"Idle Hour Country Club," photo by Gene Dunwody‘The Country Club’ and Other Poetry by Alexander King Ream The Society September 22, 2018 Beauty, Culture, Poetry 9 Comments The Country Club To think about a country club Begun for whisky in a tub, Distilled from fields of golden corn In a town where I was born, For folks to gather, have a blast In golden days, in time long past. Rushing There is no right way to work what is wrong, Rushing the shui and missing the feng. John’s Thoughts on Jesus, Night Before His Death I didn’t have the words, I guess I should have said, So quiet I deferred, his chest beneath my head. Alexander King Ream, formerly known under the penname Neal Dachstadter, is a poet living in Tennessee. His work has been printed in Decanto Poetry Magazine (UK), Western Viewpoints and Poetic Images: the Great American West (Woodinville, Washington), Society of Classical Poets Journal 2015 (Mt Hope, New York), Rocky Point Times (Puerto Peñasco, Mexico) and The Lyric (Jericho, Vermont). A member of the Demosthenian Literary Society at the University of Georgia, he deployed to Hawija, then wrote on Lookout Mountain, continuing with Delta Kappa Epsilon International. Berkeley, Ann Arbor, and Athens encouraged him as a writer. In 2015 he wrote in Arizona at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument five miles north of Mexico. Views expressed by individual poets and writers on this website and by commenters do not represent the views of the entire Society. The comments section on regular posts is meant to be a place for civil and fruitful discussion. Pseudonyms are discouraged. The individual poet or writer featured in a post has the ability to remove any or all comments by emailing submissions@ classicalpoets.org with the details and under the subject title “Remove Comment.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) 9 Responses Joe Tessitore September 22, 2018 Two points of grammar you might want to consider: In “The Country Club” “time” should be “times” and in “John’s Thoughts…” “So quiet” should be “Quietly”. Reply C.B. Anderson September 22, 2018 Yeah, Joe, And I noticed a few other grammatical blunders. But even if all these were corrected, the result would still be a slight effort. “Rushing” if it can succeed at all, needs better punctuation. As it stands, it is pretty much meaningless. “John’s Thoughts” suffers similar lapses in punctuation. Please, Alexander, say what you mean in a fashion that can be readily understood by the average Anglophone. Poetry is meant to be read, not deciphered. Reply Evan Mantyk September 23, 2018 Thank you for sharing these, Alexander King Ream (such a grand name!). I apologize for missing the punctuation problem in “Rushing” which I enjoyed for its pithy punch, though some understanding of Eastern philosophy is perhaps needed. It is now corrected. Mr. Ream’s poems are epigrammatic and can be somewhat enigmatic if the subject, such as a picture, doesn’t accompany one. I suppose the mental image summoned by the title will have to do. Reply Al September 23, 2018 no thank you to the Average Anglophone, and Time vs Times = United States Is vs United States Are / basic liberality. My demographic is narrow, though others are welcome: Berkeley and Michigan DKE, UGA Demosthenian Literary Society, center-right Presbyterian to center-left Episco-Jewish…like my parents and their friends circa 1973. If Christianity were a country, I would live near a corner border with Jewish, Buddhist and Taoist. But thanks for reading. Reply Joe Tessitore September 23, 2018 If your demographic is narrow, then why are you submitting to an international page? Reply Al September 23, 2018 – others similar, across the globe, to my demographic. Reply Al September 23, 2018 …such as Scottish and Dutch combat veterans and French Foreign Legion anciens Reply Joe Tessitore September 23, 2018 whatever Reply Al September 24, 2018 “Whatever,” and “Yeah, Joe,” – I would not speak to a beggar this way. However, I can speak prosaically. An MMA fighter from Michigan, a javelin thrower from Michigan track and field, the fellow at Berkeley ’08 with the best looking girlfriend in the chapter, Scots and Dutch Veterans – and farmers – not many, I don’t want many. It’s likely that includes you two. Guys who usually don’t like poems, these fellows are my people. We’re satisfied with each other. Quote: “We felt sorry for those who didn’t appreciate Sewanee.” Reply Leave a Reply to C.B. Anderson Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.