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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.


My Favorite Soup Feature/ Do you Know How it Works?


Blog Posted:6/14/2014 1:51:00 PM
    I was surprised to learn recently that some new poets are not aware of certain Soup features that for me are priceless. My favorite is “Forms,” which allows us to view all the different forms we enjoy the most written by our favorite poets. This feature comes in quite useful, for example, if you like how someone writes and you want good examples how to write in a certain form that you know they will have lots of examples of. Everyone should be aware of this feature also for him/herself because it enables you to search for poems you have written when you cannot remember titles or dates they were posted! You can find them by Form!

    Here is what you do: go to poetry comments and click on the name of one of your poet friends who has commented to you. Go down to the blue box that lists all their poems' titles. Some poets have more than one page. Click on a number to see a different page. Look in the box and see four rows of categories: Date posted/    Poem title/   # views (this just means how many clicked on your poem. Whether or not it was actually read is sadly something we can't know!)/  and finally you will see FORMS.

    This is such an interesting category. Once you click on Forms, you will see that the poet's poetry has magically transformed to a list of titles according to form alphabetically listed. Since I was motivated to do this blog by being asked by my new friend Robert Nehls how to use this feature, I will use Robert's poetry as an example. I have gone to Robert's page and clicked on his page of poetry titles. I can see he is very new from the Date Posted column, telling me he came here May 28. I can see already that he has only one page of poetry and only two forms. When I click Forms, his one lyrical poem comes up first because it is first in the alphabet. All his rhymes are now listed from most recent down to first one posted.

     Now I will go to the list of a member who has tons of forms: Debbie Guzzi. I click on her name and see right away that she has more than ten pages of poetry . You will see three dots . . . appearing after the number 10, which tells me she has more than ten pages of poetry. So I click on the dots and I discover she has seventeen pages of titles (same as me I think!!) By clicking on Forms, I can see every form she has ever used by alphetical order. Her first page has the following forms: ABC, Acrostic (many of these), Ballad, Bio, Blank verse, Canzone, carpe diem, chant royal, chastushka, choka, and one lone cinqku. So I click page two to find more cinqku plus lot of other forms from C to E.

    So now I would like to know how many sonnets Deb has written and posted here. I know she has more than ten pages of poetry, so I click on the three dots. I would guess S forms might begin on page 14. I click page 14. I was wrong. I'm not quite there yet, but I am close. Page 14 had different S forms on it. So I try page 15 and Voila! There it is. Not only that, but I can count how many she has (I have a lot more, Deb. Hahaha, but you have me way beat in free verse category I am sure). I can see that her very first sonnet, at the bottom, was Above Desire, posted 9/4/08.

    I hope those of you that did not know of or understand this feature will now GO there and try to make use of it. It is AWESOME!!!!
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  1. Date: 6/14/2014 5:46:00 PM
    Good post. In fact, clicking on any column header re-sorts the list using that column as the first sort criterion. If you click again, it will re-sort in the opposite order. This is standard database sorting behavior. So if you want to find Sonnets (which are closer to the end of the alphabet), click on the Form column on any page to sort by Form, then click again to reverse the order. This will put Villanelles first. Then you can page forward to find all the Sonnets.

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    Dietrich Avatar Andrea Dietrich Date: 6/14/2014 7:00:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Yes, I had noticed that too, roy. I didn't want to overwhelm with info, but it's great that you added it down here. Thanks!!
  1. Date: 6/14/2014 5:32:00 PM
    yur awesome!

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    Dietrich Avatar Andrea Dietrich Date: 6/14/2014 7:02:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I really hope people are glancing at my blog. I fear many people just don't care about these things, but they are so useful to us when we are organizing poems for contests, etc. At one time I was going to make an anthology of clerihews with a member here who left forever. It was a huge disappointment to me when she left me because we had collected so many clerihew by seeing them at people's poetry pages and we were gonna ask for permission to use them.
  1. Date: 6/14/2014 3:06:00 PM
    You are such a sweetie Andrea for posting these kind of blogs which are helpful...Have a lovely weekend.I am trying to remain awake to watch the world cup game between England and Italy.Its at midnight Malta time : ).We re very fond of soccer [futbol] here.

