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  1. Date: 4/23/2013 8:36:00 AM
    Don't apologize to her Phyllis. You didn't do anything wrong. SHE was the one in the wrong and SHE should be apologizing TO YOU. Maybe she wasn't "born good" as her latest blog implied...

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  1. Date: 4/22/2013 1:05:00 PM
    So sorry if I have offended you Christine. I could have worded this better. I just wanted to know if taking a class has helped in any way to learn the forms. It does not matter if you do not want to answer the questions. No harm intended. phyl

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  1. Date: 4/22/2013 1:38:00 AM
    Phyllis my travels in the poetry started with an inspirational alliteration, progressed by discovering short forms(Crapsey American cinquains) to reading poetry of acknowledged poets and then to self-study of poetry technical books.All of this, a decade or so in time, I now see as an apprenticeship (partly in this workshop on PS ,but including 'judging' poetry by reading in contests I held)to writing open free verse and reading it aloud on youtube and elsewhere as(for me) finally reaching the 'peaks' to which poetry leads.Best wishes with your creative writing Phyllis and regds to your family. Brian

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  1. Date: 4/21/2013 5:38:00 PM
    the one and only time I joined a poetry class I was kicked off it! lol I've always thought that reading other poets is the best way of learning how to write poetry...I'm not a great lover of forms, simply because I find them restrictive; I would say I flirt with forms while remaining true to free verse...

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  1. Date: 4/21/2013 4:40:00 PM
    Hi Phyll, I've missed our chats. I started writing as Andie in High School, then stopped for decades, though I did Minor in Shakespeare at University. For the past few years, some of us have had a published haiku poet of some renown mentoring us. Now, I am taking a Prose poetry class with a winner of the Pushcart Prize in Poetry. I learn from everyone who is willing to teach me.

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  1. Date: 4/21/2013 3:35:00 PM
    A really interesting discussion, Phyllis: There isn't enough room here for me to answer in detail. I came to writing poetry late in life. Although I had a lifelong love for poetry, as a Nurse my training was in science, Chemistry and Biology. But when I retired I could indulge the more liberal Arts side of my personality and began a self study of writing and Poetry. The internet has been a marvelous resource and I did write an essay on this and my findings regarding form and story. Maybe I will post it as a seperate blog because it is a few pages long.Thanks to all who shared their views. Yours in poetry: SuZ

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  1. Date: 4/21/2013 11:15:00 AM
    No classes here, Phyllis......however I often listen to PBS morning recitation, a daily poem read by Garrison Keilor once in the morning and once in the afternoon.....and have been so moved by the narrative/free verse poems, which seems to be the most often chosen for this program......that I lean towards that particular form. With less touches my heart with the honesty and emotion.

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  1. Date: 4/21/2013 10:04:00 AM
    Poetry soup is my first class... LOL.... enjoyed reading all your comments below. talking about forms,,,, I'm wondering what's your favorite form Phyllis.... xox~ PD

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  1. Date: 4/21/2013 9:36:00 AM
    @ Suzette: There are many forms which are "just" intellectual word-syllables games: Fibonacci, Tetractys, Than-Bauk, etc . Also, there are forms like Villanelle, Pantoum, Terzanelle, etc that "play" with a serie of requirements for planning and implementing an intellectual (and challenging!) method of composition. Poetry is more than that ... Just my humble opinion.

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  1. Date: 4/21/2013 9:27:00 AM
    I am taking two right now; creative writing and a writing workshop. Both are at a local community college. I have been encourage there to try to publish my poems, so have been less active here.

