Recent Reviews for Bryan Gold
A Letter to my friend Johnny (Short Story) - 1/1/2004 7:11:40 AM|
As anyone who knows me and has read my writings can attest to, I am a conservative and a supporter of the current intervention in Iraq. I supported the war in Vietnam - I did more than that actually, I served there. I must say your sentiments are heartfelt and I applaud your support of our fighting men even if you do not wholly support their cause. Well written and well done.
A Love Forbidden (Short Story) - 8/13/2003 7:32:12 PM
Well written. Enjoyed thoroughly.
A Love Forbidden (Short Story) - 7/2/2003 8:43:34 AM
Good write,but I don't like the end.
A Love Forbidden (Short Story) - 6/14/2003 6:49:02 AM
Ah... Bryan... you have connected to your Twin Flame..you know the ecstasy NOW...expand your Heart and send it forth to others...there's no going back your Heart is OPEN!!!
A Love Forbidden (Short Story) - 5/21/2003 6:04:42 AM
Read your story A Love Forbidden
Very good indeed. We would like to publish this one or such type of story in our forthcoming print anthology Passion (An Anthology of World's Great Short Stories). I invite you to contribute your story for Passion so that it may be published. If you are interested in getting your short story published in it please send by logging on to
A Love Forbidden (Short Story) - 5/7/2003 7:47:51 PM
This was very well written. Sorry you have to live with all the aftermath.
A Love Forbidden (Short Story) - 4/26/2003 9:11:41 AM
"All love is not meant to be."
Yes it is, Bryan.
Sometimes it's meant to be hard-coded in the heart, though not sustained in reality. Sometimes I think to have loved and not lost, is not to have fully lived.
PS In the same vein, you might appreciate my love story "Olivia Lost and Found".
With your permission I'd love to include this piece of yours on my Passions in Prose.com 'Romance' Page. Take a look and let me know.
An Open Letter (Short Story) - 4/4/2003 2:13:26 AM
Thank you that you are against the war.
The Ressurection of the Ugly American (Article) - 4/28/2003 5:21:20 AM
Very Good thought provoking...answers to some questions answered but alas still so many most of us have remain yet unanswered!
The Ressurection of the Ugly American (Article) - 4/25/2003 12:24:30 AM
Thank you. Ugly Americans indeed, and they cannot help it.
A Plea to the Media (Article) - 4/14/2003 12:45:47 PM
A beautifully expressed and compelling argument. You write and express yourself extremely well, Bryan. I'm with you. News reporting simply must allow logic and objective scrutiny and analysis to prevail. I had been a long-time viewer of CNN news, commentary and programming. These days it has become too trying and obviously biased to watch. I look to alternate and varied sources to get as much of a picture as is possible under the circumstances.
A Plea to the Media (Article) - 4/14/2003 11:41:52 AM
I agree with your point of you and I am firm believer that media should be free, authentic and unbiased. The role of media should be to present both face & intrinsic truth behind every story, as world became a global village and everyone has access to the media so it must be authentic, otherwise it can create vacum between different cultures and groups all around the world. But unfortunately we must realize that the media consist of some people with a religious, naitional background. Even the news agencies where they are based usually advocate the policies of the interest of the country where it is based. In my view media is biased and must not be like this. The other thing you've mentioned in your article is the dangerous doctrine of pre-emptive strikes. Very true, and time will tell us how much disasterous this doctrine is. We the common people only can wait and see what future holds. This doctrine has already threaten the peace of south asia and also a clear and present danger to the security of Syria, anyway Good write.
An Open Letter (Article) - 4/2/2003 8:48:56 PM
This is a very well written piece.
I believe that we (the West) are at real risk today because the cult of Fundamentalist Islam sees the West, especially America and Britain as a decadent culture and the primary support of Israel.
The so-called "Bush Doctrine" claims that any act of funding, harboring or in any way aiding terrorist groups is an act of aggression against the U.S.
