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Cyndi MacMillan is a well-rounded writer who embraces many genres and forms. Her work has been published in local newspapers and has won contests. She enjoys reading literary journals, and she is actively pursuing publication within their glossy covers. Her work will appear in the forthcoming issue of the Fieldstone Review, Spring 2015.

Verse is both magnetic and kinetic. She attempts - madly- to give equal attention to her poetry, short stories, and a novel-in-progress, the Trim of Wicks.  Regardless of genre, she focuses on language. One word has the power to repel or pull. She never forgets the reader and does her best to make their ride interesting.

Poetry soup is a good forum which enables people from around the world to share poetry. It has some great resources and provides a nice space for friends to meet.

Cyndi lives in a small town in Ontario with her husband, young daughter and far too many books.

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LOVIN' THE NEW SOUP MEMBER AREA CHANGES


Blog Posted:10/3/2012 8:03:00 AM

Way to go, Soup Admin!


The new inbox/outbox tabs are great. Though I do wish we could view our Soupmail outbox. I know that I can just write all my soupies in word and save, should I want to remember what I sent so and so... but it would be lovely to be able to do this right on the Soup.

Still, the new format does make it easier to see blog and poem comments!

Awesome job.

Thanks to PD for pointing this out quickly.

This page is for back pats for the soup team. They receive very little for what they do.

And let's face it. We're here because we ENJOY the Soup, right? I've checked out some other sights. Yes, they have a bit more glitz but they have less resources, less organization and I like how this place is woven together.

So, I raise a toast to the team.

Thanks, guys.


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  1. Date: 10/4/2012 6:21:00 AM
    Well. I do not care for the changes. Things were much easier before. I do not understand anything now. But what is one to do? Limit my stay.

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  1. Date: 10/4/2012 4:37:00 AM
    I like changes, if I know about them. I had no idea my Soupmail was buried inside of the inbox. Only need some information to make things easier. I'm an odd one, I like change. Glad I found my mailbox. thx everyone for all the tips. ;- )Lee

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  1. Date: 10/4/2012 12:48:00 AM
    still going through the motions, cyn, and shaking my head as i can't find some apps!.. grrr... i don't particularly like the changes, lol!..:) huggs

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  1. Date: 10/3/2012 7:30:00 PM
    Well Cyndi...I um...how can I put this?... I forgot how to soup mail!! I'm gonna' blame it on this new format even if it's not true!...t.ryerson@yahoo.com... (Lord help me please!)

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    MacMillan Avatar Cyndi MacMillan Date: 10/3/2012 8:21:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    LOL. Okay, will help you out tomorrow night, after my tike is asleep. Now, to soup mail just go to the poet's poem page. Click on my name for example. The wee envelope icon beside my name at the top of the poem page will open soup mail TO me. It's 10:30 and I have only written 3 paragraphs! ARGH! I'm tired...
  1. Date: 10/3/2012 7:01:00 PM
    Thanks! Will do Cyndi!...Advance warning!...I'm a computer dummy!...Sure I will I figure it out tho...

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  1. Date: 10/3/2012 5:11:00 PM
    Cyndi...How do you post a blog (like a poem or something) without it coming out in a paragraph??...posted one a good while ago and it came out like that...what the heck am I doing wrong???... Or was it just a glitch that they've fixed now? Please educate this dummy! - Tim

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    MacMillan Avatar Cyndi MacMillan Date: 10/3/2012 5:15:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Hey-ya, Tim, I am a diehard Word user. I type my blogs into word and then copy and paste into the blog. Then I use the format buttons on the blog entry page to change font size, bold/italics and colour. If you're still unsure, soup mail me your email and I can send you a word file with print screen images to show you. Hope this helps! :)
  1. Date: 10/3/2012 3:45:00 PM
    grumble..me hate change..

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    MacMillan Avatar Cyndi MacMillan Date: 10/3/2012 5:16:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Debbie, you had me snorting tea from my nose! You! :-)!!!! I distinctly remember ME grumbling about Tracie leaving and grumbling LOUD and YOU told me life is about change and that it is good for everyone! LOL. POT! Love the Kettle
  1. Date: 10/3/2012 1:53:00 PM
    I didn't even notice your blog until now because I was so hurried when I did my own blog. It's good the opposing view is here. I see no advantages yet. I only know that I can no longer use the "go back" key. I can't use it on back pages of people's poetry I am seeing either. For someone who comments a lot and sees many poems of members from their back pages, I find the new system very unhelpful.

