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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- Theme: Landscape Poetry


Blog Posted:12/6/2012 10:38:00 PM
One of the functions of landscape it to correspond to, nurture, and provoke exploration of the landscape of the imagination. Space to walk is also space to think, and I think that's one thing landscapes give us: places to think longer, more uninterrupted thoughts or thoughts to a rhythm other than the staccato of navigating the city.

                                Rebecca Solnit


  

Polar Bears on the Move, Kim Hunter


Topographical poetry is a wonderful way to armchair travel. No mosquitos, sand storms or malaria, well at least not off the written page. Landscape poems are filled with imagery and saturate the senses. We are inundated with language and become immersed in a culture. Sometimes the trip is pleasant, scenic. Sometimes the trip is a voyage into a dismal and emotional territory that deserves recognition and respect. There may be historic relevance and footnotes are not uncommon in this form of poetry.

I was delighted to find two new poets to Soup who wrote landscape poems. Their lines will guide you to distant – or perhaps not so distant- countries. I hope you enjoy the trip as much as I did. AWESOME STUFF!




The landscape of an African Soul - Tuli Circle
By Tim Marks

As dawn peers over the edge of the sky,
In a space of the lonely kopjes and cacti.
Where God roamed to the edge of a scorched wilderness,
and stared into the vast land of nothingness.

HERE, STANDS A PLACE ARID AND BONE DRY
WHERE ROOT AND SHOOT SHRIVEL AND DIE.

HERE IS WHERE HE FORMED ROCKY OUTCROPS AND SANDY STRANDS
TULI IS IT’S NAME.

IN THIS FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WHERE WIND ROLES A GUST
FORMATION OF BOULDERS, PEBBLES, AND DUST.

The springs of vitality forced from the ground below
Sweet honey dew, taste of life, transforms this dusty bowl

Where quenched thirsts were satisfied,
Hunger for food became starvation and slowly crippled the dreary
Only the toughest would survive, no room for the weary

As time pasted, it forgot this flat open bush
where grass and shrub became razor sharp and prickly scrub.
harsh and foreboding.

The Shashe river snaking through the sandy ground
with dust and rubble on the fortress mound

So men came to conquer and forge his own path,
What madness is this, why was he so daft.
But, when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object
History is written.

Wheels of progress move steadily forward
Rocks being used to build roads, bridges, houses, and prisons
So hard, tough, and cold these objects are to house the idea of future dreams and missions.

The stubborn will to settle,
made peoples focus rock solid.
But as time marches out and onward,
the memories and sentiments pasted through like a gentle breeze.

All that is left is the forgotten memories, graves, and relics of buildings old,
Hunters, Riders, and Voortrekkers cry out from the dust and sand,
that fortress of Pioneers, Tuli.




England, My Country
By Dennis Curry

The rolling hills so green and tender
Mountains on high I will always remember
Colours of the seasons so fresh in my mind
All of the beauty so easy to find
This is England, the country I live
The country i would die for, the country I love

The fields the forest the mountain stream
The hills the dales the lakes agleam
Scent of summer so strong on the breeze
My land of beauty that’s so hard to leave
This is England the country I adore
Home of truth, faith, hope much more

And if the time comes then leave it I shall
To a foreign country an unknown land
Where the thoughts of England will always remain
In God’s own country, God’s domain


So, what's old, new, borrowed, blue?

Are you in knots, tying a knot, untangling knots, knot-ty, knot-up-to-it, knot-yourself?

:) Share, please, as always keep things friendly in this one blog.

Hugs to EVERYONE

xox

Cyndi

PS-- I thought I'd mention that the above artwork, a tempera and ink painting, was stolen from the artist, Kim Hunter. Her work is incredible and culturally significant.

  Kim Hunter Artist / Designer Indigo Canadian Artist BC Vancouver Fine Artist  wildlife, figurative, landscapes, nudes, sculptor. painter, graphic, designer, murals, sketches, photographer, metis, artist Kim Hunter INDIGO Vancouver BC

To see more of her work...http://kimhunter.ca/landscape_paintings.htm


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  1. Date: 12/7/2012 10:51:00 PM
    Im not a fan of "landscape poetry" but I love these poems...and Im going to check Kim works. Im very busy, Cyndi...I dont even have time to read the blogs... I think Im going to take a vacation from the Soup. : ) So...if im not around...dont worry! LOL! Have a lovely week...(month?) Merry Christmas! (just in case!) My best wishes!

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    MacMillan Avatar Cyndi MacMillan Date: 12/8/2012 5:46:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Life can certainly take us prisoner, eh? Vacation. Okay? EXODUS? NOOOOOO! Please come back once you get a chance to breath, okay? Soup wouldn't be the same without your kind presence. You always speak your mind, but never aim to hurt a soul. I see that. Heck, who COULDN'T? Hugs to you chum. Sorry I've been busy, too! Heres a x for one cheek and a x for the other. and a bear-O ....
  1. Date: 12/7/2012 2:42:00 PM
    As always Cyndi !!!!

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    MacMillan Avatar Cyndi MacMillan Date: 12/8/2012 5:41:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks for all the positivity, Craig :) Hope you are enjoying the delights of the season with all your loved ones... time speeds. It's no wonder I'm obsessed with clocks. There are days I want to go back... and days I want to go forward... hugs, chum!
  1. Date: 12/7/2012 1:43:00 PM
    Oh knots..me I have a tummy full, trying to write and relax! Did you mail come yet?

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    MacMillan Avatar Cyndi MacMillan Date: 12/8/2012 5:36:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    No mail yet hon, and I promise to let you know as soon as it gets here. I know the posties are doing their best right now. Christmas chaos! (I worked with (not for) Canada Post before my girl was born) You are such a sweetie!
    MacMillan Avatar Cyndi MacMillan Date: 12/8/2012 5:34:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    :) What is this relax thing? LOL! I figure it'll be something I get to do in about another two years. My friend (and former employer) will be babysitting my girl Dec 30th for three hours. She'd offered this long ago. We're all excited (Verity especially) Hub and I will be having a lunch and relaxing. First alone meal in 3 years...
  1. Date: 12/7/2012 8:00:00 AM
    Cyndi, thanks for pointing out these two poems. They are both excellent writes, but the first one really caught my attention with all the dramatic language. So descriptive. Christmas is fast approaching and as usual I am behind! I have two afhans to finish crocheting by Christmas for two of my grandchildren. So if you don't see me around much, you know what I'll be doing. Have a great weekend everybody! Love, Kim

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    MacMillan Avatar Cyndi MacMillan Date: 12/8/2012 5:39:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    My grandmother was a knitter and she died from lung cancer. It was her dying wish that she knit a sweater for each family member before she died. She did it! 18 sweaters! I still cherish mine (she died when I was 14 and I'm now 46) I plan to give it to my daughter. GOOD TO HEAR THAT YOU'RE BUSY IN A HAPPY WAY! xox Cyndi

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