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    Dietrich Avatar Andrea Dietrich Date: 6/14/2014 7:03:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Keep having a great time, sweet lady!!

My Past Blog Posts

 
My Most Amazing Contest Entries Ever
Date Posted: 10/12/2014 12:12:00 AM
Syllable Counters/ something disconcerting to me
Date Posted: 10/11/2014 9:45:00 PM
HAPPY BIRTHDAY to THE ABSENT POETS: Kashinath & Frank
Date Posted: 10/7/2014 9:04:00 AM
Remembering Lucilla Tonight
Date Posted: 10/2/2014 10:22:00 PM
Tell Me Your Number Part II: What Your Numbers Mean
Date Posted: 9/16/2014 12:28:00 AM
A Lovely Alouette Contest Finalized/ The #1 Flawless Example
Date Posted: 9/15/2014 12:20:00 AM
Tell Me Your Number!
Date Posted: 9/14/2014 10:57:00 PM
Check your Alouette & a little ChitChat
Date Posted: 9/13/2014 8:30:00 PM
My Awesome Footle Winners
Date Posted: 8/29/2014 1:24:00 AM
New Footles Contest/ Some Suggestions for Footle Writing
Date Posted: 8/17/2014 8:15:00 PM
The Shells Have It!
Date Posted: 8/17/2014 12:56:00 PM
My Latest Contest & A GREAT new movie BOYHOOD
Date Posted: 8/2/2014 8:04:00 PM
Prayers for Lucilla
Date Posted: 7/27/2014 6:30:00 PM
Winners of Let's Get Technical Poetry Contest
Date Posted: 7/27/2014 11:50:00 AM
TALKING TUNAS, DISNEY, Planet of the APES. WASSUP tonight?
Date Posted: 7/24/2014 9:20:00 PM
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.
Date Posted: 7/13/2014 11:41:00 AM
An Actually Interesting thing I Found in the ADS of Soup
Date Posted: 7/3/2014 10:01:00 PM
WHO WANTS TO SEE ME DANCE (My new favorite YOUTUBE video)
Date Posted: 6/29/2014 12:31:00 AM
1 In 4 is Judged: LOVED READING THEM!!!
Date Posted: 6/28/2014 10:22:00 PM
Beautiful Winners of Favorite Bodies (of Water)
Date Posted: 6/15/2014 12:30:00 AM
My Favorite Soup Feature/ Do you Know How it Works?
Date Posted: 6/14/2014 1:51:00 PM
My GREAT day/ What is YOUR idea of a Beautiful Friday?
Date Posted: 6/6/2014 9:13:00 PM