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    Dietrich Avatar Andrea Dietrich Date: 10/4/2012 12:08:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    It's not blue. It's a black arrow top left. It is not functioning anymore like it used to. Only for a few things. I don't know how to explain it any better than that.
    MacMillan Avatar Cyndi MacMillan Date: 10/3/2012 4:02:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Girl, you're losing me. ?? Okay, are you talking about the big blue BACK TO button that is a part of windows? It's right there! Right at the top of the screen. There was another go back button? Huh? LOL...
  1. Date: 10/3/2012 12:43:00 PM
    I come here for the poets and their poems, the site doesn't matter as much. I woulod also like to be able toread messages I have sent on soup mail.

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  1. Date: 10/3/2012 11:48:00 AM
    Cyndi I whole heartedly agree, it is very good...David

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  1. Date: 10/3/2012 11:45:00 AM
    PS... I love your bio... But it probably wasn't Joy... Just some commercial detergent... HeHe... WOW...Did I make a funny? It's so not like me!

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  1. Date: 10/3/2012 11:39:00 AM
    A soup mail out box is good for people with small memories like me... But like the changes.

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  1. Date: 10/3/2012 11:30:00 AM
    This is the best site out there :) p.s. what happened to your story postings?

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    MacMillan Avatar Cyndi MacMillan Date: 10/3/2012 8:38:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks for the interest, hon! I'm so touched that people are digging my story! Now THAT is what I call inspirational. MWAW!
    MacMillan Avatar Cyndi MacMillan Date: 10/3/2012 8:37:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I will finish Orange! Promise! My girl is having some kinda backlash to my hubby leaving for a 4 day trip and has been up 2-4 times a night for 4 weeks!!! I am having a hard time focusing, which fiction needs. She gets to sleep at 9:30 most nights, that is when I START to write! EGAD! I'm off to bed now. It's 10:30. I wrote about 3 paragraphs!
  1. Date: 10/3/2012 10:43:00 AM
    Hey...Im here eating an orange...(Orange)... : )

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  1. Date: 10/3/2012 8:24:00 AM
    I too want to "see" my Soup Mail outbox...just to avoid being repetitive! LOL! I dont see the advantages of this "change"... yet. I've been here and there checking other sites...this is the best one!...Cheers to PS.

