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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


Most Recent Blog Post

For Me, Couplets Rhyme/the summer couplet contest
Blog Posted:6/23/2013 1:29:00 PM


What do you think? I've always generally accepted the fact that a couplet should rhyme. However, in my contest,I think I counted at least 10 that did not. Even some of the near rhymes were not very "near" in rhyme for me. I just figured people would realize that couplets rhyme. Since the majority of my summer couplet entries rhymed, a good number of them will be on the winners' list as long as I thought they were nice poems. The ordinary ones will be placed lower or given HM's. 

As for the unrhymed couplets, most of them won't be on the list. I will probably give HM's to those that I really liked despite their lack of rhyme. A few people wrote more than one couplet and those entries will be eliminated. I hope to have this contest judged within a day or two if you are someone that wants to revise yours. You can always edit them today. I never do any of the elimination process until the last minute.

I've enjoyed seeing all the different couplets on my favorite season of the year! Now I have to get busy on lesson plans and syllabuses for my school. I put it off and I can't do anything fun till I 'get 'er done!!" Have a good day, guys!!
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  1. Date: 6/27/2013 10:11:00 PM
    I like them to rhyme but not all do.

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  1. Date: 6/24/2013 3:00:00 PM
    Here is the dictionary definition: A unit of verse consisting of two successive lines, usually rhyming and having the same meter and often forming a complete thought or syntactic unit. (not just rhyme but also meter are important in being the same). Anyway, I may relax my rules a little bit on the near rhymed ones if I happen to really like what they wrote, The idea of "similar" implies for me same number of syllables and type of meter and those are the ones that will shine for me in my contest.

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  1. Date: 6/24/2013 1:08:00 PM
    Couplets do not have to rhyme. Google it.....

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    Dietrich Avatar Andrea Dietrich Date: 6/24/2013 2:52:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    all the nearly near rhymes are telling me that almost everyone WAS trying to rhyme them!
    Dietrich Avatar Andrea Dietrich Date: 6/24/2013 2:51:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    You are correct, Judy. I just meant that in most cases, people "assume" they rhyme. I am generally a rhyming poet and most people in my contests are aware of this. That's why I don't understand why some people are not trying to make just ONE couplet with a clear rhyme. It is not a difficult thing to do. Anyway, in the future, for clarity's sake, I will say rhymed couplet to people!
  1. Date: 6/24/2013 12:00:00 PM
    i have always known couplets rhyme, andie... wondering where soup got the defeniton.. smile and huggs!..:)

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  1. Date: 6/24/2013 8:06:00 AM
    I agree, couplets should rhyme. Now I must get my contest judged too, luckily I have Wed. and Thur. off, no excuse, must get to it

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    Ober Avatar Heather Ober Date: 6/24/2013 11:42:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Andrea, here's the Soup's definition: -- it says couplets usually rhyme, but they don't have to. But I'm with you - I've always been under the impression that they're supposed to rhyme.
    Dietrich Avatar Andrea Dietrich Date: 6/24/2013 7:21:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    does it say couplets rhyme? I am too lazy to go see.
    Ober Avatar Heather Ober Date: 6/24/2013 4:38:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Agreed, Kash! I love that site!
    poet Avatar kash poet Date: 6/24/2013 3:02:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    This site is the solution .
  1. Date: 6/23/2013 3:39:00 PM
    Have a great day too sweetie and a great week ahead. Love, Gail

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My Past Blog Posts

Writing Quaterns
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Support for Poet Jack Horne
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Prayers for Lucilla Carillo
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Roy, I Think I Found the Pattern
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Wot is Going On Around Here?
Date Posted: 3/9/2014 10:23:00 AM
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Date Posted: 3/9/2014 12:37:00 AM
What's Up with So Many Comments on Comments
Date Posted: 3/2/2014 11:37:00 AM
Date Posted: 3/1/2014 8:29:00 PM
HAPPY Birthday, dear NIKKO (Feb. 28 in Philippines)
Date Posted: 2/27/2014 3:33:00 PM
Swap Quatrains -My Latest Contest
Date Posted: 2/18/2014 10:59:00 PM
Happy Valentine's Day to Linda Marie: Tribute Poetry is Posted
Date Posted: 2/14/2014 11:40:00 PM
Something Fun at Facebook
Date Posted: 2/8/2014 7:56:00 PM
WINNERS of NOTHING BUT LOVE (love seeing who I chose!)
Date Posted: 1/24/2014 7:35:00 PM
Sad News about Linda-Sweetheart
Date Posted: 1/22/2014 8:49:00 PM
Quickly: Is anyone else having this problem?
Date Posted: 1/22/2014 9:11:00 AM
WINNERS of One in Five: For Beauty Strive
Date Posted: 1/11/2014 9:11:00 PM
On the Death of a Young Man
Date Posted: 1/4/2014 4:31:00 PM
An Opinion on Blog Topics
Date Posted: 1/1/2014 4:54:00 PM
My Latest Contest/ Great Christmas Movies/ What will you be doing?
Date Posted: 12/23/2013 1:31:00 AM
A Not So Happy Holiday WINNERS
Date Posted: 12/11/2013 10:19:00 PM
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My Poems

Date PostedPoem TitleFormCategories
4/19/2014The Thread of PoetryVersepoets,writing,
4/18/2014This Golden Day: A Madrigal for AmberQuatrainromance,
4/17/2014A Sweet SuiteTankafood,sweet,
4/16/2014AntiquesTankamother daughter,
4/14/2014Spring LassesQuintain (English)spring,
4/13/2014This DittyLimerickpoetry,
4/11/2014Muscatine, IAAcrosticcity,
4/8/2014Her Last DateLimerickfunny,
4/8/2014Blue Eyes Meant Only For MeCouplethusband,
4/6/2014Whispers of LoveQuaternlove,
4/3/2014If I Could Paint Your PictureCoupletromantic,
4/3/2014God Spelled BackwardsSonnetdog,love,
4/3/2014Five Lines or LessTankacelebrity,marriage,
4/2/2014As My Daily Meals RevolveVersefood,
3/31/2014Tanka Contest entryTankalife,
3/29/2014All of Me - All of You: A Realist's ViewQuaternlove,marriage,
3/27/2014This Wondrous NightQuaternnight,writing,
3/25/2014The Seasons of LoveQuatrainlove,seasons,
3/22/2014In Clover GreenRondeauromance,
3/21/2014Leaving My HeartEthereefarewell,pets,
3/19/2014I Have To TellRhymefunny,
3/18/2014ExonerationFree verseabuse,
3/17/2014LIfe is What You Make ItHaikulife,
3/16/2014To Touch a GodSonnetphilosophy,

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Spaces .... The Earth Moved .....Imagismlove
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