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  1. Date: 5/3/2014 12:15:00 AM
    I tried about ten times posting something on this blog...with tears streaming down my face....and somehow I couldn't do it on my mobile. Divine intervention? Now my post will be less desperate and passionate, dream has died! This blog, the previous one, the comments....all make me see that I don't have what it takes to get anywhere REAL with my simplistic, old fashioned, infantile poetry. My last last dream......gone up in smoke. It was all I had to keep me going at times. Poetry, my last passion...Now, I can't put "pen to paper"..."fingers to keyboard"...knowing...what the intellectuals, what the editors, what the WORLD OUT THERE reads. It's not me, and I'm devastated.

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  1. Date: 5/2/2014 9:23:00 PM
    Craig, I am going to have to study up on all this so I can blog about it. I think there is a difference in the way people perceive the world and the world of art. true intellectuals crave the type of poetry that is here in the top three. Simpler people might prefer the ones here lower on the list. I think it has to do with the way our brains are put together. haha! Don't know how to explain it, but the way some of the free versers here write, it is something i could never do in a hundred years!! I cannot see an object and think of a way to express it with words that do not make sense to me, so when I read this kind of stuff, it's too difficult for me to enjoy it. Does that make sense?

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  1. Date: 5/1/2014 11:06:00 PM
    Craig, this is nice to show us. My favorite is not among the top three. I read about halfway down this list, and found my favorite near the middle was the commended "push bike" poem. To me it is simply easier to read. I like the format better and it does not feel so "high brow" to me. I guess I am a simple girl with simple tastes. What the poem SAYS is stuff I can really relate to also. The third place is the most difficult to understand. I liked the first two but the weird enjambment between couplets is not to my liking. For me a verse, a couplet, are contained Thoughts. Why carry them over? not my fave style to read or write. I was born in the wrong century! (many Soupers were!!!)

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  1. Date: 5/1/2014 9:52:00 PM
    I remember years ago putting up the poetry of Poet Laureates in the USA I don't think their verses used end rhyme either, it seemed to have no affect at all on what's being written or asked for on Soup ...

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  1. Date: 5/1/2014 8:22:00 PM
    couplet simply means a "grouping' of two lines - I for one would need a valid? reason for grouping? I really don't care the number of lines grouped that way but WHY? [and it looks neat on the page doesn't count?]

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  1. Date: 5/1/2014 8:08:00 PM
    Awesome blog, Craig. And I will upset the boat by pointing out the amount of internal rhyme in the first poem. MOUTH MUSIC. Oh, its like a little brook! Buffoon/ saloon, for one. Then, the alliteration.. oh, blushing blue/ bruise of bracts, petals, purple... dreamy piece. There is a duality to it, which holds me there. It wants to be crasser, it wants to say more, yet it keeps to its genteel language. I really like what you are showing, here. I will be getting some literary journals in the mail. One had some end rhyme. If the next edition has another "less free" ;) poem, I promise to share it, here. The poems I have read that rhyme use slant rhyme and lots of enjambment. Rhyme is still loved

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  1. Date: 5/1/2014 6:47:00 PM
    I'm with Charlotte in saying this is my favorite kind of poetry also! Such talent !! A pleasure to read!

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  1. Date: 5/1/2014 5:11:00 PM
    Interesting. All three top winners employed that non-rhyming couplet style, were lines continue into the next stanza/couplet(do you know wot that technique is called?), with enjambment too. Most of the top 'famous' Canadian poets who are actually going places, are doing the same thing. The judging panels are choosing poems with that style, which then obviously prompts entrants to steer towards the style, causing a windfall. But I find the poems very interesting to read; they keep my attention. Hey, that is a nice award purse!

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  1. Date: 5/1/2014 10:08:00 AM
    this is my sort of poetry! that 1st poem is stunning, I also love the 2nd and 3rd poems and 'hare' - such talent there is out there! poetry for the 21st century, yayy! you can see how these poets get right down into the detail, they really do 'see a world in a grain of sand' as william blake wrote :)

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  1. Date: 5/1/2014 9:50:00 AM
    OMG that's some inspiring poetry, and not an END RHYMER among them, rhyme is 1 tool in your tool box - look at the unique metaphors look how they SHOW common people, places and times in UNCOMMON WAYS to show all there is beauty even in the small, the harsh, the ugly, the old, the sick etc.

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