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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 Shadowpoetry.com.


Choose Your Favorite Body. . .


Blog Posted:5/29/2014 8:20:00 PM
OF WATER!!!

This is my latest contest. I was SO impressed by Nette's last contest using a new form of poetry that I decided I wanted you guys to do one for me except you will need to use a body of water in your title. 

Please go to the contest page to check out my rules and the definition of Trois-Par-Huit. I have made an exception to the rules of the form in my contest. You do NOT have to rhyme it!! I think this will make for a very interesting and freer type of writing even though syllable count still remains important. Anyway, I sure hope it does!  

Don't forget, there is a syllable counter at Soup, in case counting syllables is not your strong suit. I hope you will enjoy writing about the body of water that YOU like the most. Describe it for us. Employ imagery that will allow the reader to feel the love you have for this body of water, and try to come up with a unique way to define your topic. Remember, the LAST line will be your title, and to make a three-syllable title, you will have to add an adjective or perhaps a proper noun before the word ocean(s), lake(s), river(s), or sea(s). Hope you have fun creating a beautiful poem for me!!

BTW, while you are here, why don't you tell me which you prefer: Lakes, rivers or the ocean. This is a little personality test. If enough of you respond I will give the results later! And what do you think of not rhyming your poem for me? Is that something that seems interesting to you or not?
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  1. Date: 6/4/2014 1:41:00 PM
    I live on an island surrounded by the ocean but I prefer the river,yet my favourite is the lake.'lake personality' : )yep.

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  1. Date: 5/31/2014 4:19:00 PM
    Scratch that. I'd prefer to have Mark Wahlberg's body...lying next to mine.

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    Dietrich Avatar Andrea Dietrich Date: 5/31/2014 11:57:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    hahahaha. this one is even better than the other you gave. I would be happy just to have exactly the same body I had ten years ago. Ten pounds makes a HUGE difference on this poor bay baby.
  1. Date: 5/31/2014 4:15:00 PM
    From your blog title alone, I think I would choose to have Jennifer Lopez's body. LOL

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  1. Date: 5/31/2014 8:48:00 AM
    I love the ocean Andrea - I live on a little Island in the middle of the Irish sea - the power and beauty of the sea never ceases to amaze me - i will sometimes walk down there listen to the waves and write - its so beautiful and calming. Hugs jan xxx

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    united Avatar Jadazzle united Date: 5/31/2014 6:25:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    It;s Jan here I always put my name - Daz doesn't - I'll have to be careful he may write naughty comments and people will think its me lol hugs jan xxx
    Dietrich Avatar Andrea Dietrich Date: 5/31/2014 12:44:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    MUst be Jan since the other comment was made right before this one!!
    Dietrich Avatar Andrea Dietrich Date: 5/31/2014 12:43:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    'so is this Jan here or Daz!!
  1. Date: 5/31/2014 8:45:00 AM
    Glad Darren hasn't seen this yet Andrea - his answer would be Beyonce I guess Lol hugs Jan xxx

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    united Avatar Jadazzle united Date: 5/31/2014 6:25:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    This was Jan too :-) xx
    Dietrich Avatar Andrea Dietrich Date: 5/31/2014 12:43:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    haha.
  1. Date: 5/30/2014 10:08:00 PM
    For me lake's are first close tie with the ocean but I fished on lakes every summer as a little girl and lakes are less scary than the ocean, though I do the sea shore better than a lake's banks

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    Dietrich Avatar Andrea Dietrich Date: 5/31/2014 12:19:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    debs, it seems like you love all three!!
  1. Date: 5/30/2014 6:12:00 PM
    Though its tough to beat oceans, the mystery of the river gets me. Still as a lake then thrashing over jagged rocks...the unknown around every bend

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    Dietrich Avatar Andrea Dietrich Date: 5/30/2014 8:51:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    your reason for your choice is one of the most interestingly expressed.
  1. Date: 5/30/2014 12:14:00 PM
    An Aquarius am I and definitely a lake guy!

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  1. Date: 5/30/2014 7:44:00 AM
    Well, I love water for sure. Love to go to the ocean when I can...going next month. And you can't beat fishing in a good lake....but, I'm a river-rat at heart. I grew up on the White River. Sooooo...I guess I'd have to pick river for my favorite body of water.

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    Dietrich Avatar Andrea Dietrich Date: 5/30/2014 9:16:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I knew you were a water baby!!
  1. Date: 5/30/2014 1:45:00 AM
    I love to be near water, the sea wins hands down, especially the tidal waters around here. I am a libra, not sure where water should be in my life ....Seren

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    Dietrich Avatar Andrea Dietrich Date: 5/30/2014 9:18:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    yes, libra is Air sign, right? the other day I took a test to see what kind of body of water I am. I am a BAY!!! and I did a FB test on "which element are you?" It said I am AIR but I am actually earth (I was impressed with the definition of Air though. It really seemed to suit me)
  1. Date: 5/29/2014 10:25:00 PM
    Boy those directions are complicated! To make it simple write a Trois-Par-Huit without end rhyme and the last line with 3 syllables must be a body of water example [the Dead Sea] which would also be the title ... [did I get it Andie?]

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    Dietrich Avatar Andrea Dietrich Date: 5/29/2014 11:11:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I didn't want to omit poems that used rhyme as well. So I couldn't think how to uncomplicate my directions, Debs. Anyway, you GOTS it.
    Dietrich Avatar Andrea Dietrich Date: 5/29/2014 11:09:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Exactamundo!!! You could say foaming sea/ red river/ A great Lake/ my ocean/ well, those are just a few example titles, and then the whole poem would show what that title means for you!!!
  1. Date: 5/29/2014 9:13:00 PM
    I'm a true cancerian, any body of water will do, but if I had to choose one it would be ocean

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    Dietrich Avatar Andrea Dietrich Date: 5/29/2014 9:29:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    a Cancer baby,huh? I probably prefer oceans too, just because they have the beaches and I adore jumping waves. But also they are teeming with so much life!
  1. Date: 5/29/2014 9:07:00 PM
    Great idea for a contest... Free verse is always a preference for me... I love all bodies of water but would choose a river for its meandering and all the life it supports on its banks and in its flow and ultimately its final union with the sea. Will check out the details soon. Love, SuZ

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    Dietrich Avatar Andrea Dietrich Date: 5/29/2014 9:28:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    what a cool reason for liking rivers!!

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