"Emily Dickinson is my hero because she was a joker, because she would never explain, because as a poet she confronted pain, dread and death, and because she was capable of speaking of those matters with both levity and seriousness. "--Helen Oyeyemi
"Many poets are not poets for the same reason that many religious men are not saints: they never succeed in being themselves."--Thomas Merton
" ..kisses are a far better fate/than wisdom."--e.e.cummings
"The opposite of fear is not courage but compassion."--Peter J. Gomes
"When people tell me that they love animals and then harm or kill them I tell them I'm glad they don't love me."--Marc Bekoff
"This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples;no need for complicated philosophies. Our own brains,our own heart is our temple;the philosophy is kindness.'--Dalai Lama
"Works of art are of an infinite loneliness and with nothing to be so little reached as with criticism. Only love can grasp and hold and fairly judge them."--Rainer Maria Rilke
"If we have no concern for others, we are monsters."--Beatrice
"To be men not destroyers."--Ezra Pound
"My role in society, or any artist's or poet's role, is to try and express what we all feel. Not to tell people how to feel. Not as a preacher, not as a leader, but as a reflection of us all."--John Lennon
"Cultural bridges are built through literature and the arts. Those are universal. It is only through the arts that we will ever understand one another.'--Reza Aslan
The future belongs to those who give the next generation reason for hope. (Pierre Teilhard de Chardin)
"Poetry is the supreme fiction."--Wallace Stevens
"We ask for any wrong we've done/The years ahead forgive us
We ask for any good we've done/That all of it outlive us"--Paddy McAloon
On Writing/a blog by Darryl Price
The line lives where it lives. If you’re any kind of art appreciator at all you’ll get down on your knees and sniff the grass between your fingers for tell-tale signs of recent passage. You go where the line goes in its freedom or you don’t get to witness the fascinating moment rising in its own sweet time, which only makes you a secondary hand lab assistant at best, an impostor, no matter how much you protest to the contrary. It all depends on what you want out of this writing life. It’s not about making more money than God. It’s not about collecting rewards. It’s not about shooting up the thrilling white noise of applause. It’s about not being boring. It’s about being authentic to the core. All those things are only shadows meant to keep you on a leash. If you consume too many shadows you will become a walking ghost among the living. Writing should be flesh and bone. It should breathe the same eternal alive air as the rest of us.
The only thing that makes you a real writer in the end is the writing you do. It’s not your best intentions on display that put you over. It’s certainly not your years studying what’s gone on before in the historical context of the field. Learning to imitate is exactly what it sounds like. It’s not about being published over and over again either. It’s not a rich guy contest to see who can build the biggest, most impressive resume on the planet. It’s all about the words you choose to lay down by yourself. The miles of sentences, the paths of your paragraphs, and the poetic original ideas you come up with that sparkle your star to the heavens. And by all accounts that takes a lifetime to begin to achieve. So if you think you don’t have the time for that kind of whole body commitment to the fight then you might as well put your blank potential notebooks away right now and think about something else. Writing is no fairy tale. It might come easy for some, but for most of us the miracle comes a lot harder, as in hard work harder.
You don’t get this just because you want it really, really badly. You aren’t something just because you say to us that you are. A painter paints, a writer writes, but it’s just like breathing. You don’t do it to impress somebody. Nobody cares. It comes naturally. You do it to stay alive. Because if you don’t write you’re dead or might as well be. You’re the one who has to care the most about what you are doing as a writer. You’re the one who believes in the stuff you create when the others have abandoned you to stuffy criticism, who knows that each new word written matters no matter what they say in their influential snobbish circles about your aims and motives. Writing takes a lot of unique courage and you have to find that individual courage all by yourself on a daily basis or fail trying. It’s not for cowards. It’s for dreamers. I can say that, I can write that because I believe in it and my words absolutely believe it, too. dp
I’m a writer on purpose.That's all the truth I want you to know about me.I think any poetry done with the right frame of mind in mind, the right spirit of creative singing, is kind of like saying the magic words.I believe in it that much.I hope you'll take some time to find out exactly what is meant by that simple of a statement.My motto: don't complicate the message;love is the best way out of hell.The world is always forming and reforming itself into,onto, and around whatever words we choose to manifest in or out of its silly little head in our daily verbal lives,minute by minute ..I just think maybe the conscious decision/ action taken of some creative, interesting writing might, perhaps, help with the architecture, if you will.I sometimes will send out free poems to all those who have commented on my work--kindly or otherwise--as a small thank you, for taking the time.Believe me it's very much appreciated by me. And from a poet's perspective this is the highest form of praise and thanks I can think of to give back to anyone/those who cared enough to visit.Even when I'm sad I guess you could say poetry is my own version of a serious ghost dance set against the killing machine of modern life.
From a letter to a friend:
personally I like to think that any kind of self-expression is just good for the soul, is a wonderful chance to make a real difference in the world. All it takes "to fan the flames of your inner poet" is to give yourself the permission to be that creative in that unique kind of way. Just remember there is no one like you in the whole amazing universe, it's a fact, not a cliche--and that's the ace up your sleeve as a writer. All the original experiences, the heattaches, the laughter, the surprises, the whatevers of your life are the touchstones for your own authentic way of feeling out your writing. Always tell the truth in your own deepest feeling voice, but find a way to deliver it to others in many beautiful strokes of the individual pen.dp
Poetry/ a blog by Darryl Price
Poetry should always be something you invent, not something you learn how to copy. Poetry is something you define inside the independent action of just doing it, not something that is defined by the poetic doings of a string of others, no matter how well-meaning or serious or intellectual or philosophical they are about it, because it is a free choice you make in the process of your being creative with words, with sounds and meanings, with feelings and neuroses if you like, whatever moves you to express yourself. It is not a narrow state of being or mind, nor is it a completely solid thing like mud, heavy and ponderous, but it should be infinitely fluid like the morning sky, mysterious like the ocean, full of its own stars and planets, like a deep breath taken on purpose. Poetry is a partnership with your own deepest feelings. It’s not a silly chess game with the reader, it’s a gift that only happens when you are honest enough to let it speak on its own behalf. Poetry is a certain kind of music, the kind that asks you to listen, and when you do, rewards you with an incredible sound only you can hear and act upon, because it is alive within you. Poetry lets you see, magnifies the truth and beauty of the poetry in everything around you. But it can’t do it alone. It needs you. Your thoughts, your emotions, your dreams, your smiles, your tears, your desires, your words.
Just because someone has written a wonderful book about the meaning of poetry does not mean that you have to stop thinking about or looking for the meaning for yourself. Just because someone has earned a learned degree or written another bestselling book or won another prestigious award for their kind of poetry does not mean that they can speak for you. Just because you like someone’s poetry doesn’t mean you owe them anything. It’s more than okay to disagree with anyone’s thoughts about the true nature of poetry—even those who have been judged masters—because real, true poetry is not something that is dead and gone, but something with the very real possibility of being right here right now at all times and in all places. Everyone has the inalienable right to make their own poetry out of their own heads. It is not just for the academically rich and never was. That’s just a damned lie dreamed up by some nasty people a long time ago to control the world. All these people with their many hard and fast rules for poetry are just trying to fix the game and own it and keep it away from those they despise for being different. Poetry rules are usually for those with cruel and petty minds. No house rules are for those with pretty enough minds who just might express themselves in surprising and interesting ways if given half the chance. So first of all poetry has to be set free by the poets in all of us. Otherwise it isn’t poetry at all, but just some new monstrous gilded imitation hanging on a brightly painted wall.
