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Old 04-30-2008, 09:43 AM   #766
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I feel sooo goood: I'm eating raspberry flavoured dark chocolate and I have a four-day long weekend waiting for me. And you're welcome to feel a little envious - that would make me feel even better.
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Old 04-30-2008, 10:08 AM   #767
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holy crap i'm envious.
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Old 04-30-2008, 11:52 AM   #768
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Help, I've just come to realise I can't deal with feeling so good! Now I feel obligated to send some of it to auntie by the waves of sunrays. Catch!
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Old 04-30-2008, 11:59 AM   #769
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Feeling good: Small Toot Of Own Horn

The more obscure one's references, the more likely someone is to publish something, and, today only, one of my poems, deliberately obscure, is featured at a site called "Best Poem" at

http://bestpoem.wordpress.com/

If you want to click through without undergoing what is probably just as obscure prose below where I try to offer some context, or the almost equally obscure Wallace Stevens poem below that, of which my poem is a filk, I'm providing a link so the site that published it gets traffic. If you have time, please take a look.

Oh, "filk". Right.

It’s often useful to distinguish four kinds of poems that take something of the form or voice or style or manner of someone else's original piece.

Imitations, where the new writer is trying to write in the same style of an admired other writer, and no mockery is intended.

Response poems reply, more or less directly, to the writer/narrator of the original poems, without attempting to mock the original's form, style, or manner.

Parody poems that reply, more generally, to the sensibility that admires the original, in order to satirize the original work, its sensibility, and its admirers' views of it.

Filk poems that don't really reply to the original at all, but rather take the salient characteristics of that original for the writer's own ends. The term "filk" originated as a typo in a sci-fi fan newsletter announcing a "folk song sing" back in mimeograph days as a "filk song sing". Since even then many of the songs at sci-fi fan conventions were take-offs of other songs and poems, the term stuck.

Obscure as my filk poem is, then, I suppose a word of explanation would be appropriate. Wallace Stevens wrote a poem called "A High-toned Old Christian Woman", which I append below for reference. Christian Wiman is the new editor of Poetry Magazine, arguably the most prestigious poetry magazine in English. Poetry Magazine was left something on the order to 100 million dollars by one of the Lily Pharmaceutical heirs The magazine created a foundation with the money and, among other changes, replaced the long-time editor. I'm providing a link so the site that published it gets traffic. If you have time, please take a look.

http://bestpoem.wordpress.com/

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A High-Toned Old Christian Woman
Wallace Stevens

Poetry is the supreme fiction, madame.
Take the moral law and make a nave of it
And from the nave build haunted heaven. Thus,
The conscience is converted into palms,
Like windy citherns hankering for hymns.
We agree in principle. That's clear. But take
The opposing law and make a peristyle,
And from the peristyle project a masque
Beyond the planets. Thus, our bawdiness,
Unpurged by epitaph, indulged at last,
Is equally converted into palms,
Squiggling like saxophones. And palm for palm,
Madame, we are where we began. Allow,
Therefore, that in the planetary scene
Your disaffected flagellants, well-stuffed,
Smacking their muzzy bellies in parade,
Proud of such novelties of the sublime,
Such tink and tank and tunk-a-tunk-tunk,
May, merely may, madame, whip from themselves
A jovial hullabaloo among the spheres.
This will make widows wince. But fictive things
Wink as they will. Wink most when widows wince.

-- Wallace Stevens
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Old 04-30-2008, 03:33 PM   #770
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Feeling good: Small Toot Of Own Horn
Aaah, you must feel proud.

I feel content, having learned a new word, filk.
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Old 04-30-2008, 03:46 PM   #771
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I feel reborn... Here I am after being away since last year sometime...

I also feel exhausted. Finishing up my last week of classes and getting ready for finals next week...
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Old 04-30-2008, 03:51 PM   #772
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Old 04-30-2008, 04:34 PM   #773
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I feel reborn... Here I am after being away since last year sometime...

I also feel exhausted. Finishing up my last week of classes and getting ready for finals next week...
heey welcome back!
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Old 05-02-2008, 01:04 AM   #774
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My feelings are indescribable. The morning air was filled with the sweet, sensuous fragrance of blooming lilacs.
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Old 05-02-2008, 09:27 AM   #775
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^Yeah, yeah, it's May...

I feel deep, broadband love for all good there is: people, animals, plants, material, immaterial, maybe even non-existent things...

(Yeah, yeah, it's May...)

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Old 05-03-2008, 11:21 AM   #776
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I feel a little afraid - I tried to sprout some fern tree seeds that my mother-in-law had had in storage for years and years - I thought that maybe one or two would be viable...but they ALL sprouted.

I'm going to have to find room in my house for 10 of these eventually :

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Old 05-05-2008, 02:33 AM   #777
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I feel more like a person when I'm not so stressed.
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Old 05-05-2008, 07:05 AM   #778
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^Aye, same here if you'd add a 'would' and a 'would be' there... plus I feel sorry towards those who might at times come in the line of fire when I get my stress-induced *CAWOOM*
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Old 05-05-2008, 09:48 AM   #779
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I hope your time is coming soon, Stephi.
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Old 05-05-2008, 10:30 AM   #780
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I'm feeling pretty good because the thurs fri sat concerts the cjo did of Frank Zappa's music went very well indeed. David Morgan, the CJO bassist, transcribed Zappa's music, and did the charts and parts -- an amazing amount of work!

This is the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra:
http://www.youtube.com/clevelandjazzorch

This is Zappa:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MKWBFWneJQ0
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