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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!!

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Winners of Let's Get Technical Poetry Contest
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TALKING TUNAS, DISNEY, Planet of the APES. WASSUP tonight?
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What a SMALL World. This is a Mystery to me!!
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IT'S "WEIRD AL" TEACHING GRAMMAR: You have to see this!!!
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Awesome Acrostics/ Congrats to all my winners
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PLEASE check your acrostic poems/ Tidy up spelling, etc.
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An Actually Interesting thing I Found in the ADS of Soup
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1 In 4 is Judged: LOVED READING THEM!!!
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Beautiful Winners of Favorite Bodies (of Water)
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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?
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Centering & Italics for Dummies (that included me too at one time!!!)
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Choose Your Favorite Body. . .
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9/18/2014My Time of Worship DivineEthereefirst love,romance,
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9/13/2014How Poetry BeganQuatrainnature,poetry,
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9/11/2014How Easy Are Earth GirlsSonnetbio,
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9/1/2014The Miller Girls: Now PresentingSonnetsister,
8/30/2014The Best of EdutainmentVersehumorous,technology,
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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,
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