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December 16, 2010


vivienne blake

Heartbreaking. You have entered into the very depths of the prompt, and produced a little gem of a poem.


For a poem about a Dead Woman, there was a lot of life here.

Donald Harbour

Hey Julie, goodness, someone has been a naughty girl and been locked in the potty. There is so much here to digest and yet it is satisfying after the first bite. Good job. Merry Christmas.
Regards, Don


First of all I am so sorry about your friend.
I love what you have written here. You have painted quite the story.

Hedge Witch

Whether the letter of the form was followed or not is fairly unimportant compared to whether your poem worked, to me. I think it did everything it set out to do, with considerable grace.

Donna Vorreyer

A clever little film for the reader. Very visual.


Isn't it great that we exist in a time that encorages us to abide by the spirit of the law, rather than be bound by its letters of adherence? I love your poem and the feelings you have caught within its web. That of most mothers who worry if they have given their daughters enough to get them through whatever they are facing. We most often forget that our daughters learn far more by example than from what we tell them. Your's is an example of beauty and emotion.



Enjambment makes me a little crazy, sometimes! There's a lot of energy in this poem and it truly does make a fine read!

Victoria (liv2write2day)

Whatever the form requires doesn't matter as far as I can see. You've told a poignant story and written a beautiful poem.


I've concluded (maybe in error, but so what?) that the Dead Man Poem is NOT a form, it is a jumping off point, like an image or a piece of music.

I like your poem. It is true, we see out own angst reflected back at us when we look at others. Sometimes it looks as if they are hurt or angry or bored, maybe hungry. When it is your own tummy that starts growling, that is the clue.

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