My Recent Poems

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10/19/2014Lucilla SmiledRispettopoetess,tribute,
10/18/2014Around the CornerPantoumlife,
10/17/2014A Dog Gone TableauVerseage,dog,friend,
10/16/2014Poor Peter PumpkinCoupletfantasy,funny,holiday,
10/14/2014A Tri-Pie Epulaeryu DelightEpulaeryufood,
10/13/2014Time Heals Versetime,
10/11/2014The Queen on Emerging From Her RefugeSonnetwar,wife,
10/11/2014Short Bio PoemBiome,
10/10/2014MonstersSonnetevil,
10/8/2014ExpendituresRhymeage,
10/6/2014Her SustenanceFree versesensual,
10/5/2014FALL IN LOVEAcrosticautumn,love,nature,
10/4/2014City Lights on Waking UpSonnetlight,
10/3/2014AUTUMNAcrosticautumn,
10/2/2014Kaleidoscope EyesRhymehappy,
9/30/2014Serenity's Last SerenadeSonnetnature,
9/29/2014TwerkedRhymeparody,
9/29/2014True FriendRhymedog,
9/28/2014For the Love of WordsSonnetwords,writing,
9/26/2014PinnacleSonnetbody,
9/24/2014The Wintered Soul Among WisteriaSonnetgrief,
9/23/2014The Non-ProposalSonnethusband,
9/21/2014The RushHaikufirst love,
9/21/2014My Saddest DayChokadog,
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,
8/15/2014Sweet PeaFootlefood,
8/14/2014Oh Goddess MoonVersemoon,
8/12/2014Balancing the LoadRhymeclothes,
8/12/2014The Wife with Flavored EyesSonnetwife,
8/11/2014Sweet Sonnet BirdSonnetwriting,
8/10/2014In the Reflection of the ShadowsFree versedeep,nature,
8/9/2014Trucker Joe's LamentKyrielleloneliness,
8/7/2014Now VanishedVerseyouth,
8/5/2014The Lovely CruiseLyriclife,love,
8/2/2014The Aha MomentHaikudeath,
7/31/2014The Sky LarkVersebird,
7/30/2014And Then Are Times -Verselove,
7/29/2014In the Clouds entryHaikunature,wind,
7/27/2014Thinking of TurtlesFree verseanalogy,boyfriend,
7/26/2014Passion's FlowerVerseflower,passion,
7/26/2014Kind HavenRondeauhome,
7/25/2014Above the CloudsSonnetlife,love,
7/23/2014Mall Shysters' MagicSenryuwomen,
7/23/2014Early Bird's New MottoCoupletadventure,animal,
7/21/2014A Poem in ParadiseSonnetpoetry,
7/20/2014Stripping the DreamHaikudream,
7/18/2014The Door to WayraVersemagic,places,
7/16/2014The Scent of WaterTrioletromantic,
7/13/2014Rio De JaneiroFree verseculture,
7/12/2014The Third Wish - A CharmVersebaby,
7/10/2014That Evening On the PierVersefriendship,nostalgia,
7/9/2014The Most BeautifulSijobeautiful,
7/8/2014WindAlliterationwind,
7/6/2014Freya's PeaceSonnetpoets,
7/5/2014Goethe's PathVerseappreciation,nature,
6/30/2014Mortality's Own FriendTrioletmemory,
6/28/2014One Day's MagicTankapeople,
6/25/2014Silly SallyLimerickfunny,
6/23/2014StarsVersenight,
6/22/2014A Positive PoemTrioletnature,
6/20/2014The Hills Are AliveEthereenature,tree,
6/20/2014a QuickieVersebeach,
6/19/2014I Did It My WaySonnetchildhood,
6/17/2014Summer MoonAcrosticmoon,night,
6/14/2014The Midnight HourTrioletnight,
6/14/2014One Huge FlameRhymeearth,
6/13/2014Say NothingLyricbreak up,
6/12/2014The Summer FlingSijopassion,
6/10/2014The Soup is OnLight Poetrysong,
6/7/2014Ghost Rider in VegasSonnetnostalgia,people,
6/6/2014DestinyHaikudark,
6/5/2014SandVersetime,
6/4/2014A Letter To - - -Quatrainpoetess,
6/1/2014Memorial DayKimoholiday,
5/31/2014Onion LoveNonetfood,
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Fav Poems

