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Deborah Guzzi travels for inspiration: China, Nepal [during the civil war], Japan, Egypt [two weeks before ‘The Arab Spring’], and most recently Peru. First published at the age of sixteen, she writes articles for Massage and Aroma Therapy Magazines. Her poetry has been accepted in the Literary Journals of Western CT. University, Inclement Magazine, Pyrokinections, Jellyfish Whispers, Grey Wolf’s Summer Legends Anthology, The Germ, Wilderness Literary Review, The Anthology Sweet Dreams & Night Terrors, Bitterzoet Magazine, haiku journal, Contemporary Haibun Online, Bella on line, The Autumn Sound, Eskimo Pie, and Ribbons, The Inwood Indiana Review, Five Poetry, Tanka Society of America Journal, and 50 haiku. She has published two illustrated volumes of poetry, The Healing Heart and Heaven and Hell in a Nutshell.

Smart and Small, Yet Says it All

Blog Posted:6/1/2014 5:42:00 PM
I don't know if anyone noticed but I gave out a lot of first places in my last contest.

I don't usually give out more than 1 first place -

so hopefully - all of you know I MEAN IT!

It is hardest to judge when more than one form is permitted. The group seems to like this best but for the judge; it is like judging apples & oranges against watermelons?

I don't like being restricted so I try not to restrict YOU. Please DO realize NONE of these forms were haiku and they were fine poems. If haiku is too restrictive DO use one of these forms. Read this beauties ... please ...

Sweet Granddaughter
By Joyce Johnson

Just for a while,
My pretty, sweet Vivian Rose,
Give me a smile!

 trillnea O
*in this form you MUST use the word ROSE

Time for me
By Ellie Wouterse
Form: Kimo

seated solely at the edge of my pond
counting fifteen lotus buds
such promising blessings

False Alarm
By David Mohen

shrill siren eye rolls
no one heeds
the car who cries wolf 

(Lune) 5-3-5 Syllables  

By Olive Guillermo

painful groans
scars of violence 

stigma throughout life
blind justice

Form: Hay(na)ku  

Kimo A
By Craig 

the colors of the eve's celebration
reflect off the temple walls ~
Mt. Fuji glows within 

Serenity's Semblance
By Andrea Dietrich
Form: Kimo

Serenity’s semblance on her lined face
as I stoop at the casket
to kiss her pale cheek


shafts of light
By Reason A. Poteet
Form: Kimo

shafts of light among taller, barren trunks
dogwoods  blossom, a herald
as the woods come to life 

By Carrie Richards

pink blossoms are budding on broken limbs
and I marvel at the strength
of old resilience

she would be so pleased
her peach tree
survived a harsh year



By Dave Woods
Form: Kimo

underneath the rage of turbulent sea
blue-green silence calms one's soul
elegant beauty thrives

Count First -- Three Lines Ae Fine contest
By Mark Halliday

Before you cut along the penciled line,
Get out your ruler, measure one more time --
Count first. 

*A string was done go read the whole thing! ;)
Dixdeux O

 What form's were you most drawn to & why?




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  1. Date: 6/2/2014 7:43:00 PM
    All of the winners should try submitting here they are very nice!

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    Man Avatar Lyric Man Date: 6/3/2014 6:27:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I did it Debbie.. Thank you!
  1. Date: 6/2/2014 5:26:00 PM
    This was a nice touch that brought me much joy.. Thank you my dear friend

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    Guzzi Avatar Debbie Guzzi Date: 6/3/2014 10:09:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I'm proud of YOU!
  1. Date: 6/2/2014 1:59:00 PM
    Debbie, amazing and beautiful, thank you for taking the time to assemble these thoughts! But, I asked a friend about pictures attached to poems and he said it uses too much memory. Also, I think on a personal level that pictures and poem and music are separate arts that should live on their own until they are married as you have done here. To be debuted with visual and audio I think would free the reader from thoughts of their own. If I may, sort of like a lazy man's lobster when half the experience is scooping out the meat. LOL, I know that is a weak analogy but!...Perhaps a better one is the book versus the movie--think about it--they are different sensual experiences--I'll shell my own!

