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Forum: Songwriting & Lyrics 07-18-2015, 12:02 AM
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Posted By brokencoastline
Lots of texture here. "gritty and...

Lots of texture here. "gritty and drying" and "plastic sharpness" are very specific and evocative when I linger on them. The visual images seem much more vague in comparison, though not in a bad way...
Forum: Songwriting & Lyrics 07-17-2015, 11:29 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 304
Posted By brokencoastline
Thanks, hope you're both doing well. I'm going to...

Thanks, hope you're both doing well. I'm going to let this one grow a while more.
Forum: Songwriting & Lyrics 06-25-2015, 09:44 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 493
Posted By brokencoastline
This makes me think of a lot of things. One is...

This makes me think of a lot of things. One is the beginning of an Annie Dillard book I flipped through a while back where she opened with something to the effect that, after everything else in...
Forum: Songwriting & Lyrics 06-25-2015, 04:09 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 304
Posted By brokencoastline
I started calling her that one night there was another attempt on her fatherís life

slowly putting together a collection of some kind. here's one I have mixed feelings about:




I started calling her that one night when there was another attempt on her fatherís life

Once I dreamed...
Forum: Songwriting & Lyrics 04-16-2015, 01:38 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 265
Posted By brokencoastline
memory 7-04-13

ducking between the bars of the roadblock
coming down through the pines to the parking lot,
thereís a gathering of streetlights
for some sacrament unknown
& thereís something in the Potomac...
Forum: Songwriting & Lyrics 04-09-2015, 10:54 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 279
Posted By brokencoastline
I think the thing about the opening line is that...

I think the thing about the opening line is that "northern" doesn't place us quickly enough. I'm not aware of the poem's Chicagoness until several lines later.

I wonder if "it sounds absurd. i feel...
Forum: Songwriting & Lyrics 03-25-2015, 02:49 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 277
Posted By brokencoastline
There's a sense of clarity and...

There's a sense of clarity and straightforwardness in this. It's still grave and has some distance, though. The third stanza is where I feel a tension between the directness and the distance, mostly...
Forum: Songwriting & Lyrics 03-18-2015, 08:09 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,499
Posted By brokencoastline
I think your intuitions about the new image are...

I think your intuitions about the new image are mostly right, it feels a little overly enigmatic. At the same time it heightens the effect of the cool room image coming in like a breeze. Ultimately I...
Forum: Songwriting & Lyrics 03-18-2015, 08:05 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 169
Posted By brokencoastline
climbing the world's tallest radio tower

1.
Thereís something like a cage
to protect the central pole from
who knows what, at this altitude.
There are plates and drums welded to it,
and wind you might
never come back from.

2.
No one else...
Forum: Songwriting & Lyrics 03-16-2015, 12:13 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 363
Posted By brokencoastline
The ending nails it for me. I don't like...

The ending nails it for me. I don't like barriers.

Tiny gaps. Moments. I think maybe lines 4 - 15 or so where you're describing these things goes on a bit too long. The poem itself sprawls out in...
Forum: Songwriting & Lyrics 03-15-2015, 11:54 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,499
Posted By brokencoastline
I agree with Ganoosh in that "the distance...

I agree with Ganoosh in that "the distance that defines/ what occupies our thoughts" seems too vague.

Somehow you blend the past and present in your last stanzas, "we sleep" and "you were there." It...
Forum: Songwriting & Lyrics 03-11-2015, 07:50 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 379
Posted By brokencoastline
Thanks Saadia. The warmth is definitely what I...

Thanks Saadia. The warmth is definitely what I worry about most with this kind of thing.
Forum: Songwriting & Lyrics 03-11-2015, 07:49 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,317
Posted By brokencoastline
Don't change "ask" to "beg."...

Don't change "ask" to "beg." A lot of your word choices are very charged already (bow, grimace, oblige, etc.) and mostly I think you keep it just under control but it's the kind of thing that can get...
Forum: Songwriting & Lyrics 03-11-2015, 07:38 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 370
Posted By brokencoastline
First sentence is a great opener. It's pretty...

First sentence is a great opener. It's pretty strange. I don't think of bedheadedness as frantic or unsuspecting but I'm inclined to trust you on it immediately. It works in some kind of slanted...
Forum: Songwriting & Lyrics 03-11-2015, 07:27 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 296
Posted By brokencoastline
I wonder if this is intended to be longer. You...

I wonder if this is intended to be longer. You say "complete story," and this does feel like it's opening a story, but it doesn't feel complete.

