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William Haskins
12-06-2005, 06:25 AM
thought i'd open a separate thread in case anyone wants to discuss the Calling Card Thread (http://absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=23161).

Nicholas S.H.J.M Woodhouse
12-06-2005, 06:29 AM
i think its a very interesting idea and would be a definite eye opener for someone such as I

dear william, would people who post only have one post on the thread?

what if our position changes over time, in beautifully organic ways?

William Haskins
12-06-2005, 06:31 AM
i would have no objection to anyone adding a new poem every so often, as his or her style evolves or skills sharpen. i think that could only add value.

Susie
12-06-2005, 07:02 AM
Great idea, William.

Elisa, I love your poem. Very well done and shows you have a great talent.

William Haskins
12-06-2005, 07:08 AM
thank you for sharing, elisa and susie.

Pat~
12-06-2005, 08:21 AM
William, I had a question...I'd like to post a poem, but it has been submitted for publication; what about first rights issues? I know if we post on a password thread they are supposedly protected, but not on this thread?

William Haskins
12-06-2005, 08:25 AM
yes, i see your dilemma. perhaps you could post a quick note about your chosen poem in the thread out here and provide a link to a post in the password section?

Pat~
12-06-2005, 10:05 AM
Thanks, William. That's a good suggestion. I wish I were computer savvy enough to know how to post links, but some poems that I think are representative are in the "Poetry Game, Anyone?" thread (password citrus):

p. 28 - Grace (#698) (http://absolutewrite.com/forums/showpost.php?p=369596&postcount=698)
p. 29 - Dark Night of the Soul (#702) (http://absolutewrite.com/forums/showpost.php?p=371858&postcount=702)
p. 31 - The Lord is My Light and My Salvation (#768) (http://absolutewrite.com/forums/showpost.php?p=397390&postcount=768)

I would welcome any feedback you might have on these.

William Haskins
12-06-2005, 06:28 PM
i went ahead and linked them up for you, pat.

thank you (and everyone) for sharing your work. i plan to comment on all of them as soon as i can shake these FBI agents and get a few free minutes.

-william

Sarita
12-07-2005, 02:20 AM
I'm really enjoying all the poems you're sharing! Great work, thanks.

William Haskins
12-07-2005, 02:22 AM
shouldn't you have posted one by now, sara?

Sarita
12-07-2005, 02:28 AM
shouldn't you have posted one by now, sara?shouldn't you have? (i'm getting there!)

William Haskins
12-07-2005, 02:56 AM
i don't write poetry anymore. i'm just a fan.

scarletpeaches
12-07-2005, 03:02 AM
How do you stop yourself writing it?! :)

William Haskins
12-07-2005, 03:24 AM
homemade lobotomy kit.

scarletpeaches
12-07-2005, 03:35 AM
Mind if I write a sonnet about that invention?

unthoughtknown
12-07-2005, 03:39 AM
I'm kind of in agony here.

I go to pick one of my poems for calling card thread but then I'm haunted by the phrase: that in some way represents them.

I can't choose.

William Haskins
12-07-2005, 03:43 AM
yes scarlet, you certainly should.

jennifer, don't overthink it. the purpose is certainly not to judge the person or his or her entire poetic output by one poem. just choose one that you like for any reason.

scarletpeaches
12-07-2005, 03:44 AM
William, you will regret saying that. Honestly. My poems aren't all as brilliant as the one in the calling card thread. :ROFL:

unthoughtknown
12-07-2005, 03:47 AM
just choose one that you like for any reason.

Yay! One just-because-I-like-It poem coming up!

KTC
12-07-2005, 06:01 AM
Wow! William. You stopped writing poetry? I couldn't do it. I have always just done poetry for warm up. I know that sounds mundane, but it comforts me to get poetic right before slipping into my freelance stuff or my fiction. I need it! It's a pleasure for me. I guess that's why I wouldn't cut myself off of it. Nobody can take it away from me...and it doesn't matter to me whether it's good or bad...it's just there...something to get the words flowing.

William Haskins
12-07-2005, 06:04 AM
i was being facetious.

KTC
12-07-2005, 06:07 AM
Damn! I wish you would use the facetious smiley face when you're doing that.

MacAllister
12-07-2005, 06:13 AM
Heh--I actually don't write poetry. Haven't, since about high school. I had Geoff Chaucer for third period English. He made me promise to cease and desist.

But I do love to come over here and read everyone's stuff.

So I whipped up mine last night. I wanted to work in the words "I promise not to do this to you too often" as a bit of a joke--meaning, I promise not to test the patience of the good denizens of the Poetry forum, too often. Sort of a subliminal message.

I crack myself up.

Perks
12-07-2005, 06:30 AM
So I whipped up mine last night. I wanted to work in the words "I promise not to do this to you too often" as a bit of a joke--meaning, I promise not to test the patience of the good denizens of the Poetry forum, too often. Sort of a subliminal message.



Oh please do! I don't even belong in there. I've written one poem in years and a few haiku at the prompting of JAlpha or too much wine. So, I threw it in there and feel half a fool for having done so. I need a few non-poets to contribute or I'm gonna have to go in and delete mine in humiliation for trying to play in a sandbox too lofty.

mkcbunny
12-07-2005, 11:33 AM
I posted on the CC thread, but I'm really just in here to read. I have a few poems-in-progress within my novel-in-progress, but other than that, it's been a long, long time since I did anything in that vein. I enjoy reading in here because it's both soothing and stimulating.

