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Re: Early Afternoon Conflict (A poem) - My Response

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Posted by Alan Maples on April 27, 19100 at 19:45:01:

In Reply to: Re: Early Afternoon Conflict (A poem) - My Response posted by Peter on April 27, 19100 at 14:27:58:

: I responded to Alans nice poem as you can see below. With his permission, here is our interaction:

My Poem:

>> Hey Alan,
>> thanks for the post, could wind up we, like the ants, become toast...
>> what a waste that would be, smoked by nukes while watching TV
>> asleep are the masses reduced to two classes
>> nerds and non nerds, haves and have nots,
>> seperatist states rather than a global polyglot
>> Peace,
>> peter

"V.A.R.I.O.U.S. Media" wrote:

Well, its official.... I took your advise! If I win, I'll pay you an agents
fee!  lol


PS: May I post our interaction under your CCafe submission?

>Date: Wed, 26 Apr 2000
>From: Alan Maples
>To: CCafe@creativity.net
>Subject: Re: Creativity Cafe appreciates your input
>                            Hey Peter,
>    Seems like you have something to work with there. I submitted Early
>Afternoon Conflict to poetry.com, might win some money, might not. Modern
>poetry is so abstract that the majority of the public have no clue as to
>what the poems are about. While this has elevated poetry, it has also
>made it unenjoyable to all but a few. I think there is room for middle
>brow and low brow poetry too. I like some of the high brow poetry, but
>shouldn't poetry be for everyone? What are your thoughts on this?
>    Yep, we could end up as toast, but nuclear weapons could also have
>the effect of making war so unthinkable that they bring about world
>peace. Until someone unstable with an axe to grind gets control of an
>arnsenal anyway.
>            Alan

I've posted another poem. Hate to break this to you, but there really
isn't much money
in poetry. They are fun to write though; except of course, the times you
write yourself into a depression. Fiction is actually my forte and I have
two short stories on the front burners. I'm currently writing two books: a
self-help book and a book of short stories and poems. I plan to write more
than a few books since I have a good muse.
So what are your thoughts on the state of poetry today? Should we keep poetry
the way it is or write poems for the masses as well as the sophisticates? It
would be horrible for poetry to become as trashy as television, but most
of modern poetry is so
abstract that only a few can enjoy it. The standard assessment of most poems
is "nice flowery language, but I have no idea what it's about". My opinion is
that we shoud keep the high brow poetry,
but also throw in middle brow and low brow poetry
because art should be enjoyed by all.

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