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Andrea Dietrich grew up in Iowa and now resides in Utah with a spouse and two cats. She has two grown children and three grandchildren. Having graduated BYU with a Spanish major/ESL minor, she has spent most of her adult life teaching. It wasn't until 2000 that she began writing in earnest and discovering her "niche" as a writer of lyrical poetry. The internet opened up a new world for her, and she has spent nearly a decade now participating in poetry clubs, acting as a judge of poetry contests for various magazines and for the website Shadow Poetry, and also, entering poetry contests herself.

Ms. Dietrich has won numerous awards, as well as the title Poet of the Year 2008, from the Yahoo group, Poetry For Thought. In addition, she has won prizes from the magazines Lucidity, Bell's Letters, Art with Words, Poets at Work and SP Quill, the magazine for which she wrote grammar and poetry articles as well as movie reviews and for which she acted as poetry editor for the head editor Marie Summers for six years. Many of her poems have appeared in Shadows Ink, a yearly published series of chapbooks of award winning poetry as well as in numerous other anthologies. Her short stories appeared in many issues of SP Quill and much of her poetry is published in eight chapbooks (the most recent one soon to be published is called Prosies), which can be purchased at

Have you met Red?

Blog Posted:5/10/2013 5:32:00 PM
In the past I have showcased a few new poets who impressed me at Soup, and I always enjoy when Cyndi does the same (I have not seen you doing it so much lately, Cyndi, what happened?) so I thought I would bring to your attention a poet I met a few months ago here at PoetrySoup and whose poetry I sure think is deserving of a look-see. The poet is Red OMara. Yes, he is a redhead, and also he hails from Australia. Here are two examples of his poetry. This first one displays great wit and humor and the second one shows his ability to evoke mood with imagery. If you haven't met Red, I hope you give him a welcome!

How The Big Mac Got The Gherkin

Once upon an ancient time
in long gone languid days,
when distant misted myths bechanced
in lovely rhym'ed ways,
when time was so much freer,
less allotted to the minute.
‘Twas then the mighty Big Mac
got the gherkin in it.

The night was one made fit for gods
and stars made white the sky
and drunk, dylsexic old McDonald
sang Oh Eee, Oh Eee, I.
His greatest yet creation
lay on his barbie plate,
it was the mighty Big Mac,
with no inkling of its fate.

McDonald thought the pattie lacked
ce qu'il ne savait pas.
He decided what he'd give it
was this green thing from a jar
The Big Mac cried out, ‘Hang about!
I like the way I am!
And I think that what I need the least,
is a prostate gland exam.'

McDonald growled, ‘Don't be a sook!
It's not gonna hurt a bit.
Just close your eyes and grit your teeth,
and keep loose where you sit.'
Big Mac firmly grasped his bun
and held it really tight,
he had Phallicvegiephobia
and would resist with all his might.

But McDonald was too smart by far,
Big Mac was not his match,
the old bloke snuck up from behind
to by surprise him catch.
Beneath an unsuspecting arm
he applied a little tickle.
The burger gave a little laugh
and got a little pickle...

So the Big Mac we all know today
was born of subterfuge.
And although the gherkin in it
aint really all that huge,
remember that it's only there
by the skullest of skullduggery,
and that bit we discard's the fruit
of the foulest burger buggery.

On A Photograph From Singapore

You enhance Raffles and its Long Bar.
Better, I would think,
than it needs or, perhaps,
than it deserves.
Happy, tanned and fair and open.
And somehow,
beneath all of your bravado,

In Melbourne today,
it was cold and squally.
Now bright with bracing breeze and sunshine,
then dark with stinging windblown showers.
The ground and trees are wet,
and strewn about with autumn.
I wish that you were here.
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  1. Date: 5/13/2013 1:10:00 PM
    I will check him do you find poets here by name? Am I missing something? I tried before and got a list of PM's but not regular members.

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  1. Date: 5/11/2013 12:24:00 AM
    Thanks Andrea: I will definitely check out this fellow Aussie. It is such a huge site here we are like a small planet and only meet by chance most of the time. LOL

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    Delaney Avatar Suzanne Delaney Date: 5/11/2013 11:01:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I did and love his work. Thanks for showcasing so I could get to know his talents. SuZ
    Dietrich Avatar Andrea Dietrich Date: 5/11/2013 1:00:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I sure hope you will see some of his poems. The one about Maggie is really good!! I know you will enjoy that one.
  1. Date: 5/10/2013 9:04:00 PM
    Of course I have, and when you read his poems you will see why... ;-) ...xox~ LINDA

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    Dietrich Avatar Andrea Dietrich Date: 5/10/2013 11:51:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    good for you, LInda!! it's so awesome to meet good writers here at Soup.