Finally poetry is like love, you can’t contain it, but if you are lucky you can only try to find a graceful way to be in its presence without making a complete and utter fool of yourself. And like love, it won’t be smothered or it will simply disappear from view like it never happened and become something else, something less desirable and more sinister. It’s a direct question of striking the right balance between self-expression and art. Poetry shines a proper light, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be misused by the enemy to blind or redirect an incoming good energy, so that brings me to my last point. Poetry is a responsibility. It’s not for the faint of heart. It asks a lot, even of those it need not. It wants your full attention, your full devotion, but it promises you nothing in return but the sensation of the moment. You must take it on faith—faith that someone else out there can or will relate to its form and function, faith that you are doing the job of outlining it in your own words quite well, faith that you are not boring the shit out of the very leaves on the very trees, faith that you can get the body on the slab to get up and walk, maybe even to dance. dp
Because you matter, and you really do matter no matter what they tend to say in school or on TV,poetry is there to remind you that in any case there are some other kinds of choices in every situation to always be thought of first or made second or played with third. It's okay. Keep on keeping on. There is beauty even though there is sometimes the great weight of truly awful sadness. There is always more hope on the horizon. Sometimes, if we are lucky, a certain poem will appear to light the path a little at a time or just offer us a new or different glimpse of the grace we need to get us to the point where we are doing the most or best living possible. It often stops to offer us a friendly dance or two--just so that you may never forget to laugh again or to be silly enough again or that you were made for more than just mere suffering along again.There is always more love than hate.We can't give up forever,that would be a waste, even if we might need a little rest once in a great while to remember who we are at our very best.
My own bread of rising optimism,often pointed out to me by critics,bullies and snobs, in the artistry of making an original idea out of my own poetry is just my way of singing out loud at the dark and being close to the real true meaning of life's inner and outer journey in a body.It's there because I think it is right to be there, to my mind at least. It belongs in any discussion about the human condition.The meandering of all kinds of crazy ideas and images in my poems is simply to show that there are as many entrances and exits to the fact that we are witnessing our own being here as there are beings.All things are inevitable to conclude. But as long as we are here we are capable of certain creative actions and poetry is a beautiful action taken by an individual that may or may not mean so much to someone else in the end. So why do it? Indeed. For me because it can be done with so much more fun, freedom amidst great careful thinking.It can offer free food for the poor and hungry spirits among and within us. It doesn't always do this--but it already has done it so many, many times before throughout our time and history on the planet and can continue to make a good bit of difference in all our lives with your individual help.It can flood the weary world full of loosely thrown about words or it can fill a single cup for a thirsty traveler with a quenching kind of light, like freedom as a thought. You choose.I mean it. It involves your freedom of expression.No one is holding a gun to your head. The dragon is asleep but it sees through its fiery dreams. Will you dare to disturb such slumber and ride such a hard to define beast out of its only cave to who knows where in the eternal stretch of the sky? Many have died emotionally just trying to get close enough to snatch the map out from under its bored attention span. The dragon does not care one way or the other, if you succeed, you will see. It knows if you have mastery of any kind, be it courage or blind naivete and will be humbled only by your trust in its wildest nature.You may tame it somewhat by your acquired literary and linguistic skills but you will never,ever completely own it as a household pet.That's for sure.It gives as it gets. That's a wide and dangerous mirror to hold up to yourself. It has only to breathe once with bad purpose and you my friend are nothing more than burnt toast. Again will you dare to do this impossible task for the rest of us? It awaits your own deepest answers but time marches on.Diet kindly.
All of my life I have fought against the many tired and boring and privileged and pompous definitions for making one's own poetry out of one's own unique experiences of this life because they have become for me at least far too restrictive and predictable and too confining and much,much too elitist.There is actually such a thing as poetry snobs,believe me, unfortunately. But I know that poetry in some form or another is always there for everybody everywhere and is not meant to be an exclusive club for smart idiots. And I'm out to show its path to that very freedom of thought/expression. It's an ancient and timeless human invention that helps us to give voice to all of our collective dreams and hopes and fears and loves and whatnot. A skeleton key then to unlocking the promise within the human spirit itself. It's a fine tool for making art and art at its very finest has always fed the imagination which in turn feeds the doing of anything that gets done. It can be misused,true, by haters of every stripe,but what can't?, for sure but its purpose is not to be so often abused,or mistreated in this way.But to be one more highly interesting and fun way for the truth and beauty of the human spirit to rise and be heard and shared,to be respected and cared for deeply, clearly, for all, and for all time, known and felt and sung about throughout this land we call (the) earth, our truest home of homes.
"Darryl's poetry has been known to fill one's head with a collage of images that won't quit. He can grab simple,common subjects and transform them into a "wake-up" that makes the reader thankful for not missing the light. His lines soak up the imagination and squeeze everything clean and sharp..D.P.has a distinct voice that I believe everyone should hear."--from a review in Small Press Review
"Darryl writes with the energy of the young poet. His images dart like flashes from a light show into the reader's consciousness--images concerned with fire, air, water, and earth, the four elements of early Greek philosophers. But these are not formula poems that tediously explore the basis of chemistry. D.P.'s work vibrates. All of us are among the brushstrokes on a scintillating canvas of stars, flowers, and waves. The view is sharp and well-defined."--from a review in The Green Fuse by
Darryl Price has published dozens of chapbooks, and his poems have appeared in many journals.
Holding Your Light by Darryl Price(Pudding House)ISBN:1-58998-262-2
The Ferocious Silence by Darryl Price(Unknown Press)ISBN:9780996352680
Short Answer:Freedom of Speech. Long answer:Truth, Beauty and Goodwill.Creativity of the human spirit,in the name of and for the honor of the human spirit. That certainly would be the simplest way to put it but nothing's ever that simple, is it? There's also a belief that the world becomes what we say it is--that we are always co-creating the world every time we speak it out loud. And because of this single simple belief poetry has the power to change things, I think, for the better, for the wiser, for the kinder. It's at least worth a try. There's more than enough of the hateful kinds of words to go around and destroy the world seventeen times over. I'm interested in spreading a few in the other, more sane direction,if I can. We don't know all of what will become of our poetic deeds so there's a kind of blind faith at play here. Still I do what I can to name what beauty I can see,if I know of any on my path, where and when I see it, to create my own original works of art out of my very limited vocabulary, and to share them honestly with all of you. All of which brings us back to the beginning. Life is short or life is long. In any case it won't last. While I'm here I'd very much like to give off something like a light or leave a hand print on the cave wall to simply say, yes, another person was here, just like you, full of dreams, full of hopes,and fears, and every other
(human) earthling emotion and still found it somewhat important to say, hello, and goodbye.I appreciate your time. Say a poem for peace.
Black Tickets by Jayne Anne Phillips
The Journal of Albion Moonlight by Kenneth Patchen
The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
Don Quixote by Cervantes
Bone by Jeff Smith
A Portrait of the Artist as A Young Man by James Joyce
Even Cowgirls Get the Blues by Tom Robbins
The Butter Battle Book by Dr. Seuss
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
The Captain's Verses by Pablo Neruda
Animal Farm by George Orwell
The Centaur by John Updike
Larry Marder's Beanworld
Landscape and Silence by Harold Pinter
Beautiful Losers by Leonard Cohen
The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
The Lost Pilot by James Tate
The Last Unicorn by Peter Beagle
The Dharma Bums by Jack Kerouac
Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson
A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
Sum-forty tales from the afterlives-David Eagleman
Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
The Magicians by Lev Grossman
Revenge of the Lawn by Richard Brautigan
Cool Richard Nash quote someone just sent me:"We are what we read, we are what we write, and we organize ourselves around and connect with one another through what we read and write."
Musical interests:Eskimeaux,PJ Harvey,Empress Of(Lorely Rodriguez),Laura Veirs,The Avett Brothers, Matt Pond,Memoryhouse,Lightships,Guided By Voices,Portugal the Man,Archy Marshall,Cage the Elephant,Arctic Monkeys,The Beatles,Beach Boys,Buddy Holly,Black Keys,Laura Marling,Harry Nilsson,Vicki Peterson,Charlotte Caffey,Nirvana,Girls,Paul Simon,Bell Brigade,Yuck, Smiths,Joy Division,New Order,Sonic Youth,My Bloody Valentine,Pixies,Nat King Cole,Cocteau Twins, They Might Be Giants,Prefab Sprout,Sam Cooke, Leonard Cohen,Lloyd Cole,Bob Dylan,Everything But The Girl,Spoon,Neko Case,Todd Rundgren, The Raveonettes,The Pains of Being Pure at Heart,Bonnie 'Prince' Billy,The Scotland Yard Gospel Choir,The Who,XTC,Tom Waits,Squeeze,Mew,Belle and Sebastian,Radiohead,Saint Etienne,Smokey Robinson,Sea Wolf, Echo and the Bunnymen,Nellie McKay,Psapp,Field Mice,The Sundays,Lou Reed,Patti Smith,Neil Young,David Bowie,Camera Obscura,the Postmarks,Fleet Foxes,Modest Mouse,Miles Davis,It's A Musical,Leonard Bernstein,Spiritualized,MGMT,Alex Lilly,Beck,Ben Folds,Billie Holiday,the Apples in Stereo,Elvis Costello,Beach House,etc.
