Well, you'll kindly excuse me but I do NOT consider it off-topic. This is very much on Eliot's track, albeit a humble attempt to continue and advance our awareness and appreciation of poetry which was a lifelong preoccupation with Eliot. I'm no Eliot but a humble servant of poetry who is trying to engage in a task at Eliot's forum which I'm sure Eliot would only have appreciated. So, in a way, we are very much ON-TOPIC. 

And, in a lighter vein, if you like:

No! I am not [Poet Eliot], nor was meant to be;
Am an attendant lord, one that will do 
To swell a progress, start a scene or two, 
Advise [a poet]; no doubt, an easy tool, 
Deferential, glad to be of use, 
Politic, cautious, and meticulous; 
Full of high sentence, but a bit obtuse; 
At times, indeed, almost ridiculous— 
Almost, at times, the Fool.


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I disagree.  Although this list has a stated goal it is after all a form of verbal communication and one must allow conversations to wander and the edges of discussions to become frayed.  One might possibly also argue that Eliot's influence is so pervasive that it affects all thoughts whether published or unpublished about poetry or similar attempts at heightened language.

Eugene Schlanger

On Aug 12, 2013, at 8:42 AM, Tom Colket <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

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>Date: Mon, 12 Aug 2013 04:55:05 -0700
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>The poet will forgive me but with due respect I must say this is fine but it is not poetry.
>Being subjective? 
>Any opinion?
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>Subject:  Poem-A-Day: Conspiracy to Commit Larceny: A Recipe by Jennifer Militello 
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>Conspiracy to Commit Larceny: A Recipe  
>by Jennifer Militello
>Take the man you think you love and his 
>fabulous lips. Take him from one place 
>to the next. Let him drive your car. Let him 
>drive it through the mood-crazed woods 
>until it overheats. Let the nights feed 
>from your eyes as you look at him. Do 
>not turn on the heat. Do not spill 
>the flavored oils of the heart. Do not 
>eat from the palm of your hand 
>a fluid ounce of what you may need. 
>Do something illegal. You only have to be 
>there when they bring the contraband in. 
>You only have to leave yourself behind. 
>The stars know. The police will prowl 
>your neighborhood until the plate number 
>matches and the car checks out. 
>When they bring you in, you 
>must remove your shoes and belt. 
>You must pretend there was no felony. 
>Then you must confess. Add your past, 
>a pinch of the rage you feel, and how 
>you sit until your father bursts in 
>and asks whether you have been arrested. 
>Add a mother who tells you she is 
>ashamed. An expensive lawyer. The way 
>you remember the taste of his kiss and 
>how real he was and how he would 
>drive dark roads at high speeds through