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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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NEW CONTEST....SEASON OF LIGHTS, DELIGHTS, ENLIGHTENMENT: THE GLOBAL COMMUNITY


Blog Posted:11/12/2012 9:31:00 PM

MY NEW CONTEST IS BOTH FOR THE SPIRITUAL AND SECULAR!

First, I would like to ask that all those that enter this PARTICULAR contest read this to its entirety. Especially THE ABOUT THE JUDGING.

I’d like us to celebrate our diversity here on the Soup with a contest.




Both those with and without faith will soon be celebrating light, delights and/or enlightenment, however that is perceived. The following months will be filled with fireworks, food and festivities, wondrous harmony and the unifying joy of possibility.



So pick a holiday/significant day that signifies light, is filled with delights or focuses on enlightenment during the late fall/winter season:

Chinese New Year


Christmas


Bodhi Day


Diwali


Eid al-Adha


Hanukah


Kwanza


Winter Solstice


Yuletide




If you are atheist or humanist or simply do not wish to write about any of the above please feel free to submit a poem about:

Freethinkers Day

Human Rights Day

International Solidarity Day

Global Family Day

World Peace Day

World Wide Candle lighting Day




It is up to you to research this day!

I ask that no one malign another belief within their poems.


Now, the form... I pick.... drum roll..... a modified Kyrielle.

The kyrielle is written in quatrains with a rhyme scheme of aabB ccbB ddbB eebB ... etc. B is a repeating line. You may write 4 – 8 quatrains for this contest. Now, usually a kyrielle a poem of prayer that has a repeating line such as “Lord, have mercy” I am asking you to instead write a kyrielle that has a repeating line or altered repeating line that speaks of your experience/memories of your chosen holiday/ holy day. As long as the last word of the forth line of each quatrain is the same.

If you wish to keep it as a prayer for peace, hope, joy, you may do so.

I would like you to take this where you wish. It can focus on one aspect of the celebration. It can be sad, funny, light, deep, nostalgic or hopeful. It can be a personal tradition or a longing for what never was.

So, here is an example of what I’m looking for:

O Tannebaum at the Christkindl Market
By Cyndi MacMillan


The Christkindl market is filled
with dazed shoppers and the good willed,
sipping cider, a fragrant balm
for those toasting the Tannebaum.

Schnitzel, pfeffernusse, strudel,
Sausages, hot buttered noodles,
dutch treats, chocolate from Belgium,
each savored near the Tannenbaum.

Organ grinders and bell ringers,
Alpine dancers, German singers,
chilled voices join, some only hum
close to the greens of Tannebaum.

Mary waves from a real manger,
smiles pass from stranger to stranger,
far from holy lands, sand and palms,
we praise the gift of Tannenbaum.

Christkind has come, God’s only boy,
He brings to all love, hope and joy,
we hold hands, embrace the sweet calm
then softly sing O Tannenbaum.




GUIDELINES

1) Write a 4-8 verse MODIFIED Kyrielle

2) Here’s what I’m really looking for: language, flow and style. A few devices (contrast, enjambment or unique metaphors) . Non-forced rhyme — use slant/off if it fits better and helps to avoid the overdone rhyme. ONLY A SELECT FEW ADJECTIVES/ADVERBS USED. No needless modifiers remain, but the poem contains the ones required for syntax and legibility. VERBS DAZZLE. NOUNS ARE SUPERB. Clichés? None! The poem speaks from the heart, is personal and REAL. THERE ARE EMOTIONS IN THE LINES. The poem has a beginning, a middle and an ending, it moves forward. IT ENDS STRONGLY. Nothing tossed me out of the poem, no word seems out of place. I love poems and if it speaks to my heart than OF COURSE it will still place. But to garnish the top spots, it must ALSO make me think as a poet, “I WANT TO WRITE LIKE THAT!”

4) Feel free to soupie/comment me with any questions. I’m always happy to help!

5) Hope I didn’t scare you off! I do want you to have fun! And those who have entered my contest before know that if I see even a hint of effort, you will receive a placement!

6) Please, once the contest is closed, read my blog. I highlight what made the winning poems special in my eyes. There will be multiple placements.

ABOUT THE JUDGING ( PLEASE MAKE SURE TO READ THIS)

TRUST
will play a large role in this contest. You will need to trust me that I will give equal attention and judge based on poetic content, devices, style and flow. I will need to trust that those who enter my contest will know me well enough that they will see that I take the craft of poetry seriously and that I will not be accused of faith-favoritism. Some may say that I’m looney-tunes to even think of having such an open and broad spectrum contest. Hey, I think we can do this! Really!


HAVE FUN! WOW ME!


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  1. Date: 11/14/2012 6:02:00 AM
    Hello, Cyndi. I dont like Kyrielle...but I love all your rules and advices! : ) It sounds very challenging ...if I have time...just if i have time... : )

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  1. Date: 11/13/2012 9:45:00 AM
    Hi Joann :) they really aren't rules, per say. I have provided info on what gets the top spots. I want to ensure that everyone is aware of what really gets the top billing, so that all is fair across the board. It may be more difficult for some of the poets on Soup who do not have English as a first language to have flow, for example... but I hope that all the friends and teachers out there will give them feedback for their entrees in this contest. Hugs, Cyndi

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  1. Date: 11/13/2012 9:05:00 AM
    this sounds like a wonderful contest, and I will really TRY to keep those beloved adjectives of mine, to a minimum. Hugs, catie :)

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  1. Date: 11/13/2012 8:36:00 AM
    Some serious rules, but certainly doable. There is a poetry form called Kwanza - seven lines of seven syllables.

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    Lindsey Avatar Catie Lindsey Date: 11/13/2012 9:06:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    That sounds like fun! why not do a contest on it? really! I have something wonderful in mind already! hugs, catie :)

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A Totum Pole Ode Concretenative american,people,
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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,
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Without Hope's Gleam Terzanellehope,flower,flower,joy,pa
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Chamber Music Chopped Blank versemusic,
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