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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




SOUPERS, PLEASE READ. AN IDEA I SENT TO TPS. WATCHA THINK? WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE THIS, TOO?


Blog Posted:3/27/2013 4:53:00 PM
Hey all,

I sent this idea to Team Poetry Soup. What do you think?

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Dear Team Poetry Soup,

I have an idea.

The contest page is awesome, but there are times when members may wish to host an anthology/collection page instead of a contest.

I think of recent global events. It would be nice to have a dedicated area for Soupers to gather their tribute, memorial and inspirational poetry, an area separate from the contest pages.

When the tragedy occurred at Sandy Hook I had wanted to invite Soupers to submit their poems for a vigil page, but I  could not, because I already had a contest running, and even if I hadn’t, I did not want to use this terrible event as a contest theme. 

There are times when a member may wish to provide a space to feature a relevant theme, but does not want to judge. Sometimes, it would seem pertinent to gather as poets and just share our writing, as a balm and outlet.

I am thinking of ...

1) International events/the global consciousness. Poems written by Soupers around a theme.

- The 9/11 Anniversary / Holocaust Remembrance Day/ World Peace Day (etc)
- Natural disasters
- Tragedies
- Recognition and empathy to crisis/duress/epidemics/unbearable conditions


2) This feature being used as a way to support/inspire other Soupers during times of hardship as well as times of celebration. Poems written by Soupers FOR Soupers.

- Bereavement
- Birthdays
- Caregiving
- Engagements/weddings
- Illness
- Publication
- Recovery
- Surgery

3) And I see a third ability for this page. Members could use this function as a tutorial/ editing space, a writer’s group who are seeking verse improvement. There have been a few poets on soup who have attempted this on blogs, but they could simply paste the collection into a blog, keep the poet grouping.

I see this as looking similar to the contest administration page, but a simpler format (perhaps you could use it as a template?) No need for judging, but the winners list could be altered to include a drop down window with three categories to choose from: 1) friend  2) participant  3) contributor

Ideally, the member could select less than 35 (especially in the case of a writers group) and be able to close the collection at their choosing (not one month or longer)

Now, I am just waxing on with an idea.

If impossible or just too time consuming (? Maybe there is a problem here I am not seeing, a way to abuse something which is meant only as an act of kindness?) then I understand it’s a no go, ever.

In this case, could we simply add friend, participant, and contributor to the winner's drop down list?

What do you think? Too ambitious?

Thank you,
Cyndi
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  1. Date: 3/29/2013 4:30:00 PM
    me too count me in Cyndi

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  1. Date: 3/28/2013 10:44:00 AM
    I love the idea but have doubts about TPS ability or commitment to provide effectively functioning venues for this.

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  1. Date: 3/28/2013 6:25:00 AM
    I think it's a great idea. I hope to get my premium membership soon so I can be more involved in this community.

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  1. Date: 3/28/2013 5:53:00 AM
    Awesome idea, I'd love to support this cause. Cheers :)

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  1. Date: 3/28/2013 1:21:00 AM
    Cyndi I am with you 100%, great idea and most of the other sites I am on do an Anthology...David

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  1. Date: 3/28/2013 12:19:00 AM
    What you suggested here is a very nice idea Cyndi..Lets see what tps says..

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  1. Date: 3/27/2013 8:30:00 PM
    it could be a good thing, Cyndi. I hope TPS will consider it.

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  1. Date: 3/27/2013 8:14:00 PM
    It IS ambitious but we deserve it! : )

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  1. Date: 3/27/2013 8:13:00 PM
    It's a fantastic idea, Brain-Cyndi!! I'm a little confused with the point #3 but I'll get it sooner or later. LOL! I say: YES! : ) Let's see what our Big Brother (TPS) think about it.

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    MacMillan Avatar Cyndi MacMillan Date: 3/28/2013 4:02:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    LOL read from down to up. Yes, lets see what TPS says. It looks so work-heavy!
    MacMillan Avatar Cyndi MacMillan Date: 3/28/2013 4:00:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Lastly, the class name could change to ENJAMBMENT CLASS/Edited works. By retaining all the versions other poets could scope through this section and actually see the poems developement. Why this word was used here, that line added, that subtracted...
    MacMillan Avatar Cyndi MacMillan Date: 3/28/2013 3:57:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Some of our dyno free versers would not do this, but can you imagine if they did? A free verse clinic? So many poets here shy from free verse, don't see the poetry in the form, ID it as ruleless, lawless, dribbling lines. But to help them create one out of a piece of creative writing, maybe they'd warm up to it(?) ;)
    MacMillan Avatar Cyndi MacMillan Date: 3/28/2013 3:53:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    the coolest way to do this would be to have people leave their first poem intact and edit "versions" below. This would show how the poems changed, hopefully, lol, improved. I'm not sure how many people would use this feature this way, but it would be nice to see.
    MacMillan Avatar Cyndi MacMillan Date: 3/28/2013 3:50:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    You know how PD and I and some other judges copy and paste the winners list into a blog? Well, the tutor could copy/paste the ENJAMBMENT CLASS into a blog, like a quick link for the students/readers. So some tips are shared, and the ten could click on each others pos, help each other out, give advice
    MacMillan Avatar Cyndi MacMillan Date: 3/28/2013 3:47:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    :) Remember when Debbie had a meter tutorial? She ran a contest that really wasn't a contest. So, say someone wanted to ... hmm... teach about enjambment. Title of anthology ENJAMBMENT CLASS, POEMS UNDER CONSTRUCTION. Say, 10 poets want this. They enter the 'class' the classroom door is shut (anthology closed)
  1. Date: 3/27/2013 7:37:00 PM
    I'm with you on this idea, Cyndi.

