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Cloud

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Posted: 16 Hours 47 Minutes ago by: Ilya Shambat

You are a cloud But you never rain You lift me up And then love me again Flowers give their love And reach for the sun Light of the meadow Descends and is gone There is a timepiece Lost in the sand Waves wash it over Then merge with the l

Jim Morrison, Eminem and Universal Truth

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Posted: 1 Day 15 Hours ago by: Ilya Shambat

Jim Morrison wanted to kill his father and have sex with his mother, and Eminem wanted to kill his mother. The first thought that in his Oedipal ranting he had discovered the secret of human condition. This claim is refuted by the behavior

She-Spider

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Posted: 3 Days 6 Hours ago by: Ilya Shambat

The glorious enchanted she-spider Is weaving her web again The lights of the street lamps are wider And branches are drenched with rain The light of the moon pours diffusely Through fog upon the ground, The headlights of cars shine profus

My books are on sale

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Posted: 4 Days 9 Hours ago by: Ilya Shambat

My books are on sale at https://www.blackstonebookstore.com/search/site/shambat Easy reading, bold analysis, original thought on many subjects. Also some classical and romantic style poetry.

What do you mean by equality?

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Posted: 4 Days 13 Hours ago by: Ilya Shambat

There are any number of women who say that they want equality. They however fail to state what equality means. If they want equality of power, they have always had it. I have heard it said by a feminist graduate student that women in “tr

Re: Rubard Pseudonyms 90s-20s (*korrigiert*) (thread)

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Posted: 4 Days 16 Hours ago by: Jeffrey Rubard

Y'know, guys, about "Harold and his purple crayon" ---

Re: Rubard Pseudonyms 90s-20s (*korrigiert*) (thread)

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Posted: 4 Days 16 Hours ago by: Jeffrey Rubard

So let's try for a monochrome list. (I am not playing, though this is less "serious" than it might be.) I'm sorry, if I "wrote these things" I wrote these things? (A logical, if not legal, tautology?) Writing pseudonyms used by Jeffrey R

Re: Rubard Pseudonyms 90s-20s (*korrigiert*) (thread)

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Posted: 5 Days 17 Hours ago by: Jeffrey Rubard

Fairly sure it was supposed to be her who was "pretty in pink"... On Wednesday, May 11, 2022 at 2:10:06 PM UTC-7, Jeffrey Rubard wrote:

Re: Rubard Pseudonyms 90s-20s (*korrigiert*) (thread)

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Posted: 5 Days 17 Hours ago by: Jeffrey Rubard

Rubard noms des plumes, 1990s-2020s (again *korrigiert*) I'm sorry, if I "wrote these things" I wrote these things? (A logical, if not legal, tautology?) Writing pseudonyms used by Jeffrey Rubard, US, during a period from the 1990s to the

Infinity

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Posted: 5 Days 17 Hours ago by: Ilya Shambat

Infinity is darkness continuous With no end or hope in sight, Infinity is timeless, delirious Passion that burns in flight. Infinity is expectation Of exhaltation and fall Infinity is explanation Of all the things you cannot recall Infini

The False Virtue of Normalcy

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Posted: 6 Days 15 Hours ago by: Ilya Shambat

When I was 12, I had a neighbor of the same age named Gerald. Gerald was a gifted kid; but his father would not let him into a talented-gifted program because he wanted him to be a “normal kid.” I never quite understood that. Why do so

Time like a rose

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Posted: 7 Days 14 Hours ago by: Ilya Shambat

What if the time was not linear Nor cyclical Nor dialectical But shaped like a rose composed of delicate tender tapestries spiraling between center and far away consisting of arduously woven passion enfolding the seed of life flush with ten

Misconceptions About Love

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Posted: 8 Days 14 Hours ago by: Ilya Shambat

I have heard it said that love is the most confusing concept that mortals deal with. I seek to correct some misconceptions on this issue. A former friend of mine, who is a brilliant writer and thinker, wrote that “love is beautiful and h

Bunnies, Turtles and Wolves In Sheep's Clothing

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Posted: 9 Days 15 Hours ago by: Ilya Shambat

One common metaphor is that of the turtle and the bunny. The bunny has faster legs; but the turtle overtakes the bunny through consistent determined effort. What does the bunny do when this happens? In many cases, I have seen the bunnies c

