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Youtube audio link to hear me recite from my PS anthology

I am English and began writing poetry at the turn of this century.My early interest was in short forms,.I created and promoted quite a few here on PS (perhaps my best known is the Footle).With encouragement from a member here I moved onto to longer forms,publishing my poetry in print,blog ,twitter and kindle ebook form.I came to conclude that all poetry is structured prose and remains a work in progress until recited aloud, (the apex of our art form) when a unique experience 'an as is moment' occurs between voice and ear, much the same as the experience that happens when viewing a work of art

Check out my short forms @strandpoet on twitter and my kindle guides on amazon and some of my artwork to  accompany my youtube clips of my poetry recited aloud

My latest kindle poetry guide  book offerings is my CLERIHEW series,NEW CLERIHEW FOR YOU, A FEW CLERIHEW ,these complement my first kindle on this humorous quatrain  form ,CLERIHEW CLIPPPINGS




Blog Posted:10/23/2012 2:57:00 AM
Hi folks I have not 'left' PS although I am not renewing my PM when it expires this week ,as I feel after running 200 contests and posting 800 blogs  over 5 years or so, that it is probably enough for anyone, both to read and to write.I will be posting my poetry (when I start to write creatively again) and commenting on blogs here but for the foreseeable few weeks upto Christmas I anticipate being occupied domestically with caring for my wife who is scheduled for major surgery this weekend.PS is an excellent poetry site (which is why I have tried,as best I can) since 2007 ,to  contribute to and encourage its development as the leading''net' poetry site and it remains the reason I continue store all my poetic library here.Best wishes to all my many poetic peers here on PS with your creative poetic endeavours.Rgds Brian
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  1. Date: 10/27/2012 10:49:00 PM! It seems many are getting hit with personal struggles right now...U and your wife are on my prayer list too...your poetry contributions are too numerous to are appreciated immensely, poet! All my best to u and your family. gwendolen

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  1. Date: 10/27/2012 8:56:00 AM
    I am new here but I will add my voice to praying for you and your wife.

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  1. Date: 10/24/2012 5:39:00 PM
    My prayers are for your wife as she faces surgery, I'm so sorry that she has to go through anything of this kind, but she is quite fortunate that she has you to give her the support and care she will need. Best of wishes Brian, Agape, Moses

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  1. Date: 10/24/2012 12:07:00 PM
    do visit every now and then, brian... you are missed.. i send you life's many graces!..;) huggs

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  1. Date: 10/23/2012 7:11:00 PM
    My prayers go out to you and your dear wife, Brain...I will miss your blogs and your contests...Tim

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  1. Date: 10/23/2012 6:32:00 PM
    Sending healing prayers your way, you take care of you, please..Light & Love

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  1. Date: 10/23/2012 12:47:00 PM
    Prayers for you and your wife. Thank you for the contests and for letting us know you are ok. Best wishes for you and yours!

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  1. Date: 10/23/2012 10:57:00 AM
    Brian, you are secretly missed by many of us here on the soup. Thank you for thinking of us and sharing what you are going through. I will keep your wife and your return in my thoughts... God Bless you...LINDA

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  1. Date: 10/23/2012 10:18:00 AM
    Hugs and prayers for you and your wife in this time of special need. I am so glad you took the time to update us, we do miss you.

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  1. Date: 10/23/2012 9:29:00 AM
    Your wife is in my prayers for a successful surgery and speedy recovery and I am so glad you posted this blog to keep us up to date, looking forward to your poetic return when you are ready

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  1. Date: 10/23/2012 8:58:00 AM
    Thank you Guys for your kind words,thoughts and prayers this stress filled time.Your friendship now and over the years is appreciated.PS has its 'ups and downs' because words 'written' appear colder than those 'said' but our passion for poetry is what binds us together and PS still remains one of the best places on the net to share our artistic temperaments.rgds Brian

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  1. Date: 10/23/2012 8:53:00 AM
    Brian, you have always been a fine example of knowledge, talent and kindness, and it has been my pleasure to learn from you. My prayers for your wife as she faces surgery, I'm so sorry that she has to go through anything of that kind, but how fortunate that she has you to lend her the support and care she will need. I hope you will keep us updated on her recovery. Thank you for always being the one blog I could count on....never an unkind word, never a inuendo or caustic remark... just a wealth of knowledge and dignity and good manners. You have been a good example of what some of us came to Poetry Soup to find. Thank you, and God Bless......Wishing your wife a full recovery.

