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 I have been a member of Poetry soup since 2011. 


Though my forte is fiction, verse has always appealed to me. There is nothing like a play of words to rattle the ordinary, to tickle away the dust of stagnation. My favourite form is the contemporary sonnet, but I also enjoy free verse. Also, I love the zen experience of haiku, its seizure of a moment, how it can hold a universe in so few syllables. And I admit to a fondness for the Rondeau.




My life is simple, but busy. I’m a writer and stay at home mother. Days are full. 


Currently, I am working on a novel or ... ha ha... should I really say that the novel is working on me? Characters! They have a way of turning a world upside down.


There are some amazing poets on the soup. I am blessed to call many my friends ~~ Cyndi




IS THIS WRONG? RUDE? I JUST PUT THIS NOTE ON SOMEONE'S POEM. WHAT DO YOU THINK?


Blog Posted:1/9/2013 7:22:00 AM

"I thought I would also mention something which I would have wanted told to me, as a newer member on a writing site... we only have 200 spots for new poems and about 200 poets post daily -- so we do try to only post 1-3 poems in one day, so other poets do not get pushed off the page. I am fairly certain that you are just enthused to find a site to post your words, but I thought you might want a heads up, to keep the peace.:)"

I have heard several poets grumble about those UBER POSTERS. Maybe, we should let new poets know as kindly as possible what posting 100 poems in 24 hours does.

That being said, years and years ago I joined a writing newsgroup and was excited to share my words. I posted about 30 poems in a row and someone proceeded to bite my head off, stating I was a rude toad deserving to be booted. I had no idea what I had done. I became ashamed, embarassed and felt that I could no longer be a part of the site because I was such an idiot, uncouth and about as novice as a new penny.

When I apologized and said that I would leave the site, willingly, the person who'd left me the note THEN felt like the idiot, felt horrible for her words and realized I was just a gangly poet itching to run with the wind.

SO.... what do you think?

Let them know as politely as possible? Hush up until they learn on their own? Should this be mentioned in the rules on Soup (ie. vulgarity etc) as a simple consideration?

Hugs
Cyndi

PS I AM TOTALLY BUMMED OUT THAT BECCA HAS LEFT!

FOLKS, YOU ARE ALL APPRECIATED HERE, BY MANY POETS, SOME WHO GET YOU, SOME WHO DON'T, BUT YOU BELONG HERE, IN THIS PLACE OF MISFIT WRITERS...

xoxox
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  1. Date: 1/12/2013 8:58:00 AM
    Not rude at all Cyndi. I hadn't even realised that that happened (I to look at the new poems by poet page), but I am a greedy poet, who tends to keep her poems to herself for a while and even then, might keep a few back for when I eventually get my poetry book together!

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  1. Date: 1/11/2013 5:20:00 AM
    i am in total agreement with you. it makes me crazy when i see so many posts in a row and i've written a couple of poems about it. i don't see why there is not a rule made to correct this. however, i'm glad i read all the comments here and i'll take andrea's advice from now on. i've always read the "new poems" list, but i think it's time to try andrea's way.

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  1. Date: 1/10/2013 8:13:00 PM
    I think new poets should be told ever so nicely that 25 or more poems at one time is way too many.I agree with Francine down below as I too skip over a massive amount of poems posted one after another.And that's a shame cos they might be good ones but I just get irked.Too bad TPS doesn't impose a limit of say maybe 10 posts a day.This would give everyone a chance...

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  1. Date: 1/10/2013 12:36:00 PM
    Hi Cyndi it should be mentioned by poetry soup, I for one can devour a lot of poems on this site and love to comment as much as i love to recieve comment, all the best Owen

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  1. Date: 1/9/2013 10:58:00 PM
    Early on, I wrote every time I saw someone over post. I do not believe anyone took the hint. I have asked poetry soup to initiate a limit of at most 8 poems a day, but would prefer 5 or 6. I'm pretty sure they can change the software to do this. However, I think enough of us will have to ask them. It may not be possible. I have never gotton an answer from them on that, and didn't push it.

