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Mistletoe Angel
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0 posted 05-24-2005 04:31 PM       View Profile for Mistletoe Angel   Email Mistletoe Angel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Mistletoe Angel's Home Page   View IP for Mistletoe Angel



You may have noticed that in record stores, a new style of career-spanning compilations known as The Essentials, which include the greatest hits from each artist, as well as fan favorites and bonuses. The Essential Eric Clapton. The Essential Jefferson Airplane. The Essential Clash.



Imagine if you stopped writing poetry today, and you went back to reflect on your work to date as if you wanted to publish your most 'essential" work.



Let's go with your top 30 poems. What would you want your "Essentials" collection to look like?



Feel free to share your own sort of listing here!



Sincerely,
Noah Eaton



"If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other"

Mother Teresa
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1 posted 05-24-2005 04:44 PM       View Profile for Mistletoe Angel   Email Mistletoe Angel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Mistletoe Angel's Home Page   View IP for Mistletoe Angel



Here's what I'd like mine to look like, imagining if today was my last day writing:

"Good Morning Cameron"
"Blue Under The Collar"
"As Long As It Matters"
"An April Without Rain"
"Musical Chairs"
"Mythology of Lost Memory"
"Francisca Latafolia"
"Teia"
"Xeranthemum"
"Epiphany"
"Loving Her Like The Leaves"
"Magnolia Bend"
"Crown of Ariadne"
"Bonnie Brae"
"Mall Rat Shim-Sham"
"A Perfect Circle"
"Archaic Smile"
"Lighting Your Name"
"Flowers In The Gutter/Caretakers of Creation"
"Learn To Forget"
"Elephant Ears And Crocodile Tears"
"Pearl Street"
"Crayola Bomb"
"U.D.O"
"That's How I Know I Love You So"
"Mindy Melisma's Butterscotch Bandstand"
"Equinox In My Heels"
"Happy Dance Grab Bag"
"Sweet Potato Pancakes"
"Tourmaline"

Bonus: "Summoning The Will"

Love,
Noah Eaton


"If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other"

Mother Teresa

[This message has been edited by Mistletoe Angel (05-26-2005 02:48 PM).]

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2 posted 05-24-2005 07:21 PM       View Profile for Ringo   Email Ringo   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Ringo

OK...
I have checked over my pathetcic little output (volume and quality  lol) and came up with the following:

Crap-Ola: The Essential Ringo

Crossroads (2005)
Lullaby On The Wind
Lonely Highway
The Golden Phone
The Hermit (Duet with M_L_M)
The Ghost In The Darkness
Imagine
Concrete Matress
Indian Summer
Moon Shadows (Duet with Ceinwym)
Footprints
Brothers
Behind His Eyes
Velveteen Bear
Lost Within Myself
My Father, My Son
Hearing Those Words
Daddy Sings*
My Old Guitar
Conversation With Him
Blind Vision
The Fraud Within
Rememberance
Push Nose, Wave Hair
The Other Day
Hearing Tose Words
Is There Any Way
Eating Chinese
Oklahoma City (Duet with Serenity Blaze)
Grand Illusion (Duet with littlewing)

* Stottbear's favorite

Geez, who knows... maybe I'll publish these under this title.  lol

I'm drowning, choking
   Falling deeper into this
   Black hole we call living
...Fates Warning

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3 posted 05-24-2005 11:43 PM       View Profile for Kaoru   Email Kaoru   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Kaoru

I don't know if I have 30 essentials, but I know I might have a few, so here goes...

1. "You"
2. "Melting Down the Vines"
3. "Flesh"
4. "Tempestuous"
5. "Mantlepiece"
6. "To a Blood, I am Your Kin"
7. "Way to make things better in a time of desolation and negative degrees"
8. "Surgery"
9. "Devotion"
10. "Pitfall"


How's that?
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4 posted 05-25-2005 01:32 AM       View Profile for Aenimal   Email Aenimal   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Aenimal

G54
m.
gepetto.
lotus.
silences.
(duet w/ dark angel)
with or without you (meg's challenge)
The Slaying of Idols
from the south.
catherine wheel.

s'about all i can stomach reading, maybe a couple of senryus too
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5 posted 05-25-2005 02:55 AM       View Profile for Kaoru   Email Kaoru   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Kaoru

Raph - I'd add in Forensics, Voodoo Fusion (one of my personal favorites, never forgot it) and Sacrificial.
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6 posted 05-26-2005 02:16 AM       View Profile for Jeffrey Carter   Email Jeffrey Carter   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Jeffrey Carter

I'm a "one-hit wonder" lol
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7 posted 05-26-2005 10:35 AM       View Profile for timothysangel1973   Email timothysangel1973   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit timothysangel1973's Home Page   View IP for timothysangel1973

This is so weird.  Just today I started a little project where I am going back over ALL of my poetry and taking parts of each poem and making one LARGE poem.  Now, that sounds silly to some, but I thought it would be interesting to see how different times in my life would look all blended together.  As far as my 30 Greatest Hits - The Essentials go, well...