..My Own Personal Philosophy;have more fun.SUPPORT OUR TULIPS!It seems to me that the necessary fundamental complement to any so-called good life would have to include an immediate and lifelong reverence for and daily interaction with some form of nature("A seed there, and I am prepared to expect wonders."--Thoreau),be it sky, sea or land, and the cultivation of every ongoing compassionate idea for its preservation....
Thank you for reading and commenting on Exploring Physics.
Thank you so much, Darryl, for your kind thoughts about my poem.
Thank you, Darryl.
Thank you so much for your welcome message, Darryl, and for commenting on my poem. I'm particularly pleased it felt real to you.
Now I'm here I shall look forward to reading your writing very soon.
hey darryl! thanks for reading and commenting on my wee poem, left handed
have missed you bro-- i have been off doing other stuff, but nice to show up and see your name on one of my poems
best to you, and your work--as always----cheers--g
Thank you for the read and the star. :)
Thanks for reading and commenting on Bloodless. I'm glad you enjoyed it.
Thank you so much for the welcome :)
Darryl, thank you for the kind comments about Jesse Lee. I know it's a long piece, so I appreciate your taking the time to read. Off to read some of your writing :-)
Darryl, thanks so much for reading "Fantasm". And for your extraordinary compliment!
Thank you So very much Darryl for reading Touching The Ceiling is Touching the Floor Only From Above Poem! I truly appreciate your thoughtful and kind comment, pax and tenderness, Amy
Hi Darryl. Thank you so much for your kind comment on my poem Coffee Shop. So glad the images got you there.
Thank you for your comment on "Sof a". I think most things live in at least two worlds, in some sense.
Thank you for your kind words on "Practice" Darryl. I'm not as confident in my prose as I am in my poems so your feedback means a lot.
Thanks, Darryl, for your nice comments about Tomorrow, which is getting a lot of views right now for some unknown reason.
Thank you for reading and commenting on The Most Beautiful Lady, Darryl. I'm still getting to know people here and I'll read your work soon.
Thank you once again. Those were some really encouraging words. :-)
Thanks for your kind words for "Fragile Things," Darryl. Regular conversation is structurally strange, isn't it?
thank you. I wish it was my mockingbird ;o)
Thanks for your comment on my wall, Darryl. I look forward to reading your work, too. I'm hoping to make some great new contacts in the poetry community here.
Thanks for you comment on Tinkerbelle. It was appreciated.
Thanks for your comment on Low Residency.
Thanks Darryl for your kind words on Pastoral Hide & Seek! Much appreciated!
Darryl, you know how important your writing is to me. That's why your recent comments on "What Some Boys Do" rocked the house. Cheers!
Thanks, Darryl, for reading my poem Executive Sweet. Your kind words mean a lot to me. I just read part of your discussion of what poetry means to you, and I am sympathetic in many ways. In particular, I, too, am put off by the sense of elitism among folks who have studied poetry formally. I never know, tho, if they truly feel superior because of this or if I unconsciously feel threatened by their academic knowledge. To avoid the competitiveness this kind of thinking can breed, I freely acknowledge to being a primitive in the realm of poetry, altho reading your discussion I was tempted to tackle the topic from my own point of view. Looks like I'm starting to do just that, so I'll stop now. ;-)
Hi Darryl, Thanks for giving my micros a few minutes of your time. Thanks for commenting on them, too. fos.
Thanks for the lovely words on and fave of "Bees in the Eaves," my friend.
So much admiration back at you and your words. x
Oh merci, Darryl. Thanks for the welcome. I look forward to reading and sharing lots of stories on this site.
Many thanks for the kind words about Stuck Shut!
Thank you for the kind remarks about Spilled Milk. :)
Darryl, thanks for commenting on "Three Stories of You." Glad you liked it.
Darryl, goodness, thank you for all the beautiful words on Saturday Morning. Means so much that you took the time to read it and then enjoyed it. Best, HM
Darryl, thank you for commenting on 23rd Psaltery
Your comments are the best, Darryl! Thanks for faving "Under Commiseration."
I love your heart and words. Thank you. XXX
You honor me, Zum Bobo.
I now follow you...and have the one Phil Collins Genesis song I like stuck in my head now...I blame the devil
Excellent comment and edit on "Stevie's Knees," Darryl! I always love hearing from you. Thank you.
Thrilled with your great comment on Necrothing. Thank you for reading, I appreciate the time spent and I love that you gave me your reaction. XXX
HI Darryl! Thanks for the awesome comments on "Ode to Garcia Lorca". I love Neruda and Garcia Lorca. Garcia Lorca is tough to translate though.
Thanks, Darryl, for commenting on "A Piece of Him." Really appreciate it!
Thank you for your comment on I Fear Nuffink. Much appreciated. XX
Darryl, thanks for commenting on "The Hotel Where Esenin Hanged Himself." I love hearing what you have to say.
Darryl! Thanks so much for all your comments. I'm a bit speechless and very flattered. You make me want to quietly close my laptop on this sunny morning, step away, and go exploring with a notebook in the city instead.
Hi, Darryl. Thanks for reading 'Rome Ants In The Sky.' I love your comment and fav.
Thank you for the welcome.
Thanks for your kind welcome a few weeks back--I've been in a fog of work and remiss about responding to everything! The friendliness is appreciated!
Thanks, Darryl! Glad to be here. I'm excited to read some of your work!
Thanks Darryl, for your comments on 'Children of the riddles'... The words play with themselves and I just watch them.
Thanks for reading Uncle Henri, Darryl, and for your insights and words.
Thanks for your fun comment on "New Song of Innocence and Experience."
Hi Darryl, Thanks for your laughs and your comment on 'For Dejan S. & Bob V. & Gordy B.'
Darryl, thank you so much for your encouragement and kind words about "Crown-of-thorns". It means a lot.
Your "about me" makes mine look like something I scratched off a mole, wow, and thanks for the salubrious welcome. I'm looking forward to reading you.
thanks so much for your kind words...and also for being a fellow fan of Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man...I fear that book informs too much of my world...
Thanks, Darryl, I'm very glad to be here!
I've told you before how lucky I am to have you a a reader. Every comment you make on one of my poems just confirms that feeling for me. Thanks for commenting on "Need." Happy New Year, my friend! May it be a MUCH better one for you and us all.
thank you darryl, i appreciate your comment on "for carol novack". cheers and go well into 2012!
Thanks for the welcome,Darryl.Larissa
Thank you for the warm welcome.
Hi Darryl - Thanks for the welcome. I'd appreciate your feedback and look forward to reading more of your work.
Hey Darryl, Check out my most recent post, "Sideshow Sam & The Heckler". Thanks!
Hi Darryl, I'll give you a heads up when I post new stuff. Check out my First Poem of Xmas. I enjoyed your thoughts on the Beatles. Are you familiar with the play/novel "Liverpool Fantasy" by Larry Kirwan? A very interesting re-imagining of the Beatles myth. Well worth the read!
dear darryl, appreciate your comment on "fox". the picture did almost all the work for me before i even took the pen in hand. thank you!
Hi Darryl, thanks for the comment! I just got into Jack Spicer and so far, I'm enthralled.
Thanks for your kind welcome here Darryl.
Thanks for the welcome, Darryl. I look forward to reading your work and seeing your input on mine.
Hi DP: Thanks for stopping by to comment and like Mr. Lennon's eulogy. I think it's kind of a eulogy for all of us as well.
Thank you for the kind words about Human Trafficking. Name change is a great suggestion.
Thank you, DP, for reading and commenting on "Exercises in the A of B." Excellent? Not sure of that, but comment appreciated!