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    Strand Avatar Brian Strand Date: 10/23/2012 9:04:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you Carrie .As these blogs are 'on the world-wide web' accessible to all ,not just we 'soupers' ! Those interested in updates are most welcome to soupmail me over the coming days.rgds Brian
  1. Date: 10/23/2012 8:26:00 AM
    Our prayers are with you on your wife's speedy recovery... Glad to see your not gone... yours truly.

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  1. Date: 10/23/2012 7:20:00 AM
    So glad to hear from you..My best wishes to your wife and to you. will keep good thoughts for you bnoth. BG

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  1. Date: 10/23/2012 7:00:00 AM
    Brian, I am still remembering you and your wife and family in those prayers..I purchased the book that you mentioned..I have only read bits and pieces of it but it is very interesting..I hope that your wife will soon be back to full strength and looking after home and family..Sara

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  1. Date: 10/23/2012 6:58:00 AM
    Thank you for letting know you're fine, Brian. My best wishes to you and your wife. Ruben.

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  1. Date: 10/23/2012 6:35:00 AM
    and waiting for your burst of creativity with new poems as well.

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  1. Date: 10/23/2012 6:34:00 AM
    What a wonderful blog, Brian. Just the other day a soup member mentioned you and missing you. Very nice words about PS and I want to thank you for the many contests you have sponsored. it would sure be great to see you commenting on blogs in the future! My best to your wife on her upcoming surgery!

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  1. Date: 10/23/2012 6:21:00 AM
    All the best to you both Brian xx

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  1. Date: 10/23/2012 5:25:00 AM
    thoughts are with you, buddy....jimbo...oh....I proudly admire my framed winning certificate from a contest couple yrs. ago of yours that kindled my spirit....thanks, Brian...

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    Strand Avatar Brian Strand Date: 10/23/2012 9:07:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Those were the days Jim! Hopefully we all can keep the 'workshop' atmosphere of mutual encouragement to our poetic development.Best wishes with your writing.rgds Brian
  1. Date: 10/23/2012 5:10:00 AM
    BRIAN! Thank you for letting us know how you are and I will pray for your wife and her surgery... there are so many here who are going through trials right now... surgery is at the top of the list. I'm so sorry that health concerns have touched your family. You are missed, not just your contests, but you, your art, you wise guidance at times it was needed. But you are where you should be, with your loved one....glad you won't completely disappear. PLEASE if you have a close friend here at soup or if/when you have time, please just even one line to say how your wife fared in her surgery? Thank you for all you brought soup. Your poetry artful, blogs thoughtful, your illustrations delightful.

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  1. Date: 10/23/2012 4:42:00 AM
    thank you Brian, i do enjoy your poetry and read your blogs with interest.. a prayer for your wife also...