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    Guzzi Avatar Debbie Guzzi Date: 6/2/2014 3:25:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I am trying to get the tech down [have been for years still trying] to combine haiku & art it is called haiga, & Craig it can be done as a separate art form, the words must ADD to the story not be about the art ex: cherry tree bough [photo] words [the buzz of bees/ keeps the child from climbing:lost kite]
    cornish Avatar craig cornish Date: 6/2/2014 3:01:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Don't get me wrong, because here you have drawn some Kerry Gold to enjoy the entrees with!
  1. Date: 6/2/2014 10:27:00 AM
    What form is Edger Allen Poe's 'The Raven'?

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    Guzzi Avatar Debbie Guzzi Date: 6/2/2014 11:29:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    (Once u/pon a /midnight/ dreary). This kind of syllable pair is called a trochee. Since there are eight syllable pairs in a line, we call it "octameter" (octo- standing for eight, as in octopus).
    Guzzi Avatar Debbie Guzzi Date: 6/2/2014 11:29:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    So the meter is called trochaic octameter. The poem is now called a narrative, in its day it was called a reverie, a poem of remembrance. Since it is written in grouping of 6 lines it can also be called sestet
  1. Date: 6/2/2014 9:05:00 AM
    The about the poem ability is gone too, at least I don't see it on my screen anymore. [sigh]

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  1. Date: 6/2/2014 3:17:00 AM
    I returned to post my Congratulations to all the winners and more to you Debbie...:)!!! The pictures they add more to the words...:)!!! This really so great..:) thanks much...:)

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    Vassallo Avatar Alfred Vassallo Date: 6/2/2014 4:11:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Congratulations Olive! You really an outstanding job with RAPE poem. The second stanza is remarkable!
  1. Date: 6/1/2014 10:05:00 PM
    All we can do is ask Soup again to please make it so we can add a picture Carrie! The more people who ask the more likelihood they will do it.

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    Vassallo Avatar Alfred Vassallo Date: 6/2/2014 4:08:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    You are right Andrea. Photos can be placed in the About the poem only. At present that is!
    Dietrich Avatar Andrea Dietrich Date: 6/2/2014 12:24:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Debs, as I read the "rules" of what premium members are supposed to get here, I noticed it said the ability to post pictures with poems. What am I not getting? Do they just mean we can only do it in that section called "about the poem?"
  1. Date: 6/1/2014 9:05:00 PM
    Makes me want to go back and read them again and again. I wish so much that we could post picture with our own poems, it adds so much more. Thank you Deb!

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  1. Date: 6/1/2014 8:32:00 PM
    I always thought that few good words are better than a dictionary. Great contest, and all poems showed strength. I thought RAPE was outstanding! Thank you Debbie

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  1. Date: 6/1/2014 8:07:00 PM
    I want to try more Dixdeux O that's a very useable form! [I adore verse with a repeated line!] and to do it in a string like Mark did is a great idea!

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  1. Date: 6/1/2014 7:53:00 PM
    wow,I LOVE how you put the pictures with the poems. This is marvelous, Debs. i think your contest was very nice because you allowed us to use other forms besides haiku , which most poets, myself included, are often butchering here at Soup. Kimo and Sijo are my new loves. A moment frozen in time, this is so much easier to do than haiku!!!

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    Guzzi Avatar Debbie Guzzi Date: 6/1/2014 8:05:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    yes it is!! and we don't need to give up our poetic devices! BUT I grew so much as a poet from finally learning the eastern way of thought through haiku, though I do feel Kash's haiku are much better than mine ...
  1. Date: 6/1/2014 6:35:00 PM
    Debbie, I'll be back but that first one blew me away!

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  1. Date: 6/1/2014 6:28:00 PM
    Dear Debbie, I really thank you for the place you gave me in your contest.. This not to uplift my name but this to create awareness that some others just do not even dare to care.. I enjoyed learning these different forms and trying two and three of them.. however, i settled for that one cause of the alarming saddening news I heard from here and well, with the injustices happening here........ I really enjoyed all your winner's list.. it's a variety of spectacular images of nature and great great touching writes.:) Thank you very much..... :) may God bless you always and I really have fun reading all the list... In behalf of those who felt what I felt when I write that I thank you (them) too

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    Guzzi Avatar Debbie Guzzi Date: 6/1/2014 8:03:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    We are the ones privileged to know a young woman like you!

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