appreciate any thoughts from you. I shall work on this "icepick" idea...
Thanks, Bill, for the very kind words about "Foundling." Appreciate the read.
Also, thank you for the comments on Small Potatoes". I value your opinion very much and really appreciate it. I'd love to know what you'd have the ending as...?
It's true, Bill. Usually I find poetry too confusing or boring. With your poems - even though I may not get all of them...I get a gist and I love the writing.
Just had to tell you.
Thanks for the comment and fave on Midnight Riders. And, thanks for the suggestion. I have not read Headlong Hall...yet.
Bill, thanks for the Wile E Coyote YouTube link. You should’ve warned me not to be drinking a beverage while viewing!
Thanks so much for the comment and the fave on Midnight Riders! Calvino?! I'm so honored...
Bill, you had to see it to believe it! I mean the, uh, entertainer. Thanks for your comment on my "Peace" story. (I wonder why so many of my stories have that word in the title?)
Thank you for reading Arlington Cemetery: Section 60. Thank you for pointing out the typos, too.
Bill, thanks for the comments and the fave on "From the Fotomat # 3." I would like to have written a decent book on Kennedy in Dallas, but I doubt I could ever get close to Don DeLillo's home run, "Libra." Sort of the last word on that particular piece of history and one of my favorite novels of all time.
Bill, thanks for your comments on 'Blue Pinto'. A follow-up, 'Check Engine', is up in the current Word Riot.
Bill, thank you for reading my poems and thanks for the helpful comments. Best to you.
Sure, Bill - glad you liked the tweak.
Thank you for reading Over Breakfast. Much appreciated.
Thanks for the kind words, Bill. I appreciate the read.
Bill, thank you for the comment on my poem 'On West 4th St' and I apologize it took so long to get here.
Thank you for reading The Abyss of Contemplative Hatred and for the high praise. Thank you, too, for the suggestion.
Thank you, Bill for your very flattering comment on Good Home Wanted!
Thanks for your thoughtful comment on A Night of Not Knowing. I know I'm not the only one who's been through this. And of course the happy ending makes it easier to write. But putting oneself into that moment again, reliving the 'not knowing', is intense. I guess you and your wife do that quite frequently too, even after all these years. So glad to hear of your healthy bouncing 29-yr-old, Bill!
Thanks so much for the thoughtful comments on Waiting for the Light. I appreciate the read.
Yeah, that animation site is fun to noodle around with. My daughter spends lots of time there. I think it's time for school to start, ha...
Bill, thanks for reading and faving "Watermelon." I'm going to make the change you suggested.
Lest there be any misunderstanding, I was giving the post a star in recognition of its superb good taste. His letters are fascinating. Memorable.
AND. About time that book got sent. It's been, like a whole day.
Eerie. Just reading Susan Tepper's smoking story because she and I were talking about film and I HATED last line and then saw, YOU said that very thing with more discretion. Two man army here.
I’m reading "Getting Godless" right now. It’s extraordinary. Your writing is so absolutely exciting, and consistently so.
Bill, what a fantastic thing to say. Thank you for that wonderful comment about Requirement, and about that first line in particular.
Pleased you were moved by Broken Mirrors - hard one to write.
Thanks for the fav
Bill, thanks for reading At Seventeen. I appreciate your helpful suggestion.
Thanks, Bill for your advice on Non-Renewable. Much better.
As always I appreciate you taking time to read my stuff.
Thank you for reading and giving suggestions to Ocean Front Epitaph. Much appreciated. I'll play around with it a little more.
Bill, Yes! Ten favs now for MM. Thank you!
Thanks, Bill, for your wonderful comment on Bedtime Story! Looking forward to catching up with your latest too...
Thank you Bill for your suggestion on "Foundation". I will work on the meter. So far, though, I have not been great with edits and re-do's. Never say die, I suppose. Always appreciated.
Thank you for reading and commenting on Union of Opposites. Glad you liked the lava lamp line.
Bill, Your kindness always humbles me. In "Brass" the last couplet would indeed make a great refrain for a longer piece listing all my inadequacies :) So grateful for your reading my schtuffs.
Bill, I'm so glad you liked All Credit Rescinded and appeciate all your commentary, many thanks!
Bill, thanks so much for your comments on my short stuff. Appreciate it!!
Three greats! Wow! Thanks, Bill. And you are absolutely right: it's all true.
Thanks Bill for liking my break-up piece!
Bill, Thank you so much for reading Crystal and Matrimony. The two are related, in a way.