I'm biased on this...I'm a fireman in NYC. I work in the South Bronx and knew at least fifty of the guys killed on 9-11...and spent the weeks that followed, along with the rest of ther FDNY alternating 24 hour shifts between digging at "Ground Zero" and working in the firehouse.
I remember those days...I remember those guys...and we don't want to risk something similar happening in any other city.
An Open Letter (Article) - 4/2/2003 5:57:58 PM
"I am a product of the 'sixties' and the idealism that for too short a period of time gave value and validation to our efforts."
I am, also.
"The truth is, I just donít know. Two weeks ago, I didnít know what to think and today, I still donít know what to think."
Dear 'Open Letter', this is good news - it indicates that you have a heart, a conscience, and a still open mind.
I reply by quoting Mark Kingwell, a fellow Canadian, an award-winning political and cultural theorist whose work bridges the worlds of academia and journalism:
"Happiness, said Aristotle, is not a feeling or an experience, it is an ethical state of being. It means judging that you have made the right choices and done the right things, and enjoyed a measure of luck along the way."
IMO, yes, your great country has some admirable war heroes and causes - Bunker Hill, Gettysburg, WWII, represent values worth fighting and dying for.
But, "By that reasoning, any and all war is rendered de facto just, since it always entails feats of courage and self-sacrifice from the admirable young. That is mere militarism, the last refuge of the argument-free. No. If the admirable young are engaged, for whatever reason, in a cause which is not just, they are doing wrong. And our blind approval of their actions is equally wrong."
An Open Letter (Article) - 4/2/2003 4:15:03 PM
"Sadly, very few understand that one can be opposed to the policy of a specific war yet can and will passionately support the men and women who must fight the battles of that war."
This is correct and so is your definition of patriotism. You make excellent points, Bryan.
Seeing the larger picture and discerning truth can be very difficult, and yet it is easy enough to say that nothing really has changed throughout history. The behaviour of people and rulers persists.
Thanks for a sadly touching letter.
An Overfilled World (Poetry) - 6/25/2003 10:35:00 PM
This is good.
As to the subject, never allow others to make decisions for you...you have to be you before anything else...on the flip side, don't use others as an excuse for not making decisions.
An Overfilled World (Poetry) - 5/24/2003 9:18:29 PM
Black Ship of Memories (Poetry) - 5/6/2003 5:03:59 PM
Unbearably sad, but..."the black ship" is perfect, and your talent and capacity to
feel shine like the light from a lighthouse on a dreary, moonless night. Phyllis
Klan of Angry People (Poetry) - 5/6/2003 4:53:37 PM
An Overfilled World (Poetry) - 5/6/2003 4:52:30 PM
Can't stop you now!! Write on!!!
An Overfilled World (Poetry) - 4/26/2003 3:37:00 AM
Brightly!Vividly! From the heart!
You have a very young soul.
An Overfilled World (Poetry) - 4/23/2003 9:35:23 PM
the individual expression is most important in defining ourselves...
An Overfilled World (Poetry) - 4/23/2003 7:34:37 PM
No you do not have to be like everyone else! No one has to be like anyone else, it is our ability to be individual and unique from one another that is the spice or variety to all life as we know it! VERY GOOD WORK!
An Overfilled World (Poetry) - 4/23/2003 3:48:10 PM
Some folks have closed off their hearts and minds. I was talking to a friend the other day--he said it's a "dog eat dog world", trying to rationalize the current events. We've been sold cynicism and told that this is all there is.
"In a world overfilled
with reasons why it canít be done
or why it should not be done,
why do you stop me
from ridding the trolley car
that runs on the tracks of dreams and fantasies?"
An Overfilled World (Poetry) - 4/23/2003 3:32:52 PM
I especially like the first verse.... -Bear
An Overfilled World (Poetry) - 4/23/2003 3:10:16 PM
Can't figure out why you think so. [smiles] Nicely done...I love self arguments. Who wins ???