Have to dive into grading so I'll be gone from Fictionaut for a bit but back in a few weeks.
Happy holidays, Darryl!
Thanks for stopping by, Darryl.
lovely thing to say about <a href="http://www.fictionaut.com/stories/marcus-speh/the-serious-writer-occupies-wall-street">this story</a>, darryl, thank you. i labored over this for a while. i knew i wanted to write something like this, but i don't think i ever wrote so many totally different versions of one flash.
Role model? Too much pressure! Thanks for faving "Fish Boil," Darryl!
Taken all together, I find myself nodding in agreement here and wishing I'd said this or that thing there, or wondering why I didn't make that particular important point myself when I had the chance. But it's all because I was simply being honest in the moment.I wasn't trying to come up with the right answer, but my own answer. I look at this marvelous thread as a kind of strange course in modern writing. It teaches. It challenges. It makes me laugh (and cringe).It spurs me on to new creativity,such as this paragraph before you. It demands action. And as you can see by the many varied results on display, it gets it. I'm very fond of all of you. That's what I've gotten out of this particular thread today. For me, just hearing the lot of you toss this great big idea around and back and forth is amazing. Such passion.Such obstinance. One writes on purpose, but I don't think that has to mean that a good piece of writing moralizes on purpose. It can. I just don't think it does.
Thanks for your comment on "Before the Door," Darryl. Love having you as a reader!
Hey Darryl. Rock.
thank you for your generous comment, darryl, i appreciate it, as always.
i savoured your comment on my bastard thing before i said THANK YOU XXX
Glad you liked "Gabrielle," Darryl. Was feeling down. You picked me up. Thanks!
Thanks, Darryl. By the way, I like the title "Three Poems, One for Each Eye" because it immediately gets me thinking about the spare eye plus it reminds me of the Mayakovsky/Lizzistky collaboration "For the Voice," a Constructivist favorite of mine.
Thank you for the welcome Darryl!
Great comment on "Satan and the Moon," Darryl. Thanks for the fave for this slight confection!
You move me.
Thank you so much for what you said in the General Forum thread - it was very kind of you. Much appreciated!
Daryl, you still have the best "about me" section on fictionaut. And thanks for reading The Pretenders. And thanks for the comment. fos.
Thank you very much for reading Temp P. :) x
Thank you for such a complimentary comment on 'Rain' - much appreciated!
Thanks for the comment on "The Grave of Rimbaud." It's a poem from long, long ago. It marked a turning point in my writing.
Thank you, Darryl, for your generous comments on my story :)
...came here just to thank you for your fave of "ginger" & then i got stuck on the quote by e e cummings in your bio: "' ..kisses are a far better fate/than wisdom." how true, this shall become my summer credo! i think my family will be happy!
Thanks for stopping by and giving Turista a read!
Thanks, Darryl. You leadeth me beside the still waters. You restoreth my soul. Thanks for your wonderful comments on and fave of "Four Noble Lies."
Darryl - thanks for the amazing and cool and generous comment on Burn Baby Burn.
Thanks for your kind comment about "Black Ice," Darryl. Great to see you back on Fictionaut!
Hi Darryl, belated thanks for your Aug. 8 (!) comments on my story excerpt, "The True Hula." Appreciate the thoughtful reply! Yes, I agree that an appreciation for nature is at base for us all. Cheers.
DP, thanks for the recent beautiful poem! My spam filter grabbed it but I saw it today. BTW, I love "Black Tickets" too. I met JAP at the AWP in NYC a few yrs back. Very nice person, and she gave me a comp copy of one of her new books.
Thank you for your encouragement and kind remarks on my piece flower boat.
Darryl: Thank you so much for your generous remarks on my piece for my mother on mother's day. You are very encouraging to me.
Thanks for your kind comment on "Addictions," Darryl.
DP, as always, your comments make my heart sing. Much thanks and I hope all is well with you and yours.
Thanks, Darryl, for the fave and the generous comment on "David Foster Wallace meets the sage Lao Tse in a strange place."
Darryl, thanks for your recent comments on "Loneliness." I appreciate them, and you.
Need I say it? Your comment on alys is greatly appreciated. So yes, I guess I will say it and every time I see something from you/by you I appreciate I'll say it: Thank you.
Thanks, Darryl, for liking my bagatelle, "The truth Will Out." It's fun to just fool around sometimes.
Thanks for reading and your awesomesauce comment on "Death Rides A Donkey"! High fives.
Infintie Jest is too good to ignore. I have met a few people my age who have apparently read it four times! I'm still reeling from the first...
Thank you for your very generous comment on alys, Darryl, and for making my day brighter.
Thanks, Darryl. Very kind comment on "Disappearing Ink." Thanks, tambien, for the fave, amigo.
Hi DP - Thanks so much for your kind words on "Christina Heppel"!
Thank you Darryl for your comments on "Lunch Bird". I'm glad you liked it!
Many thanks for the kind words on "Waiting." So appreciate it!
Thanks so much for the read and the fave on Humpty Dumpty 2011! I'm thrilled you liked every word.
Good encouraging advice on your wall, Darryl. And thank you for encouraging me, re: loon and what I wanted in 1968. I hope you have a blessed week. You are kind.
Thank you for reading Tsunami. Glad you liked it.
Stay away from the Forums. But read and comment a few times a week on the stories.Join a few groups. Try a little bit of everything. Put your own experiments up. Don't get discouraged. There are a lot of writers in this community and almost all of them take their work very seriously, but there are kind souls, too,willing to give helpful advice. Don't take anything too personally. Just keep working, doing your thing.And posting your work.See what happens.dp
Thanks for the welcome, Darryl! Any tips to help me get started?
Darryl, your comments make me blush. Thanks for the fave and what you said about the Translator poem.
Thanks for the great comment on "Ribs," Darryl. I'm so lucky to have you as a reader.
Hi Darryl, glad Snowdick made you laugh :) All best!
Thank you for taking the time to share such thoughtful comments on my piece, "Honey." I SO appreciate that it made you think about the many forms this type of victimization can take on a global level and the role that art can have in giving that a voice. Merci, Darryl!!!
Thank you so much for the comment on 'Crackle.' I really appreciate you commenting on my work.
Hello Darryl! Thanks so much for commenting on Intricacies.
Thanks for the comment Darryl -- happy you enjoyed the story!
Darryl, thanks for reading and commenting on "The Musical" - I had a lot of fun doing that, which is usually the case: I crack myself up more than anone else. So I'm really glad that you liked it and said so!
Thanks, Darryl, for your comments on my Adulterated Memoirs. Mucho appreciated!
Thanks for the welcome! Who'da guessed that my first contact on this site would be with someone who's stuff I ended up loving?
Thank you very much for the comment on 'Tumbler...' All best.
Thanks, Darryl, for your kind comment on and fave of "Staring at Waves."
Thanks for reading lending your thoughts to Courtship, man. Your words are always of the highest value to me.
Darryl -- you really made my day, so glad Adam & Eve entertained, i mean why shouldn't this have been the first sitcom
Darryl, thanks for reading "2010; What I Wanted."
Thank you, Darryl!
Daryl - thank you for reading and commenting kindly on my story "Tip". It means a lot to me. xo-meg
Darryl, thanks for commenting on my poem. I deeply appreciate it.
Daryl, thanks again for your swell comments!
Thank you for your generous remarks on ash, Darryl. I very much appreciate them. - Q
Darryl, thanks for your great comments on "DolphinsNowRuleYourDyingWorld.com"!
Thanks for the welcome, Darryl!
Thank you for the kind words about Death Watch. Much appreciated.
Thanks for the comment and fave on 10 Keys! I'm very glad you liked it!
Hey, Darryl! Thanks for the lovely warm welcome to Fictionaut.
Thanks for your comments on "Private Red." Much appreciated!
Hi Darryl! Hope all is awesome with you. Thanks for the comments on "Muse".
Thanks for the kind words about my poem, Darryl.
Thanks for the great comment on "Wahrheit und Dichtung," Darryl. You always make me happy.
Thanks, friend!! Thank you so much. Always. I’ll read her your poems. :)
Hi DP - Thanks so much for the nice words on my story :)!
Thanks for the kind note!