Godfather
12-08-2005, 02:38 AM
william, i think you should make the calling card thread a sticky,

but make the title clearer maybe, i didnt know what it was about til i opened it

William Haskins
12-08-2005, 04:43 AM
done and done.

kdnxdr
12-12-2005, 08:47 PM
It's been a bit since anyone posted in the discussion thread. I've read the calling card posts over and over and the one thing that has impressed me the most is that for the "calling card" it seems the common denominator is an internal, personal satisfaction of either form or content or both that is specific to the author. And because that seems to be true, the calling card thread reflects back to several other threads I've looked at: How Abstract Poetry Makes You Feel and something in the Novel Writing Thread. There is a place, within a writer, that has to be satisfied with a written piece. The piece has to originate there to be authentically born of that writer. And then, that which has been created looks for validation and affirmation. Through these different sites, I've personally come to the conclusion that it is an innate need that all writers have, "to belong", that compels them to write. All else, fame and fortune, are incidental, albeit, desirable.

P.H.Delarran
12-12-2005, 09:07 PM
good point kdnxr, i would say for me it is more to be understood, rather than to belong..or maybe to understand myself. you know..those obscure things you think in your head that are hard to put into words? concepts that aren't necessarily universal, or at least not commonly discussed. with poetry, there is a strong need to put an emotion into words and the satisfaction after doing so. and with other writing, the same need is there, maybe more complex. satisfaction comes when i can actually get the words out right, and make some kind of sense.

Sarita
12-12-2005, 09:12 PM
shouldn't you have posted one by now, sara? Does 2 count? Red River was a favorite of mine. Thanks for reminding me of it.

William Haskins
12-12-2005, 09:13 PM
i just read them. they're both lovely. thank you for posting them (and for the kind words about rr)

Sarita
12-12-2005, 09:39 PM
You are too kind, Mr. Haskins. Too kind.

William Haskins
12-12-2005, 09:40 PM
yeah, i know... it's my curse.

Perks
12-12-2005, 09:54 PM
i would say for me it is more to be understood, rather than to belong..or maybe to understand myself.

Through these different sites, I've personally come to the conclusion that it is an innate need that all writers have, "to belong", that compels them to write. All else, fame and fortune, are incidental, albeit, desirable.

For me, writing has very little to do with expressing 'myself' - to be understood or to belong. In fact, upon rereading something I've written, if I find that I've accidentally let my horses out of the barn, I can feel a bit uncomfortable and exposed.

When I write, it's about capturing a concept or an image; crystallizing stream-of-consciousness, whether it has anything to do with me or not. Mostly not. But I never said I wasn't an odd bird.

Godfather
12-13-2005, 01:31 AM
i write because i feel i need to.

i have art, and nothing more. i have no real talent for anything else,
so i turn to art as a release (drawing or writing or whatever)

maybe its selfish, an escape,

but its me.
its not some profound message i have to get out
but writing, and drawing are what make me.
and its my preferred means of communication.

though.... i havent decided, or thought upon really, what i should post
as my calling card.

brokenfingers
12-13-2005, 01:40 AM
It's been a bit since anyone posted in the discussion thread. I've read the calling card posts over and over and the one thing that has impressed me the most is that for the "calling card" it seems the common denominator is an internal, personal satisfaction of either form or content or both that is specific to the author. And because that seems to be true, the calling card thread reflects back to several other threads I've looked at: How Abstract Poetry Makes You Feel and something in the Novel Writing Thread. There is a place, within a writer, that has to be satisfied with a written piece. The piece has to originate there to be authentically born of that writer. And then, that which has been created looks for validation and affirmation. Through these different sites, I've personally come to the conclusion that it is an innate need that all writers have, "to belong", that compels them to write. All else, fame and fortune, are incidental, albeit, desirable.Hmmm, those are good points, kdnxdr. I never really thought about it, but I agree.

There is a place, within a writer, that has to be satisfied with a written piece. The piece has to originate there to be authentically born of that writer.

Yes, I think the best writing comes from that place. Prose or poetry. When writing comes true, straight from the source like that - it can be transcendental.

Perks
12-13-2005, 06:12 PM
Hmmm, those are good points, kdnxdr. I never really thought about it, but I agree.

There is a place, within a writer, that has to be satisfied with a written piece. The piece has to originate there to be authentically born of that writer.

Yes, I think the best writing comes from that place. Prose or poetry. When writing comes true, straight from the source like that - it can be transcendental.

Yes, I haven't run across a feeling to match having said exactly what I meant to.

StoryG27
12-13-2005, 07:24 PM
Wow. I just read the poetry and spent WAY more time there than I should have. The million things I need to do today all just got pushed back an hour and it was worth it!

I shouldn't be surprised at the poetic talent at AW, but I have to admit, I was. Thank you all for sharing!!!

tlblack
01-15-2007, 09:38 PM
You all posted some very nice poetry. (as opposed to writing that in my southern dialect, "you all" sounded better) I added one but don't write poetry a lot. It's a mood phase for me and usually reflects things and events in my life. I'm not sure I'd ever want it all for public review or purchase, but at times when I really need to delve deep into my mind to find release, it's a great way to express my thoughts.

emilycross
12-14-2009, 06:11 PM
Wow. Reading that calling card thread makes me slightly depressed. Although i know there are some seriously talented poets in the poetry section, i didn't realise there were so many and yer all me competition - eek! ;)

Seriously though, some brilliant pieces and its great to sample 'the best of' through reading the thread.

Thanks Haskins for setting this up :)