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David W. Parsley

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  • Birthday 04/03/1958

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    Rancho Palos Verdes, California, USA
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    Literature, philosophy, music, science, religion, God, space exploration, camping, hiking, history, women and feminism, politics, economics, engineering, enterprise and program management, higher mathematics, theology, epistemology, ethics, ontology, cosmology, stock market, art, history, God again, ballet, poets, poems, poetic forms, informal asthetics, film. And other stuff.

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    Revisiting this provocative piece with its whispers of the Dance of the Seven Veils. Keep posting, Geoff. - Dave
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    Pearson park

    Barry, this is vivid and atmospheric. Totally love the sensory sequence of image, sound, smell. Exemplifies the power of poetry to capture the ineffable. Unique. - Dave
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    Shifting Sands

    Tink, when you figure out that particular trick, would you mind noting here how to do it? In the meantime thanks for the treatment in anaphorics! - Dave
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    Pablo's music

    That is what the butterflies do for the whole poem. No repetitions; just enchanting refrains forming lyrical chains. "Moon" and "dream" occur here, but not in any previous 'eclipse' guises. Their presences here are fresh, appropriate to theme. Many memorable phrases and lines. Do clean up the diction booboo noted by tinker, please. Thank you for this wonderful creation, Barry. - Dave
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    Cold Bed

    A poetic Living Will addressed to the universe. I like what both dc and doc say here, the focused balance between acceptance and a calm insistence on setting terms. Parallels thoughts that I have been walking through myself lately. Nicely done, Joel. - Dave
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    The Escapist

    Oh, yes. Definitely worth the wait. I am totally impressed, not just with the achievement, but the ability to synthesize and order these seemingly disparate memories prior to the memorial. (I just had to compose and deliver the eulogy for my mother's life celebration about two weeks ago. Tough.) A moving and enriching piece, one of your best. Please accept my sympathy. BTW: Those are my favorite lines, too. But I will also add a nod to these: Thanks doc, - Dave
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    The story so far

    Hey, I didn't even notice the "@" thing until now. That is pretty cool! Sorry to step on your topic, Phil. This is quite an impressive list of publications! Keep the beat going. (I like Tony's idea of including links to the poems, but the interested reader can go to the individual announcements, too.) - Dave
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    Memory Lane

    Agreed, the final line is not only redundant, it dissipates the nuance of what precedes. Nice insights. - Dave
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    Joel, add me to the list of those who think this extended metaphor just rocks! Like Tony, I look askance at the closing tercet, finding that I like the final line but find the previous two less interesting than the rest of the poem. Could that line be pulled up into the main body and the other two eliminated? Nice poem! - Dave
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    Without a Compass

    Okay, I really like this one. Right balance of narrative detail and economy. "Your laughter was coffee" - I love it! - Dave
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    The Escapist

    I keep waiting for part 2, doc. The tone of the thing, the way it moves, fills me with admiration. I feel that I am not connecting all the "apocryphal" and "escapist" dots with the mix of cosmic and mundane here, waiting for the succeeding part(s) of the poem to sharpen the perspective. Nice! - Dave
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    Someone, Please Fix Me

    A light-hearted personification with which I'm starting to identify all too strongly. I like the way the piece, uhm, flows. - Dave
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    Self-Portrait 101

    I like the form and your handling of it, Tony. The comments above reflect my own assessment of the piece. As for citing quotes, if I did that, there would a long list at the end of most of my poems, and those of many others, too. So I will respectfully disagree with some on that point, not even sure the italics are required. I have to say that final couplet really packs a punch. - Dave
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    space station

    I can't help but like this one, Barry. Count me among those who admire the first two lines. The whole thing has a quasi-Ecclesiastes feel to it, with the whole sun-also-rises theme accelerated by a factor of sixteen, with attendant acceleration of disillusionment. "What happens to the wise? The same as happens to the fool. All is vanity and grasping in the wind!" A more concrete rendering of some common themes that recur in your work, at least in the late part of the poem: ghosts and empty reflections (but no moon, which is appropriate). - Dave
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    Robert Burns dreamscape poem

    Hi Barry, interesting piece, though I like "Quills" more. Strong images. I have diction issues: "mask" appears near end of stanza 1, then near start of stanza 2. Feels repetitive. "incantation" appears twice in the poem, neither time organically, feels forced. plurality mis-match between "selves" and "grain" "incandescence" feels forced Hope that helps. I know how it feels to want more comments on one's poem. - Dave

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