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My Recent Poems

Date PostedPoemTitleFormCategories
12/10/2016 CHRISTMAS PAST Biobio,childhood,
12/9/2016 AMERGIN FORM Versesky,
12/9/2016 THE,QUATORZAIN FORM Quatorzaindeath,remember,
12/7/2016 an ACROSTIC BIO Acrosticbio,poetry,
12/7/2016 an ALEXANDRINE BIO Alexandrinebio,poetry,
12/7/2016 a CHRISTIAN ALLITERATION Alliterationchristian,poetry,
12/7/2016 MY FONDEST MEMORY Cinquainbio,love,
12/6/2016 a TOXIC STATE Bioemotions,family,farewell,
12/6/2016 a IF I WERE AN ELEPHANT Monokuallegory,august,life,
12/5/2016 a POINT OF NO RETURN Biobio,cancer,
12/3/2016 WHO DO I BELIEVE IN a testimony Senryulove,marriage,
12/2/2016 A WHIRLPOOL OF MY MIND one of my best Biobio,cancer,
12/2/2016 DEMI-SONNET an example Sonnetpoetry,
12/2/2016 a ZANY POEM in sound Versepoetry,word play,
12/2/2016 QUATERNION an example Lanternepoetry,seasons,
12/1/2016 VIGNETTE FORM an example Light Poetrybio,humorous,
12/1/2016 THE CROSSWISE FORM an example Verselove,
11/30/2016 WHAT CAN YOU SEE Verseperspective,
11/30/2016 BLUE NUDE a tetractys sequence Tetractysart,
11/30/2016 FULTON poetic form Concreteautumn,seasons,
11/30/2016 A TESTIMONY Biobio,christian,
11/29/2016 WHITHER Verseidentity,
11/29/2016 A BACKWARD GLANCE Versechildhood,nostalgia,
11/20/2016 A CITATION Alliterationfriendship,tribute,
11/19/2016 AN OBSERVATION Monokuengland,political,
11/19/2016 AFTER THE ELECTION Monokucelebration,community,
11/19/2016 A PERSONAL VIEW Monokucancer,thanksgiving,
11/18/2016 TIME SHALL NOT AGE THEM Verseage,life,
11/17/2016 AUTUMN ARRIVES Quatrainseasons,
11/16/2016 EVENING SONG Coupletemotions,life,
11/15/2016 a RIVER LINE POEM Verselife,river,
11/13/2016 SOUNDS ALOUD Quatrainbio,poetry,
11/11/2016 PORTRAITS Ekphrasisart,
11/10/2016 STILL LIFE Ekphrasisart,
11/9/2016 HAIKU TRIBUTE 7 Verserecovery from,stress,
11/8/2016 a TOWN LIKE VENICE Versebeautiful,places,
11/7/2016 HAIKU TRIBUTE 6 Verseimagery,seasons,
11/5/2016 HAIKU TRIBUTE 5 Coupletimage,poetry,
11/4/2016 MEMORIES Versenostalgia,
11/3/2016 HAKU TRIBUTE 4 Coupletimage,poetry,
11/2/2016 CARPE DIEM Bioperspective,
11/1/2016 HAIKU TRIBUTE 3 Coupletimage,poetry,
10/31/2016 HAIKU TRIBUTE 2 Verseaugust,image,poetry,
10/30/2016 HAIKU TRIBUTE 1 Coupletimage,poetry,
10/29/2016 LOOK AGAIN Cinquainallegory,life,
10/28/2016 ENLIGHTENED Versechange,environment,
10/27/2016 TEXT SOUNDS Verseanimal,poetry,
10/26/2016 LEGACY Ekphrasisart,inspiration,
10/25/2016 REFLECTION tristichangst,
10/24/2016 STILL LIFE quatrain Ekphrasisart,
10/23/2016 IMAGINATION IS NATURE Verseimagination,
10/22/2016 IMPRESSIONS Ekphrasisart,image,
10/21/2016 IMAGIST IDEAS Quatrainart,poetry,
10/20/2016 IMMORTELLE structured prose Versechange,imagery,
