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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

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!!

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The Stone Elegydeath,love,
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Just wait and see Free versenature,science,space,
My White Lace Tablecloth Narrativefamily,forgiveness,friend
A LIMERICK CHRISTMAS THREE (3) . Limerickfunny,seasons,thank you,c
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BROTHER - BILLY Narrativebrother,childhood,family,
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Concept of Time Free versenature
JINGLE Free versefunny,life,music
AN EVER-CHANGING UNIVERSE Narrativemysterylight,light,
TRANSCENDENCE Tankafantasy,imagination,natur
My Partner, my Life Free versehusband,
Spaces .... The Earth Moved ..... Imagismlove
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A Whisper on the Wind Personificationnature,
Footsteps Free versefatherme,me,
If ever Free verselove
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A fantsy world Haiku 
Borrowed Sweetness Senryugirlfriend-boyfriend
SEPTEMBER SONG (triple tanka) Tankanature
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Where The Sycamore Grew Free verseautumn,family,house,life,
Perfect Nature Haikunature
Wild Love Narrativelovesweet,garden,love,ros
Positive Perspective Tankainspirational
My Pilot Light Verseinspirational,introspecti
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For Wifey Rhymeloveme,love,me,i love you
Alabaster Night Free versenature,sea,planet,
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A DEATH IN THE SUN Free versehope,seasons
My Reason For Living Free versehusband
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How Could I have Known Free versehusband,love,mystery
True Poetry in Motion? Free verseinspirationalmay,
Frozen in Time Free verseseasonssnow,snow,
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Putting on Makeup Rhymeintrospection,sad,
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Love? Bah! Rhymelost love,lovelove,
Real Life Shoe Fable Clerihewhusband
BLACK and BLUE Rhymeabuse,funny,husband,me,
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A Song at Sunrise Coupletfaithsong,song,
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Play It Free verseinspirational,love,music,
Twilight's Fading Light Free verselife,nature
Marble in Columns on Green Coupletbrother,daughter,father,h
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The Beauty of Yore Free versenostalgia
Wandering Soul Free versehappiness,inspirational,n
Sunset on Galway Bay (Haiku No. 34) Haikuinspirational
TRANSFORMATION I do not know?allegory
If You Are Lonely Free verseinspirational,introspecti
Time Out Free versedepression,devotion,fanta
Winter Promise Free versenature
The Man on Brunswick Drive Free verseintrospection,people
I Am..(Tagged by raul, now i'm tagging Elaine george). Free verseintrospectionbeautiful,be
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Dancing at a Temple Rhymedevotion,
DAYBREAK UP HIGH Free verseinspirational
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Peak District United Kingdom Prose Poetryinspirational
PAPER I do not know?allegoryme,
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Frozen Memories Tankaart
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