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My Past Blog Posts

 
DID YOU KNOW THERE IS A NEW CLIQUE ON SOUP?
Date Posted: 5/29/2015 9:37:00 AM
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Date Posted: 5/25/2015 10:05:00 PM
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Date Posted: 5/20/2015 6:23:00 PM
**EDIT***YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED. MORE TO FOLLOW.Now has two links to reputable self publishing services****
Date Posted: 5/17/2015 6:56:00 PM
WORK WORK WORK! WAY TO GO! AND HOW TO USE AN ELLIPSIS.
Date Posted: 5/16/2015 8:51:00 AM
WORKSHOP... 34 LINKS
Date Posted: 5/14/2015 9:37:00 PM
WHAT REAL PUBLISHERS PAY, SOME LISTINGS, A RANGE. PLEASE READ.
Date Posted: 5/14/2015 2:38:00 PM
***EDIT***WHAT IS VANITY PRESS? New article, posted on this blog.
Date Posted: 5/13/2015 4:15:00 PM
32 LINKS TO THE WORKSHOP...
Date Posted: 5/11/2015 9:34:00 AM
***MORE JOINED***WORKSHOP SIGN UP SHEET... LINKS TO 17 PARTICIPANTS
Date Posted: 5/7/2015 12:05:00 PM
WORKSHOP NOW ON THE CONTEST PAGE. GIVING & RECEIVING CONSTRUCTIVE FEEDBACK.
Date Posted: 5/6/2015 11:57:00 AM
KEEPING A PROMISE
Date Posted: 4/21/2015 9:55:00 AM
MY DREAM SOUP: NO CONTESTS ONLY WORKSHOPS. I MAKE A CASE.
Date Posted: 4/17/2015 10:17:00 PM
I CAN'T BREATHE ANTHOLOGY READY FOR ALL TO READ
Date Posted: 4/15/2015 8:37:00 PM
FINAL GIFTS: Last of the word pairings poem, featuring word pairings from Craig Cornish and Wala Na.
Date Posted: 4/13/2015 9:17:00 AM
BADLANDS BEN: Word pairings poem, includes pairings by John Lawless, Ruben, Olive, and Frederic
Date Posted: 4/12/2015 3:06:00 PM
NYMPHS AT NIGHTFALL: Another word pairing poem, Olive, Frederick and Rhonda word pairings
Date Posted: 4/11/2015 5:47:00 PM
MOJAVE. WORD PAIRING POEM 3 ...INSPIRED BY OLIVE (includes her pairing)
Date Posted: 4/11/2015 6:47:00 AM
THE HIERARCHY OF PUBLICATION CREDITS. MY ROAD TO PUBLICATION.
Date Posted: 4/10/2015 9:05:00 PM
DEBBIE GUZZI, AUTHOR. HER BOOK HAS BEEN ACCEPTED FOR PUBLICATION! COME AND JOIN THE PARTY!!!
Date Posted: 4/9/2015 9:12:00 PM
FARMHOUSE: Uncommon word pairings poem #2
Date Posted: 4/9/2015 6:02:00 PM
AQUARIAM PEOPLE: WORD PAIRINGS POEM #1
Date Posted: 4/8/2015 10:46:00 PM
WHATTA PAIR YOU GOT THERE: A WORKSHOP ON IMAGERY AND WORD PAIRINGS
Date Posted: 4/7/2015 9:30:00 PM
AN ANALYSIS OF A SHORT POEM. FREE VERSE DECONSTRUCTION.
Date Posted: 4/1/2015 9:06:00 PM
Apologies and thanks !
Date Posted: 1/20/2015 5:32:00 PM

