The Pick Of The Month’s Newly Discovered Beauties

Does just what it says on the tin.

I only conceived this project the other day (late December 2111): to collect and re-expose my “picks of the month”. This should gradually develop into an archive of poetic excellence, gleaned from a variety of e-logs and gathered in a single place, sieved through my peculiar (in both senses) sensibilities; a treasure trove to dip into at will and as time allows.

Hopefully this will be of value not only to me, but also to anyone else who wants to explore it and, of course, to those who created the poems collected here, since I hope whatever is discovered in this archive will act as gateways to the authors’ other writings.

Of course, if anyone finds a piece of theirs that they wish removed, please let me know and I shall remove it.

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  1. December 2011

    As it was well into the month before I had the idea of starting this page, the December Picks will be drawn from a limited field. There would have been more entries, I’m sure, if I had a better recall of all the poems I read at some point in December.

    Anyway here are the recent pickings from December.

    http://shemovesme.wordpress.com/2011/12/23/fight/

    http://vampireweather.wordpress.com/2011/12/27/words-dont-form/

    http://thepoeticgoblin.wordpress.com/2011/12/28/apathy/

    http://zumpoems.com/2011/12/29/full-circle-a-rumination-in-3-strokes/

    http://skyraft.wordpress.com/2011/12/21/unfurling-poems/

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  2. Ben thanks for honoring zumpoems.com with this link! Greatly appreciated!This is a great idea to do this every month. Looks like we follow some of the same blogs — the poeticgoblin blog is a new one for me — so thanks much for featuring this.

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  3. Thank you Ben! I too, appreciate it greatly!

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  4. What a good idea, Ben! I may take a page from yours and do same if you don’t mind πŸ™‚

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  5. thanks ben πŸ™‚

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  6. My goodness Ben. Thank you. I am going to try to look at the other poets here, although probably tomorrow. It’s late in New Mexico, and I’m afraid I’m about done for the day. I consider this a great honor from a poet I respect.

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  7. What a grand idea, Ben! I think you’re onto something. Thank you endlessly for the honor, as well. I see many poets I personally sincerely respect mentioned here.

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  8. Thank you for picking Rabbit-Hole. Love Ethel

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  9. I am so honored to be included; thank you so much.

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    • I had terrible trouble with you. I would never normally pick more than one poet’s work each month, but I could not choose between the two of yours I liked, not could I decide to exclude either, so after a great deal of mental anguish I have had to abandon my firm resolve.

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  10. Thank you! I’m glad you liked it that much. For such a short thing, it’s garnered more praise than I expected. πŸ™‚

    KC

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  11. Joanna Hyde Blair

    Thank you Ben for picking The Script. I welcome more comments.

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  12. Thank you Ben, I’m deeply honored to be included in your list. πŸ™‚

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  13. You’re very kind to think of and include my poem…I’m honored, thank you so very much…

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    • I hope “Picks” will help you find some other things you enjoy that you might not come across otherwise, just as it will expose your work to other writers and readers. πŸ™‚

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  14. Ben, thanks so much for mentioning my poem! (I hadn’t seen this post of yours previously and will be back to go through your list.) πŸ™‚

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  15. Thank you so much, Ben. I am honored. πŸ™‚

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  16. You are ever so kind–thank you, friend!!

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  17. Thank you SOOOOOO much Ben. I am ecstatic that you enjoyed this poem so much! It is a personal favorite of mine. β™₯

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  18. thank you, Ben.
    I’ve enjoyed every poem you’ve listed here!!! ~jane

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    • I come across a lot of poetry I like, but it’s got to have something a bit special (for me) to be included in the “Picks”. Hopefully others too will find them worth their time and attention, and that the authors will enjoy the kudos. At the same time, I hope folk aren’t too disappointed if something they love doesn’t appear here. It’s just me being – well – picky. πŸ˜›

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  19. Ben, thank you – once again I’m very honored!!

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  20. this is a very nice thing that you do here! must be a labour of love and time consuming.

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  21. Oh wow, I am honored thank you for including me!

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  22. Ben, as always I am somewhat stunned to see two of my poems and one of Ethel’s on your pickings from June. I will try to look at the others you’ve chosen, though I’m struggling a bit this month for some reason. I don’t seem to have the energy to read and comment the way I normally do. You are such a great poet that any notice from you is deeply, deeply appreciated. Maybe this will get me going a little.

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    • I read quite a number of poems each month, but now and again one strikes me enough that I say “Hmm, that’s going into the “Picks Of The Month” box. This month, I was surprised to discover four from Four Winds! If I find more that one in any particular site (and Four Winds counts as 2 sites anyway – yours and Ethel’s) I take the one I like most. But sometimes I break my rule. I couldn’t discard either “The Old Moon Is A Cleaning Lady” or “The White Bird”. And each is quite different, and special in it’s unique way. The fourth one? Sorry, you’ll just have to speculate. πŸ˜›

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  23. thanks ben. glad to have met ur list once again πŸ™‚

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  24. waiting for the new list ben πŸ˜€ been a while!!

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  25. Great idea! Looking forward to exploring….

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    • I’ve a few pieces earmarked from way back, but to be honest I’ve pretty much abandoned this project as it was losing out in the ongoing fight for my time and attention. Too thinly spread, I’m afraid. 😦

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