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Andrea Dietrich grew up in Iowa and now resides in Utah with a spouse and two cats. She has two grown children and three grandchildren. Having graduated BYU with a Spanish major/ESL minor, she has spent most of her adult life teaching. It wasn't until 2000 that she began writing in earnest and discovering her "niche" as a writer of lyrical poetry. The internet opened up a new world for her, and she has spent nearly a decade now participating in poetry clubs, acting as a judge of poetry contests for various magazines and for the website Shadow Poetry, and also, entering poetry contests herself.

Ms. Dietrich has won numerous awards, as well as the title Poet of the Year 2008, from the Yahoo group, Poetry For Thought. In addition, she has won prizes from the magazines Lucidity, Bell's Letters, Art with Words, Poets at Work and SP Quill, the magazine for which she wrote grammar and poetry articles as well as movie reviews and for which she acted as poetry editor for the head editor Marie Summers for six years. Many of her poems have appeared in Shadows Ink, a yearly published series of chapbooks of award winning poetry as well as in numerous other anthologies. Her short stories appeared in many issues of SP Quill and much of her poetry is published in eight chapbooks (the most recent one soon to be published is called Prosies), which can be purchased at


Blog Posted:10/12/2012 1:25:00 AM
I'm up pretty late, but thought I would let you all know: I love the entries to my contest: Seeking a Fresh Crop of Clerihews. Since there are so many I like, I also want to be just a tad choosy and pick the VERY BEST if I can. First of all, please be sure to make your title be the name of the person. I may overlook that rule if a truly outstanding one has forgotten to put the name of the subject as the title, but I believe a clerihew is supposed to have the subject's name as its title.

Right now there are at least 30 of the 50 entries I have read that for me are good to outstanding, and I would like to give all who participated the chance to edit their work since my contest is still not locked (you can make edits and I will see the improvements).The three things differentiating some of the ones I deem good from those  I deem outstanding are these: 

1) EXACT RHYME. I am not sure  how important it is to have exact rhyme. All I know is that the examples of famous classic clerihews I have seen online were exactly rhymed. Many poets are using "near rhymes" and a few are not using rhymes at all. Even rhyming words like fine with time does not quite cut it. If your poem lacks exact rhyme, it could knock you out of the running when I try to narrow down to the very best. Since it is a very simple poem, just four lines long, it just seems kind of lazy to me that a person can't think up lines with two different rhymes to them!

2) SUCCINCT LINES: Particularly the first line. That line should not be longer than the other three and very little information other than the name of the person should appear there. Also,  the last three lines should not be extremely long. I have seen a few VERY good ideas presented in clerihews in my contest with "too long" lines and which would come across more eloquently phrased if the poet would simply eliminate unnecessary words. Please if you know someone who wrote a very good one, but with too many words, please let them know for me! 

3) HUMOR EFFECT: I am seeing whimsy, which I love, and also some good humor. The humorous ones are just more appealing to me, but I also am choosing some that are simply whimsical or interesting. Unless your clerihew is utterly boring, it should do well in the contest if these three criteria have been met.

(A few of them I did not understand because the subjects were unknown to me. I will have to research the subjects of those few to make sure I understood the jokes!!)

from some of the lines.

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  1. Date: 10/13/2012 11:02:00 AM
    Great to give all a chance..Sara

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    Kendrick Avatar Sara Kendrick Date: 10/15/2012 3:21:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks for stopping by my blog..Sara
  1. Date: 10/12/2012 1:35:00 PM
    This was a fun contest, but I am not sure I am any good at it. Will have to try some more. I also though it was supposed to be about someone who already died, but not mean, is this correct?