Thank you, Bill! I'm glad you enjoyed "Perch"!
"Thanks do much for the great comment on “Magritte.” Appreciate the support, Matt."
Something that is already floating, diving, flying does not *need* support.
Thanks for your comment on "Quotes". Much appreciated.
And thanks for the spelling tip!
Re: Lake Chelan. Bill, I so love the freedom you feel with me, and in general, to provide your input. For me, this is what fictionaut is about. So listen. Yes, comma after "at dusk." You were right, I got rid of "together" after naked. I got rid of, then put back, bound, I just the image of limbs bound. I had to keep overturned in the corner. But your edits and comments gave me so much food for thought, and I greatly appreciate it!
Thanks for your generous words about "One Bag of Popcorn," Bill. It's an odd little piece. I'm glad it speaks to you.
I received the book, thank you for that and the wonderful inscription. So enjoyed your Fictionaut Fave piece on Ann Bogle!
Thanks Bill! Following you back on Twitter :)
Bill, thanks so much for reading and liking "blinking blinking"
No worries. I hope you enjoyed your time in NC.
I appreciate you taking the time to read my Things I Should Have Done series. Terrific comments and I loved your questions!
Thanks, Bill, for your great suggestion on my poem About My Dad. Perfect!
Thank you for reading Allah Akbar. I'm pleased you liked it.
The poem's worth looking up.
I have no idea which Kibbutz he was on. I think more than one. He lived in Israel for a good few years in his twenties. Him, my aunt and grandmother moved out there. He went back to London eventually. My aunt stayed in Israel.
Thanks, Bill, for your appreciative comments about "Sunday Mourning" - and there might not really be any "Other": herself, some lost love, or a fantasy altogether.
I am grateful for your comments about "Furballs." Thanks for reading and have a great day!
Bill, Thank you for your comment on "Four". I picked randomly from your posts, and am stricken by "The meaning of Life". Yes, I have known for a long time that testosterone does indeed drive the attention of the man sitting across from me at a table in a cafe (not in Tulsa). What a joy reading you has become.
I find Facebook so confusing, following all the threads, the daily doings of people's lives! I rarely check in there! But thanks for friending me there nonetheless!
I own Plath's unabridged journals (I believe I have all of her books, even Winter Trees!) - I haven't finished the journals though, I picked through it and read pieces at random because she was so brilliant, I thought if I tried to read her brutal honesty, I'd go creatively blind - it's around though - waiting for me to pick through it again - from what I've read about her though, I do understand that the Bell Jar was way too close to her real life.
Thanks for your comment on my first story here at Fictionaut--a great way to start off!
I am very excited to read your work as well.
Thank you very much for the comment on 'Her Ironing Board Stomach.' I do believe you're entirely right that the word 'surface' is redundant in its first usage. Whilst the repetition in that piece is obviously deliberate, I don't want a single word too many in it. Concision really isn't my norm, so it was a bit of a challenge for me, and I'd like to keep it as spare as possible.
Anyway, nice to meet you and shall look forward to reading some of your writing.
Great idea, Bill!
Bill, thanks for great "review" of "Naked Ladies." Yes, the dislocations is what I was looking for. Meg P. seems to do it so easily, and I can't.
Thank you for your lovely comment and compliments, to my comments on The Meaning Of Life!
I arrived in Berkeley in 1972. Christmas day 1971, to be exact. Also published something with the Berkeley Poets Coop. First book, Puppet X, was a long 65 page series published by Alta of Shameless Hussy Press in 1974.
If you get a chance you might enjoy reading my pieces here called The Great San Francisco Poetry Wars. It may seem really familiar.
I grew up in Villa Park, about 20 miles west of Chicago. A Burb if there ever was one. Couldn't wait to get out! Now living next door to Berkeley, in Oakland.
Thanks, Bill! Illinois, my home town was near Chicago.
Thank you for the compliment Bill on "What we Know". I hope you will continue your input on my humble additions. With luck, will begin to peruse Fictionaut's rich library this week, including your contributions. ~J
Hey Bill, check it out - I've changed the title and several words! Thanks, again :-)
Hey, Bill, I love the shorter form, and the title is much better, too. Like I said to Cherise, I wrote this and sent it out too quickly. Thanks, much appreciated :-)
Thanks, Bill, for your comment on Rock On. Glad you liked it. Been a crazy week; looking forward to seeing what you've been up to here again...
Thanks, Bill, glad you liked my poem :-)
Thank you for reading and for your suggestions on Nothing to Do. Much appreciated.
