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Rus Bowden


Rus Bowden
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  • RCJames

    rus - I do not want to be listed as a member of this site - I'd appreciate it if you'd remove my name from the rolls now - RC
    February 13
  • RCJames
    Rus - Please remove me from the site - thank you - RC
    February 12
  • RCJames
    Rus - How ya doin?  - Could you highlight the txt on my Gospel Animare?  It's difficult to read black on grey  - Thanks Richard
    June 2017
  • RCJames
    Hi Rus - Can you tell me how to get in touch with Laurie? I have some information I need to get to her and I'm blocked, technically, from getting into Desert Moon.  Thanks - Richard
    May 2017
  • russkigypsy
    Hi Rus,

    I hope all is well down your way. Here the struggle for teeth is fiercely fought.

    In re IBPC nominations have you tried voting for a poem EXCEPT your own?

    Have a great day...
    March 2017
  • RCJames
  • RCJames
    Rus - Is it way too late to send in a revision, probably yes, but if by any chance no, I'd like to do it, some pretty radical changes. Regards, R
    February 2017
  • RCJames
    Rus - I didn't realize til now I could edit poll-attached poems with Administrative capability. could you give me that option and I will do a final edit on Aja. Thank you, R
    February 2017
  • RCJames
    Russ - Sorry revision is starting to get to be a disease with me, but one more small change - last line:
    "whose matriarch carried hurricane force." That's it, promise, regards, R

    February 2017
  • RCJames
    Rus, sorry I left out "force" in the closing line, it should read "hurricane force."
    February 2017
  • RCJames
    Rus - Thanks for nomming Aja Monet. I have a final version here:

    “My mother was a freedom fighter”
    (Aja Monet at the Women’s March)

    She read like a blues veteran.
    Dressed in a midnight suit,
    arms extended, palms out.

    She gave us her mother, standing in the ruins,
    holding a “bouquet of bloody music in her hand,”
    after she had carved a spear out of her lover’s bones.

    A white woman in the audience, hands extended upwards,
    moved her fingers, called the sky to hold these words.

    Aja's slashing, sinewy phrases testified to the stamina
    of the first activists; her mother fought with the strength
    that came from shotgun houses next to the picking fields,
    grace earned through knowledge and the mission at hand.

    Her poem was a freight train of rapid fire explosive words,
    testimony unheard with this force to such a vast audience before;
    a woman speaking about what has been ignored and distorted,
    about the every day battles fought by her family,
    whose matriarch possessed a hurricane
    February 2017
  • loisseau
    Hi Rus-
    Hope you had a great Thanksgiving. I noticed that ability to use
    the polling device is missing from the voting thread. Is it me,
    or is it down?
    Best regards,
    December 2016
  • RCJames
    Rus - I have a final version of "Ashes" but haven't been able to send it, well OK here iot is, but one line needs to be fixed and I haven't been able to do it, The "moans and screams" line should be a third line in the stanza above it. Thanks, R

    Ashes of Our time

    (for Anna Akhmatova)

    You’ll see my body, ages past,
    drawn to itself in strident winds,
    at the center of the raging
    conflagration we called ours.

    When I start down the avenue
    lined with our history's truth,
    I trust that you will guard with 
    care the ashes I can't claim.

    Survivors, now in different corners unknown, nurse the memories we felt then. 
    Weather now holds promises, the dank cells held none, only sweat, congealed blood.
    When you look at the moon you look into the future we did not have. 
    Let the moon illuminate your way to sun swept field, 
    a calm sea welcome you.

    Remember metal on metal before we were fully awake 
    there in the sodden keep, the thud and crunch, threnody
    of soldiers’ boots, shouts, and cries of the tortured.

    Black Marias careened with their human load. 
    We met to console each other, understanding that Russian speech 
    was our only true homeland. Dementia thrived in our suffering.

    Only the corpses smiled, frozen grins, chains finally unfastened. 
    Our proud Russia could do nothing but writhe under the jackboots.

    I am working on the annihiliation of all emotion. 
    I am weaving a dark shawl to protect our memories. 
    I remember the words you all spoke behind the bars out of desolation, 
    just as I have remembered your faces 
    and movements peculiar to each of you.

    I will remember this forever, even through new sorrows, it will be there, 
    for me to return to when I want to summon you, my dearest friends, 

    together you moan and scream through my mind.

    Erect my monument not anywhere near the sea nor in Litenyi, 
    but there in front of the steel doors where I stood for hundreds of hours
    and no one slid open the bolt. 

    Where the shrill cries of an old woman still echo through us. 
    I will welcome the ships coming up the Neva. 
    The Russian word escaped from captivity will last forever. 
    October 2016
  • RCJames
    Rus - I've had some problems editing "Ashes..." It's good now except for one line that I can't get to join it's proper stanza above it - the "moans and screams" line.  If you could do that I'd appreciate it. Thank you - I'll send the last version to you via PM R
    October 2016
  • RCJames
    Rus - Maybe I'm crotchety from the accident but I see no valid reason to allow photos in the poetry section. Because he ran out of space in the photo section?  I think it's arrogant and should be addressed. Next time he does it move it to the correct section, and if it continues delete the post.  Sorry, it annoys me, R
    September 2016
  • RCJames
    Hey rus - hope you are on the end. Laurie aske that we send the pr3ferred version of poems for June.

    Senora de Jardin

    Considering the early morning shambles
    in that Colombian mountain honky tonk,
    I shouldn’t recall giving you my father’s fedora,
    1940's gangster style. But I remember particulars,
    most of all, a smile that reduced the music
    I’d just played for a cheering crowd, to a murmur. 
    I took a seat next to you and handed you the hat.

    You modeled it; I knew I wasn’t far wrong, 
    it suited you in a new way to me. Mountains 
    surrounded the place with soaring promise. 
    Peaks, ancient streets, that dank, dark salóon, 
    the atmosphere, bowed to you in a stranger’s hat. 

    I’m not love-struck, I sing the blues, rather 
    this is how barefaced beauty surprises you,
    and how it steps inside of me when I picture
    the mountains of your town, a female spirit
    smiling in a bar, and my father’s well-worn hat.
    June 2016
  • FrankDire
    I resign Russ, she is all yours. Do me a favour and remove all my posts.
    January 2016
  • FrankDire
    Russ, this is getting out of hand.

    She is slandering me by implication, 1. I post under FrankDire, FranklyDire and Fred the Fourth in Writer's Block, I have been in Writers block for 7 years with Michael Virgas. I never critiqued her work, she began by slandering a dear friend in e-mail, I counseled restraint as she wanted me to out a friend for double posting, apparently against the rules.

    I remove posts if it is allowed, one mod din't like it, three days after she joined Penshells I was banned. I won't engage with her and it is driving her paranoia nuts. If I leave here she will follow me and drag up her accusation . I will be removing most of my post on here as they don't pull in any critique. 

    I don't really know her, she has said nice things about my work, but it is a nightmare.

    I don't want to reply as I know it will escalate.

    I will leave if it is desired, just say the word.
    January 2016
  • RCJames
    rus - What do I have to do to get an image on here, I've tried every which way, does it require special software or what. Thanks, Richard
    August 2015
  • RCJames
    rus - I changed the last trope in Hush, but it didn't change on the nomination board. Richard
    April 2015
    • Rus Bowden
      Rus Bowden
      Is the right version in the poll now? You can edit the poll if you need to.