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by Tracy Mitchell
Mon Jun 24, 2019 1:36 pm
Forum: Post Your Poems
Topic: Sapper
Replies: 2
Views: 61

Re: The story goes

This poem seemed so straightforward the first 4-6 readings, but there is something layered deeper which is beyond my initial reach.  I wonder if this is a story of Charlie Cochrane, or other authors of The Pride of Poppies.  I wonder if the reference is to the Secret Garden.  If yes to both, then th...
by Tracy Mitchell
Sun Jun 23, 2019 9:41 pm
Forum: Post Your Poems
Topic:  Town of Stawford 
Replies: 4
Views: 101

Re:  Town of Stawford 

Phil - thanks for the read and response.  I think that is a fair point that the poem could go beyond what it does. 

As to the first line, I debated about whether it is over the top.  I think I just got my answer.  :)

Cheers.

T
by Tracy Mitchell
Sun Jun 23, 2019 1:46 am
Forum: Post Your Poems
Topic:  Town of Stawford 
Replies: 4
Views: 101

 Town of Stawford 

~                Town of Stawford  By a ladder’s side rails, light hails on a hedgehog curled dead in brown grass. Dance hall, store, one-room post office–  tar paper siding blows harsh and sparse. To sense how shadows feed through rubble  of a collapsed shed which rabbits shun, to glimpse anew thro...
by Tracy Mitchell
Sat Jun 22, 2019 2:12 pm
Forum: Introduce Yourself Here
Topic: Hola all from Chicagoland
Replies: 1
Views: 56

Re: Hola all from Chicagoland

Hola you too, Chicagoite!  It is something to come back to poetry after a layoff.  Awkward at first, then energizing.  At least that is my experience.  You? Your poetry collection idea is fascinating, and sounds challenging.  I can't wait to see some offerings when you are ready to post.   I hope yo...
by Tracy Mitchell
Fri Jun 21, 2019 6:09 pm
Forum: Post Your Poems
Topic: Summer, 1949 with edited version
Replies: 18
Views: 431

Re: Summer, 1949 with edited version

I wasn't sure exactly where the NK building was so I googled -- my son works nearby.  I didn't realize it was so close to Mayslack's Polka Lounge -- what a place for incredible beef sandwiches.  That neighborhood must have changed so much over the years. Unreliable narrator -- it works regardless wh...
by Tracy Mitchell
Thu Jun 20, 2019 10:56 pm
Forum: Post Your Poems
Topic: Men Only
Replies: 3
Views: 77

Re: Men Only

Good Lord, Dylan! What a treat to read another of your gems.  Do your random thoughts throughout the day arrive in perfect cadence as well?  I love the easy facility with which your poems unfold.  Your sense of meter and when to deviate, your sense of sound and how to compound, are breath-taking.  A...
by Tracy Mitchell
Thu Jun 20, 2019 10:51 pm
Forum: Post Your Poems
Topic: Matrix
Replies: 9
Views: 329

Re: Matrix

Bravo, Indar!  Eight stanzas of two unmetered lines each, with a delicious and enticing title.  The opening line and opening stanza are killers.  The poem which follows does not disappoint.  This is a complete and thorough poem.  Beautiful.  The narration is near-breathtaking in both its fluidity an...
by Tracy Mitchell
Thu Jun 20, 2019 10:48 pm
Forum: Post Your Poems
Topic: Three Days on the Train
Replies: 5
Views: 129

Re: Three Days on the Train

Love this!  Excellent humor.  Too much explanation for my taste, though.  But very nice touch to the ending.  In stanza 1, “to provoke his brother’ might be a phrase to include in a better opening line.     L.3-4 could be viewed as needless explanation, and thus deleted.  These kinds of explanations...
by Tracy Mitchell
Thu Jun 20, 2019 10:45 pm
Forum: Post Your Poems
Topic: Summer, 1949 with edited version
Replies: 18
Views: 431

Re: Summer, 1949 with edited version

Just wonderful.  This is a real fine ‘unreliable narrator’ poem, which are not easy to write.  Its not that the N is trying to be deceptive, but as a child she may not be understanding the whole story.  The inviting narrative has the reader right there through 3 stanzas.  At least that’s the way we ...