My Recent Poems

Date PostedPoemTitleFormCategories
5/25/2015 MY POEM, MY CHILD Light Poetryencouraging,hope,writing,
5/6/2015 TAIL SPIN, REVISED Free versecourage,fear,love hurts,
4/25/2015 PIXIE MARAUDERS Free versebirthday,celebration,chil
4/13/2015 PUCKISH Versecharacter,games,wisdom,
3/28/2015 MOOSE IN HEADLIGHTS Free verseanimal,environment,
11/10/2014 CHAN Free versefriend,goodbye,
8/25/2014 HOSTEL, 1978 Free versehistory,places,
6/7/2014 TORRENT Sonnetcelebration,life,women,
4/8/2014 ROOTS Free versemoving on,power,teenage,
4/4/2014 GINGHAM AND LACE Versedaughter,love,
3/24/2014 50 GODS Free versegod,peace,philosophy,
3/15/2014 WINTER IN PORTLAND Free versedepression,winter,
2/25/2014 PITY THE PIRANHA Free verseintrospection,people,
2/2/2014 WORD ON THE STREET, 2009 Sonnetbooks,friend,places,poetr
1/31/2014 JOURNEY COMPANIONS: THE FRIEND SONNETS PART II Sonnetfriend,hero,places,poetry
1/29/2014 DIVINE STEEPLES Sonnetfriend,love,places,poetry
1/26/2014 MUSE Sonnetfriend,love,places,poetry
1/14/2014 MY HEART BELONGS TO MONTREAL Iambic Pentameterheart,places,
1/13/2014 EDUCATED Free verseeducation,life,truth,wisd
1/6/2014 THE STAND Prosetruth,
12/19/2013 EXPLORING THE BASEMENT Free verseabuse,childhood,courage,
12/12/2013 THE POET'S PRAYER Versepassion,poetry,
12/10/2013 UNHOLY Versewinter,
12/3/2013 LA VIE EN ROSE Light Poetrycharacter,imagination,
11/29/2013 RIPPLES Free versesad,writing,
9/28/2013 EMILY DICKINSON Sonnetpoetess,
8/6/2013 THE OTHER-WISE Free verseart,introspection,
7/24/2013 PIMPED Free versechildren,lust,society,
6/5/2013 BAIT, 1986 Free versegrowing up,lust,men,
6/3/2013 COME AND PLAY ME Lyricmuse,music,passion,romant
5/31/2013 haiku 6 Haikuchildren,summer,
5/28/2013 BLAMELESS Personificationrain,
5/22/2013 ALL FALL DOWN Sestinadeath,history,london,
5/5/2013 SUNDAY SOJOURN Haibungarden,morning,time,
4/28/2013 WOMEN Free versefriendship,gender,
4/26/2013 SYLVIA Crown of Sonnetslife,poets,writing,
4/20/2013 THE POET'S CREED Free versepoetry,world,writing,
4/18/2013 THE TYPESET OF ANAIS Free verselust,writing,
3/21/2013 PALADIN Free versepeople,sympathy,
3/12/2013 ALLUSIVE PEARL Free verseart,imagination,
3/11/2013 ELIZABETH'S DIARY Prose Poetryimagination,love,
3/6/2013 HIS-STORY Free verseimagination,night,
2/22/2013 haiku 3 Haikufunny,seasons,
2/17/2013 BIDALSANA Free verseme,passion,
2/12/2013 GURO, MAHAL KITA Sonnetfriendship,on writing and
2/7/2013 haiku 1 Haikuchild,seasons,metaphor,
2/3/2013 ALCHEMY Versefood,seasons,time,februar
1/8/2013 HIGHWAY OF TEARS Rhymemystery,women,women,
12/20/2012 THIS BLEAK HEREAFTER Terzanellechild,death,grief,night,m
12/6/2012 CASTING HIS LINE Rondeaudad,nostalgia,sports,
11/20/2012 HOMER'S HUES Free verseart,introspection,
11/14/2012 happy haiku 2 Haikudaughter,introspection,li
11/5/2012 THE SONG OF DEBORAH Sonnetdevotion,friendship,
11/4/2012 SHADOWLANDS Free versedeath,faith,grief,history
10/30/2012 RIBBON TIED Sonnethealth,hope,life,
10/29/2012 LADY LIBERTY Sonnetinspirational,
10/29/2012 THIS TIME Sonnetintrospection,on writing
10/23/2012 THREE QUILLS Rhymeage,history,people,
10/18/2012 DAVID Sonnetfriendship,people,
10/13/2012 POETIC TART Light Poetryfunny,on writing and word
8/28/2012 VERS LIBRE, A CONSTANZA Rhymeon writing and words,word
8/27/2012 BLUE NOTES Sonnetart,blue,imagination,musi
8/24/2012 INSENSED Sonnetsad,sister,
8/19/2012 haiku 202 Haikudaughter,nature,
8/15/2012 PEOPLE OF AUTUMN Sonnetfaith,longing,people,seas
8/15/2012 AUTUMN COLOURS Acrosticlife,seasons,autumn,thank
8/12/2012 DARFUR Sonneteducation,people,war,
8/7/2012 A VISIT TO THE NURSING HOME Balladdaughter,family,places,
8/6/2012 JE PRIE, I PRAY Free versehope,loss,places,words,he
7/31/2012 A TAPESTRY WOMAN Acrosticintrospection,life,
7/25/2012 WINDOWS Shapedeath,life,people,urban,
7/18/2012 A MINER'S PRAYER Kyriellehistory,life,people,
6/6/2012 A TRIP TO EGO Free verse 
5/25/2012 IMMIGRANT Sonnetpeople,places,
5/23/2012 BURY ME IN BRAMBLE Free versedeath,introspection,snow,
5/1/2012 SISTERHOOD OF SIGHS Free versefriendship,
4/22/2012 ODE TO FIREFIGHTERS Odededication,old,people,
3/2/2012 PERFECT BLEND Sapphic stanzahappiness,holiday,
2/24/2012 THE WILD HORSES OF ASSATEAGUE ISLAND Narrativeplaces,
2/17/2012 EULOGY FOR THE ELDON GALLERY, WATERLOO Free verseart,grandmother,life,plac
2/6/2012 BOUNDLESS Free verselife,me,people,teen,
1/12/2012 CYANIDE Villanellelost love,lost,lost,
11/26/2011 Whispers of Moogsmoorwood Free verseadventure,fantasy,words,m
8/17/2011 TIM HORTONS: A CANADIAN THING Free versefood,life,people,
6/11/2011 WHAT IF I JUST STOPPED WRITING Free verseintrospection,passion,