Tree of Life

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Posted: 10 Days 17 Hours ago by: Ilya Shambat

The golden tree, The Tree of Life - Into its shadow I will dive And feast upon the blessed fruit Then dig until the very root. Inside the root I'll find the seed And share it with the ones in need: The tattered hearts and spirits torn

Rubard Pseudonyms 90s-20s (*korrigiert*)

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Posted: 11 Days 15 Hours ago by: Jeffrey Rubard

(Some names were shared with another individual, or a group of people) Fiction: Colum Mccann (not the journalistic writings) Jacques Roubaud Paul Auster (less *Country of Last Things*) John Wray Jeffrey Lent Jeff Noon Andy Weir Cixin Liu

Terminal Silhouette

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Posted: 12 Days 14 Hours ago by: Ilya Shambat

I know you not and in no way I want to lose illusions starry With such a face in holes most dreary People are loyal to a ray. All that the fate has marked for grave Have such closed-off face instead. You are a page that was not read And no

Re: Pseudonyms for Jeffrey Rubard (1990s-2020s) (thread)

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Posted: 12 Days 16 Hours ago by: Jeffrey Rubard

A "megalith", of which there are historical and contemporary examples "beneath mention" (i.e., it's a contentious thing but could you grow up about "wish-fulfilment" meeting all needs?) Locally, you could bill it as "The world's biggest

Family and Incest

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Posted: 13 Days 7 Hours ago by: Ilya Shambat

Listening to "Janie's Got a Gun," I came to thinking about the ways in which incest should be dealt with. Right now, most cases of incest never reach the courts or the social services, as the families hide them. With pedophilia (when someon

Class Struggles and Teenage Abuse

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Posted: 13 Days 16 Hours ago by: Ilya Shambat

When I was a student at University of Virginia, I had something to eat at a food place. I heard someone working there say that he is a peasant and that's all he will ever be. Sometimes I get angry when I hear such attitudes. I used to atte

Responsibility And "Positive Thinking"

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Posted: 14 Days 8 Hours ago by: Ilya Shambat

When I was seeing a counselor, she told me that I needed to take responsibility for my life. When I told her what I wanted to do with my life, she said that I was being grandiose. So let me get it straight. You tell me to take responsibilit

Re: Pseudonyms for Jeffrey Rubard (1990s-2020s) (thread)

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Posted: 14 Days 13 Hours ago by: Jeffrey Rubard

Update: Possible extra pseudonyms ---- Robert B. Jordan Gary D. Schmidt Nick Hornby Michael Bentley William Eric Perkins Wallace Cochran T.J. English Mark Fisher Jan-Werner Mueller Greg Grandin?

Games

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Posted: 14 Days 19 Hours ago by: Ilya Shambat

Through passion heart on life makes claim And makes false manacles to shatter He said that you were playing games, But I know wicked game he's playing Which racket without stop or shame The people played for three millenia: Of treating y

Pseudonyms for Jeffrey Rubard (1990s-2020s)

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Posted: 15 Days 13 Hours ago by: Jeffrey Rubard

(Some names were shared with another individual, or a group of people) Fiction: Colum Mccann (not the journalistic writings) Jacques Roubaud Paul Auster (less *Country of Last Things*) John Wray Jeffrey Lent Jeff Noon Andy Weir Cixin Li

Alt-Right: WASPs and Jews

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Posted: 15 Days 17 Hours ago by: Ilya Shambat

It appears that in America there is a strong new movement that calls itself alt-right. According to them, black people are lazy and violent, Jews are evil manipulators, and Muslims are terrorists. I ask these people: Where would America be

Gangsters, Despots, Cowboys and Definitions of Strength

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Posted: 16 Days 17 Hours ago by: Ilya Shambat

A major factor in determining one's course of action is one's definition of what is strength. How it is defined and how it is wielded carries a vast effect in how people's actions are directed. And on this, some definitions are better than

Confucianism and Communism

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Posted: 16 Days 19 Hours ago by: Ilya Shambat

One main tenet of Conficianism is that the son should do what the father does. This is completely wrong. Where would we be if Isaac Newton, Thomas Jefferson or Henry Ford did what their fathers did? Marxism was credible in China. It was cr

Heat Lightning

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Posted: 17 Days 17 Hours ago by: Ilya Shambat

