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Excellence
Posted by: peternsz (---.client.comcast.net)
Date: October 13, 2004 03:18PM

Is there a format for excellence? Excellent poems will draw us all forward everything else draws us back.


Re: Excellence
Posted by: lg (---.ca.charter.com)
Date: October 13, 2004 03:22PM

Is there a format for excellence?

Interesting question, Peter. I think excellence is a goal toward which many of us strive. The idea itself, means different things to different writers. I believe excellence can span the breadth of styles to make anyone's poetry better.

I'll come back to this question later. It is an intriguing topic for me.


Les


Re: Excellence
Posted by: Just Jack (---.southg01.mi.comcast.net)
Date: October 13, 2004 05:07PM

Having never achieved it personally, I can only say that when I read it I think "Damn! I wish I could do that!"

It makes me wonder if any of the "Greats" ever finished something and thought "Damn! That's GOOD stuff!"


Jack


Re: Excellence
Posted by: lg (---.ca.charter.com)
Date: October 14, 2004 02:53AM

"Damn! That's GOOD stuff!"

Jack, I don't know that anyone says that, but I'm sure that you and many other poets have had an experience where you went back and read something you'd written and marvelled that "you" were the author of those words/thoughts. I think that this is probably a fairly common experience for people who have been writing for some time.


Les



Post Edited (10-14-04 02:53)


Re: Excellence
Posted by: lg (---.ca.charter.com)
Date: October 14, 2004 02:53AM

"Damn! That's double stuff!"



Post Edited (10-14-04 02:49)


Re: Excellence
Posted by: Marian-NYC (---.nyc1.dsl.speakeasy.net)
Date: October 14, 2004 02:27PM

"Excellents draws us forward"

IF we're prime to be drawn, it does. It can also be very intimidating. The first time I read -- or rather, TRIED to read "The Alexandria Quartet" I got stalled around page 12 because it was maddenly, impossibly good, and made me feel unable to write. Luckily, I tried again when I wasn't so downcast and found it very readable and not at all intimidating.

Not that I ever DID write a novel, mind you. But at least I didn't feel that I couldn't.

"If the music makes you want to dance, feel free. Don't dance. Just feel free."--Howard Jay Patterson, aka Ivan Karamazov


Re: Excellence
Posted by: JohnnySansCulo (---.nycmny83.covad.net)
Date: October 14, 2004 02:44PM

as in the "Flying" Karamazov brothers?


Re: Excellence
Posted by: Marian-NYC (---.nyc1.dsl.speakeasy.net)
Date: October 14, 2004 07:25PM

The same!


Re: Excellence
Posted by: peternsz (---.client.comcast.net)
Date: October 14, 2004 07:29PM

Marian,

I felt the same way with Marcel Proust. How could my writing ever matter, if this guy had already perfected the process.

"If the music makes you want to dance, feel free. Don't dance. Just feel free."--Howard Jay Patterson, aka Ivan Karamazov Nice quote.

Thanks.




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