Klan of Angry People (Poetry) - 4/15/2003 8:15:35 AM
I agree with Molly, funny there was a piece on anger management this morning on Good Morning America. Very good!
GONE FOREVER (Poetry) - 4/9/2003 10:54:27 AM
Okay, I cried. This is heart rending stuff!
I had a scare last Saturday, but it woke me up. I don't know what I'd do if I lost my other half. That made me realize just exactly what you wrote.
Reality This Morning (Poetry) - 4/8/2003 3:28:50 PM
Wonderfully done, Bryan. Takes me right back to the 60's.
Love a Long Time Ago (Poetry) - 4/4/2003 3:28:08 PM
This says it all. I wonder how our parents ever survived and stayed married without all the books to tell them how?
Black Ship of Memories (Poetry) - 1/29/2003 10:38:31 AM
Bryan, your words are so strong. I definitely feel you on this peice right here.
The Night The Towers Fell (Poetry) - 1/29/2003 10:33:30 AM
Bryan, I feel you on this peice. Your word play is excellent and the content is exquisite. Very powerful peace.
Reality This Morning (Poetry) - 1/26/2003 1:38:01 AM
It is a marvellous work.
Reality This Morning (Poetry) - 1/18/2003 8:09:10 PM
excellent poetic verve!
Reality This Morning (Poetry) - 1/18/2003 7:49:43 PM
Excellent view, words of truth, very powerful.
Love a Long Time Ago (Poetry) - 1/8/2003 1:30:47 PM
Me thinks thou must have loved and lost. Or hast thou never loved at all?
I choose the former belief rather than the later, for to think that someone, anyone, would have never loved at all is far too painful for even someone as lowly as I, to imagine.
Is love only in the mind? Is love only in the body and soul of one much younger than you or I?, Your poem, albeit tinged with sadness, has allowed my mind, at least, to experience fond recollections of days past.
Chant of Yesterday's Requiem (Poetry) - 12/18/2002 10:16:40 AM
I just love it! Splendid !
Black Ship of Memories (Poetry) - 11/24/2002 1:31:23 PM
The soul weeps as a Gipsy's violin.
It is an intense poem.
Love a Long Time Ago (Poetry) - 11/22/2002 8:31:52 PM
A wonderful poem of love in the yesteryear. Will our children or grandchildren know this kind of love? I sure hope so. Thanks for the memories of a wonderful love.
The Night The Towers Fell (Poetry) - 11/19/2002 9:24:37 AM
outstanding write! we will always remember the 11th of september; let us NEVER FORGET!! *GOD BLESS AMERICA AGAIN!!* love, your friend, karen lynn. :( >tears <
The Night The Towers Fell (Poetry) - 11/19/2002 7:02:21 AM
"waters of generosity and the winds of greed"--great image. I always wondered about the "American Dream"--it seems to be full of contradictions--trying to make a buck and giving to charity, selling sex and maintaining the importance of family, etc., etc. In the end all these symbols are meaningless, as the sobering realization comes that the "American Dream" is a one big lie, in which people live in isolation and competition. We need more thoughtful writing and less of mindless patriotism.
Chant of Yesterday's Requiem (Poetry) - 10/22/2002 4:42:18 AM
Hmm what are mans priorities??
Very thought provoking
Chant of Yesterday's Requiem (Poetry) - 10/22/2002 4:27:58 AM
because sadly, it doesnt take as much effort to turn off our TV or close a newspaper on it all than it does to stop and think thats why.
Chant of Yesterday's Requiem (Poetry) - 10/22/2002 12:10:53 AM
An excelletn and powerful write. Bill
Chant of Yesterday's Requiem (Poetry) - 10/21/2002 4:52:56 PM
Ahhh..."those who refuse to learn from history, are doomed to repeat it"...would that mankind "would" learn...
Excellent piece !!
Chant of Yesterday's Requiem (Poetry) - 10/21/2002 4:15:40 PM
Amen, Amen Brian,
In collective consciousness we must come to a place of owning that the war machine is only as powerful as those willing to fight.