Length factors into my thinking that, though of...
Forum: Songwriting & Lyrics 03-04-2015, 06:34 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 469
Posted By brokencoastline
The first three lines are enough to make me...

The first three lines are enough to make me expect narrative, and what comes after (and even in those first three lines upon reflection) is much more fragmented than that.

In a way that makes it...
Forum: Songwriting & Lyrics 03-04-2015, 06:24 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 455
Posted By brokencoastline
I agree that the first stanza could use some...

I agree that the first stanza could use some tidying up. "fresh"sticks out awkwardly to me as its own line and it's sort of implied in morning air. The parenthetical is all over the place, and I'm...
Forum: Songwriting & Lyrics 03-03-2015, 09:50 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 379
Posted By brokencoastline
another blood moon for July

something a little weirder for now:

mason.gmu.edu/~ebrumbac/rambutans (http://mason.gmu.edu/~ebrumbac/rambutans)
Forum: Songwriting & Lyrics 02-24-2015, 01:03 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 561
Posted By brokencoastline
I agree with Ganoosh, pacing is very strong here....

I agree with Ganoosh, pacing is very strong here. You manage space in a poem well (I've always thought this) when a lot of people don't really consider it.

Your first stanza blows things way up, or...
Forum: Songwriting & Lyrics 01-23-2015, 01:32 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 429
Posted By brokencoastline
Mostly the images add up nicely. "lightning...

Mostly the images add up nicely. "lightning bug princes that taught us to fly," starts to get a little overly glittery, though.

Oblivion as a backdrop to all the specific memories is nice. I took...
Forum: Songwriting & Lyrics 01-22-2015, 07:10 PM
Replies: 2,203
Views: 85,434
Posted By brokencoastline
This...

This (http://trashtalkpress.storenvy.com/products/11821365-winter-2014-zine) came out today. Thanks to everyone on here that submitted.
Forum: Songwriting & Lyrics 01-09-2015, 01:26 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 508
Posted By brokencoastline
Thanks everyone.

Thanks everyone.
Forum: Songwriting & Lyrics 01-02-2015, 01:02 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 576
Posted By brokencoastline
I think what's most successful about this is that...

I think what's most successful about this is that the language feels very deft and smooth. It's felt much better than it's understood, which is good.



It does get a little shaky in these lines....
Forum: Songwriting & Lyrics 01-02-2015, 12:45 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 425
Posted By brokencoastline
I think "sink liquid" is too...

I think "sink liquid" is too nonspecific to really work.

Not sure what you were doing with "asbes" in the second stanza, shorthand for asbestos? I kept trying to attach it to the first word of the...
Forum: Songwriting & Lyrics 12-29-2014, 05:12 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 508
Posted By brokencoastline
one blood moon for july

Rambutans at the seams, the little
hairs stitching those days together.
Gather on this floor as
it sinks; Swamphouse wedding reception
2013 - (flashes
going off in the *******)
halls and grocery...
Forum: Songwriting & Lyrics 12-02-2014, 02:22 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 708
Posted By brokencoastline
I just called December 18-22 out of work, so...

I just called December 18-22 out of work, so pending approval those dates should work for me. It'd be great to see both of you at once.

Jimmy, are you driving down? feel free to text/call me...
Forum: Songwriting & Lyrics 12-01-2014, 03:13 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 708
Posted By brokencoastline
You gave me a comment on this site a few years...

You gave me a comment on this site a few years (!!!) ago which was "old friends are still always there; they were real and living during some part of your life," which seems appropriate to repeat...
Forum: Songwriting & Lyrics 11-24-2014, 08:51 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 392
Posted By brokencoastline
The "yet" changes things a lot, puts a...

The "yet" changes things a lot, puts a lot of purpose and contrast in that first stanza I can't quite figure out. "Weightless as a feather," is a bit cliche.

Otherwise I can't tell if this feels...
Forum: Songwriting & Lyrics 11-24-2014, 08:42 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 492
Posted By brokencoastline
I'm interested in a chapbook. I can pm you about...

I'm interested in a chapbook. I can pm you about prompts/payment once I have both of those, or let me know if there's a more convenient contact method. Your recent poems have such a strong and...
Forum: Songwriting & Lyrics 11-24-2014, 08:36 PM
Replies: 4
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Views: 377
Posted By brokencoastline
The simplicity of the form is really well-used...

The simplicity of the form is really well-used here, short lines and deconstructed, somehow wonderfully simplistic, phrasings. I'll echo that this seems succinct and without much need for...
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