Poem TitleFormCategories
The StoneElegydeath,love,
A Winter NightLyricimagination,nature,
ViolinPersonificationdeath,love,rose,
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,
UmbrellaPersonificationconfusion,devotion,life,l
You played mePersonificationconfusion,imagination,mus
Concept of TimeFree versenature
JINGLEFree versefunny,life,music
AN EVER-CHANGING UNIVERSENarrativemysterylight,light,
TRANSCENDENCETankafantasy,imagination,natur
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
SEPTEMBER SONG (triple tanka)Tankanature
Aquatic MoodSenryudepression
Where The Sycamore GrewFree verseautumn,family,house,life,
Perfect NatureHaikunature
Wild LoveNarrativelovesweet,garden,love,ros
Positive PerspectiveTankainspirational
My Pilot LightVerseinspirational,introspecti
Love's EchosFree verselovevoice,love,me,voice,
Fading GrandeurHaikuloss,nature
For WifeyRhymeloveme,love,me,i love you
Alabaster NightFree versenature,sea,
Causalities of WarElegydeath,war,
" Ike and Jane "- sequence 2Light Poetryfunny,love,wifeme,me,time
Pretty orchidsFree versecaregiving,happiness,hope
Even a Sparrow SoarsFree verseanimals
My Piano KnowsVersedevotion,happiness,holida
Dancing with the StarsFree versenature,scienceblue,
The Unrequited MantraFree versedevotion,hope,lost love,l
Dreaming for RealityFree verseintrospection,lifeme,me,s
FIG TREE, NEW YEAR'S DAYNarrativenaturewinter,winter,new y
Poets At-LargeFree verselife,
to know youFree versedevotion,husband
Moved to Tears by Josh GrobanVersemusic,on writing and word
sequence-SONNETLanternelife,love,on writing and
Reflections Free versehappiness,life,lovesun,
MemoriverFree versehope,life,loss,nature
Somber Is the Color of The DayFree verseday,light,me,winter,words
A Winter Rose - A SonnetSonnetrose,winter,
The Word WeaverFree verseintrospection,lifeme,
Each Day a GiftFree verseinspirational,introspecti
Contrary KissesFree verseinspirational,introspecti
She Waits...Free verseart,hopelonging,
Blue HeavenHaikunature
A DEATH IN THE SUNFree versehope,seasons
My Reason For LivingFree versehusband
Terra FirmaHaikunature,science,time
How Could I have KnownFree versehusband,love,mystery
True Poetry in Motion?Free verseinspirationalmay,
Frozen in TimeFree verseseasonssnow,snow,
FORGOTTEN TREASURELight Poetryadventure,art,beauty,enco
Putting on MakeupRhymeintrospection,sad,
DesireLight Poetrylife,lost love,love,
Love? Bah!Rhymelost love,lovelove,
Real Life Shoe FableClerihewhusband
BLACK and BLUERhymeabuse,funny,husband,me,
More Than A DreamFree versededication,holiday,intros
ForebodingHaikumystery,nature
A Song at SunriseCoupletfaithsong,song,
BEAT OUT THE RHYTHMRhymefunny
WHAT DO THE STARS TELL A LOVER'S HEART?Free verseadventure,fantasy,girlfri
The green checkered faceFree versefood,happinessheart,heart
Play ItFree verseinspirational,love,music,
Twilight’s Fading LightFree verselife,nature
Marble in Columns on GreenCoupletbrother,daughter,father,h
I Will Be StrongFree verseangst,husband,lossme,
The Beauty of YoreFree versenostalgia
Wandering SoulFree versehappiness,inspirational,n
Sunset on Galway Bay (Haiku No. 34)Haikuinspirational
TRANSFORMATIONI do not know?allegory
If You Are LonelyFree verseinspirational,introspecti
Time OutFree versedepression,devotion,fanta
Winter PromiseFree versenature
The Man on Brunswick DriveFree verseintrospection,people
the grassHaikunature
I Am..(Tagged by raul, now i'm tagging Elaine george).Free verseintrospectionbeautiful,be
Brown SandsLyricintrospection,lifemystery
Dancing at a TempleRhymedevotion,
DAYBREAK UP HIGHFree verseinspirational
Tea For TwoFree verseintrospectionme,me,
Peak District United KingdomProse Poetryinspirational
PAPER I do not know?allegoryme,
A Letter to Lord ByronI do not know?dedication,inspiration,in
NINE O'CLOCKLimerickfunny
Frozen Memories Tankaart
Summer's VoiceFree verseseasons