Yep. That's all I wanted to say. :)
Thanks for your kind attention to "Hindsight"!
thanks for the warm welcome.
Thanks so much for the comment on 'Bauble!' :)
Poetry totally helps with the architecture. I wish it was the architecture. Thanks for your lovely comments.
Thanks for your salient and lovely comments on Blowing Bubbles. They made my day! I appreciate your support. Have a great day yourself!
Hello there Darryl, thanks for reading "Squirrels". I wrote it out loud.
Hi Darryl - Thanks for the welcome!
Thanks for the thoughtful and provocative comment on "George." You've made me see the poem in a new way. Thank you.
Thanks so much for your generous comments on "The Forest" - you've brightened my day!
Darryl, I appreciate your read and comments about "Silent Summer." Thank you.
Thank you for the comment on 'Source,' Darryl!
Hi, Darryl. Thanks for reading 'Piece of Mind.' I like your comments and I love having the piece listed amoung your favorites: almost as much as I love your poetry.
Love your comments on "Whiplash Marriage." Thanks, Darryl. I love what you alone are able to see.
Thanks for the comment and fave on Unheard, Darryl! I'm always glad to hear your thoughts...
Thank you for the kind words of welcome. It is so refreshing to meet a fellow Durrell fan.
Hey Darryl, Thanks for the hello.
darryl, thank you so much - what a love fest! i am delighted the three of us are men in the same boat, heading for the waves, hoping to break them or to be broken by them, not in sunny style, but in the spirit of song. nobody understands that better than you, our poet pal.
Darryl, thanks for the star and lovely comments on Ping Pong... so glad you liked it. Your new photo makes me smile... feels so 70s!
Thank you so much! Nice being here.
Loved your comment on "Dad and the Red Light." Thanks, Darryl!
Darryl, so, so appreciate your great words for "Lay On Me". Thanks for reading and reviewing.
Thanks Darryl for your generous read and comment on LOST IN SUOMI. I am always honored when you read my words. Happy Thanksgiving! Peace...
Good of you to read and comment on my Parlour Games story.Thanks!
Thanks, Darryl, for commenting on and faving "Raw Salt." You're right, the middle is disturbing--horrific, really, if you truly imagine it. The poem took its direction not from emotion or effect but from the constraint of simple, short words of three and four letters--raw, ash, due, tan, cow, boy, sea, lot...salt, moon, bill, fear, mole, lake, pick, weed, week, time, heal, home, hawk, July. Do you ever work that way--from the shapes of words?
Thanks for the comment, Darryl. I really appreciate it.
as an aside, I like your quotes (I'm a big Vonnegut fan, too).
Superb comment about "I Am Not a Corpse" for which I am extremely appreciative and grateful. Thanks, Darryl!
I can't thank you enough, DP, for reading...Glad my story made you laugh :)
Darryl, thank you for the fave and your comments on "Sand."
Darryl, thank you for your beautiful comments on Unpacking Sentences. Your words made my Sunday!
thanks for your kind response to my play, looking forward to getting to know your thoughts above and your work.
The best encouragement for a poem is encouragement from a poet. Thanks Daryl. Good to hear from you. LS
Hi, Darryl. Thanks for reading 'Fifty Five Words or Less.' I appreciate your comment.
Thanks for reading Drinking Homemade with the Saints. Glad you liked it.
Thanks for the eloquent response to "Convictions," Darryl. GREATLY appreciated.
Glad you liked "Florid Psychosis." I value your opinion highly. Thanks, Darryl.
Darryl, thanks so much for the kind words & fave for "Sidereal." I really appreciate it!
Thanks so much for the lovely comment and fave on The Point, Darryl. It means a lot to me that you liked it.
Darryl, thank you for your absolutely wonderful comments and compliments on Ante Meridiem, In The Lake, and Heartbreak Waiting To Happen. Your words about my work absolutely made my day today. Thank you.
Thanks for your comment on "I didn't ask for help" Darryl, very helpful and much appreciated!
Oops! That's Darryl, two r's! Apologies. -- Q
Daryl: Thank you very much for your kind, insightful comments on shades of a young miss zorita. Know they are greatly appreciated. I look forward to reading your work. -- Q
Hi Daryl. Thank for the comment on "Searching for a poem". I throw down with the muse whenever possible!
Thank you! I love that Nash quote.
Thanks for your wonderful comment on "Knot Eye." Cheered me up this morning!
Thanks for the kind words re "First Contact!"
Thanks for the kind words and the fave on 4P28, Darryl. I'm thrilled that the build appealed to your poet's eye!
Thanks, my friend, for your lovely comment on the Orange Julius poem.
Glad I started reading your work and look forward to reading more of it.
Thank you. Happpy to connect. :)
Always appreciate and relish your comments. Thanks for looking in on "Son of Uncle Sam."
DP, thank you for your kind words on The House Sitter. Hope all's well!
Hi, Darryl. Thanks for reading 'Blues Away.' I love your comments and I appreciate the fav.
Thanks, DP, for reading and talking about "Sweet Sour." I greatly appreciate it, man. Remain awesome.
Thank you for the fav and your terrific comments on Sisters At The Lake. Somehow I missed your comment when you posted it. Much appreciated!
Thank you so much for your generous comments on "Origin"!
Hi Darryl. It's going to take some time to figure everything out here! It'll be good, I'm sure. Thanks for the welcome!
Darryl, thanks for the fave on "Night Letters to Saint Jude."
Your responses to my work always give me a lift, and I need one today. Thank you for commenting so positively on "Bone Density."
Thanks for the comment and the fave on Responsible! I always appreciate your thoughts.
Beanworld! Fine choice. You have an interesting list yourself, amigo. And you put a hell of a lot of thought into your profile. Need to reread it, but first I want to check out your other writing.
Thank you for reading Three Haiku. Glad you like them.
And thank you for the lovely comment on 'Cider Bubbles,' Darryl!
Thanks DP for reading and giving me a little star on Can't Wait. Makes me feel so good :) Peace...
Thanks for the comment on 'Love,'Darryl. Glad it seemed to arouse emotion.
Lovely to meet you, Darryl. Thanks so much for your kind words about my radiometer poem.
Thx DP for reading and enjoying my piece
Hi, Darryl, thanks for reading 'I heard the news today, oh boy!' Your helpful comment is greatly appreciated.
Wow! Thanks for your comment on and fav of "Self Alaska," Darryl.
Thanks, Darryl, for your "Godot-Shaped Hole" comment. - GL
Thanks for the welcome! :) And I agree, Sedaris is extremely funny. haha
Thanks for the words of welcome. I'm deeply interested in evolutionary concepts and I love how Dawkins brings it all to life. Looking at your extensive music list, thought you mind not mind a shameless plug: check out "Michou" at itsnicetomichou.com An up and comer...
Ja, thanks for your welcome
Hi Darryl. Thanks for the welcome, mate. Chuffed to be here :)
Hi Darryl, thanks for your comment on Infinity Pool :)
Hi Darryl, thanks for your comment re "Poleward" - George
Thanks, Darryl. Glad you liked "Something, He Wrote."
Thanks for the welcome!
Thanks for the great comment and the fave on Midnight Riders, Darryl. So glad you liked the bit about the stars!
Thanks for the welcome...lovely to be here.
"It seems to be accepted nowadays more than ever that killing,individual and mass killing,is the order of the day;it is accepted."--Henry Miller
Thanks for commenting on my itty, bitty Tanka. Everything is new for me here but I can't wait to sample all the tasty morsels. Like you, I love poetry.
Hi Darryl, and thanks for such a great welcome message. :) I did take Automated Alice out from the library once, but I haven't got around to reading it yet; it's still on my vast to-be-read list. Yeah, Vurt has an amazing energy; and I agree with you about Book 7 of Harry Potter. I'll definitely keep your recommendation in mind, and add you so I can come back and read some of your poetry. Thanks again!
Thanks for responding to "If Dogs Should Come," Darryl. I appreciate the comment.
Darryl, thanks for reading and commenting on "I know everything's broken, but still I pretend"! Your kind words are much appreciated.
Thanks for the kind words on "Allergic to Love," Darryl. I appreciate the read.
