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by Andrew McGeever
Sat Aug 30, 2008 3:04 am
Forum: Writing, Music and Art by the Forum members
Topic: Altar Boy.
Replies: 31
Views: 6839

Re: Altar Boy.

A bit of background, re "Altar Boy": this is the first stanza in a longer poem entitled "From the Altar To The Beach". I think it stands on its own. It appears that Michael has issues with Geoffrey: perhaps they could pm each other :?: Regarding Geoffrey's other rants, maybe I should pm him too, jus...
by Andrew McGeever
Fri Aug 29, 2008 1:05 am
Forum: Writing, Music and Art by the Forum members
Topic: Before You're Sixty-Four.
Replies: 359
Views: 75997

Re: Before You're Sixty-Four.

Dear Geoffrey,
"that evil rascal" (sic) is he
(a) the Devil
(b) me
(c) a combination of (a) and (b) :?:

It's getting late, and I have work tomorrow.

Andrew.
by Andrew McGeever
Fri Aug 29, 2008 12:57 am
Forum: Writing, Music and Art by the Forum members
Topic: Altar Boy.
Replies: 31
Views: 6839

Re: Altar Boy.

I'd like firstly to reply to Steven: your comments on the poem, encouraged by Geoffrey, came as a surprise. You plucked out plays of opposites of which I was unaware when I wrote it. I recall an essay by Robert Frost ( which may have been published in X. J. Kennedy and Dana Gioia's excellent "An Int...
by Andrew McGeever
Mon Aug 25, 2008 10:29 pm
Forum: Writing, Music and Art by the Forum members
Topic: Altar Boy.
Replies: 31
Views: 6839

Altar Boy.

Altar Boy December fell so hard on Oakley: every breath struck hexagons of frost. Dad worked back-shift in Valleyfield Colliery; his pit boots tramped us to midnight mass. I stood in the sanctuary, dressed in starched white surplice and red soutane, and swung the thurible in major arcs to drug our ...
by Andrew McGeever
Wed Aug 20, 2008 6:47 pm
Forum: Writing, Music and Art by the Forum members
Topic: Time honoured
Replies: 60
Views: 8122

Re: Time honoured

Dear Manna,
It isn't me!
It's the highly talented Irish singer/songwriter Shane MacGowan.

Andrew.
by Andrew McGeever
Wed Aug 20, 2008 2:20 am
Forum: Writing, Music and Art by the Forum members
Topic: Time honoured
Replies: 60
Views: 8122

Re: Time honoured

Dear Red Poppy, I'd rather be an enlarged prostate than a poem: there are cures for enlarged prostates ( men of a certain age tend to jump the queue), but there's no cure for poetry: trust me, I've been in both places, but thankfully not simultaneously. I trust this sheds some light on this thread ;...
by Andrew McGeever
Tue Jul 29, 2008 7:35 pm
Forum: The Summer Tour 2008
Topic: CONCERT REPORT: Edinburgh (July 16)
Replies: 73
Views: 57728

Re: Edinburgh July 16th

Silly Andrew: the song is called "If It Be Your Will", and not "If It Be You're Will" 8)
It just goes to show why I can only restrict myself to one song at a time :D

Perhaps I'll get the title right in my next post :?:

Andrew.
by Andrew McGeever
Tue Jul 29, 2008 7:28 pm
Forum: The Summer Tour 2008
Topic: CONCERT REPORT: Edinburgh (July 16)
Replies: 73
Views: 57728

Re: Edinburgh July 16th

I'll restrict my comments about that incredible evening of beauty to just one song: If It Be You're Will, recited in part by Leonard, then followed by the Webb sisters. From my angle (north block, row G, seat 24), I had a clear view of Leonard at the back of the stage. He stood, head bowed, didn't m...
by Andrew McGeever
Tue Jul 29, 2008 6:12 pm
Forum: Writing, Music and Art by the Forum members
Topic: Before You're Sixty-Four.
Replies: 359
Views: 75997

Re: Before You're Sixty-Four.

Dear Geoffrey, I'm glad you have climbed out of the trench, yet I remain bemused as to why you used "64" as a ladder for recovery. Your fanatical "criticisms" didn't make my poem "flawed": there's nothing I've written which is perfect. What matters is, "does the poem work?" In this respect, I have b...
by Andrew McGeever
Mon Jun 23, 2008 4:53 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Leonard Cohen pays tribute to Jarkko
Replies: 50
Views: 16767

Re: Leonard Cohen pays tribute to Jarkko

Dear Jarkko, Deserved praise indeed! Some of the more recent members of the "Files" may not be aware that a debate took place, not that long ago, about closing the Forum message board. Thankfully, the board kept going, and the membership has rocketed. One of the kindest touches from you was sending ...
by Andrew McGeever
Mon Jun 23, 2008 4:32 pm
Forum: The Summer Tour 2008
Topic: CONCERT REPORTS: Manchester, UK (June 17, 18, 19 and 20)
Replies: 197
Views: 110153

Re: Manchester, UK (June 17-20)

Dear all, I've read every post on the "Manchester" thread, including all the reviews by professional hacks and Beautiful Losers alike. All of this has had the effect of increasing my already "swollen appetite" 8) for Leonard's concert at Edinburgh Castle on July 16th. I just can't wait!!!! Nearer th...
by Andrew McGeever
Tue May 13, 2008 2:06 am
Forum: Writing, Music and Art by the Forum members
Topic: Soon.
Replies: 66
Views: 9159

Re: Soon.

Dear Sue,
I agree with you: it's "tripe" (sic).
Just a biographical piece of sentimentality.
Not the constitution of poetry.

End of thread :?

Andrew.
by Andrew McGeever
Tue May 13, 2008 1:51 am
Forum: Writing, Music and Art by the Forum members
Topic: Before You're Sixty-Four.
Replies: 359
Views: 75997

Re: Before You're Sixty-Four.

Dear Geoffrey,
It's been ages and pages since I haven't replied.
Yet "64" gets better.
I will defend that flawed poem
'til the day I die.

Mind you, there's no lack of passion, nor regret......I'm becoming attuned to this situation, about the poem and everything else.

Andrew.
by Andrew McGeever
Tue May 13, 2008 1:16 am
Forum: The Summer Tour 2008
Topic: CONCERT REPORT: Fredericton, NB (May 11)
Replies: 196
Views: 83983

Re: Opening Night - Fredericton

Good G*d, I've heard and seen the clips on whateverit's called, and I'll tell you this: he's back in town, village, city, country, continent, heart.

Enough said.

Andrew.
by Andrew McGeever
Mon May 12, 2008 11:52 pm
Forum: The Summer Tour 2008
Topic: CONCERT REPORT: Fredericton, NB (May 11)
Replies: 196
Views: 83983

Re: Fredericton Set List

Can we please have the line-up of band members?
Steve, could you also tell us how he "sounded"?
I can't wait for Edinburgh, July 16th :D

Andrew.

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