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by AlienFlower
Mon Jan 24, 2022 9:36 am
Forum: Post Your Poems
Topic: Library Inscapes
Replies: 12
Views: 410

Re: Library Inscapes

Hi Bruise   Thanks for reading this and for your comments. You’re right that I wrote the poem (this draft, I should say) working out my thoughts. You can google vent blocks; they are usually precast concrete with designed holes in them, used more in warm climates.  “Brace” was a stickler for almost...
by AlienFlower
Sun Jan 23, 2022 9:20 pm
Forum: Post Your Poems
Topic: Washing cars
Replies: 10
Views: 154

Re: Washing cars

I enjoyed this very much, Colm. I like, as Phil said, that it doesn’t railroad thoughts at me, and I think having known funerals brings it home. A few comments: Gulp and gorge seem a bit repetitive   instead of gulping most of it  in surreal gorges Would “instead of consuming it in surreal gorges” ...
by AlienFlower
Sun Jan 23, 2022 2:00 pm
Forum: Post Your Poems
Topic: I would like to imagine
Replies: 5
Views: 59

Re: I would like to imagine

self-painted but the paint not dry, malleable as snow I’d run my fingers through the colours and watch them run this way and that  Your poem starts magically and I absolutely love this section. I'm less keen on what follows. Bringing cleaner-upper Mother into it kind of rubs me the wrong way althou...
by AlienFlower
Sat Jan 22, 2022 3:48 pm
Forum: Post Your Poems
Topic: Library Inscapes
Replies: 12
Views: 410

Re: Library Inscapes

Hi Linda, I wrote this draft in literal response to a photo I took that surprised me, but as I went on it became harder to stick to the literal because social issues came up that affected my word choice. For example, I have been frustrated for so long that the easiest way to build school library col...
by AlienFlower
Wed Dec 29, 2021 11:42 am
Forum: Post Your Poems
Topic: Library Inscapes
Replies: 12
Views: 410

Re: Library Inscapes

Thanks, Trev, you've given me a lot to think about. I'll work on this after COVID's passed. :evil:
by AlienFlower
Sat Dec 18, 2021 8:41 pm
Forum: Post Your Poems
Topic: The Knot Garden
Replies: 5
Views: 140

Re: The Knot Garden

Hi Phil, The words roll off my tongue deliciously as I read this—I enjoy the rhythm of the first two lines and the sounds of L 5-8.  I had to look up "knot garden" and find they often used herbs, to connect the themes of aroma and deceit. Knot garden took me to traditional Welsh weaving, which I lea...
by AlienFlower
Thu Dec 16, 2021 6:00 pm
Forum: Post Your Poems
Topic: Red Car
Replies: 14
Views: 487

Re: Instinctive

all the roads are closed
That could sound like a normal Michigan snow dump day to me...
by AlienFlower
Thu Dec 16, 2021 1:06 pm
Forum: Post Your Poems
Topic: Red Car
Replies: 14
Views: 487

Re: Instinctive

Phil, With your Big Picture in mind (of Climate Change) I’m seeing the word puzzling as N wondering at his own behavior—what his instinct made him do. I had assumed on the first read that the songbirds were quiet because of the night, but thinking Climate Change, it’s the unexpected wintry weather?...
by AlienFlower
Thu Dec 16, 2021 12:20 pm
Forum: Post Your Poems
Topic: Thinking too much
Replies: 5
Views: 255

Re: Thinking too much

Colm, I hear you saying that the criterion was happiness. I wonder if during (presumably) all those years of thinking you, or N, kept that in mind. Later you say that what comes after is no longer your concern. Did that replace happiness as the criterion?  In what way, exactly, has deep thinking fai...
by AlienFlower
Wed Dec 15, 2021 5:09 pm
Forum: Post Your Poems
Topic: Library Inscapes
Replies: 12
Views: 410

Re: Library Inscapes

The ending, I read a reluctance to relinquish, and the act of storing the books darkens her...it's like a burial. I do like this, Colm. I wonder what conveys it for you? You both credit me with more philosophy than I deserve but somehow it's the emotional truth. I love discovering things from you a...