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by Josephine M Bohen
Wednesday, October 09, 2002

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a friend thought it would be cool
put together a few of my pieces
bind a book
gave them to another
totally different vision
the font
the misspells
the little computer characters all over
nice thought
ill wrought
poems centered previously not
not broken down like I wanted them
they lost
their punch
they lost
what do you say
I hate this
donít ever touch my stuff
and massacre it again
golly gee
I know I know
ingrate I am
someone took the time
the energy
surprise look your first book
this is but a taste
a tiny bit of the reality
the real world
where someone else sees a different
of you
this is really what you meant
this is really the word you wanted to say
do you have a lot of anger
fuck you Iíll show you anger
I just got the balls to say it
I got news
I is what I is
if I wrote it like that
then for crying out loud
thatís how I want it
no ands ifs or buts about it
thanks but no thanks
now I got a book
we Arteests are sensitive

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Reviewed by Katy Walsvik 10/13/2002
You tell em!! If 'you' wanna write stuff.. write it and leave your commas and centered nonsense OFF mine! What are we here.. ROCK STARS?! If I want my creative juices drained I'll pull my own plug.. oh wait! thats exactly how I write everything! but its ME who decides to plug it up again til the next time.. Damned fine write.. you speak for us all.. thanks, Josie. katy.
Reviewed by Roger Ochs 10/10/2002
I hope that someday you'll meet a good editor. One who works with you to suggest placements and juxtapositions you wish you had thought of. One who has the courage to say, "This isn't up to your standards." even when it's a poem you like because you're still angry at someone. There's a world of differance between a well-meaning putz and a professional editor.
Reviewed by Pseudo Nihm 10/9/2002
Well said, indeed, Josie. Why do they have editors for art, especially poetry anyway? Who ever made that a profession and managed to force a living out of it?
Reviewed by Melissa Rives 10/9/2002
well said!!!!
Reviewed by Justin Vargas (Reader) 10/9/2002
Great job on this one! We write what we write, when and how we want to write it.
Reviewed by Alexander Shaumyan (Reader) 10/9/2002
I agree 100%, Josie. You should have the creative control over your poetry. I once had an editor agree to publish my work if I cleaned up all the f-words. :) I said: "no thanks". I'd rather self-publish than have my work "watered down" for general consumption.
Reviewed by Mary Deal 10/9/2002
Great self-expression through the use of free verse.
Reviewed by Cathy Montgomery (Reader) 10/9/2002
I'd feel the same way--it's like our writings are our children...and I sure don't want anyone messin' with 'em unless it's me! (whether they want it or not!)
Reviewed by E T Waldron 10/9/2002
I find it almost as bad as a lover trying to change everything they fell in love with you for...don't mess with my stuff please write your own...and if I fail fine I accept it...but to do otherwise Josie would not be you, so you are right to feel as you do, and not an ingrate, just honest! Which is why your loved;-)!
Reviewed by Janet Caldwell 10/9/2002
Hi Josie,

You're damn right, we are sensitive but also creative and we KNOW what we created. I am going through some things myself with an upcoming book but thank God, I have creative control, so far. Wishing you all of the best! Love, Janet xoxoxo
Reviewed by La Belle Rouge (Reader) 10/9/2002
Great poem, live and learn! You gotta be you.
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 10/9/2002
josie, this is so heartfelt...i'm sorry this happened to deserve better. thank you for opening up your feelings...and know we care. your writings should be put exactly as you've written them, or they aren't yours anymore...and i love your writes, exactly as they've captured my feelings perfectly! well done...(((HUGS))) and love, karla. :(
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 10/9/2002
I would feel exactly the same as you!
Reviewed by Larry Skahill 10/9/2002
you are indeed you - and we love it
more, more, we want more you
not the centered lines, spell checked, antiseptic you
the real you
Reviewed by Lady Peg (Reader) 10/9/2002
Josie, done as only you can do.....
Very good.. I often want to say that too..
Reviewed by *********** ********** (Reader) 10/9/2002
Indeed we are....If someone touched my poems I'd hit them with a hot loaf of bread till they said Uncle! Enjoyed this, ty, Dani ;)
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