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  1. Date: 4/21/2013 6:15:00 AM
    I took an internet course way long ago maybe eight years..I felt that I learned some but I had to give it up..When I came on here, I really started to learn..I just do research..The down side on here is I don't feel that I really have a true teacher..Sara

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  1. Date: 4/21/2013 1:10:00 AM
    Forms versus content.Both are important to my mind. I took Literature (Eng & Afr)at college level and that included everything from Chaucer and Milton to Shakespeare, the Lake Poets, etc. As far as form is concerned: One would not enter a Rap contest with a Gregorian Chant ... Since joining PS it has helped me to experiment with different forms and I love it. Hence my new website breaking it down into forms. So, if you like a particular poem, don't you think it is interesting to learn about it? Instead of copious reading poems and studying forms as I did the past year - I have now summerized it for my own reference. Check out my website, if you like. Love, Su

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  1. Date: 4/20/2013 10:31:00 PM
    I took two Creative Writing classes: one with writer Marta Magellan (children literature) and the other one with Ricardo Pau-Llosa, poet, art critic of Latin American art in the US and Europe, and author of short fiction (nominated for the Pulitzer prize). I use to read book about poetry and I've learned a lot (believe it or not! LOL). Forms? No, I dont think that forms are important.

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  1. Date: 4/20/2013 10:09:00 PM
    One more thing I beleive that this blog is offensive. If you want to discuss poetry form you do not have to ask us how many individuals attend poetry class.You could have communicate the information in another way. It is not what you say but it is how you say it.

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  1. Date: 4/20/2013 9:21:00 PM
    Please allow individuals to express themselves freely.We are not in school anymore...freedom of expression please.If you dont like someones poem you do not have to read it if it doesnt gravitate to a certain from to your taste. I love this website because you can find a mixture of different people who express themselves in different ways. And I firmly beleive that is good.

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  1. Date: 4/20/2013 6:50:00 PM
    I have never taken poetry classes. I think it would be good to do so if one has a chance and a good teacher. When I was in school we had Literature classes and poems were included. We had to memorize them sometimes or analyze them but I don't believe I was taught anything on form. I write mostly in rhyme because that is what I first learned about. Joyce

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  1. Date: 4/20/2013 5:24:00 PM
    phyllis, I studied about poetry a little bit in my creative writing class in high school, but I learned the most by just reading other poets. well, I took a class offered by (this was before I knew what scam artists they were) But I have to hand it to them: their poetry course was excellent. It was by mail and in today's computer world, maybe they are just doing it online now. It really helped me identify my niche as a more classic form writing poet.