Hello my friend heat lightning! How beautiful you are! All of the sky alighting - Exploding shooting star! Illumined and transparent Bathing the sky like milk - Weaving the webs apparent Of white majestic silk! White, yellow, luminescent

"Them Damn Jews" And Your Honor Student

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Posted: 18 Days 14 Hours ago by: Ilya Shambat

I was born in the Soviet Union. In that country - and in Russia before that - poetry and philosophy were respected pursuits. I started writing poetry at age 10 and was recognized for it. When I came to America, I found quite a contrary sit

Meteors

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Posted: 19 Days 20 Hours ago by: Ilya Shambat

What is the truth of power? What can refute all lies? Look at a meteor shower In clear midnight skies. Between the fluffy clouds In Arizona sky - Between the fears and doubts - Between the "you" and "I" - Carrying time and matter

Re: The Princess Bride

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Posted: 20 Days 3 Hours ago by: alan joseph Popa

Here´s a little song I wrote, actually six songs, based on The Princess Bride. They all have videos with clips from the movie. They are my own little rock opera and I call it The Princess Bride - The Musical. Enjoy. https://www.yo

Rednecks and Hippies

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Posted: 20 Days 17 Hours ago by: Ilya Shambat

I have known a number of people who are commonly termed “rednecks.” I found that the conversation starter among them is either “with all taxes you're paying don't you feel like you're living in a socialist country” or “if I found

Bubble

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Posted: 21 Days 16 Hours ago by: Ilya Shambat

We made a bubble of our minds - Connected over the distance - Our nerves together intertwined And in their center, Our Existence - Heartbeat to heartbeat - will to will - Passion to passion - and to reason: Keeping us in there from the ch

Vindicating the Obsessives

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Posted: 22 Days 14 Hours ago by: Ilya Shambat

According to some people, one of the worst things that a person can be is an obsessive. In fact there are many tasks that require obsessive focus, and being of an obsessive temperament can be an advantage in a number of pursuits. If you ar

Full translation of Marina Tsvetayeva

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Posted: 23 Days 18 Hours ago by: Ilya Shambat

Translation of the full body of Russian poetry by Marina Tsvetaeyeva, with translations next to originals, is at http://az.lib.ru/c/cwetaewa_m_i/english_trans.shtml It has been a huge project, including 1300 poems, and I am happy to have

Mirror

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Posted: 24 Days 16 Hours ago by: Ilya Shambat

I will become your mirror Showing you what you are Making your beauty clear - Clear as a shooting star - I will reflect your nose And your blue giant eyes Your tasteful, fitting clothes And your athletic thighs I will reflect your hair El

Knowledge, Responsibility and American Values

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Posted: 25 Days 16 Hours ago by: Ilya Shambat

Responsibility presupposes knowledge. Without knowledge, people do not understand the world enough to know the consequences of their actions, which means that they cannot act in a calculated manner to influence their environment in such a w

Redeeming Love

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Posted: 26 Days 17 Hours ago by: Ilya Shambat

I once heard a young poet in DC attack love poets, saying that nobody reads them. That was not the fault of the love poets. That was the problem with where society was at the time. At the time, love was being attacked and slandered by man

Ethnic Conflicts and Actual Respect

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Posted: 27 Days 17 Hours ago by: Ilya Shambat

There are many places in the world where neighbors do not like one another. Sometimes they go to war with each other. Do you know what this looks like to the rest of the world? I'll tell you what it looks like to the rest of the world. “

Values, Bullying and Rebellion

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Posted: 27 Days 17 Hours ago by: Ilya Shambat

A person is more likely to do something if it is presented as something he values than if it is presented as something that he does not. If cleanliness is associated with thoroughness and excellence, which are virtues, then a person is more

Tenderness

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Posted: 28 Days 16 Hours ago by: Ilya Shambat

There is tenderness In your heart It is daisies and clovers on a bright summer day Sharing emanations from their warm soft petals with heaven. There is tenderness In your mind Waves that envelop and lap and froth over Glaciers that touch th

"Them Damn Jews" And Your Honor Student

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Posted: 29 Days 18 Hours ago by: Ilya Shambat

There are many people in America claiming that “the Jews are taking over.” My response to that is that, in a place that does not discriminate against them, people who value intelligence, education and hard work are going to get ahead. T

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