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Cyndi MacMillan is a well-rounded writer who embraces many genres and forms. Her work has been published in local newspapers and has won contests. She enjoys reading literary journals, and she is actively pursuing publication within their glossy covers.

Verse is both magnetic and kinetic. She attempts - madly- to give equal attention to her poetry, short stories, and a novel-in-progress, the Trim of Wicks.  Regardless of genre, she focuses on language. One word has the power to repel or pull. She never forgets the reader and does her best to make their ride interesting.

Poetry soup is a good forum which enables people from around the world to share poetry. It has some great resources and provides a nice space for friends to meet.

Cyndi lives in a small town in Ontario with her husband, young daughter and far too many books.

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SOUP NEWSLETTER, Nov 16, 2012


Blog Posted:11/16/2012 8:09:00 PM

The need for rhyme makes a writer mix in the mind registers

and topic fields in an unpredictable way and this enables

surprising and imaginative expressions to be developed

which will be enhanced if the rhyme also contributes

as it should to the sonic structure of the poem.


                                            BJ Pendlebury

Megan Stringfellow, pistol-fury at Dracula's



A poem that uses rhyme with sophistication is like a painting that casts a new light on a familiar subject or scene.

I love rhyme when it is done well, when you are so taken by imagery and message that you for a moment forget the echo of sound. GREAT rhyme becomes a mere backdrop that somehow holds you there, the rhythm of the words start to match your heartbeat. There is nothing safe about the rhythm. There is nothing predictable about the rhythm. The rhythm is hypnotic, entrancing. The beat has you.

Sometimes, the beat is slow, comforting, a cool lake on a hot day. Sometimes, the beat is savage, has you gasping as you run from the tiger at your heels.And sometimes, the beat is so clever that you hold your breath, forget the need for air.

Here are two new poets to Soup who are MASTER rhymers. Rhyme deserves respect AND applause when it is done THIS well. Hey, poets, I forgot to breathe!


Heart
By Ira Dawson
Member since: Nov 2012


She hallowed out her heart again,
She tore out all the black.
Then scraped the walls with her bare hands,
Until she reached the back.
She washed off all the rusted screws,
And broken veins, and pounding wounds.
She tried to make sense of this scene,
But honestly, she could not think.
She knew she had to start fresh,
But in her chest was left a mess.
But in her hands was left the flesh,
Of memories and secrets kept.



No Road Returns
By Florian Beauchamp

Member since: Nov 2012

No road returns
but turns instead
around the words
you should have said
and leads at last
to this damp bed
where half-lights
flicker in your head
and all around
the books you’ve read
can’t tell you why
the white swan bled
and tore itself
to pieces overhead
while you, in doubt,
read on instead.

The strangest sights
the strangest sounds
now reach the earth
from underground
your place betrayed
your hiding found
your heart is measured
pound for pound.

And all those words
you never said
must heavy weigh
your heart like lead
and burdened so
in your sick bed
must leave the light

 to join the dead.


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  1. Date: 11/19/2012 12:01:00 PM
    Yep, wonderful rhymes. Thanks for pointing them out!!

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  1. Date: 11/17/2012 8:00:00 PM
    Both poems are beautiful! Ira's "Heart" and these breathtaking lines: "She knew she had to start fresh,/But in her chest was left a mess./But in her hands was left the flesh"!!... And Florian's "No Roads returns" is just quite oustanding! ('ll check their poems).

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  1. Date: 11/17/2012 10:57:00 AM
    I see what you mean about getting lost in the rhythm and rhyme. Awesome new poets. Well, my father has been diagnosed with stomach cancer. The doctors see no point in telling us the size of the tumor, nor what stage of cancer he has, since he has refused all treatment. Doctors seem to have too much power, and not enough consideration for family members. So anyway, i am trying to put together the funds to go see pop before it's too late. I'll do it. Love and hugs, catie :)

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  1. Date: 11/17/2012 7:41:00 AM
    Plaudits to you and the fantastic new poets!

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My Past Blog Posts

 
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