Darryl, yes. Glad you enjoyed 'Leaving.'
Thank you for reading The Abyss of Contemplative Hatred. Much appreciated.
Thank you Darryl. I wrote For Those Who Ask Why 2 months ago when I actually did it, and am grateful for your support, which also works on many levels.
Thanks, Darryl, for your your generous appraisal of "It's Like." Your kindness to writers is unbounded.
Thanks Darryl, for Girls with Guns. I was suprised to get your note since you are so much a denizen of the kinder, gentler world. Good to hear from you. Cheers.
I love this profile picture, Darryl. Thanks for reading "Florida."
Thanks for the kind words on Black Swan, Darryl! Hope you're doing well.
Thanks for reading Flesh & Blood, Darryl. As usual your comments are very helpful!
Darryl, I always appreciate your insightful comments.
Thank you so much, and for the fav, too.
Thank you for reading my little piece. Happy to have your comments!
Thank you for nice words, DP, re: Prologue
Thanks for commenting on Spicer found poem. And huge thank you for your extremely generous comment on "Getting Godless"! You're hired, Darryl!
thanks for the hello darryl.
Greetings and salutations! Thanks for the read on Chatty Cassie! Appreciated!
Thanks, Darryl. Appreciate the comment on "Processes."
Hi Darryl. Thanks for the welcome! I enjoyed reading your poetry.
Thanks, Darryl! Glad you liked "Found Poem."
A brief glance at the depth of quotes, stories, and insights shared on your homepage leaves me agog. I have been a member in solitude for too long and have committed myself to more active partipation.
Thank you for jogging loose my epiphany. Indeed, I must step up my game.
Thanks, Darryl, for reading and liking "Violet Rivers."
Thank you for reading and commenting on The People I Thought I Knew. Thank you for the suggestions. What part of the story did you see everything coming? Maybe I should change the title, too.
Hi, Darryl, thanks for reading Unoriginal Sin. I appreciate your comments and I agree with your assessment.
Oh, gosh, Darryl, thanks. But what you see is probably just my own great admiration. :)
Thanks, Darryl, for your comments on "Goodbye." Parting is always such sweet sorrow.
Thanks so much for reading and commenting on "Deep Pockets"! Your kind feedback inspires me today :)
Argument - you think? ;) Thanks for reading After Dinner, etc. I know it’s not poetry but I’m always curious as to what you’ll say.
Darryl, I can’t thank you enough for taking the time to read Star Anise. Your feedback means a lot.
DP, thanks for your lovely words on Summer in the City and your fav, most appreciated
Thanks for the kind words on my piece today!
Thanks so much for reading & commenting on "Goodnight Dogs" - I'm so glad you liked the story!
Thanks, Darryl! Glad you liked "The Sky is Simply White."
Thanks for your generous comment about "Magritte." Much appreciated!
Darryl, thanks for your note today. Hope you're doing well.
Darryl, thank you for the kind comment on my story.
Darryl, thank you for the warm welcome! And if my writing isn't so interesting, maybe my smile with make up for it.
Darryl, thanks for reading "Kiss & make up," and thanks for your kind comments. - Ry
Thanks, Darryl for your well wishes and for stopping by my scarcely used profile. I'm just getting started on Fictionaut, but the experience has been fun so far.
Thank you Darryl, it's good to know you. It's great to see the name Wallace Stevens here.
Glad you liked "The Transportation of Hens." Thanks for commenting.
DP, I'm so happy you enjoyed Deer, and thanks so much for the fav
Thanks so much, Darryl! Can't wait to find a few moments to start poking around and post some work! :)
Darryl - thank you for your gorgeous comment on my story X. As always, you warm my heart.
Darryl, thanks for reading Unfit and commenting.
Thanks, Darryl, for your comment on "The Meaning of Life." Appreciate it!
Thanks for your kind words about my poem, Darryl :-)
Thanks Darryl for reading my story 'Pale Heart'. It means a lot to a Hong Kong writer in English (it's a rarity) like me. Looking forward to reading your work here.
Thanks for being such a nice guy, and a great writer too. Have a wonderful and creative weekend.
Darryl, Thanks for the warm welcome to Fictionaut. Your bio is so detailed, I don't when I will get to your contributions! So looking forward to reading your work. If there's anything you like of my writing, do spread the word. It's tough to be the new kid on the block. Best, ~ J
Darryl Price, you are a Prince! Thank you.
I totally agree about Melanie Rae Thon--thank you for the comment--and would add that Sweet Hearts is brilliant!!! I reviewed it on Amazon: take a look. So glad to be here with you and the other good folks here!
Hey! Thanks for the my very first fictionaut greeting!
Thanks for the welcome ;)
Darryl, not sure where VOICES is/are? Can you send a link.
Darryl, your interview on "Voices" is quite wonderful! Bravo!
Darryl, thank you for reading, War Nurses and Lost Fathers. I've worked on that poem for several years, on and off. I'm glad you enjoyed it!
Darryl, thank you so much for such insightful comments, I knew you would understand.
Hey, thanks for the welcome :)
Thanks Darryl for reading & commenting on "I don't have a gun"!
Thank you for the suggestion for Bean Talk.
Hi Darryl, thank you for reading Hummingbird and for your kind comment - I really appreciate it. M
"One who loves beauty never grows old."--Franz Kafka
My daughter Lola would agree with Kafka. She is fond of saying, "You're not old 'til you stop having fun."
Thanks Darryl, for replying on my thread. I loved what you wrote. You me, and everyone who has made a comment on, Should Our Writing Be Censored, seem to agree that on the whole it should not.
Thank you for reading An Italian Lunch (revision) and for your wonderful words. Your comments really made my day!
Thanks, Darryl, for taking the time to read a long story, Dream. I'm looking forward to reading more of your work, also. And I'm younger than that now, too.
Thanks for your fabulous compliment on An Italian Lunch!
Thanks for the welcome, Darryl.
I see you like the Beatles - one dubious claim to fame I have is that I booked them for a gig in August 1962 - they cost £30!
Darryl, thanks so much for commenting on Elephant. Glad this struck a chord, and the poem you wrote in response is just wonderful. Thank you for that especially!
Thanks for the comment on my poem, A Deal With Tomorrow. Cheers
Thanks, Darryl, for your comment about "In the Pastel City." I really appreciate it!
Darryl- thank you so much for your comment on my piece! I truly appreciated it. Now I'm gonna have to start reading through your library!
DP -- Thanks for checking out my short. I appreciate it, S
Hey you, thanks for reading SURVIVOR and your kind weepy words ;^) Peace...
Darryl, you are such an insightful reader, as well as tremendously prolific poet! Thank you so much :-)
Daryl, i am so glad that you liked Flatfish! I loved your work again. Your logic has so much invisible sense...
Thank you for commenting on Nothing to Do. Based on what others have said, I'm thinking about cutting the last stanza and maybe using it for another poem.
Haha sorry but what does 'oUCH' mean exactly? That's a new comment for me.
DP, just wanted to thank you again for your sweet message on Floating Islands. I am so enamored with (by?) that Duras book The Lover. It was impactful on my writing, and somehow made a place in my brain... thus the poem
Thanks, Darryl, for words for "Lost in Transit"!
Glad you liked The Luckiest Guy Around. Thank you for reading.
Darryl, thanks for the very kind welcome...I look forward to reading your work.
Best wishes to you.
Hi Darryl, thanks so much for your comment on A Knobby Thing. I LIKE your response to the last line! Can't wait to see... :)
Thank you for your submission to Like Birds Lit! :) I look forward to reading your piece.
Thanks Darryl for the welcome. I spent a whole summer in high school reading Doyle. I hope that my story 'London Fog' can be a fraction has good as what others have published on this website.
Thanks for the welcome Darryl. Good to be here!
Darryl, that's a very thoughtful comment on "Hymen." It would be a joy for me to think the story bears rereadings and that it entertains. Thanks.
Thanks for the welcome. It's always nice when someone does that on a site like this. Just finding my way around right now.
Thanks muchly, Darryl :-)
This Girl. ;-)
Daryl, thank you for your wonderful thoughts on That Girl. And for the poetry, which I love.