10/19/2016 MY ABSTRACTS Ekphrasisart,
10/18/2016 TRUE BUT INEXACT-impressions of reality Quatrainimage,poetry,
10/17/2016 a recitative HAIBUN Haibunpoetry,
10/17/2016 LEAF TAKING Coupletseasons,
10/16/2016 ON THAT DAY a tercet tristichallegory,christian,
10/15/2016 MINiMALIST tercet tristichart,
10/13/2016 WILD LIFE words Free versebereavement,nature,
10/13/2016 IMAGIST QUATRAIN Imagismsunset,
10/12/2016 IMAGIST TERCET Imagismangst,seasons,
10/11/2016 OPAQUE HOURS a structured enigma Cinquainart,bereavement,
9/14/2016 CLERIHEW for today Clerihewhumor,poetry,
9/1/2016 CLERIHEW OF AMERICAN CINQUAINERS Clerihewbio,poetry,
9/1/2016 A COUPLE OF CLERIHEW SIBLINGS Clerihewbio,family,
8/30/2016 CLERIHEW no 5 Clerihewpoets,usa,
8/30/2016 CLERIHEW no 4 Clerihewpoetry,sports,
8/29/2016 SPOKEN PERCEPTION Coupletimagination,spoken word,
8/22/2016 A CLERIHEW FOR TODAY Clerihewfunny,poetry,
8/19/2016 FORM IN A NAME a tribute Clerihewpoetry,tribute,
8/18/2016 STICKNEY structured prose Prose Poetryimagery,innocence,
8/12/2016 A POINT TO MAKE Ekphrasisart,
8/2/2016 THE AWAKENING a structured quatrain Quatraininspiration,poetry,
7/24/2016 LOOK and SEE a structured tercet Verseimagery,
7/20/2016 MISSING THE POINT a structured cinquain Cinquainfreedom,imagination,
7/4/2016 A PASSIONATE PROCESS in structured prose Prose Poetrypassion,poetry,poets,
6/30/2016 A MONET MOVEMENT Ekphrasisart,garden,
6/24/2016 PEOPLE POWER Odecelebration,freedom,
6/21/2016 MORE MOORE a structured prose phrasis Prose Poetryparody,places,
6/18/2016 A MODERN MONOSTICH Epigramconfidence,environment,fu
6/14/2016 MONA LISA an ekphrasis Ekphrasisangst,
6/10/2016 DUTY BECOMES HER a royal tribute Coupletanniversary,art,birthday,
6/8/2016 SENYRU SAID ALOUD Coupletpoetry,
5/21/2016 EXPRESSIVE COUPLET Coupletemotions,feelings,
5/15/2016 INTERNET POETRY as a monostich Monokuinternet,poetry,
5/14/2016 A PASSIONATE PROCESS a structured quintain Cinquainpoetry,writing,
5/13/2016 JUST AN EMPERICAL THOUGHT Epigrambooks,
5/11/2016 BEING - BECOMING: a kyrielle Kyriellechristian,faith,
5/11/2016 SOUL OF A POET structured prose Prose Poetrypoetry,poets,
5/10/2016 INSIGHT in structured prose Prose Poetryallegory,introspection,
5/9/2016 REALISM REVEALED Prose Poetryintrospection,
5/8/2016 POETRY ALOUD a tien monostich Monokuappreciation,poetry,
5/7/2016 MOODS ALOUD in a structured cinquain Cinquainfeelings,
5/6/2016 EXPRESSIONIST RECITATIONS a structured tercet Prose Poetryemotions,poetry,
5/5/2016 OUR IMAGIST WORLD a structured quatrain Quatrainart,imagery,poetry,
5/4/2016 Ekphrasis tercet JA P and P Ekphrasisbooks,film,writing,prejud
5/3/2016 CARTOON CAPTIONED VERSE an early form Ekphrasisart,internet,poetry,
5/2/2016 MY PHRASIS FORM piece de resistance Prose Poetryinternet,poetry,