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  1. Date: 1/9/2013 9:35:00 PM
    Well someone needs to let new poets know cyndi..your werent being rude, best it comes politely from you than in an obnoxious comment from someone else thats had enough of being pushed off the page... xxxxx

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  1. Date: 1/9/2013 9:15:00 PM
    don't do it ~ don't do it....LOL... Cyndi... sometimes I will comment all 20 poems on purpose... he he he hey many times i find them poems to be awesome... but, you are right it take from others.. and it is not fair... xox~pd

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  1. Date: 1/9/2013 6:52:00 PM
    I don't think anyone wants th responsibility for saying it Dee. But it could be Soup RULE say no more than 10 a day LOL

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  1. Date: 1/9/2013 6:01:00 PM
    This does not effect me because I simply choose NEVER to see the list entitled POEMS-NEW. Please, people, DON't VIEW that LIST> Just go to NEW POEMS- BY POETS. On that list, nobody can hog the list. YOu will only see the person's LAST post he made. It's the only way to view poems by the lists here. The other way sucks!!!

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    A   Avatar Poet Destroyer A Date: 1/9/2013 9:12:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    lol.... your a smart lady... why didn't i ever think of that... thank you Andrea.. love PD....
  1. Date: 1/9/2013 11:56:00 AM
    Becca? Rebecca Lucas? We were talking two days ago and she didnt mention anything... What's happened? Regarding your question... No, it's not rude. It was a nice heads up. Regarding the multi-posting...We've talked about this issue many times. I use to hung out in the "New Poems By Poets"... and I have no problems. What's happened to Rebecca?

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    MacMillan Avatar Cyndi MacMillan Date: 1/9/2013 12:18:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I have no idea what transpired, Ruben. I do know that she emailed a few people,that it had something to do with a "hateful" comment and that she chose to not get Soup Admin involved. Check out Frank's blog. She's an awesome poet, very sweet and I'm sad to see her go :( See if you can use that charm of yours, hmm ;-) ? Hugs, Cyndi
  1. Date: 1/9/2013 10:22:00 AM
    Hi I would have taken that with the good grace it was given Cyndi. I put a comment like that on a new poet once at first he took it wrong but then realised what I meant. He has only posted about three at a time since and they are all good xx Good Blog Cyndi xx

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  1. Date: 1/9/2013 10:07:00 AM
    Hangs my head...I posted 4, I think, Yesterday. They were quickly lost on the page though. I often go weeks without posting anything and then I have a day of inspiration and my muse befriends me again and I get excited to share. Of course I have few readers this way too. I think it was not rude and PS should indeed put a limit on the number of posts in a 24 hr period. Good blog !!

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    MacMillan Avatar Cyndi MacMillan Date: 1/9/2013 12:20:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Hey, hon, we've all at times posted a few above... maybe 5?... perhaps we were busy that week or like you said got inspired and want to share. But 100 in one day? Still, I do understand EXUBERANCE :) Ah, as poets, don't we all?
  1. Date: 1/9/2013 9:14:00 AM
    Cyndi, i harp on alot about this hugh amount of posting at once.. tps should limit the amount of poems one can post in any day.. then there would be no need of comments about the issue needed..., good blog.. the other day, up to a hundred was posted by one new commer...

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  1. Date: 1/9/2013 8:48:00 AM
    Cyndi, I think your note is spot on and very nicely put. I like to give folks the benefit of the doubt when at 1st they mis-step. I did the same thing when I was new. I was sooooo excited to find a spot for my poems - not just to share, but also to archive on-line, that I started dumping my entire portfolio at that time onto the web-site. Some one also shared a similar, kindly worded, piece of advice to me. I was not intending to be rude. I was just over-enthusiastic, as I am sure are many who are new to this site. I think your note was kind and informative - and, for their sake and ours, I hope your message was received in like kindness. Joe

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  1. Date: 1/9/2013 8:24:00 AM
    The note was informative, not rude, and it would be wonderful if the soup limited people to , say, 10 poems per day, giving others more exposure before being bumped from the new poems list because of the over zealous

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    Roberts Avatar Francine Roberts Date: 1/9/2013 8:27:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    oh, and when I see someone has posted 20 or so poems, I don't read any of them usually, or maybe one if I'm curious, so they really are doing themselves a disservice, they don't get more exposure, in fact they get less
  1. Date: 1/9/2013 8:16:00 AM
    Cyndi when I first join the soup I posted 40 poems on my first day. I had a poet approach my poetry in the nicest manner. Do you recall my first poems. LoL I removed 39 of the poems the following day. The male poet who advised me during my first two days on the soup. Was correct. How would anyone ever read my poems that way? This is kind of rude in a way. However we need to know. I think the soup should have a limit. Tehehe. A month ago I posted 2 poems and felt ever so guilty. Good blog. Hope you get the point across. Sandy

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