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Cyndi MacMillan is a well-rounded writer who embraces many genres and forms. Her poetry has been published in The Fieldstone Review, Issue 2015 and in Grain Magazine, issue 42.4, Summer 2015, Passed Signs/New Fields

Her fiction has appeared in local newspapers and has won contests. She enjoys reading literary journals, and she is actively pursuing further publication within their glossy covers.

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 friendly forum which enables people from around the world to share their writing. It has some great resources and provides a nice space for people to connect.

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



Blog Posted:3/20/2013 8:27:00 PM

I have created a new form which I will be submitting to Soup for consideration.

The form is called .... drum roll.... the I DO NOT CARE.

Now, the I DO NOT CAREis the hardest of all forms to write. It is the opposite of the I DO NOT KNOW form. The two forms are in no way related.

In fact, the I DON’T CARE makes David’s VOW/CON sweat-maker look like a cake walk.

Here are the requirements for my new form

1) The subject matter can be anything. Toe jam. Pestilence. Butterflies. All is acceptable. But the subject must be understood by the poet and/or researched to the best of the poet’s ability. 

2) The poem must make you think or feel something, anything. If the poem works better than the shopping channel at 2 am with a warm milk chaser, it can not be a DO NOT CARE. It must be some other form. It could even be several other forms.

3) Syllable count can be arranged as you see fit. The perfect word will not be tossed due to syllable count. BUT imperfect words are discouraged. Find the best words possible.

4) The following must be avoided at all costs: turtle dove.  Seeing these words will result in you being publicly flogged with your own poem ( I am open to other words being added to this short list. All suggestions will be considered. Reply below.)

5) The poem must flow, yet can begin at the end and work its way back to the beginning. It’s called suspense or story development (you may tell a story with an I DO NOT CARE). Oh, yeah, this form should not stagger along nor should it rush.

6) It is not pretentious, so overblown with self-importance that it will only be understood by...well, err, yourself.

7) It is not so simple that it sounds like a third grader wrote it for her mother... with an extra-special rainbow crayon. Aww, how sweet, rhymes with tweet tweet, pitter patter little feet, down the street, what's to eat... sorry, tangent.

8) It may look and sound like any other form that has ever been created and is currently being considered. In fact, it may look exactly like ‘that’ form.

9) It may look SOMEWHAT like another form, but seems to have been slightly altered. In fact, upon further study, it has deviated from the other form with obvious intention as though the poet PLANNED the alteration with a great deal of forethought. 

10) There is no redundancy, no needless modifiers, no adjective after crappy adjective filler, no three lines that say the same thing, but with so much prettier words.

11) A DO NOT CARE will be crafted with purpose and diligence. There is a reason to the rhyme, a place for the space and just the right junction for that punctuation.

12) The I DO NOT CARE form requires you to edit your work. You will usually edit it about four times before it can be called an I DO NOT CARE. Strange, huh?

13)There are a few devices used, not so many that the HEART of the poem requires Cardiopulmonary resuscitation, but enough to stop the poem from being prose.

14)The language breaks all molds. It uses nouns to play spin the bottle. Verbs copulate pronouns on every line, nasty buggers.

15) Each stanza matters. Stanzas connect.

16) An I DO NOT CARE should not read like anyone else’s I DO NOT CARE. It has a unique voice and style.

17) But... oh there are so many buts... But an I DO NOT CARE can explore other voices and try on hats and shoes whenever it sees fit. It can at times be like a chameleon, other times like a venus fly trap.  It borrows concepts, but steals nothing.

18) The last line, when read, will become imprinted on the reader’s brain. The last line may grope a thigh with a sweaty hand or, instead, it may lift its leg and wet a trouser leg. The line is voracious. It makes you want to go back to the beginning of the poem and read it again because you can’t imagine that poem being any other way than the way it has been written. The last line (w)itch slaps predictability (excuse the redundancy).

19) The I DO NOT CARE form requires about thirty years to perfect, give or take two decades. REAMS of paper will end up in your trash can writing an I DO NOT CARE poem.

20) Warning, please treat this form with caution. It will change you. Without your permission, your writing may improve and creativity will flourish. It is addictive. Once you try an I DO NOT CARE, you may not want to write anything else ever again. You will feel driven to write, a compulsion to let that poem OUT. You will begin to appreciate other people’s I DO NOT CARE poetry... poetry... poem? HEY!

Oh dear... this is not a new form at all. I can list a hundred famous poets who write I DO NOT CARE .... and only SOME of them are free versers.

What the hell was I thinking, foolish me.

The I DO NOT CARE form is actually called....


I suggest we have the ability to choose from our form list

BUT I wonder then who would be brave enough to select that form?

Anyone? Anyone?




