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      Blogs   05/01/2017

      Blogs are now accessible to Guests. Guests may read and reply to blog entries. We'll see how this works out. If Guest participation becomes troublesome, I'll disable Guest access. Members are encouraged to make use of the PMO Members' Promotional Blog to promote their published works. Simply add your latest entry to the blog. Include relevant information (your name or screen name, poem title, periodical name, hyperlink to the site where published, etc). If you have a lot of them and feel you need your own blog, let me know, and I will try to accommodate you. Members are encouraged to continue also posting their promotional topics in the Promotions forum on the board itself which is better suited for archiving promotions.


  1. Poetry

    1. Member Poetry

      Post your poems (up to three per week), receive comments, and comment on the works of others

    2. Member Poetry (overflow)

      Post as many poems as you want per week, receive comments, and comment on the works of others

    3. Promotions

      Promote your books, websites, blogs, and other publications

    4. Member Archive

      An Index to Members' Poems

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  3. General

    1. General Discussion

      Share and chat about topics of interest

    2. Literary Discussion

      Discuss literature and writing

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    4. PMO Audio

      Share audio recordings of your poems (members only)

  5. Prose and Longer Poetic Works

    1. The Prose Forum

      Share and discuss your essays, short stories, and other works of prose

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  6. Reading

    1. A Poem I Read Today

      Read a poem you like recently? Share it!

    2. Favorite Poets

      Discuss your favorite poets and their work

  7. Art

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    • A poem for Halloween and written in response to a challenge at another Forum to write a poem including the words ghost - witch - pumpkin - apple - zombie - Elvis.  A little wacky but fun.

      Beyond London 1888

      The ghosts of butchered, witchy ladies moan
      the night the pumpkin moon ascends the throne.
      Communal cries
      of banshees drift in apple orchard, near.
      A frightening scream reveals a feral fear
      of zombie eyes.

      His name unknown, Elvis, Tom or Jack,
      the Ripper stalks again so watch your back.
      He seeks new prey.
      He's left the dim gas lights of London town
      and roams the country side, both up and down,
      by night and day.

      You'll never ever know from where he came,
      to him you are a pawn in a gruesome game.
      Don't be adorned,
      a meek reluctant guest in his brutal quest
      to cut a throat or two or more, at best.
      Now you've been warned!
                                   ~~Judi Van Gorder A Bridges
    • Thanks, Tink This is actually a sort of "juvenilium" I wrote this many autumns ago when a student at Millikin University (Decatur, IL) I was 20. It's likely influenced by my love of Hopkins and Dylan Thomas. My more recent stuff has been in the weird, horrific, supernatural, and speculative genre realms -- I've found a market there.. Best Regards, Frank
    • Hi Frank, Welcome again to PMO. Nice Italian Sonnet with an interesting rhyme scheme for the sestet. Unique images of Fall in the opening of the poem but is at the pivot in L6 that the sonnet takes on its own life and begins to flow. I was just reading the lines up to that point and then I felt myself sitting up straighter and paying attention to not just the sounds but to the meaning and it felt cohesive and important. I'm looking forward to reading more of your work. ~~Tink
    • Welcome to PMO. I'm impressed that as a new member you began with reading and commenting on other's work, that is what keeps the forum alive. Thanks for reading and commenting on Out of Sync. The jury is still out on this one, I'm unhappy with the rhythm and flow and I keep coming back trying to fix it. The title not only reflects the weather but also the rhythm which was not deliberate. Your comment captured my doubts which clearly show in the poem. Good ear. ~~Tink
    • Novel terza rima poem. The cadences vary from the strict iambic -- it seems syllabic on either 7 or 8? Nice use of the form for descriptive detail. With some narration and a clincher statement for theme.

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