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Fav Poems

PoemTitleFormCategories
The Sowing Free versedevotion,
Ten Little Toes Rhymedaughter,lifeold,old,,gra
Woodland Rhapsody Quatraininspirational
Contradicting Keats Sonnetintrospection,life
Surrender to Love Rhymeloveme,
A Totum Pole Ode Concretenative american,people,
MORE DREAMS TO ROW Rhyme royalinspirational,life,
When the Tab Comes Due Free verseinspirational,introspecti
Lighting My Candle From Within Quintain (English)caregiving,introspection,
The Kirk by the Sea Coupletnostalgia,religion,love,
Moonlight On The Ward Chokahealth,life,
Nocturnal Poetry Rhymeimagination,life,poetry,
Slumber Epicdedication,epic,slam,
FROSTY NIGHT STROLL Coupletinspirational,seasons,
Our Thanksgiving Light Poetryholiday,
Tomorrow's Grace Ethereepeace,
A New Star Shines Above Hawaii Rhymededication,music,
Jesus, Our Savior Shapereligion,life,
Monarch of Summer Haibunanimals,devotion,inspirat
Untouched Rhymeforgiveness,me,me,
Midnight Pearls Than-Baukintrospection,love,
Beaucoup Blooms Terza Rimanature,spring,spring,
On Heaven's Doorway Narrativeinspirational,life,care,c
WALKING ON FAITH Versefaith,for children,
Beachworld Free verseplaces,sea,sun,
Sleepless Nights Narrativeangst,imagination,mystery
Another Face Rhymelost love,
Paired Parings Balladchildhood,
AUTUMN'S SPLENDOROUS BEAUTY Quatrainnature,autumn,autumn,
Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis Epicabuse,analogy,corruption,
Anticipation Free verseautumn,death,life,
friend to friend Haikupeople,philosophy,
Calligraphy Verseon writing and words,
Cyndi Sonnetdedication,
Night Comes Rhymetime,
Without Hope's Gleam Terzanellehope,flower,flower,joy,pa
When Your Dead YOUR Dead Rhymefriendship,love,wife,
after my prayer Haikuinspirational,
Chamber Music Chopped Blank versemusic,
Money-God Free versededication,hope,love,reco
Down Fall Italian Sonnetbeautiful,miracle,nature,
God Forbid Coupletangst,devotion,write,life
To Kashinath and Cyndi Rhymededication,devotion,frien
Edinburgh Free versededication,
CHERISHED Sonnetlove,peace,
Shield Walls Lyricimagination,love,
Live The Cliches Free versedream,hope,love,poetry,
Bliss State Quatrainfaith,
A Reminder: To Be Free versetruth,writing,
She Came In and Changed Everything Dramatic Versedeath,deep,epic,evil,sorr
IN THE MOOD Light Poetryadventure,woman,
Edinburgh Free versededication,hope,life,love
The Byway Rhymecare,
To Love Myself Sonnetlove,new year,self,
Westward Movement Free versedevotion,love,peace,
The Rocking Chair Rhymechild,christmas,sister,
To the Rescue Rhymesnow,
A Perfect Storm Rhyme royallife,
Onward Christian Soldiers Rhyme 
BEYOND TEARS Rhymechild,encouraging,hope,
Dewberry Cobbler Haibungrowing up,
Release Free verseencouraging,grief,hope,st
IN STILLNESS Free versechange,life,
Within Reason- Maurice Yvonne and Seren Roberts Verselife,

Fav Poets

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Joe Flach United States Flag United States Read
nette onclaud Philippines Flag Philippines Read
Drake Eszes United States Flag United States Read
Mystic Rose Canada Flag Canada Read
mourning mist France Flag France Read
elizabeth wesley Canada Flag Canada Read
Rhonda Johnson-Saunders United States Flag United States Read
Ruben O. Argentina Flag Argentina Read
Carrie Richards United States Flag United States Read
kathryn collins United States Flag United States Read
Catie Lindsey United States Flag United States Read
craig cornish United States Flag United States Read
David Williams United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom Read
Charmaine Chircop Malta Flag Malta Read
Francine Roberts Canada Flag Canada Read
Eileen Manassian Lebanon Flag Lebanon Read
Poet Destroyer A United States Flag United States Read
Faye Gibson United States Flag United States Read
Hannington Mumo Kenya Flag Kenya Read
Lora Robinson United States Flag United States Read