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My Recent Poems

Date PostedPoemTitleFormCategories
3/25/2015 haiku 53 Haikuseasons,
3/20/2015 Valley Floor Free versenature,
3/7/2015 Loving Eyes Free verselove,
3/6/2015 Dancing Lights Personificationbeauty,light,night,
2/27/2015 On Moonbeams Free versehappiness,love,
2/19/2015 Frozen Love Free verselost love,
2/13/2015 My Love Free versehusband,love,valentines d
2/12/2015 Reflection Free versedeath,feelings,life,
1/31/2015 Thank You Lord Versechristian,prayer,
1/29/2015 In My Dreams Personificationdream,fantasy,
1/21/2015 Footprints Versenature,snow,
1/20/2015 Lost Inside Free verselost love,memory,
1/15/2015 haiku 52 Haikusnow,
1/13/2015 Dreaming Free versedream,
1/4/2015 Awaken Rhymeearth,nature,
12/15/2014 A Dream to Dream Free versedream,lost love,
12/13/2014 Books Rhymebooks,
11/24/2014 haiku 51 Haikusnow,
11/17/2014 Drifting Light Poetryday,time,
11/13/2014 Only You Free versedesire,love,
11/3/2014 Three Rhymebirthday,
11/2/2014 Waves Rhymelife,
10/31/2014 haiku 50 Haikuhalloween,
10/31/2014 haiku 49 Haikunature,
10/21/2014 haiku 48 Haikuautumn,
10/9/2014 October Bliss Sedokaautumn,october,
10/5/2014 haiku 47 Haikuautumn,
9/27/2014 Inspired Elegyloss,miss you,
9/10/2014 haiku 46 Haikulove,
9/8/2014 haiku 45 Haikunature,
9/2/2014 haiku 44 Haikuautumn,
8/20/2014 haiku 43 Haikunature,
8/6/2014 Mountain View Rhymemountains,nature,
8/4/2014 Heaven's Delight Personificationsky,space,
7/19/2014 Flying Time Rhymeholiday,
7/7/2014 haiku 42 Haikunature,
6/20/2014 I Did It My Way Rhymeconflict,
6/11/2014 Falling Tears Free verseloss,sad,
6/10/2014 Freedom Revoked Rhymepolitical,power,
6/2/2014 Peaceful Free versebeach,nature,
5/20/2014 Age Humor Limerickbirthday,humor,
5/19/2014 Walter Scott Clerihewhumor,
5/8/2014 Day Free verseday,
4/30/2014 Five Rhymebirthday,child,
4/19/2014 The Castle Free versehistory,travel,
3/31/2014 Night Free versenight,weather,
3/18/2014 haiku 41 Haikuweather,
3/10/2014 Memories Rhymedeath,memory,
2/27/2014 Our Time Free versedeath,introspection,
2/21/2014 haiku 40 Haikuspring,
2/21/2014 Friendship Rhymebest friend,birthday,
2/14/2014 Blue Moon Monokumoon,
2/10/2014 haiku 39 Haikulove,
2/9/2014 haiku 38 Haikuanimal,
2/9/2014 haiku 37 Haikuanimal,
2/3/2014 Pondering Rhymeemotions,introspection,
1/25/2014 Loss Rhymedeath,sad,
1/11/2014 Winter Jewels Free versewinter,
12/30/2013 Winter Storm Personificationsnow,winter,
12/28/2013 Blue Dot Free verseearth,home,introspection,
12/28/2013 Shining Light Free verseinspirational,
12/11/2013 haiku 36 Haibunwinter,
11/30/2013 The Tree Rhymetree,
11/25/2013 haiku 35 Haikurain,
11/11/2013 haiku 34 Haikuautumn,
11/9/2013 Beatle Mania Rhymetribute,
11/7/2013 haiku 33 Haikuweather,
11/5/2013 November Free versenovember,
10/25/2013 Mirror on the Wall Free verseage,emotions,
10/25/2013 Grandma Free versefeelings,grandmother,
10/17/2013 Lost Thoughts Rhymephilosophy,poets,
10/12/2013 Luna Free versemoon,
10/8/2013 Soup Crew Rhymefriendship,love,
10/8/2013 Plains Harvest Free verseautumn,seasons,
9/30/2013 Fall Free verseautumn,
9/17/2013 Undressing Autumn Personificationautumn,
9/12/2013 Dream Lover Free versedream,fantasy,
8/29/2013 Yesterday Rhymeteenage,time,
8/19/2013 haiku 32 Haikunature,
8/19/2013 Road Trip Acrostictravel,
8/2/2013 Beyond Midnight Personificationmoon,night,
7/27/2013 Last Night I Dreamt Rhymecare,emotions,
7/24/2013 haiku 31 series Haikumoon,sky,
7/19/2013 Tangled Vines Free verseflower,garden,
7/15/2013 Writer's Block Free versepoems,writing,
7/12/2013 Music Beat Free versemusic,
7/2/2013 Droplets Free verserain,
7/2/2013 haiku 30 Haikuholiday,
6/21/2013 Amour Tankalove,
6/21/2013 haiku 29 Haikufeelings,time,
6/21/2013 haiku 28 Haikudeath,sad,
6/13/2013 haiku 27 Haikulove,
6/13/2013 haiku 26 Haikumoon,
6/8/2013 Deep Thoughts Dramatic Versedeath,feelings,
6/6/2013 Morning Crush Free versehumor,sleep,
5/30/2013 A Picture Free versebereavement,death,
5/28/2013 I Cry Free versefuture,war,
5/19/2013 Days of Spring Free versespring,
5/9/2013 Earth Day Free verseearth day,
5/9/2013 Lost and Abused Free verseabuse,missing,