My Photos

Fav Poems

The Nose Concreteart,life,on writing and w
Sailing Leaf Haikunature
Shadows Haikuangst
The Rain Haikunature
Reflections Free verseon writing and wordswords
Lament Of The Heart Free verselife,love,passionwords,
Hippocratic Oath Rhymelost love,son,sympathywor
Ever After Cinquainlove
Mortal Season Free versesea,seasonssummer,day,sum
A Whisper on the Wind Personificationnature,
There Will Be Mountains Coupletfaith,lifemountains,
Tender Moments Quatrainlovesweet,sweet,
Blush of the Roses Couplethope,nature
Haiku/Limerick number twenty Haikunature
Time Machine Coupletnostalgiamom,me,night,can
I AM THE ONE Free verseinspirationalme,
Finally Quatrainlove,passion
The Gift Coupletintrospection,nature
footle .. Footle !! Light Poetryfunny
Believe! Coupletdevotion,faith,inspiratio
As Night Descends... Sonnetlove,mystery,passion
Lavender Soap Narrativefamily,happinesseaster,
The Love Letter Quatrainlovelove,passion,
cream seeps from the sun Haikuseasons
Yesterday's Rain~ Coupletforgiveness,hope,inspirat
Winter Pond Free versenatureautumn,
Restoration Free versenatureme,me,
In Reverence to Vivaldi's "Storm" Free versededication,love,musiclove
requiem to my hero Elegyloss
Bed of Roses Rictameterlove
Spring Tango Haikunature,seasons
Farewell, alas Free versedeath,i love you,
An Idyll of the Past Versehistoryme,child,me,
Unconditioonal Love - the short version Rhymeloveme,me,
The Old Homestead Lyricfamily,history,introspect
The Red Rabbit I do not know?life,
Perspective Coupletintrospection,natureheart
God's Orchard Senryuimagination
Ode to a rose on a sunset Quatraincaregiving,dedication,dev
The Beauty of Peace Chokanature,seablue,
In Your Kiss... Free verselove,timelove,
When Violins Weep Verselost love,love
Where are you so soon, my love Quatrainlove,i love you,
Within The Clouds Free versechildhood,life,sadheart,d
Basho Senryudedication
Maxine Free verselove
Weather Observations Free versenature
Lovers Utopia Quatrainfantasy,happiness,imagina
Melancholy Mists Free versephilosophy,sad
Nightfall Free verseimagination,naturebird,bi
Cricket Free versepoliticalred,
The Reader Free verselove,on writing and words
Coiled Spring External Narrativelife,mystery,placesblue,b
The Conciliator's Cry Free versecaregiving,devotion,inspi
My heart Quatrainfriendship,hope,loveheart
Haste! Personificationallegory,confusion,life,l
Whispers Free verseintrospection,life,passio
Masterpiece Senryupeace
The Ambiance Free verseeducation,happiness,passi
Movements of Beginnings Free versehistory,philosophy,politi
Poetic Waters Haikunature,sea
A Bit of Joy Senryuhappiness,life,nature
Before & After the Lull Verseseasea,sea,
Diamond in the Bud Lanternenature
NIGHT IS NOT LIKE DAY Terza Rimamusic,mystery,nature,sea,
Ghetto Summer (redo) Fibonacciplaces
Night's sentry Free versecaregiving,imagination,my
Rain Free verseintrospection,peopleday,d
Dreamtime: flowers never bloom Quintain (Sicilian)imagination
Grandfather's Arbour (revised) Sonnet 
It was on June Tankaloss,lost love
Awaiting Dawn Chokanaturenight,night,
Cubic Romance Senryuart,imagination,love
Symbiosis Rhymeadventure,nature,peace
Falling in Love Haikulove,nature
Eternal Witness Haikuadventure,inspirational
Autumn's Breeze Coupletnature,peace,sea,seasons,
Destination Tetractyslife
The Power Tail-rhymeallegory,love
Hopscotch Concretelife,
The Walk We Take Crystallinehappiness,hope,inspiratio
Winters buds Free versepassion
Solace of Nature Haikunature,peace
The Old Painter Couplettime,
A Change of Season - A Haiku Haikunature
Morning Baptism Haikunature
Reflection Monokuintrospection,naturemay,
Evening Grace Free versepeaceme,
Haiku - Mirror Reflection Haikunature
Quiet Comfort Parts 1, 2 and 3 Crystallineintrospection,life
Flying My Kite of Prose Free verseon writing and words
Winter Footprints Quatrainseasons
Sienna Eyes Narrativeanimals
Eye of the storm Free versefaith
Uncaring Wind Free versenature
Brighter Senryufaith,inspirational
Causalities of War Elegydeath,war,
Snails Pace Shapelife,nature
Sweetly Fragrant Sonnetdevotion,faith,father,ins
It is Written in a Star Concretehistory,love,peace

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