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odinroark
Fri Feb 17 18:07:02 2017

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My Review of Felt World by DWilkin
Eye-opener
As you allude to, pouching and immoral slaughter of animals has become a pandemic: all in the name of dominion over animals as an excuse. A stark reminder of how uncivilized we've become.

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odinroark
Tue Feb 7 18:42:40 2017

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My Review of Inward Darkness by DWilkin
Arresting
Excellent poetic phrasing about darkness without going into self-pitying boredom for the reader. Instead, the darkness is portrayed as a state of mind we all have in one degree or another, making the poem universal, except, perhaps, those that think they're void of such honesty that you posit eloquently. The ending is spot on with a metaphoric image that is perfect. Again, excellent work.
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odinroark
Tue Feb 7 10:46:03 2017

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My Review of In Russia by DWilkin
Insightful
f only Russia were an enigma, a script played out as a super-colossal binge movie. But, as you say, it remains real and generating more fear than ever. You've defined so many facts in poetry form that one wonders if such writing would reach more people were they not stuck in media sound bites and headlines. Very well done.

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odinroark
Sat Jan 28 10:21:28 2017

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My Review of Along the Way by DWilkin
Another paradox living
There's an interesting duality between the noise and gradual dying of man made elements and the kind of noise humans make for themselves, competing for that next short period of quiet. Great visuals.

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odinroark
Sat Jan 28 10:11:43 2017

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My Review of Oneness in Opposites by DWilkin
Arresting
The Yin and Yang paradox. Your images are stark and true to the thoughts most people spend a moment or two each day with. For me, the closing stanza: "From separate to belonging, that we, like art, could all belong..." Much food for thought in this poem. Great job!

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odinroark
Sat Jan 28 10:01:57 2017

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My Review of Alzheimers? by DWilkin
Excellent capture
Per your poem, one can only hope the memory blank outs are due to the natural aging process. However, if it's "...that?" There's much to be concerned about.

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odinroark
Sat Jan 7 17:49:57 2017

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My Review of Curdled Whipped Cream by DWilkin
Very Imaginative
To express this dysfunctional world in any less degree of absurdity would do a disservice to the sane of us needing some comic relief. Metaphors abound in stanza after stanza, each developing to the last one that says it all. Imagination at its best.

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odinroark
Mon Jan 2 20:45:16 2017

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My Review of Assad's Legacy by DWilkin
Enlightening
Having had the picture of Syria haunt me as well, your treatise of just how painful certain people's legacy can be to others is a another reminder of how insanity rules, while sanity runs, dodges, seeks shelter, asylums et al. Will it ever end in our lifetimes?


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odinroark
Fri Dec 30 20:05:55 2016

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My Review of Transcending Biology via Geology by DWilkin
Profound
The relationship of biology and geology is inseparable as your poem suggests. The underlying concern is how much of the future's geology will be made up body's turned to fossils, bodies that bled out, wars, domestic, corporate, etc. An awful thought, but real, even today. Mixed with the beer cans and other debris, the future may exercise digs that will not unearth fossils, but instead decayed junk, and remnants of war, weapons and twisted bodies as well. Nothing like the unearthing of Egyption tombs, or Africa's discovery of where we came from, much to the chagrin of those who choose to believe in fantasy. Very well conceived and executed. A thought process that deserves more cognitive evaluation as we think about the human species come the next millennium. Yes, the geology will be there, but nature of biology is likely to change radically.

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odinroark
Thu Dec 29 15:18:12 2016

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My Review of The Clod and the Pebble Revisited by DWilkin
Excellent analogy in poem
Your last stanza sums it all up: capsize, indeed. You begin with a tree and reed compared. Then the question of principles and heart, "after the hurt is let go." Then the question of self-reliance is compared to others making decision for us, promoting the idea "will concessions steal our souls." Again, the last stanza pulls it together with the use of "only" at the head of each line. to know, to stabilize, to reject or to capsize. Loved the analogies. Well done.

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odinroark
Tue Dec 27 14:19:51 2016

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My Review of Ashland Art Center by DWilkin
images seldom witnessed
There's an collage quality to this piece that allows each stanza to become it's own story. Also, you've captured (perhaps more in the subtext) the multi-faceted tastes in artistic expression. Perhaps most important, you don't take yourself too seriously, imbuing the read with a touch of humor that allows it to remain accessible to all. Well done.

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odinroark
Tue Dec 27 13:31:32 2016

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My Review of In the Crimson Time by DWilkin
Excellent exploration.
A poetic treatise examining reality over imaginings. One is left with imperfection as something to be embraced, not rejected. Your structure from the earth changing its life form, to the precariousness of animal life, to the all encompassing "lessor" light, that for this reader, transcends reality's boundaries. Much enjoyed piece of deep thought. Thank you for posting.

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odinroark
Sun Oct 16 15:03:21 2016

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My Review of Until Hope Returns by DWilkin
Excellent
A heart felt treatise on ills of our planet. If only more would take the responsibility of owning up to their part in this self-destruction, your "hope" could be realized...before it's too late.