Thank you for the kind words and critique on The Winds of May, or should I say now, Winds of May. Very helpful suggestions.
Darryl, Thanks for checking out my story "Secrets."
Thanks for your comments on "Color Wheel," Darryl. I'm glad you enjoyed it.
Thank you again for the read and your wonderful comments. I also have up Things I Should Have Done - #1, and Things I Should Have Done #2. If you have a chance, I'd love your thoughts.
Thanks for the welcome. And The Little Prince is a great book.
Many thanks, Daryl, for reading "Hammer Nail Nail" and for your kind comments!
Thank you for reading "10 Jobs". Much appreciated!
Thank you for reading Muted Corners. I think, too, the last five lines are the strongest.
Darryl - cucucajoob for Poor Man. Tried to show the wonder and glee of a kid that age on the adventure of his life. Think I succeeded best in the passage you cited.
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down yet) to human experience. Thanks for this! You're definitely becoming one of my must-read writers. -A.
Just wanted to say that with "Undertakers of the Dead," you've described (so beautifully) just what it's like to try and put world and self into beautiful words, only to feel like the attempt upends itself - first because the world is not so precise as a poem in the making (and yet only a poem can really describe it!) and second because we look around at our bookshelf and suspect that others have already done it, and better. You've captured the writer's, or specifically the poet's, experience in so many great lines. Three of my favorites: - "I have to swallow those . . . perfected words of the other alive poets" - "just about anything you see will do, just buffeted back and forth" - the kid putting together the toy train track "found in a crummy basement somewhere labelled 'missing some parts'" Still, even though the piece speaks to the poet's experience, it speaks to the world and whoever wants to listen. It speaks not just to the poet's experience, but (somehow - can't quite set it d
As I said to Walter and Sam, it's one of my darker time poems. Don't go there too often.
So many suicides here in Australia, especially teenagers. I'ts so sad, all that lost potential. Appreciate your comments very much, Darryl.
Thank you, Darryl, for reading and commenting on "Classmates"--you get so much about the poems, so good to know!
Thanks for your comments, Darryl. Much appreciated.
Darryl- Thanks so much for the kind words on “Letter to Neruda”, so appreciated! :) -Sam
Wow, very comprehensive profile,Darryl. Off to read one of your stories now.
Thanks for making me feel welcome, and even better, checking out my blog. Much appreciated.
Good old Brautigan. I think "Corporal" is the finest piece of short-short fiction I've read.
Thanks for the welcome! Glad to be here.
Thanks for commenting on Pleiku Jacket, Darryl. I do love working with the mundane and the horrific and am glad you found that the mixture worked in this piece.
thanks for the welcome! I'm out of town right now, but as soon as i get home i'll have time to check out this site. Looks like a good one.
Thanks for reading Garden Light. Glad you think it sweet.
Hi Darryl, thanks for the warm welcome! Still finding my way around here, so I'll be back when I've got my bearings. Just posted my first piece on Fictionaut, 'Letter to Neruda'. Cheers!
Thanks for the nice comment--I love it that croci is a word (verified by Wikipedia!)--and not octupi. Your remark was a friendly welcome to Fictionaut, which I am still learning to navigate (just figured out how to get to my "wall" without following the link in my email).
Thank you for reading and commenting on Waiting for a Terrorist. I appreciate you taking the time.
thank you for your kind words about "Picnic". I really believe in invisible animals...
haha thank you.
Thanks for comments on Driven/Eyes - one kind thank you deserves
Thanks for the nice comments on my film star piece, Daryl!
Darryl Price, thank you for the welcome. I look forward to reading your works. Hopefully their as interseting as your photograph is, but I imagine them to be so.
Thanks, Darryl for Venice, got a few more on Eddie's travels I'm cleaning up, look forward to reading more of yours
Thanks for your comment on Sphincter.
Darryl - thanks for gander and words on Poetipedia, I think it subscribes to your personal philosophy. Great profile, an architecture in itself. Treatise on Beatles is bloody balmy, although loved by many knee-high to a walrus, us walruses know what you're sayin. Stay diverse! I'll check out yours.
Thanks for stopping by.
Thanks for the kind comment - this is all new to me, Martha
Thanks for the comment -- I agree, many have preconceived notions about Charles and don't take him seriously. He had such a way with language though . . . a way of getting to the "core" of things. Here is a little excerpt from one of Charles' essays on writing that Playboy recently released:
"A writer must keep performing, hitting the high mark or he is down on skid row. And there's no way back up. For after some years of writing, the soul, the person, the creature becomes useless to operate in any other capacity. He is unemployable. He is a bird in a land of cats. I'd never advise anybody to become a writer, only if writing is the only thing that keeps you from going insane. Then, perhaps, it's worth it."
You're quotes have inspired me to add several to my own page:
As counterpoint to my scientific studies: "The imagination is not a State: it is the Human existence itself." - William Blake
And succor for the unrecognized: "There is no book so bad that some good can not be got out of it," - Pliny the Elder
darryl, that last thing you said in the comments on your wonderful "postcard" makes me want to try to write a play because that's what i am scared off. good on ya, mate. also, i do think you have a sunnier outlook on life than vonnegut and your poetry benefits.
Thanks for reading Liquid Compass. Glad you enjoyed it.
Glad you liked All the Time in the World. That was written about a cat relaxing on the sidewalk in front of my apt. in New Orleans during what was pretty much a total solar eclipse, about 82-83, I think. Gave everything a weird double shadow...
Hi!! Thank you for the great spring wishes. I hope you're having a wonderful spring, too! It's been 75 degrees here in WV.
Thank you for the welcome, Daryl. I look forward to reading your work.
"Eddie Says" is lucky to have you as a reader--thanks so much!
Darryl, thank you for reading "Mind You Don't" and for your kind (and encouraging!) words.
thank you, darryl, for your kind words on "don't rub me out now" - much appreciated.
Thank you for your comments on "Maps," Darryl--I really appreciate them!
I really enjoy your work. I absolutely loved "There's Not One Single Word" especially. There's a reading coming up here in Seattle. I usually just go and listen, but I think I might get up and read that one.
Thank you very much, that made me smile. :)
Darryl, thanks so much for taking the time to read Girl and to respond in such a thoughtful way. I know it's not a cheery one, but I'm glad to hear it was effective.
butterfly feet. i mean, that's beautiful.
Thanks for the warm welcome DP. And I love your treatises above. Amen, brother...
Haven't read the beer one yet. I do realy like Skinny Legs quite a bit, though.
Jim--thanks for the good heart-felt response.I feel much better now. I love hearing from you at any time for any reason. You're one of my favorite people on the planet.Good luck with all that work. I know you're up to task.
Hey Darryl! Thank you for the lovely comment you left on 634, I really appreciate it.
Thank you so much for the kind welcome! You have an amazing music taste. Looking forward to reading what you're doing.
Thanks for the hearty welcome!
Hey, where did Ducks go? I was just going to comment on how much I love it!
As always, thank you!
Thanks for the greetings, I'm looking forward to spending more time with this community soon!
Thanks for checking out the blog!
Nice pieces – of what I've read of your work so far. I'll explore a bit more later...
Hey, D.P. Thanks for all the reads and nice comments. I'm aware of 'em and I appreciate 'em!
If you play guitar I assume you've learned a lot of Lennon songs. If so, what, in your opinion, is his favorite chord, that one which he uses over and over and which tends (imo) to add that certain biting flavor to his songs?
(I've formed *my* opinion, just wonder if someone else agrees.)
D.P., thanx for your comments on "The spaces between words". I wasnt sure if that line you commented on worked. So I'm glad you liked it!
D.P. I just have to say your writing gets to me.
Thanks for your encouragement. I really appreciate it.
thank you so much for your lovely words about Kumquat Soda!
Thanks for the welcome, D.P. Hope to start reading and commenting here this weekend!
thank you for the welcome! cheers! :)
I was just brave enough and joined the poetry group.
Thanks for stopping by.
I knew Sunflower would sound great. Finn did a nice job
Really enjoyed Finnegan's reading of your poem, D.P.!
Hi D.P. and thanks for the warm welcome.