I actually only think that I have 23 that I would want to be remembered by lol, and here they be - Not listed in any order other than random.

1. Shoeboxes
2. Of Fire and Light (duet with Littlewing)
3. Private Ballare - The Dance of Lovers
4. Letting Go
5. THe Rock and The Willow
6. In Between
7. The Legend of Timothy Wayne
8. Bars of Flesh
9. October Morning
10. Three In The Afternoon
11. Pleasure In Things That Have Passed
12. Standing Guard
13. On The Banks of Old Tackachee
14. The Tables Turned
15. THe Voice That Said Goodbye
16. Drumline
17. Opposite Sides of the Water
18. Within These Walls
19. Of Writing and Painting
20. Los Acabar
21. The Swing
22. House Made of Stone
23. With This Ring


I may hate myself in the morning - but I'm gonna love you tonight
-Lee Ann Womack
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8 posted 05-26-2005 02:42 PM       View Profile for Aenimal   Email Aenimal   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Aenimal

Meg, just made my day you know i'd add more to your list but we are our harshest critics. how you forgot 'letters to catherine' & 'she' (to name a few)on your list i'll never know


* oh and 'if only', i think you should rp that one again
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9 posted 05-26-2005 02:50 PM       View Profile for Kaoru   Email Kaoru   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Kaoru

Raph - When you said Letters to Catherine, I'd almost forgotten I wrote it.. lol Seriously, I had to look for it.
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10 posted 05-26-2005 03:09 PM       View Profile for Aenimal   Email Aenimal   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Aenimal

like i said, dunno how you forgot that one  
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11 posted 05-26-2005 03:51 PM       View Profile for Alicat   Email Alicat   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Alicat

Aenimal is very correct about self-critics, which is why I really can't provide a list.  There's less than 10 of the 3000-someodd that I like, even fewer I love of all I've written.  Now, if it was other people creating the Essential list for a particular poet, that'd be a bit different.
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12 posted 05-26-2005 06:06 PM       View Profile for timothysangel1973   Email timothysangel1973   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit timothysangel1973's Home Page   View IP for timothysangel1973

Even tho we are our own worst critics, I do speak for myself (and probably plenty others) when I say that most of the time, SOMETHING in our life makes us write.  Like for example... when my parents divorced, that me write.  When my own marriage fell apart, I wrote.  When I chopped off my own wings and tried to self destruct - I wrote once again.  When I found myself and put ME back together, I wrote yet again.  When life finally got sweet, and I realized it - I wrote.  There were, and still are alot of times that no matter how hard I try, I can never get anything on paper that sounds like it makes sense, however there are times that emotions ran either too high or too low and there wasn't enough paper in the free world to satisfy the itch that my muse and pen had.  

The poetry that came forth during these moments are the ones that are my Essentials so to say because - it was then that I learned a lesson, or reflected long enough to remember what I swore I would never forget.  

My daddy always said "Don't ever forget where ya come from gal."

And so, on occasion I give the bones a visit if for nothing but a reminder of how far it is in which I have come.

I may hate myself in the morning - but I'm gonna love you tonight
-Lee Ann Womack

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13 posted 05-26-2005 10:21 PM       View Profile for Aenimal   Email Aenimal   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Aenimal

I'm with Alicat i'd like to see a thread listing other people's works, there's alot of poems hidden in the archives that people should see. Ive always thought PIP should have a monthly, or even weekly spotlight on archive poems from poets past and present.
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14 posted 05-26-2005 10:50 PM       View Profile for Essorant   Email Essorant   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Essorant's Home Page   View IP for Essorant

"Ive always thought PIP should have a monthly, or even weekly spotlight on archive poems from poets past and present."

I like that idea as well.  

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15 posted 05-26-2005 11:23 PM       View Profile for Kaoru   Email Kaoru   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Kaoru

That's an awesome idea....hmm.....Raph, you and I should do that together.. That'd be a fun project to keep me well entertained.
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Alright I went back and found five that I can sorta stand, I think. The problem is a successful poem, to me, is one that accomplishes its goal of getting something out of my head, no matter how it turns out. That and the fact that I'm a lousy writer lol

1. Is there some way...
2. of friendship. (I'll hold you)
3. you reminded them of funerals
4. cliche (falling into raindrops)
5. You Never Really Cared

The archive spotlight thing sounds like a great idea!

He was a man of sorrows
...I am a girl of tears.

 
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