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Local Rebel
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0 posted 07-06-2001 01:42 PM       View Profile for Local Rebel   Email Local Rebel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Local Rebel

A natural outgrowth of the conversation of late, my own ten commandments of poetry;

1)Thou shalt use intense imagery

2)Thou shalt paint a thousand pictures with the fewest words possible

3)Thine poem shalt be as a woman's skirt: short enough to be interesting but long enough to cover the subject (and the shorter the more interesting)

4)Thou shalt write in multiple layers

5)Thou shalt leave room for the reader

6)Thou shalt use language not found in daily discourse

7)Thou shalt invent words as required

8)Thou shalt write with beauty even when writing of an ugly subject

9)Thou shalt write of the human condition

10)Thou shalt evoke an emotional response in the reader

That ought to stir the pot a tad
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1 posted 07-06-2001 06:17 PM       View Profile for doreen peri   Email doreen peri   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for doreen peri

i disagree with #2

LOL!!!!!!!!!!!
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2 posted 07-07-2001 01:38 PM       View Profile for brian madden   Email brian madden   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for brian madden

I used to follow these ten, but I think it depends,

intense imagery? if it suits the subject matter.

I knew Doreen would disagree with 2 lol but I can see the point, a short poem can be too long and a long poem can be short. If it is necessary, self indulgent poetry is the worst.

LR, thanks for sharing. Amen to them all.

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3 posted 07-07-2001 06:17 PM       View Profile for Sven   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Sven

mounting these on a wall. . . thanks!!!

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Local Rebel
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4 posted 07-08-2001 01:33 PM       View Profile for Local Rebel   Email Local Rebel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Local Rebel

doreen.... I suppose a long skirt CAN be interesting ... if sheer... or if there is a slit all the way up...  

thank you brian

sven.. hope you'll write your own...
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5 posted 07-10-2001 12:16 AM       View Profile for White Wolf   Email White Wolf   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for White Wolf

I have only one commandment.  Local Rebel I don't know anyone who could even follow most of them if we tried to, myself included.  And so my one commandment would be as follows.

Thou shall write in the language of the heart from the heart.
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I'm in.
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7 posted 07-11-2001 03:01 PM       View Profile for brian madden   Email brian madden   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for brian madden

I have a few...

Thou shall let your poem flow.

Thou shall show not tell

Thou shall not over use any one word in a poem.

Thou shall not use slang terms and abbrevations unless they suit the style.

Thou shall have knowledge of what THou write,
Thou must know and believe thou subject.

Thou shall not preach in order to get thou point across

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Honeybee
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8 posted 07-30-2001 10:42 PM       View Profile for Honeybee   Email Honeybee   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Honeybee


AMEN to that!  
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What if somebody writes with ugliness about a beautiful subject?
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