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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

Centering & Italics for Dummies (that included me too at one time!!!)

Blog Posted:6/3/2014 8:00:00 PM

This blog is to inform members who have never been able to figure out how to center and use italics or bold print when submitting their poetry. I hope it will be useful. The reason I want to post this is because I am doing a contest right now asking for centered poetry and also I noticed another judge or two asking the same. Furthermore, I believe there are quite a few poets who do not understand how to do these things. It took me a long while to learn it myself. When I started asking about it, someone finally told me the secret. The answer was right under my nose; however, I was confused by other little things that prevented me for some time from trying it out.

A poet here at Soup has recently asked me how he may center his poem. I told him that all he had to do was to check “Poem Text” feature right above the box where we post our poems. Even then, he had many questions about it. I think it is because he and I and others at Soup are from a generation that did not grow up with computers. So we are afraid to try things that seem so easy for others. This is the reason I suggested in my previous blog that Soup should have a tutorial for people. Many of us are older poets who are not savvy like the new young poets. Also, some young poets here do not know how to do this kind of thing either. So this is for old and young alike.

If following the instructions by “Poem Text” still perplexes you, here is a list of questions I was given by my friend who wanted to know how to center poems and use italics. I went through his list answering “yes” or “no” to each question. If you STILL can't get it, ask me for my EMAIL in Soupmail. I cannot give proper instructions either here or in a Soupmail because using the actual Poem text symbols anywhere on site except inside that submission box will cause an ERROR page to come up. So it's impossible to spell it out for you in a blog.

He said: I want to know if I should: 

1. Put the "center" tag at the beginning and end of my poem. The end tag has a / in it.- Yes 

2. Then click update. - Yes 

3 After I click update will the tags disappear? - Of course 

4. If not will I have to remove them them and click update again? - No 

5. Do I put any spaces between the end tag? - NO 

6. Do I just type in the tags myself? - Yes 

7. Does the centering take effect immediately after I click update? - Yes 

8. Do I put the beginning tag close to the margin on the left.? -- Put it Immediately in front of your poem even though the poem will be over more to the right . It will look strange, but it will all center out. 

9. Are there any periods before or after the tags ?-- No 

10. Is there a space between the first tag and the first letter and last tag and last letter? - No 

One last thing. Let's say you want to do BOTH italics AND centering. You don't put any spaces between them. You just do the symbols for both items at the front and the end of the poem. If you want EVERYTHING centered, even your name, and date, etc, then put the symbol at the end of your last line, whatever it is inside the text. Hope this helps!!!

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  1. Date: 6/5/2014 3:55:00 PM
    hey you I can't find the info you put up about the real Mother Goose do a blog please!

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    Dietrich Avatar Andrea Dietrich Date: 6/5/2014 4:10:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Deb, it's just the little note I put at the bottom of my poem. It's right there at the poem!! Maybe I will do a blog. I'll wait till after the contest though if I do that
  1. Date: 6/4/2014 2:54:00 PM
    Someone just soupmailed me an unusual question and I hope I understood them and answered them right. they wanted to know how to click "update" the first time centering the poem. well, if you center the first time you submit, of course you will not be updating. You just post the poem as usual after doing the centering stuff!!

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    Dietrich Avatar Andrea Dietrich Date: 6/4/2014 2:55:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    update only comes up when you are editing (opening after first time posting)
  1. Date: 6/4/2014 1:30:00 PM
    I was a dummy for a long time before I realized how to center my poems.I'm sure many will benefit from this.I' m still a dummy re adding photos or pics in blogs.I remember when it was the old fashioned way..I did upload a photo in a blog when I was a member about three yrs ago..But it seems the system.changed and Im very basic when it comes to modern technology.: ).Trying to catch up again dear.

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    Dietrich Avatar Andrea Dietrich Date: 6/4/2014 2:52:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    so good to see you here, Charma. You are the kind of poet that makes this such a special site. I am still struggling with pictures and such. I managed to create one on a blog but didn't know how to get it "situated" how I wanted it on the page.
  1. Date: 6/4/2014 12:47:00 PM
    It took me 3 years to figure it out... I finally ask my Hubby to help. He showed me in 3 minutes... Getting the pictures in blogs still requires my Hubby's help! (Yes, it took even longer... LOL)

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    Dietrich Avatar Andrea Dietrich Date: 6/4/2014 2:52:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I need a hubby smarter than me. hahahaha. (no worries, he is never here to read what I say)
  1. Date: 6/4/2014 10:25:00 AM
    Nice of you to offer help, Andrea. It will surely benefit many of the new poets here.

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    Dietrich Avatar Andrea Dietrich Date: 6/4/2014 12:28:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I don't know. Maybe I am just talking to the wind!!! (or they don't want to admit they are dummies. hahaha) I was a really big dummy four years ago here!
  1. Date: 6/4/2014 7:13:00 AM
    Thank you for posting this blog Andrea..It is very helpful...

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    Dietrich Avatar Andrea Dietrich Date: 6/4/2014 8:09:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    thanks, Joseph.
  1. Date: 6/3/2014 11:53:00 PM
    If you wish to center (centre) something you just pick it up from the left and place it in the middle (Ha ha ha!) On a serious matter I think you are absolutely right, At the beginning I could not figure out how to use the tags. (And I was brought up with computers). Andrea a very helpful blog. Thanks. One thing I am still peeved about, if a title needs to be a question, placing a question mark at the end of the title won't be accepted. But that is another story!

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    Lindley Avatar Robert Lindley Date: 6/6/2014 10:00:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I have found the disallowing of question and exclamation marks at end of title to both be very, very irritating !!!!!!! Site should consider changing that IMHO and maybe limit it to just one each per title
    Dietrich Avatar Andrea Dietrich Date: 6/4/2014 12:17:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Yeah, the question mark thing drives me absolutely bonkers. Sometimes a ? says so much at the end of one's title!!
  1. Date: 6/3/2014 10:08:00 PM
    Good job Andie, I know the LINK button & the PHOTO button too but the rest are geek to me LOL

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    Dietrich Avatar Andrea Dietrich Date: 6/4/2014 12:17:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I am still wobbly on the photo button. Link I learned how to do very recently here at the blogs!

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