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    Richards Avatar Suzette Richards Date: 10/12/2012 2:23:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Dead or alive, they are not safe from a Clerihew being written about them. Clerihews are not satirical or abusive, but they target famous individuals - so no chance of a law suit.... Hope you have a great weekend :-) Su
  1. Date: 10/12/2012 11:27:00 AM
    Ruben, the contest closed but I mean, the folks who already entered may still edit their stuff. Suzette, two of those rhymes you just now showed me ARE exact rhymes. IN my book they are, anyway. by exact, i mean the sound is the same. Just because they have different spellings, it does not affect their same sounds. Italy rhymed with bitterly, even though it is a near rhyme, is just too funny a poem to pass up. I will make exceptions for the really good ones like that!! Let me reply to a few of the other people down here.

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    Richards Avatar Suzette Richards Date: 10/12/2012 12:07:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Okie dokey.... Thank you for clearing this up for me, Andrea :-) Su
  1. Date: 10/12/2012 8:13:00 AM
    I think I still have time to write one>>> : )

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    Dietrich Avatar Andrea Dietrich Date: 10/12/2012 11:31:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I'll send you a soupmail.
  1. Date: 10/12/2012 7:59:00 AM
    Thanks AD--good luck to all!

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  1. Date: 10/12/2012 6:07:00 AM
    Good luck Andie ..and to all entering.

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  1. Date: 10/12/2012 5:00:00 AM
    Andrea I might try for this one,, but you know I am a stickler for the rules...David

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    Dietrich Avatar Andrea Dietrich Date: 10/12/2012 11:32:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    why do you say "but you know" If you are a stickler for the rules, you will fit right in! I want to send you a soupmail about something.
  1. Date: 10/12/2012 4:10:00 AM
    Sorry, Andrea, but I beg to differ. Here are three of the clerihew poems written by Edmund Clerihew Bentley himself (the creator of this form): The people of Spain think Cervantes// Equal to half-a-dozen Dantes;// An opinion resented most bitterly// By the people of Italy.// and,.... The meaning of the poet Gay// Was always as clear as day,// While that of the poet Blake// Was often practically opaque.//, and... I doubt if King John// Was a sine qua non.// I could rather imagine it// Of any other Plantagenet.//.... So, I conclude that exact rhyme is not a prerequisite of this poetry form. Good news for some, I hope.... :-) Blessings, Su

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    Richards Avatar Suzette Richards Date: 10/12/2012 8:46:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Yes, I do like it when a poem calls for a bit of knowledge, whether it is history or general knowledge... ;-)
    O. Avatar Ruben O. Date: 10/12/2012 8:12:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I love those Clerihew, Suzette.
  1. Date: 10/12/2012 4:03:00 AM
    i thought we had to use CLERIHEW as the TITLE, or am i getting this wrong?... please advise and will re- check my entry as well, andie... thanks for the update, andie!..:) huggs

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    Dietrich Avatar Andrea Dietrich Date: 10/12/2012 11:32:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Suzette got it right.
    Richards Avatar Suzette Richards Date: 10/12/2012 10:10:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Nette, If memory serves me right, we had to include the word "Clerihew" in the title (together with the person's name who we are writing about).... I'm answering, because you are on the other side of the world (I'm in the middle) and most Soupers start their day when I'm about to go to sleep.... Have a great weekend :-) Love, Su
  1. Date: 10/12/2012 2:06:00 AM
    Thank you for giving us a hand up... will rethink my one.... A fresh look is always good. Love, Su

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    Dietrich Avatar Andrea Dietrich Date: 10/12/2012 11:30:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    LIke I said in response to these comments given me this morning, I will overlook a near rhyme that is almost exactly the same sound (as long as the resulting poem is fantastic). I'm glad you could find examples like you just showed me because the ones I have seen of the master inventor of the form have all been perfect rhymes.
  1. Date: 10/12/2012 2:04:00 AM
    Awwww.... Andrea, my clerihew i know has rhyme crisis, LOL. Let me see what can I do with Miss Mona. Thank you so much. I'm really learning a lot from you but I'm still lacking in application, LOL. Thank you soooo much.

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