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odinroark
Tue Sep 20 21:04:11 2016

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My Review of Liberation by DWilkin
Outstanding perception
Odin Roark - We can only hope one sees beyond the obvious, for what this mortal experiences is most likely what nature intended. How self-interested are many of us, forgetting the connection we have, and are obligation to respect, nature in all her manifestations. Perhaps of greatest importance in this gem--pertaining to a subject few write about-- is the consciousness imbued into the word choices, the images, their color, texture and sound of her surroundings, her bond with nature and the compassion with which she addresses it. Original and moving. Bravo!

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odinroark
Sat Sep 10 19:24:02 2016

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My Review of UTOPIAN FOREST by babyboomer68
Excellent word choices
This reads like a dichotomous journey through nature's splendor, and the dreams we humans have, but seldom sit with and meditate. And the music... well you certainly know how to carve musical notes from metaphoric love. Loved this poem. I write only free verse, so this was of particular interest as I roamed through your writings. I'll be reading more of your work as there are few on this site with your talent.

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odinroark
Wed Aug 17 15:14:00 2016

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My Review of Fantasies by JohnCreekmore
Excellent perception
What strikes me most about this work is the subtle way you bring it home in the last few lines by reminding us to keep a rational state of mind and not lose ourselves in the many optional ways your writin examples suggest as lures into the tendency to cause the weaker-willed to take flight and risk wasting valuable time trying to be what they're not. Working in Hollyweird for 50 years gave me a strong testimony as to who is real and who is...well... shackled to "Fantasies." Once again, thank you for posting.

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odinroark
Thu Mar 17 12:33:48 2016

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My Review of Dreams of Reality by DWilkin
Inspiring
The poet never tires of the Teeter Totter interplay of dreams and reality. Here, you've extended the wonder with finesse and eloquence, bringing to science more of the lyrical it deserves. Kudos.

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odinroark
Mon Jan 25 10:26:13 2016

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My Review of One Emotion by TonyD
Wonderful Insight
Couldn't help but flash on one of my favorite poets, Shane Kyczan, who in 2013 gave a presentation for Ted Talks, "Blueprint for a Breakthrough." Your poem here in many ways parallels his presentation, one I think you'd enjoy. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aV805a2XJgA Thank you for tackling this subject, as it gets far too much inane lip service far too often.

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odinroark
Mon Jan 25 10:20:14 2016

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My Review of To See All is Bliss by TonyD
paradoxical bliss
Just as no one can perceive white without knowing black, so too this balance your speak of is irrefutably tied to itself, allowing no one to cheat, for not know one, disallows understanding two. You've woven another intricate web of lexiconic intrigue, symbols of thought placed on the page for the discerning reader to discover and return to for sustenance, especially on days that offers a world picture that is bleak and waning. Seems that happens often, eh?

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odinroark
Wed Jan 6 12:14:05 2016

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My Review of Nightmares Past by TonyD
A rather dark, but illuminating reflection on what was, what is, what might be. Well structured to allow the reader identity within the subtext of your poetic lexicon. (Below, a possible oversight with the two the's.)

and see not I the the proffered hopes,

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odinroark
Wed Jan 6 12:08:32 2016

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My Review of Kindness Not Enough by TonyD
Reality
Like a view onto a petri dish of our species, magnified for full impact, yet words such as yours falls on far too few eyes. The ones that need it most view poetry as an anomaly to their junk food habits of intellectual growth. Reading this, I couldn't help but see remnants of my own thoughts when writing Bella Revisited. Thank you for posting.

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odinroark
Wed Jan 6 12:02:49 2016

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My Review of Pretenders by TonyD
Brilliant Insight
Once again, you've captured in poetic form a sometimes brutal and unforgiving fault of the species: narcissism. We now live in a solipsistic world, save those so less fortunate as to beg death over life, and yet few ever wake up to the self-destructive bent. Wonderful write.

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odinroark
Sat Nov 21 12:50:43 2015

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My Review of The Only True Failure by JohnCreekmore
Quiet Insight
And with no regrets, the learning process runs the risk of being abandoned. Your work here asks that we never lose sight of the balance needed to not only survive, but to advance beyond the mundane mode of living. Well done.

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odinroark
Sat Nov 21 12:46:54 2015

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My Review of Humanifesto by Snowpiper
No Apology Truth
Even with the moon having been initiated into our lexicon of history, we remain with twisted hubris as to our importance and treat one another with less than the respect our animal ancestors had and continue to exercise. As you say, we are only human, but as a species, few will take the high road of independent thinking as you have. A much needed reminder you've penned here.

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odinroark
Sat Nov 21 12:29:18 2015

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My Review of Turbulence by TonyD
Empirical Truth
As you often remind us, to live is to make mistakes. To die is to breath one's own "in denial" dead air. I, for one, have had several occasions in my life when I knew the signs pointed to my unwillingness to take chances, that I was getting dull-edged, that I couldn't in all honesty say to myself I was still in the learning mode. Thus, at times, I took unnecessarily brazen chances, as well as a few rational, albeit, risky opportunities to feel I was learning again. Probably the most cautious move I ever made to learn was to go back to university for another 4 years and get my philosophy studies finished. At 73 when I started the extended journey of academia, I was somewhat intimidated by all the young minds in the lecture rooms. Then I realized soon enough, just as you point out in your last stanza, I was better equipped than I thought to tread water with the best of them.

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