Linda Marie Van Tassell

Linda Marie Van Tassell

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From Stars I Come, To Stars I Shall Return A Bliss:Singing Life Dancer

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About Me









Poetry has been my passion since I was about fifteen years old, and I love the structure of rhyme and meter moreso than just randomly throwing words upon a page without any form whatsoever.

While there are exceptions to every rule, for the most part, when it comes to this forum, I prefer to read poetry. My time is rather limited so I would prefer to devote that time to reading what I love and for which I feel I can offer the most beneficial feedback.

I love making new friends; and if you are new to The Writers' Cafe, I welcome you. If you want to be my friend, I would ask that you read and review some of my work beforehand. I will do the same. If you send a friend request without doing so, I will not oblige you.

I have received far too many requests from those who are interested in promoting works to be sold, who want me to review their work but they couldn't care to read my own, and from those who either don't care about what they write or who are simply too green and need more experience.

We all have to start somewhere; but if you neglect the passion to be serious about the caliber of work that you are creating, I will not be serious about reading it. I write with a perspective of wanting my work to last long after I have left this earth. To that end, I put my whole soul into what I write and revel in appropriate grammar, punctuation, and capitalization. Sadly, this seems to be a lost art among the ill-educated, the lazy, and half-hearted. I am not of that caliber; and I firmly believe that, if your name is on it, you do the best that you can. Period. No exceptions. There is no gray area when it comes to using the gray matter that God gave you. Use it!




As a point of reference, my favorite poets are: Pablo Neruda, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Robert Browning, Sylvia Plath, Robert Frost, Emily Dickinson, Lord Byron, Rumi, Rainer Maria Rilke, Edgar Allen Poe, Baudelaire, Shelley, Keats ... you get the picture.

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Musical influences include, but are not limited to: Madonna, Fleetwood Mac, Stevie Nicks, Era, Mehdi, 2002, Dead Can Dance, Nhu Quynh, Ngoc Lan, Sarah Brightman, Adele, Amethystium, 10,000 Maniacs, Blackmore's Night, Bruno Mars, Coldplay, Christina Aguilera, Delerium, Enya, Enigma, Evanescence, Happy Rhodes, Eva Cassidy, Garth Brooks, Journey, Air Supply, Kate Bush, Lisa Gerrard, Kitaro, Lady Gaga, Leonard Cohen, Michelle Tumes, Delta Goodrem, Natalie Merchant, Nichole Nordeman, Ofra Haza, Bollywood, Pink, Prince, Buddha Bar Music, Qntal, Sarah McLachlan, Sting, The Scorpions, The Cranberries, The Cure, The Eagles, The Prayer Boat, Tim Janis, U2, R.E.M., and so much more.

I am here to inspire and to be inspired.



Favorite quotes on poetry:

"Poetry is the sister of Sorrow. Every man that suffers and weeps is a poet; every tear is a verse, and every heart a poem."

"Poetry is an echo, asking a shadow to dance." ~Carl Sandburg

"Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash." ~Leonard Cohen

"Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of earth And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings; Sunward I've climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth Of sun-split clouds-and done a hundred things You have not dreamed of - wheeled and soared and swung High in the sunlit silence. Hov'ring there I've chased the shouting wind along, and flung My eager craft through footless halls of air.

Up, up the long, delirious, burning blue I've topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace, Where never the lark, nor even eagle flew - And, while with silent lifting mind I've trod The high, untrespassed sanctity of space, Put out my hand and touched the face of God.
" ~ John Gillespie Magee (1922-1941) A Canadian Spitfire pilot in the Battle of Britian

"All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream." ~ Edgar Allen Poe



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Posted 4 Months Ago


To me, Dunbar, as far as African American writers are concerned, can best be described as "your favorite writer's favorite writer." He influenced the well known poets such as Maya Angelou and Langston Hughes, but is rarely mentioned alongside them.
At at my school, when we started reading pieces written in the African-American dialect, he was never mentioned, although he was one of the originators of the style. It really disappointed me.

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Posted 1 Year Ago


Thank you for the comment you left on my page a couple of weeks ago. You are beyond generous with your words.
Have a blessed Christmas.

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Posted 1 Year Ago


You have named another soul I'm thankful to, John Gillespie Magee.
I learned to read in a bomb shelter he guarded.

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Posted 2 Years Ago


Thinking of you. I wouldn't want to lose touch with a lady who has inspired and motivated me as much as you have
--Dean

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Posted 2 Years Ago


Thinking of you. I wouldn't want to lose touch with a lady who has inspired and motivated me as much as you have
--Dean

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Posted 3 Years Ago


Hi,
I haven't read you in a while. Just wanted to say I hope all is well and that I miss you stellar poetry.

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Posted 3 Years Ago


Well, I will part with you on the music. My tastes are along the lines of Bach, Beethoven, Brahms.......and Bartok!

Otherwise, your favorite poets could be mine, as well---with the exception of Rumi (I'm unfamiliar with him--or her)

Beautiful page!

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Posted 5 Years Ago


Hi Linda....its always so nice to see you around here.

so how are you?

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Posted 6 Years Ago


Many thanks for your review of still lives, there's more to come ..

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Posted 6 Years Ago


a thousand hearts~ here =)~