My Past Blog Posts

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Tell Me Your Number!
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Prayers for Lucilla
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Winners of Let's Get Technical Poetry Contest
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TALKING TUNAS, DISNEY, Planet of the APES. WASSUP tonight?
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What a SMALL World. This is a Mystery to me!!
Date Posted: 7/19/2014 11:34:00 PM
IT'S "WEIRD AL" TEACHING GRAMMAR: You have to see this!!!
Date Posted: 7/18/2014 4:47:00 PM
Awesome Acrostics/ Congrats to all my winners
Date Posted: 7/18/2014 12:03:00 AM
PLEASE check your acrostic poems/ Tidy up spelling, etc.
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An Actually Interesting thing I Found in the ADS of Soup
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Date Posted: 6/29/2014 12:31:00 AM
1 In 4 is Judged: LOVED READING THEM!!!
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Beautiful Winners of Favorite Bodies (of Water)
Date Posted: 6/15/2014 12:30:00 AM
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My GREAT day/ What is YOUR idea of a Beautiful Friday?
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Centering & Italics for Dummies (that included me too at one time!!!)
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Two Ways to Reply/ Can Soup have Lessons on How to Function here?
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What Body of Water are You & What Does it Mean?
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Choose Your Favorite Body. . .
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My Poems

Date PostedPoem TitleFormCategories
9/19/2014Tantalizing LoveEthereefeelings,
9/18/2014My Time of Worship DivineEthereefirst love,romance,
9/16/2014In the DesertEthereeallegory,
9/13/2014How Poetry BeganQuatrainnature,poetry,
9/12/2014This Autumn DayRhymeautumn,
9/11/2014How Easy Are Earth GirlsSonnetbio,
9/11/2014Boy at the Fair - Well, I DeclareNarrativechild,
9/9/2014I Leave You a KissTrioletdaughter,
9/8/2014Words From a DandelionChastushkafunny,
9/8/2014This Autumn NightRhymeautumn,
9/6/2014My PrayerFree verseprayer,
9/6/2014The Mirror in the Other RoomRhymeage,
9/4/2014Nuts for the FallHaikuautumn,
9/3/2014A Legendary LoveRhymelost love,
9/1/2014The Miller Girls: Now PresentingSonnetsister,
8/30/2014The Best of EdutainmentVersehumorous,technology,
8/27/2014On the Paseo Del RioHaikuromantic,
8/26/2014The Superb CommentLimerickhumorous,
8/25/2014Where Once We PlayedKyrielleplaces,
8/24/2014Through the MistOttava rimanature,
8/22/2014Do I Have to Say ItFree versewrite,
8/21/2014Summer Reveries - More than DreamsRhymesummer,
8/21/2014The MarkTriolettrust,
8/18/2014Tale of a Witch - Modern DayQuatrainwoman,
8/17/2014Ah, WanderlustRondeautravel,youth,

My Photos

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Fav Poems

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The StoneElegydeath,love,
A Winter NightLyricimagination,nature,
Just wait and seeFree versenature,science,space,
My White Lace TableclothNarrativefamily,forgiveness,friend
A LIMERICK CHRISTMAS THREE (3) .Limerickfunny,seasons,thank you,c
ALWAYS MOTHERS DAYRhymefunny,mother,thank you,me
A Pirate JayLight Poetryanimals,
Divine SplendorBlank verseintrospection,nature,scie
BROTHER - BILLYNarrativebrother,childhood,family,
You played mePersonificationconfusion,imagination,mus
Concept of TimeFree versenature
JINGLEFree versefunny,life,music
AN EVER-CHANGING UNIVERSENarrativemysterylight,light,
My Partner, my LifeFree versehusband,loveme,
Spaces .... The Earth Moved .....Imagismlove
December Sun .Rhymenaturewinter,sun,winter,
A Whisper on the WindFree versenature
FootstepsFree versefatherme,me,
If everFree verselove
Dreams like Light-Waves Prose Poetryimaginationautumn,
A fantsy worldHaiku 
Borrowed SweetnessSenryugirlfriend-boyfriend

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Broken Wings Canada Flag Canada Read
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Carolyn Devonshire United States Flag United States Read
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James Foulk United States Flag United States Read
Rick Parise United States Flag United States Read
Debbie Guzzi United States Flag United States Read
Barbara Gorelick United States Flag United States Read
Michelle Mac Donald Canada Flag Canada Read
Ruben O. Argentina Flag Argentina Read
Charmaine Chircop Malta Flag Malta Read
Dane Ann Smith-Johnsen United States Flag United States Read
James Fraser United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom Read
Jayne Eggins Australia Flag Australia Read
binibining p.iNk Philippines Flag Philippines Read
Joyce Johnson United States Flag United States Read
Robert A. Dufresne United States Flag United States Read
Linda-Marie SweetHeart Italy Flag Italy Read
David Byrne Ireland Flag Ireland Read
C. L. Thornton United States Flag United States Read
Samir Georges Canada Flag Canada Read
Connie Marcum Wong United States Flag United States Read
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