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Human Vulture; PLEASE.
You'll be more likely to learn more about your grandmother by gaining some distance and not being hostile to the members of this forum. Yes, she's your grandma, and you love her, but she's not a great poet and is largely forgotten aside from the Bukowski connection. There are people here with incredible collections of rare, obscure old literary publications. They may have other copies of your grandmother's poems, but if you come on all pissed off, reading us the riot act, why should anyone bother to dig out those publications, scan the poems, and post them, all of which is work? You can catch more flies with honey, etc.
And please, do set the record straight on the facts. This is the place to do it. You're the one with the facts.
It appears my observation has been misinterpreted by a couple of people. Perhaps I did not make myself clear enough. I thought that when I mentioned the poem to be beautiful, or perfect "to me," I elucidated the subjective quality of the statement. I have an education in poetic criticism and am familiar with the world of art. What I wanted to get across was that as a critic, it was incredibly interesting to experience a poem in a completely different light, in a completely different manner. It was an observation. Not a defense. Not even a criticism. Imagine if you found a long-lost poem by a dead relative online! It is strange to see people criticize it- but in a cool way. It's hard to explain. None of criticisms made by any of you were out of line.And Barbara Fry(e) did not need people defending her poems. If she did, then she would not have been a poet. They need to stand on their own and not because her kinfolk said that it made them feel good. Because her Granddaughter has feelings for the poem, does not make a great poem. I'm sure that I wrote some bad, rhyming poetry for my Mom when I was a kid and my Mom loved it, but that would not make it a good poem.
Yes, I can be a bit of an ass. I try not to, but somehow it always comes through as if I'm being a dick. I have never quite figured out what I do to make people think this, but it is a fact. This is why, whenever I need someone to like me, I send my wife. She is a people person.About Bill, I've gotten that same impression of him but do not be confused by his intensity about things. He is a beloved member here and is all around a good person.
You know, I have to say, knowing that certainly makes the poem read differently to me.In the poem above, she's talking about her family land in Texas. ...I believe the poem is about her move to L.A., with a romantic line dedicated to Bukowski.
He emails from firstname.lastname@example.org - that's not exactly a top secret address, so I don't see any harm in posting it.I'm hoping to contact Sounes and figure out where he got the info. on her life after Bukowski.
Are you more into 20th century-existentialism (Sartre, Camus) or 19th century (Nietzsche, Kirkegaard) ?[...] My focus in Philosophy is Existentialism.
Since you like modern literature, you may come to like him as well. His literary qualities are outstanding.[...] I've only recently been delving into Bukowski [...]
Basically, I'm what was called a 'slacker' in the early 90s.[...] tell me more about yourselves.