Millay Inspired
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Joined 06-06-05, id: 479987
Author has written 9 stories for General, and Love.

Okay, so this will be a short and simple profile. I'm somewhat of a writer and a poet, but really neither. I'm just a 17-year-old guy who loves life, and loves himself even more. Let's see, what should I tell you?

Poets who have influenced me:
Edna St. Vincent Millay
Howard Nemerov
Richard Wilbur
Walt Whitman (unoriginal... perhaps. He's good, though)
Gertrude Stein (Oh, how I hate to admit that)
Eliot, cummings, and the like. Basically, let's just say I was influenced the most by the modern American school, though I would include some of the Romantic poets in this list too.

My Views on Poetry:
Eh, I'm not a fan of those who write everything in unrhymed blank verse. There's a certain talent and charm in the ability to write 1000 words in AABBCC... iambic tetrameter (see St. Vincent Millay's Renascence for what I mean). I'm also not a fan of rabid rhyming either, though, and I've recently discovered the joy of free verse. I write poetry when I think of it, if I can, scribbling whatever I can on a napkin or a pad of paper the few lines that normally pop into my head. Later, when I'm sitting in front of my computer, I'll try to capture the mood of those few lines again and finish the thought that I had to begin with. That's how I think poetry is best written: when there's an inspiration and a sudden burst of thought that happens to be poetic. I don't know, though, that's just how I write it; I've already admitted to being an egotist.

Some Closing Notes:
I'm a beginner at writing poetry, I just started this past year or so to actually write down the ideas I had. My stuff sometimes seems amateurish to me when I read it, and other times it seems good. I'll enjoy comments anyone has, be it idiotic flaming, harsh but constructive criticism, or specific praise. However, I respectfully ask that you don't leave comments saying "This is good(bad)." or "I (don't) like this poem." only. I really want to know why! Of course, there's no way I can really enforce this, and that's assuming I get reviews at all :D Thanks for your time.

-Matthew

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delilahBEcomejezebel by breakdown in the waiting room reviews
they threw me to the dogs so i wouldn't tell
Poetry: Life - Rated: T - English - Drama/Poetry - Chapters: 1 - Words: 410 - Reviews: 31 - Favs: 17 - Published: 6/23/2005
Let's Drink To Socrates by crusoeing reviews
they licked him into the toenails of the Earth, rags of curling silk, and he endured the radiation.
Poetry: General - Rated: K - English - Poetry - Chapters: 1 - Words: 207 - Reviews: 3 - Favs: 2 - Published: 6/14/2005
All My Dandelions Are Dead Mermaids by grim-dreamer reviews
Portrait of a misogynist. (Third villanelle).
Poetry: Love - Rated: T - English - Fantasy/Angst - Chapters: 1 - Words: 147 - Reviews: 15 - Favs: 7 - Published: 4/9/2005
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What Is I Baptized reviews
Mary had a little lamb little lamb lamb is not a goooaaaaaat: that is, hail mary, full of grace
Poetry: General - Rated: K+ - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 274 - Reviews: 3 - Published: 4/8/2006
Iambic, Exultant
An exercise in rhythm and rhyme. A cornicopia of perfect meter.
Poetry: General - Rated: K+ - English - Poetry - Chapters: 1 - Words: 297 - Published: 4/8/2006
eden of two adams reviews
A poem about how I wish I were attracted to girls
Poetry: Love - Rated: T - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 176 - Reviews: 2 - Published: 4/8/2006
Pomegranate Bushes reviews
I don't really like this one much, but I got 250 dollars for submitting it to a contest so I figured I'd post it. Read my other work for stuff I like more.
Poetry: General - Rated: T - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 574 - Reviews: 2 - Published: 7/31/2005
Salad!
See, Stein said celery was selfish in syllabic style/Psychologically celery symbolizes succulence/sapiens are surely something superior.
Poetry: General - Rated: K+ - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 216 - Published: 7/30/2005
There Will Be Structure reviews
For this dish ended/there will be structure!/And people will ask/Is Martha Stewart Living/inside this artful carrot/house
Poetry: General - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 322 - Reviews: 2 - Published: 7/30/2005
Circles reviews
no rain nor dew is soft silky salty sweat like this. a straining stain of sticky silky rain.
Poetry: General - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 257 - Reviews: 1 - Published: 7/30/2005
Iron Bit
no hydrogen or hydroxide/in selfish stability/Ionize, ionosphere,/and hear the northern lights
Poetry: General - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 115 - Published: 7/30/2005
You, That Mountain reviews
I think their love must have been small/and thin to flow like water through the/veins and capillaries which are one cell thick
Poetry: General - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 391 - Reviews: 2 - Published: 7/30/2005