Can we come to a place of not "hating back"
those who hate us -- can we not lash out where our hearts have been torn open -- can we supress our inbred drive for "immediate gratification" long enough for the law of balance to swing in favor of non-violence if we refuse to participate. These are the questions your writing exquisitely poses.
Chant of Yesterday's Requiem (Poetry) - 10/21/2002 3:20:52 PM
Powerful poem. We can still make a difference with our words. Excellent.
Chant of Yesterday's Requiem (Poetry) - 10/21/2002 3:00:49 PM
Subway to Self Destruction (Poetry) - 10/15/2002 3:35:59 AM
Thank you... and for the style Baroque.
Love a Long Time Ago (Poetry) - 10/15/2002 3:31:10 AM
This poem roused my soul to excess.Thank you.
Love a Long Time Ago (Poetry) - 9/30/2002 5:48:40 AM
Nice write... along time ago when things were simple...we found love within our grasp...now days...its fast food 101 ... garbage in ... garbage out..keep up with the pace.. or watch it pass by...with a blink of the eye. Guess that's called a quickie!
Love a Long Time Ago (Poetry) - 9/29/2002 6:07:12 PM
Thanks for rekindling in me, a thought provoking remembrance of how love was embraced.... a long time ago!
Love a Long Time Ago (Poetry) - 9/29/2002 3:47:03 PM
I like the imagery of the love you have created in the old days. It was very lovely write! - Very innocent and lovely write!!!!!
Great work Bryan!!!!!
May Lu $*_*$ / Sandie Angel :o)
Love a Long Time Ago (Poetry) - 9/29/2002 2:32:05 PM
"Love is wonderful
Love is beautiful
Love is like a flower of spring
It always needs nourishing."
Quoted by Sandie Angel, September, 1999.
It was like that, and it still is like that.
Your poem was very interesting, but I disagree with some of the things you have said.
Sandie Angel :o)
Subway to Self Destruction (Poetry) - 9/27/2002 10:39:06 AM
your poetry is laced with expressive imagery and metaphor... you have a nice subtle but intense voice running throughout... i like the way you have expressed the spirit of liberation, the war against tyranny which was prevalent during the Kent State days and the realiztion it has resulted in many of those warriors becoming disenchanted and forgotten and that humanity has not risen out from the subway.
Subway to Self Destruction (Poetry) - 9/27/2002 3:54:09 AM
Extraordinary story. I applaud this outstanding piece.
Give Me That Old Time Religion (Poetry) - 9/23/2002 11:42:38 AM
sad write!! it is too bad too many have let religion go to their heads or to their pocketbooks. i am one who IS saved, but i worship or believe in the way I see fit; and i DON'T force it on others!!
Black Ship of Memories (Poetry) - 9/19/2002 4:24:43 PM
Black Ship of Memories (Poetry) - 9/17/2002 5:01:58 AM
Loss successfully captured and bolted to the page. This piece has a quiet magnificence causing a rare silence within its reader, which is almost disconcerting.
Thank you for sharing this outstanding piece.
THE EMANCIPATION OF EMMA M (Poetry) - 7/11/2002 2:46:36 PM
I'm so overwhelmed at this moment that my breathing is labored and my hands faintly tremble. I am so very overwhelmed that I can not express my feelings in words, at this moment. I must now go and weep...nay, SOB for EMMA M.. (and myself)
GONE FOREVER (Poetry) - 7/11/2002 2:27:57 PM
I'm still crying...as the tears kiss my cheek
on their downared climb, every time I recall the words/emotion/finality of your beautiful poem.
Klan of Angry People (Poetry) - 7/11/2002 2:21:27 PM
Congratulations! You hit the core of anger right on the head and you exposed it for what it TRULY is...and may I add, you revealed the truth WITHOUT anger. Excellent work!