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  1. Date: 3/21/2013 11:58:00 AM
    I think that's what my Trolls are all about... And I don't care what that dragon thinks... Hey quit pooping on my roses. There's a difference between fertilizing my roses... and burying them... Darned old dragon! He'll get #1 ranked attention or my roses hear about it every time! I'm going to sic Grandpa Troll on him... Poopy old dragon! LOL

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  1. Date: 3/21/2013 7:58:00 AM
    I have got a new form. It is called Gobbly Gook: Example = the only ABC poem on my page. Even I I I I have to concentrate when I read it out loud. I get these urges to go madddddddddd at times (which is most of the time now a days) Love, Su

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  1. Date: 3/21/2013 7:19:00 AM
    Well said Cyndi--lordy-lordy, must have taken you a whole day to write this, or more. Thoughts and ideas to heed. Thank You

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  1. Date: 3/21/2013 5:55:00 AM
    Cyndi you are priceless. Not only did you make me laugh, you're words were thought provoking. When it comes to good poetry I DO CARE. Namaste. Rick

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  1. Date: 3/21/2013 2:53:00 AM
    H OUR: "*I really don't know what to call this... is there a form called weird experimental? LOL. I am not sure if this communicates what I see/feel... all comments welcome! FIRE IN THE HOLE! LOL!" "Hallo, Cyndi. I am inclined to categorize this as a fine example of a LIST poem. Your use of White Space lends an air of the ethereal to it, suggestive of your lack of sleep and trying to function... :-) Love it. XXX, Su".... NOW I am more inclined to think it a fine example of IDNGA.... lol

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  1. Date: 3/20/2013 11:44:00 PM
    Whoa....Ha! Poop!--I love turtle doves, and occasionally repeating a line(sandwich effect, lyrics, etc), even a purposeful cliche once in a while(*gasp*). Well, only a few decades to go and I might be able to pull-off one of these "I Do Not Care" poems. If I am correct, there were Persian poets many centuries ago, who veered away from their ghazals, and wrote amazing "I Do Not Care" poems, except they labelled their poems as: "I Do Care About Fantastic Poetry". The third-grader section of this blog is hilarious! Hmmmm, that might have offered some people ideas for new poems. *tweet-tweet!*

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    Richards Avatar Suzette Richards Date: 3/20/2013 11:58:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Hi Chris. That is an idea for a contest---- perhaps. A "IDNC" poem on the subject of what EXACTLY is a poem ;-)
  1. Date: 3/20/2013 11:29:00 PM
    Hi Cyndi, I would like to try this form..but i am not too sure if i am already not doing it..

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  1. Date: 3/20/2013 11:21:00 PM
    Good blog - though tongue in the cheek, Cyndi. One thing which I agree whole heart with is that the freedom to express oneself through your WORDS, is more important than the "corsets" of forms. If you remember my examples on my blog, the one I was referring to, was tanka. The incorrect and outdated form definition on the FORMS page had resulted in a group of tanka contests last year: I was railroaded into conforming with the so called definition of 5-7-5-7-7 syllable count! So, my gripe is this: If the contest is run by you, you call the shots and if you want to have a sonnet of 10 lines - that is GREAT!. But where people site the FORMS page as "proof" of argument, it wrangles. I Love IDNC!

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    Richards Avatar Suzette Richards Date: 3/21/2013 1:08:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Jun Fujita, a Japanese-American tanka poet, remarked nearly a century ago that poets who count syllables have adopted the "carcass" but not the "essence" of Japanese poetry.
    Richards Avatar Suzette Richards Date: 3/21/2013 12:36:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I do not understand the objection to having the FORMS page updated with more current definitions. Not everyone is on your level of expertise, Cyndi. YOU don't have to use it - after all, you write poetry in foreign languages like a native and I, for one, would never get to that level of poetic prowess. :-)
    Richards Avatar Suzette Richards Date: 3/20/2013 11:43:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I am still amazed at the your versatile poetry, eg the very Afrikaans poem you wrote for my contest. That was a masterpiece. Afrikaans is not easy as the grammar structure is totally different to English. The phrases used were typical Cape Town Colloured - so it was actually very NOT PC... I liked the rebel...
    Richards Avatar Suzette Richards Date: 3/20/2013 11:36:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    In fact, IDNC is my new motto. Neuk julle maar voort soos julle goed dink - ek waai een van die dae :-) BTW I am still amazed that you write like a geelbek - ek kan dit nie eens doen nie en ek is 'n Capie. de Love, Su
  1. Date: 3/20/2013 10:58:00 PM
    I like everything you said here, just not the title "I don't care" this kind of poet obviously DOES care!!

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  1. Date: 3/20/2013 10:51:00 PM
    Ha ha Cyndi that leaves me with a blank sheet of paper....Seren

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  1. Date: 3/20/2013 9:54:00 PM
    Im printing this blog, Cyndi. There are too many great advices within this "I don't care" form. However, I think that using the oher "forms" we can write 2 or 3 poems per hour. LOL! Turtle dove? hummm... I suggest: love Lord. Exceptional blog!

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    Aechtner Avatar Chris D. Aechtner Date: 3/20/2013 11:50:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Know/Love/Lord! -- How goes it, Comrade RubenOvski? ("using the other "forms" we can write 2 or 3 poems per hour." Ha ha!)
  1. Date: 3/20/2013 8:53:00 PM
    Waaaaaaaaa Hahahahhahaaha!! ... Ouch! I laughed so hard that ... I sharted! I'll be back in a minute ... Im going to change my pants! : D!

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  1. Date: 3/20/2013 8:39:00 PM

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    A   Avatar Poet Destroyer A Date: 3/20/2013 8:45:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry many rules for an "i do not care form"... hummmmm!!!!
  1. Date: 3/20/2013 8:39:00 PM
    This is the most sensible read I've seen in many a long year, and concurs exactly to my own theory of poetry. Have you been reading my mind. Well said. Regards Richard

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