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From a hodgepodge of challenging works
Which my curious mindís digested
Iíve gathered up handfuls of difficult words
My more timid tongue has tested

Learning phrases, mutely, from a page
Iíve often mispronounced them
Misjudging, phonetically, their foreign shape
As often as Iíve trounced them

So, progressively, Iíve grown familiar
With a certain wry, correcting look
Though a friend of mine is kinder
She simply says Iím speaking book.

"All the darkness in the world
cannot put out the light
of one candle"

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The following comments are for "Lingua Librarium"
by hazelfaern

Ever the wordsmith. I think this piece is wonderful. My favorite lines were "My more timid tongue has tested", great double alliteration in that line from M to T. Very fluid.

My other favorite was the ending "She simply says I'm speaking book." And I didn't even realize until writing this, that it also has great use of alliteration as well. Great job with this piece.

Glad to read your writing again : )


( Posted by: everybodyelsesgirl [Member] On: February 28, 2005 )

You know, I've been told before that saying words wrong was just a sign that your intellect was too strong for your environment. I myself have said Thames with a "th" since I was young, had no idea that "is-land" and "island" were the same thing, and read a lot of "foe-kalt" before reading any Foucault. Great explanation of the feeling of being chastised for learning to quick for your tongue to keep up.
I also love that you used simple words to speak of your gathering a complex vocabulary. Great irony there.

( Posted by: shefallssoftly [Member] On: February 28, 2005 )

Words are sometimes hard to pronounce, or even speak, tongue-tied...very wordy...


( Posted by: JEANNIE45 [Member] On: March 1, 2005 )

Book Speak
Thanks Katherine, Pen, Casey and Jeannie for your lovely words. I'm really pleased with the way the poem turned out.

In a way you're right, Pen, I don't usually trip over words -- I have a tendency to mispronounce them with authority and flair. But I do mispronounce them. Off the top of my head I can remember referring to Jack Kerouac as "Jack Ker-ack" in college and paradim as a "par-a-dig-um" in high school.

I love that you caught that this poem is written with small words, Casey.

( Posted by: hazelfaern [Member] On: March 1, 2005 )

I really liked this poem. I have not heard this voice in ages, and it really is nice to hear again. I honestly thought it had crawled under the couch and passed away. It makes me think of tall pine trees and a sea breeze.:)

( Posted by: xinerama [Member] On: March 2, 2005 )

What Can I Say, Xin?

Your comment caught me off guard, because aside from not using as many large words and as I normally would and managing to get to the point relatively quickly, I'm not sure how this poem differs all that much from my usual style. I'm curious as to what you hear that reminds you of tall pine trees and an ocean breeze?

( Posted by: hazelfaern [Member] On: March 3, 2005 )

The meter
It is the meter or rhyme scheme that reminds me. The words are simple, yes. I reminds me of the pablum that would flow in Chemistry, trying to fill pages, that later could be collected and constructed into intelligible opuses. This poem escapes your later work; a class all it's own that deserves a refinded taste for the crema of espresso.

Honestly I can see a return to an inner child. It's nice actually.

( Posted by: xinerama [Member] On: March 3, 2005 )

The whole words against me
One of the things I like about your poems Hazelfaern is reading them aloud. The words seem to roll out deliciously although they make me look like weirdo. I do agree with Penelope though, I don't see you stumbling over words and their pronunciation at all.

Quite brilliant.


( Posted by: Emlyn [Member] On: March 4, 2005 )

Love this one!
Hazel, I must say I agree with the comments already here for you....your work is quite well written and very easy to read. I am sorry I haven't been around alot to comment on your work. There is nothing in this I would change, it is simply wonderful.
I think those of us that have been in Lit. for months and months have noticed a drop off of comments and readings. Perhaps it is just the winter dullness....
Nice to see you in here and by the way I love your Avatar.
best wishes, and I am going to check your other things.......I appreciate well written work, it helps me improve my which I need help too!!
Darlene ;)

( Posted by: Dareva [Member] On: March 16, 2005 )

National Muse Vacation Month
Darlene ~ I have to admit I haven't been very active around Lit, myself, since Decemberish (chalk that up to work and a certain amount of creative brain-freeze). Breezing through the site, the last few months, I've noticed, too, that things seemed a little slow. At one point, I felt like I used to when I'd return to the college campus early from a break -- as though I were walking around large, echoing marble halls looking for signs of life (where's everybody at?) Maybe February is simply National Muse Vacation Month? I don't know..

But things seem to be picking back up and that's a very pleasant plus.

I'm glad you liked this little poem. Now, since you've given me the gift of your eyes, I'm off to troll through your archives...

( Posted by: hazelfaern [Member] On: March 17, 2005 )

Wait, That Came Out Wrong
Sorry, Dar, it just hit me that that last comment might have come out wrong. I didn't mean to imply that there wasn't anyone at Lit through the month of February, just that I didn't recognize a lot of the names on the front page and that there seemed to be very few people writing comments or reading posted work (the page views I saw seemed really low). One night, I dropped by the site and half the comment titles in the comment section were dated from the day before -- and this was at 10 pm. It suddenly dawned on me that I very well might be the only person logged onto Lit at that moment -- thus, the feeling of walking around an empty campus.

I think my Muse is still recuperating from her vacation. Hopefully, I'll be more lucid and ept here shortly.

( Posted by: hazelfaern [Member] On: March 18, 2005 )

Litty, love, liquor
There was a serious dearth of writers here in February, but it does seem to be picking up now. I'm glad to see all the new names, absolutely. We need new blood! But I miss some of the old ones -- like you!

I'll be commenting more in the next couple of weeks, I hope. Been very very busy as of late with work, book, etc. I need to start reading some of these new people . . .

( Posted by: Viper9 [Member] On: March 18, 2005 )

Great poem im also a bookworm...plzz touch me everywhere with ur words that kindles my heart.

Bob Junior from Dickville, Virgina

( Posted by: mclellan17 [Member] On: May 5, 2005 )

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