Fav Poets

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Grace EunSong Lee Korea (South) Flag Korea (South) Read
Broken Wings Canada Flag Canada Read
daver austin United States Flag United States Read
Carolyn Devonshire United States Flag United States Read
Carrie Richards United States Flag United States Read
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
Maurice Rigoler United States Flag United States Read
Samir Georges Canada Flag Canada Read
Connie Marcum Wong United States Flag United States Read
Robert L. Hinshaw United States Flag United States Read
Margaret Foster Australia Flag Australia Read
Nick Bagnall United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom Read
SKAT A United States Flag United States Read
Edwin Baldwin United States Flag United States Read
linda milgate United States Flag United States Read
Kris Walters United States Flag United States Read
Chris D. Aechtner Canada Flag Canada Read
Poet Destroyer A United States Flag United States Read
harry horsman United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom Read
Travis Tapley United States Flag United States Read
Timothy Brumley United States Flag United States Read
Wilma Neels South Africa Flag South Africa Read
Rauwolfia van Raaij South Africa Flag South Africa Read
Sharon Tideswell United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom Read
Tahera Mannan India Flag India Read
Carol Fillmore Canada Flag Canada Read
Jerri Ward United States Flag United States Read
nette onclaud Philippines Flag Philippines Read
Sidney Beck Russian Federation Flag Russian Federation Read
kash poet India Flag India Read
Mystic Rose Canada Flag Canada Read
Gwendolen Rix United States Flag United States Read
Tony Lane United States Flag United States Read
jack horne United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom Read
gautami phookan India Flag India Read
Black Eyed Susan United States Flag United States Read
Cyndi MacMillan Canada Flag Canada Read
ilene bauer United States Flag United States Read
Matt Hunt United States Flag United States Read
David Williams United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom Read
Yesha Shah India Flag India Read
elizabeth wesley Canada Flag Canada Read
Judy Ball Canada Flag Canada Read
Matthew Anish United States Flag United States Read
Mandy Tams The Golden Girl United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom Read
Lizzie Treetop Australia Flag Australia Read
Robert Ludden United States Flag United States Read
Rhonda Johnson-Saunders United States Flag United States Read
Heather Ober Canada Flag Canada Read
Christine Ueri South Africa Flag South Africa Read
Leonora Galinta Thailand Flag Thailand Read
Joann Grisetti United States Flag United States Read
Caleb Smith United States Flag United States Read
Victoria Anderson-Throop United States Flag United States Read
Elaine George Canada Flag Canada Read
Keith Bickerstaffe United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom Read
Phyllis Babcock Canada Flag Canada Read
sharon Winter United States Flag United States Read
Sue Mason United States Flag United States Read
frank herrera United States Flag United States Read
Gert W. Knop Germany Flag Germany Read
Sean Kelly Ireland Flag Ireland Read
Steven Mossburg United States Flag United States Read
iolanda Scripca United States Flag United States Read
Rollo West United States Flag United States Read
Therese Bacha Canada Flag Canada Read
Laura Breidenthal United States Flag United States Read
Jeremy Martin United States Flag United States Read
Richard Lamoureux Canada Flag Canada Read
Leo Larry Amadore United States Flag United States Read
Ruby Honeytip Australia Flag Australia Read
Red OMara Australia Flag Australia Read
Monterey Sirak United States Flag United States Read
manel gunatillake Sri Lanka Flag Sri Lanka Read
richard ferry United States Flag United States Read
Eileen Manassian Lebanon Flag Lebanon Read
Jon A Cavanaugh United States Flag United States Read
Sandra Adams United States Flag United States Read
Bindu Vijayan India Flag India Read
Kelly Deschler United States Flag United States Read
Michael Ainsley United States Flag United States Read
LINDA JACKSON United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom Read
Peter Duggan Australia Flag Australia Read
Roger Horsch United States Flag United States Read
Mark Peterson United States Flag United States Read
Stephen Kilmer United States Flag United States Read
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