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Fav Poems

The Dead Vintner's Diary Free versedeath,father,life,loss,on
The Daisy Rhymecaregiving,family,friends
Source of Light Quatrainfantasy,happiness,love,me
Lost Dramatic Versefaith,mom,me,lost,dark,da
Light It Up Free versefriendship,inspirational,
making it great in 2008 (part 11): when God sends an Angel Carpe Diemhope,life,god,angel,angel
Beacon of Light Coupletdedication,devotion,faith
The music of our love Free versedevotion,love
The Sowing Free versedevotion,
My Fairest Maiden I do not know?lovetime,
hope Light Poetryhope
THE LONELINESS OF A LOST CLOUD Rhymefriendship,happiness,imag
Thanksgiving Pudding Light Poetryholiday,thank youthanksgi
The Sharing of Our Heart Versedevotion,faith,family,fri
STOP! read this "My Christmas Poem" Narrativeholidaybirth,star,birth,s
my friend Light Poetrydevotion
Loving Coupletlovewords,giving,love,tim
Nothing To Fear Coupletintrospection,life,love,w
with death I do not know?love
How Many Times? Free versefriendshipfeelings,
KINDHEARTEDNESS Narrativeinspirational
Four Sisters Personificationnature,seasons,
love vs. love Monokulovelove,
soup girl Versedevotionwords,day,
Phyllis is Synonymous Rhymedevotion
winners and losers Quatrainallegory
a time to live Pastoralfaithtime,time,
The Final Say Free verseangst,faith,life,peace,pe
Frog Acrosticdevotion
Humanity Coupletlife,peoplechild,lost,chi
Thank you Lord Free verseinspirationalme,life,me,
Judge Not Quatrainfaith,son,spiritual,
a gift from cyber space Light Poetrylove,star,may,star,stars,
Two Halves of The Whole Rhymelovewords,love,me,sensual
What Vision Rhymesweet,
Faithfullness I do not know?lovelove,
Another Crossroad Free versedeathme,
POET at NIGHT Free verseimaginationheart,heart,
My Lady Personificationseasonsautumn,august,
And People Ask Why I Don't Take a Class Narrativecomputer-internetwords,te
Your Guardian Angel Free verseintrospection,me,me,
Being there Free verselove,birthday,
The Banquet Pastoralinspirational,
Dreams and Reality Free verseintrospection,autumn,
Prairie Whispers Kyrielleromance,
Evolution Rhymefaith,science,god,god,sci
Song of Songs Rhymereligion,me,sweet,love,me
The Many Ways God Speaks To Us Rhymefaith,inspirational,natur
Angel's Moon Dust Diminished Hexaversechildhood,love,moon,
On Easter Morn Quatrainreligion,uplifting,easter
My Favorite Devonshire Free verseinspirational,on writing
My Loving Secret Verselove,
Divine Strength Rhymefaith,
Missing You, Mom Rhymeloss,mother,me,me,
From My Treasure Trove Free verseimagination,on writing an
Cheers and Whistles Free verseinspirational,nature,upli
You Rhymelove,
Without Hope's Gleam Terzanellehope,flower,flower,joy,pa
A Tale of Fire and Ice Rhymedream,fire,love,lust,
Reflections from a Toiling Sonneteer Quatrainon writing and words,writ
haiku 20 Haikusnow,
A Near Death Experience of A Sweetheart Rhymedeath,death,god,death,god
My Beloved Coupletlost,relationship,
In Strangler's Wood - tanka version Tankamystery,rain,autumn,rain,
Show Me Your Face Versecaregiving,love,me,me,
Cocaine Is Her Name Free verseaddiction,
Revelation in the Rain Coupletlost love,
Changing Sky Pantoumnature,sky,
Broken Dramatic Verseabsence,death,emo,emotion
Hands Free versebeautiful,beauty,birthday
Do you know why I believe in Jesus Dramatic Verseabsence
Myriads of Umbrellas Rhymehappy,hope,love,
His Blood Flowed Down Free versechristian,death,love,
Sunbonnet Iambic Pentameterage,body,bullying,care,ca
Silent Page Free verseconfusion,corruption,dark
When Our Poetry Muse Beckons Narrativeallegory,emotions,inspira
- REFLECTIONS ON THE TIME - Light Poetrylife,time,
Love Becomes An Ocean Rhymelove,water,

Fav Poets