Bill, want to thank you for reading and comments on Over the Mediterranean, much appreciated
And thanks, too, for the comment on A Knobby Thing. Glad you liked the punch of the new world. Will think on your suggestion about the ending. Endings are important - does it work without that last sentence, really?
Thank you Bill for your comment on Love, Story! Glad you like the references. Tell me, do you secretly prefer King Missile over ABBA too? :)
Thank you! I'm not sure what I am taking from your poetry is what you intend (though I do so appreciate that I've encouraged a bit of explanation from you, and take a bit of pride in that), but I have to respond honestly because your poetry does something to me, and for me.
Thanks so much! :) It's a pleasure to have you on the site.
The hook is she was a lesbian who used the word. There are further hooks, but I shall strive to be salesmanlike about it. I had thought of historical society presses, but it appears that a literary press may be interested. I am hoping the whole set of notebooks can go to a special collections library or historical society. I revere the Minnesota Historical Society Press, my favorite in the state where three of the top five small presses in the country reside. That's a boast of the state. The lady herself was from the East. Keep in touch, perhaps advise. Thanks and looking forward!
That is so interesting that diaries are your area of scholarship. I am presently consulting in a diary project -- a real, not a fictive one -- that covers 40 years to 1930, the diary of a woman who lived to be 106. Her 55 notebooks are being typed, and we are looking for a publisher. Any thoughts on that, send a msg. if you like. Thanks for the fav on the Danny O story!
Ah...me as well. Joined in May. :)
No problem, Bill. Like I said, quite enjoyed "Pain" - How long have you been on the site for?
Thanks for the additional explication on Ferdinand Gets Married!
Absolutely brilliant, Bill. Mirandized! I love it!
Not kindness, Bill you are a damn good writer!
Bill. I am looking at the six Knut Hamsun books that I have read and own: Growth of the Soil, Dreamers, Wayfarers, Pan, Hunger, and Mysteries. All lined up on a shelf in my study. I read them many years ago. I think that the reason I respond to your poems, and to Sam Rasnake's poems, and a few others on here, is for that very reason: they emanate from fiction, distilled down to its bare basics. I freely admit that I am a novice when it comes to understanding and reading poetry. I don't have the educational background it it, but I believe I can hold my own, despite my lack of poetic education. For me, a great story is just that: whatever its form, it's a tale I can read, that I can imbue with my own backstory, that I can take words from, and trail it out into the story I still want to hear. I take from it what I will, and when the poems move me, I am willing to be taken away by the writer.
I'm a pure fiction person. My study, my bedroom, my brain, my writing, it's all piled high with narrative fiction. But there are a couple of poets on fictionaut, you included, who are educating me about poetry, and I am taking the time to read, to ponder. I may end up picking up the narrative, fiction thread which may not be the thrust of the poem, but there you have it. I do know that when I see your name on a poem, I know I will read it. Think, consider, analyze. So thank you.
Bill, thank you for reading and commenting on my poem (W 4th St) and I'm sorry for the delay in thanking you.
Yes, indeed. Maybe one day we will have a chess match.
Thank you for joining NC Writers. Happy to have you.
Thank you for reading and commenting on How I Met My Wife. Thank you, too, for also being a loyal reader of my work. Its really great to receive feedback from a more experienced writer.
Thank you for the comment on Blue Grass.
Thanks for stopping by and for the comment on "Memento mori..."
Bill, thank you for your wonderful words about The Shloshim Period. It means a lot. As does the silly error that I made... thank you for alerting me. It's now fixed!
Hahahaha! My first message to you said: Audaciously awaiting to read your work. I meant: Anxiously. I hope you didn't think I was braving up to something I might fear. Not the case at all. I very much enjoy your writing.
Thank you for reading and commenting on The Winds of May.
Thanks for your generous reading of "Color Wheel," Bill. I appreciate your feedback.
Thank you for your comments on Youth. Mr. Swenson says the same thing about the first paragraph. I'll probably drop it, but regardless, its going to be published with the first paragraph intact.
Thanks so much, Bill, for your comment on Latitude Adjustment. Appreciate it very much!
Thanks for your comments, Bill on CTR. I was hoping readers did not think I meant the path is 'yawning'. Pleased you enjoyed it.
Thank you for editing Back in an Hour. Your version is much better. Actually, that is what I was going for, but obviously I didn't know how to word it. Thanks again.
Thank you Bill for your kind read of "Lost"
Welcome to the site. I hope you enjoy your time here. Audaciously awaiting to read your work.