GONE FOREVER (Poetry) - 7/10/2002 11:02:45 AM
We write the best pieces when we write of what we know and what we feel. "Gone Forever" is a piece that is timeless. Thank you for sharing such a private piece with a public audience.
THE EMANCIPATION OF EMMA M (Poetry) - 7/6/2002 3:45:19 AM
I agree with Dawn Richardson. The poem is powerful and pierced with the feeling of sympathy and pain for children of rape. I do disagree with Cacilia when she says that the author can't possibly comprehend the horror of rape. The scene of the rape is so real and disgusting that you can almost see for real the ugly stinky monster, a 'creature of a man', a horrible 'butcher' who crushes and slices the innocence. Even the metaphors used by the author depict the horror of rape: "butcher", "slicing into the flesh of innocence", "glimmering knives","a cascade of falling brick", "the deep grave" on "the side of the moon",etc...
Isn't it enough?
GONE FOREVER (Poetry) - 7/6/2002 2:58:55 AM
...it's a symphony of pain,the pain of loss, the scream of the suffering soul...moved me to tears...
Klan of Angry People (Poetry) - 7/6/2002 2:48:50 AM
i just loved it!
GONE FOREVER (Poetry) - 6/30/2002 5:28:45 AM
WOW...What can I say.......absolutely splendid
very well done!!!
GONE FOREVER (Poetry) - 5/12/2002 10:18:51 AM
Bravo!It was True LOVE!
Klan of Angry People (Poetry) - 5/12/2002 10:10:53 AM
It is great. Bryan, I guess you must be famose. Best wishes!!!
Klan of Angry People (Poetry) - 5/10/2002 3:35:57 PM
I love the definition of anger at the beginning. The piece does feel unfinished though. And I think the author has a thing about condoms. I read about them in 2 of the 3 poems posted here. Maybe some sexual frustrations or inadequencies here? Keep up the good work!
THE EMANCIPATION OF EMMA M (Poetry) - 5/10/2002 3:31:22 PM
Forceful and shows what can happen when society deserts those that need help. The majority of children of rape, grow up no worse of than children of divorce. I know a woman who's mother was raped and given up for adoption. Wihout knowing that, she became an advocate for rape victims when she grew up. Therefore I do think this poem shows a one-sided argument. It's also written by a man who can't possibly comprehend the horror of rape any more than he could comprehend the pain of childbirth.
GONE FOREVER (Poetry) - 3/20/2002 1:36:40 PM
as a writer of this kind of stream of conciousness verse, and having felt this way myself once, I relate to and like this. It evokes both sadness and hope as well. Good job...
Klan of Angry People (Poetry) - 3/20/2002 1:32:26 PM
I really liked it, but you didn't finish up...what happens when one uses the "anger room", do they come out relieved!! An anger condom, wow, I can see that translated into everyday life..all those macho men who don't believe in "protection", how angry is that?
Klan of Angry People (Poetry) - 2/19/2002 2:32:43 AM
honestly, I think these are hysterical ideas, but at the same time I find your poem quite wonderful. God knows one of those anger-condoms would be pretty useful. (I'm sure my husband would agree).
THE EMANCIPATION OF EMMA M (Poetry) - 2/16/2002 10:28:37 PM
Powerful. I read it twice. Touches on so much. Dawn
GONE FOREVER (Poetry) - 2/16/2002 10:18:50 PM
You have a wonderful honesty in your poetry. This one is especially touching. Dawn
GONE FOREVER (Poetry) - 2/16/2002 10:16:46 PM
Wow! I am speechless which is a rarity for me. Janet
Klan of Angry People (Poetry) - 2/16/2002 10:13:44 PM
Bryan, this is a strong poem with a good message. Food for thought. Thanks! :) Janet
Klan of Angry People (Poetry) - 2/16/2002 1:59:19 PM
wonderful, and if you decide to produce the anger condum, i want two of them...
Klan of Angry People (Poetry) - 2/16/2002 1:34:57 PM
Good Write - Great Expression of Angry Passion.