D.P. you've been consistently kind and encouraging to many people here, including moi. Don't doubt for a moment that you're appreciated. Writing is a lonely business, and I think necessarily so, but just as necessary to most is a sense of community.
Thanks for the comment about the stories. You are a prince.
Hi Angela. I'm a quick learner.
Hi D.P, and thanks for the welcome. You sure have written a lot of poetry for somebody who was born only six months ago. :)
congrats on the poem in fourpaperletters, d.p.! happy NY to you!
Thanks, D.P., for your nice words. Very encouraging.
d.p. i like your new pic. you've been dubbed fnaut's romantic heart by gary and i concur with that. go well into that new year, mate!
Thank you, D.P.
I'm happy you like it. I thought I'd just let it flow. I'm enjoying your poetry. Thanks for putting it out there.
Hey, thank you for your very generous comments about my story! I'm beginning to feel quite comfortable here at Fictionaut thanks to you and other kind people!
powerful thoughts in your contribution in the matchbook discussion forum, d.p., thanks!
Loving your work, DP, and your point of view. Being for Being Against the Common Sense really stood out for me, as did Look Like the Sea is Always, I Want This To Be (revised), and Bio 101. (I'm married to a philosopher!)
Thank you for the kind words. I'm enjoying your poetry.
Hey, sweetie! Coming up for air now. Just stopping in to say hi and that I'm thinking of you. All warmest, xo! H
Thanks for the post! I think it's the salty air.
The Centaur was his personal favorite. I still can't believe he's gone.
Thank you, and may your days be peaceful and bright. LS
Hey, D.P., Thanks for the kind words re: "Flower.."!
Thanks for the words of welcome--glad to be here. Looking forward to checking out your work. N.R.
Thanks for your sweet welcome words on my wall.
Hey, thanks for the read on Stray Horses. I thought you'd like some of the high language, you poet you.
Thanks for the kind welcome!
Thanks for stopping by to visit prose poems. It was great to see your post there - you're brave to leap in and share your work first! I'd love to read more of your poems. I'm still getting the hang of this site, so bear with me while I discover what works & what doesn't. There's so much great stuff here - easy to get lost.
thanks for the welcome. looking forward to all this is.
thanks, darryl, i've managed to pack in a lot of odd experiences!
thanks for the welcome! glad to be a part of it.
Thanks for your support,Daryl.
Hey Darryl! Glad you like the blog - keep up the pestering!
Thank you for your kind words. Fictionaut is pretty cool.
Thanks for visiting my blog; it makes me happy that you enjoyed it. Thanks especially for leaving a message.
Thanks for writing on my wall. Dig your reading list. Cheers!
Thank you! I'm trying to learn my way around here.
Hi Darryl, thanks so much for your feedback.
I was just taking a look here again and have to say I agree 100% with your thought "There's also a belief that the world becomes what we say it is--that we are creating the world every time we speak it. And because of this belief poetry has the power to change things, I think, for the better, for the wiser, for the kinder. It's at least worth a try."
I absolutely think imagery shapes and influences life. Writing good things is worth more than a try. I generate my share of drivel and wish sometimes I could write something truly beautiful. Failing that I am thankful for those who do.
As soon as I understand poetry I'll get back to you. (My poetry is just like my prose - if you can imagine what that might be like.)
Hi Darryl, I truly appreciate kind words about Hurlophobia. This story evolved a lot over a long span... I never appreciated the father's love for the son until reading your comments. It's amazing how close I can get to a story (MY OWN STORY!) and still not really "see" that angle until a great reader like yourself points it out. Thanks again my friend. It's comments like yours and readers like yourself that keep me writing. David
Thank you for your warm welcome to Fictionaut. Appreciate your comments and look forward to reading your stories. Many thanks. Rob
Darryl, the poem I mentioned: "Freundinnen: Her Lost Friend Poem" can be found at: http://annbogle.blogspot.com/2007/01/freundinnnen-her-lost-friend-poem.html. I didn't submit it to journals (I wasn't trying to publish poems then). A teacher critiqued it as "too general." I think I ignored her take. The poem has had its readers looking for poems about lost friendship.
Thanks for the encouraging comments. Don't worry, I wasn't giving up on the story. I just decided I didn't want to share it in this forum right now.
Thanks for the suggestion regarding WS Merwin's short stories. I have only read some of his poetry.
Thanks so much for your kind words on Singing River. My insecurities were starting to get the better of me. You gave me just the encouragement I needed. I'll have to check out your work.
thanks for the note. I looked up John Bellairs and I think I'll like uploading his work into toddler bot when the time is right. I'm pretty new new but I look forward to reading your work.
Thanks for your note, Darryl. I'm enjoying the work posted here and the contact with writers.
Thanks for dropping by to look at my wall, and especially for taking a peek at "True Lu." I agree: no matter how fine an idea, beauty must live in the words that make it.
Hey Darryl, thanks for the wonderful comment on "Chumming...", and thanks for the read.
Indeed, Darryl. I miss DFW too. And I love Chip's writing. Not as much as his design though. He's pretty much my hero in that world.
Thanks for the super kind words!
Thanks for your comments on my story. They are much appreciated.
Thanks for the welcoming note, Darryl! The authors I listed have always inspired me (as well as many others, both Russian and international), but my writing is actually pretty minimalistic. Will post something soon.
Isn't Gould's Book of Fish strange and beautiful?
thanks for taking the time to read and comment on my work, Darryl
thanks for the comment Darryl! the story just kind of happened, and the ending was a little rushed, but I wanted to keep it all as brief as possible. win some lose some!
Thanks so much, Darryl, for your lovely comments on "Dinner With The Lydia"--I really appreciate them.
Small beer? It's like small potatoes, except you can drink them.
thanks for the howdy. hopefully I'll get something up this week and we can see if all this fuss is worthwhile.
I love it! :) Hoping you have a great week! All best and warmest, xo, H
Thanks Darryl for your message. Sorry it's taken me so long to respond!
I'm so sorry. I just realized I never responded to your warm welcome. Thank you for your kind comments. I look forward to reading more of your work.
Hello! Thank you so much! I'm checking out some of yours right now. :-)
Darryl Price! We have the same birthday! I must read one of your stories...
Lauren's right! You are poetic in your reviews. Thanks so much for your comment on My son the rabbi. Greatly appreciate it, man. I'll check out your poem soon and thanks for sending to me.
Thanks for the note!
thanks so much for your lovely comment on "chickens and eggs" and some of my others. you are poetic even in your reviews.
Thanks, Darryl, so much!
thanks for your note darryl. i'll get there slowly
Thanks! Hope yours is happy too.
darryl-- in response to your challenge for a woozy tale from the big boat stuck in the ice...the novel is a-coming, as big and bold and magenta-ish as an ice breaker! (but as fragile as new ice too) . wishing you the best with your enticingly-titled poetry pieces...
Hey man. I've actually written a short story and a novella since we last spoke. Won't be posted until published ; ) Nah, I got the raven photo off a website. I dunno, got a thing for ravens.
Thanks so much for your feedback on my piece! Looking forward to reading more of yours. :) Hope you're having an excellent week.
All warmest and best, xo,
Hi Darryl! Thanks for your kind words about Touching Tires. So glad you liked it. Your comments are very insightful/interesting.
Yeah, Restaurant. Makes me want to go read it again. Right now. Good poems, thanks for the message.
Hi Darryl, Thanks for your message. Great Poems. Best, J
I write because I have to, because if I don't I start to feel ill. Shaping words is how I make sense of the world. Thanks for asking, Darryl!
I checked out a few of your pieces and was happy to find some fire. I haven't added anything yet up here (overworked, 14 month-old daughter, etc.) but I'm hoping people will follow my novel in progress here: http://twitter.com/dahveed_miller
look forward to more downstream,
Writing is important because it is abstraction x 2: complex things, both physical and intangible, represented by words that are not those things, and then the words themselves represented by silly squiggles doubly removed from what they refer to.... The mental wiring necessary for this feat of comprehension has in its evolution lifted us from the mud, toward the angels. Besides that, it's fun.
Why is writing important to me? Well, because it beats the pants off other forms of expression like road rage or becoming one of those first-cut contestants on American Idol.