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Nominated as one of the BEST POETS (current or in the past) on World Poetry Day, 21 March 2013 - in Dazed & Confused Magazine.

WEBSITES AND BLOGS:
1. http://suzette-poet-author.webs.com/
 
2. @ WATER DANCE (facebook page): Tips, poetry forms, self-publishing, websites, my books for sale, etc

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Included in: My poem, ON THE OCEAN WAVES
International Who's Who in Poetry 2012
Library of Congress ISBN- 978-1-61936-035-8

My poem, The African Man, featured twice during 2012 in the eMagazine, Afritorial


A GROOK BY PIET HEIN


Blog Posted:2/11/2013 1:48:00 AM



PHOTO: "Africa, that is why I live here"


MEETING THE EYE


You'll probably find

that it suits your book

to be a bit cleverer

than you look.

Observe that the easiest

method by far

is to look a bit stupider

than you are.


A grook, written by Piet Hein. A grook ("gruk" in Danish) is a form of short aphoristic (a succinct statement expressing an opinion or general truth) poem, characterized by irony, paradox, brevity, precise use of language, sophisticated rhythms and rhymes and often satiric in nature. It was invented by the Danish poet and scientist Piet Hein. He wrote over 7,000 of them, most in Danish or English, published in 20 volumes. Some say that the name is short for "GRin & sUK" ("laugh & sigh" in Danish), but Piet Hein said he felt that the word had come out of thin air.


Taking as his first weapon the instrument with which he was most familiar, the pen, he wrote and had published his first "grook" (gruk in Danish). It passed the censors who did not grasp its real meaning.


CONSOLATION GROOK


Losing one glove

is certainly painful,

but nothing

compared to the pain,

of losing one,

throwing away the other,

and finding

the first one again.


The Danes, however, understood its importance and soon it was found as graffiti all around the country. The deeper meaning of the grook was that even if you lose your freedom ("losing one glove"), do not lose your patriotism and self-respect by collaborating with the Nazis ("throwing away the other"), because that sense of having betrayed your country will be more painful when freedom has been found again someday.


Piet Hein (16 December 1905 – 17 April 1996) was a Danish scientist, mathematician, inventor, designer, author, and poet, often writing under the Old Norse pseudonym "Kumbel" meaning "tombstone". His short poems, known as gruks or grooks (Danish:gruk), first started to appear in the daily newspaper "Politiken" shortly after the Nazi occupation in April 1940 under the pseudonym "Kumbel Kumbell.


In summery of my previous blog regarding The Relevance Theory and Poetry: I think that it would be wise to leave one's ego at the door when writing poetry (or anything else for that matter). Poetry should perhaps contain just a hint of mystery - enough to entice and to draw the reader in, without being too obscure. Footnotes are valid, but one may hide it under the About section. With some poems, it increases the understanding and, therefore the enjoyment of the poem, if the background against which a poem was written, is understood - as I had done here (giving insight to the poem and the poet's background).


Words are unique to the poet and often convey his ability to grasp a situation and to express it in his own identifiable style. Any poem that can be completely understood or paraphrased, is not a poem and, therefore, simply versified or emotive prose.


TRYING


Try and try again if you must,
   but then you should give up.
No one is going to join you
   at your well laid table to sup.


© 2013 Suzette Crous


Wishing everyone a lovely week

Love

Su




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  1. Date: 2/11/2013 4:11:00 PM
    Nice grook of your own, Suz, and this is a nice blog on a poetry form not used too often at Soup. I recall one guy who used to come here a lot and post grooks. I wish I could remember his name. he was a real expert!!! Luv, Andrea

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    Richards Avatar Suzette Richards Date: 2/11/2013 11:22:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you for the compliment, Andrea. :-)
    Richards Avatar Suzette Richards Date: 2/11/2013 11:21:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Well, I hope others will follow suit, Andrea, and try their hand at it. I find it rather stimulating to combine poetry with a statement... Love, Su
  1. Date: 2/11/2013 8:50:00 AM
    Thanks for sharing this piece of history with us. Not only was this blog informative but it inspired_me to write my first Grook. Check it out- Where love should be.

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    Richards Avatar Suzette Richards Date: 2/11/2013 10:20:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    You are welcome. I will have a look now....
  1. Date: 2/11/2013 7:15:00 AM
    LOL---and the poems are funny too

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    Richards Avatar Suzette Richards Date: 2/11/2013 10:18:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    You have read my mind, Craig.... I still have to wrap up the "Lekker" contest. :-)
    cornish Avatar craig cornish Date: 2/11/2013 9:15:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Great idea for a contest!

My Past Blog Posts

 
Goodbye Soupers - with Omar Khayyam
Date Posted: 5/19/2013 1:42:00 AM
THAT'S WHAT YOU MEANT TO ME
Date Posted: 5/17/2013 5:18:00 AM
Happy Mother's Day
Date Posted: 5/11/2013 3:06:00 PM
PARADISE LOST results
Date Posted: 5/11/2013 1:09:00 AM
The Gag Factor
Date Posted: 5/10/2013 9:15:00 AM
My Perspective ...
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The Face of PoetrySoup
Date Posted: 5/6/2013 2:42:00 PM
ROUNDEL CONTEST UPDATE
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America's first settlers resorted to cannibalism
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HAPPY MAY DAY
Date Posted: 5/1/2013 2:03:00 AM
I DID IT MY WAY
Date Posted: 4/30/2013 10:17:00 PM
MOST AWFUL by Caleb Smith
Date Posted: 4/25/2013 12:35:00 PM
WORLD BOOK DAY, 23 April - Birth and Death of Shakespeare
Date Posted: 4/23/2013 3:16:00 AM
You are what you read - ROUNDEL CONTEST UPDATE
Date Posted: 4/22/2013 1:43:00 AM
GOLDEN AUTUMN
Date Posted: 4/19/2013 4:00:00 AM
DON'T ANALYSE IT, DON'T ASK OTHERS TO ANALYSE IT
Date Posted: 4/18/2013 1:09:00 AM
Suzanne Delaney and Suzette Crous
Date Posted: 4/11/2013 1:28:00 AM
ROUNDEL - PARADISE LOST
Date Posted: 4/8/2013 8:02:00 AM
GROOK contest finalized
Date Posted: 4/8/2013 3:17:00 AM
Suzette Poet and Author - new website
Date Posted: 4/7/2013 2:17:00 AM
GIBBETING
Date Posted: 4/5/2013 1:34:00 AM
Goodbye
Date Posted: 4/3/2013 2:49:00 PM
INFLUENCES ON OUR POETRY
Date Posted: 3/31/2013 11:44:00 PM
WHO IS THE POET? - No 4 - EASTER EGG HUNT - So far - - -
Date Posted: 3/30/2013 12:49:00 AM
WHO IS THE POET? - No 4 - EASTER EGG HUNT
Date Posted: 3/28/2013 12:26:00 AM

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7/24/2014Language, per se - LGTCoupletlanguage,
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