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  1. Date: 3/27/2013 6:36:00 PM
    I like the idea, Cyndi! It would make a nice addition to the Soup, in my opinion.

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My Past Blog Posts

 
A CHANGE REQUEST FOR MEMBER CONTEST WINNERS PAGE... Me... upsetting another applecart... or a good idea? Thoughts?
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GARDEN PARTY CONTEST WINNERS... YOU GUYS ARE AWESOME!
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CONTEST JUDGES: A WAY TO FIND AN ABUSER
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THANK YOU FOR THE SONNET ENTRIES...short short blog
Date Posted: 6/9/2014 3:27:00 PM
TORRENT: A CONTEMPORARY SONNET, example for my contest
Date Posted: 6/7/2014 6:56:00 AM
NEW CONTEST- Garden Party: VERB-alized NOUN-sense with FLORAL accents. Hungry for summer!!!!
Date Posted: 6/4/2014 10:19:00 PM
UPDATE ON THE HELPLESS CONTEST-- My apologies to all. Exhaustion has hit the household- possible heat exhaustion
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GENITALS in PRINT, AN OPEN DIALOGUE
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CONTEMPORARY PUBLISHED HAI_KU TO SHARE
Date Posted: 5/21/2014 2:24:00 PM
UPDATE ON THE HELPLESS/KYRIELLE CONTEST - please check your entries
Date Posted: 5/16/2014 8:47:00 PM
A CARD FOR FRANCINE ROBERTS, who is recovering from a car accident!
Date Posted: 5/9/2014 8:10:00 PM
A WORD PAIRING POEM- THE CLEARING, PAIRINGS BY CARRIE, AE RIVENBANK, CALEB, RUBEN & ANDREA
Date Posted: 5/8/2014 10:21:00 PM
PROMPS FOR WORD PAIRINGS 2 - COME AND PLAY
Date Posted: 5/7/2014 8:50:00 PM
********PLAY WITH ORIGINAL WORD PAIRING***POEMS BUILT BY SOUPERS #1, 3 and 4
Date Posted: 5/6/2014 9:04:00 AM
THE BEST HOW TO WRITE POETRY ADVICE I'VE EVER HEARD. WORTH 20 of YOUR MINUTES. FANTASTIC!!!!!!
Date Posted: 5/5/2014 9:13:00 AM
THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PROSE AND POETRY. One piece of writing, three ways
Date Posted: 5/4/2014 12:50:00 PM
TRADITIONAL POETRY MARKETS FOR EILEEN AND OTHERS WHO LOVE RHYME
Date Posted: 5/3/2014 8:14:00 AM
A LOOK AT A LITERARY JOURNAL CONTEST, RULES and the WINNERS POEMS
Date Posted: 4/29/2014 8:37:00 PM
POP QUIZ HOT SHOTS... C'MON... LOVE 'EM, DISS 'EM, JUDGE 'EM, PLACE 'EM!!!
Date Posted: 4/28/2014 3:47:00 PM
SOMETHING FOR EILEEN... and OTHERS WHO TAKE RISKS
Date Posted: 4/26/2014 5:54:00 AM
HELPLESS, A KYRIELLE. NEW CONTEST WITH TIM RYERSON AS CO PILOT! WAHOO!
Date Posted: 4/14/2014 9:24:00 PM
ROLL CALL.... HERE, KINDA HERE, NEVER HERE, LEAVING HERE, RETURNING HERE?
Date Posted: 4/14/2014 6:16:00 PM

My Poems

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Date PostedPoem TitleFormCategories
7/17/2014CRADLEDTrioletbaby,love,
6/9/2014THE RETURNSonnetdepression,giving,life,lo
6/7/2014TORRENTSonnetcelebration,life,women,
4/21/2014LA MARQUISEFree versepsychological,
4/8/2014BUKOWSKI CONTESTFree versemoving on,power,teenage,
4/4/2014GINGHAM AND LACE, A BLITZ POEMVersedaughter,love,
4/4/2014NUDE, THIRTY DOLLARS, A BLITZVerseart,imagination,lost love
3/24/201450 GODSFree versegod,peace,philosophy,
3/15/2014WINTER IN PORTLANDFree versedepression,winter,
3/11/2014FREEDOM BLUESTail-rhymefreedom,
2/28/2014WELCOME TO THE BLUENOSEAcrosticfish,history,journey,sea,
2/25/2014PITY THE PIRANHAFree verseintrospection,people,
2/15/2014HAPPY FAMILY DAY, LINDA MARIE, EASTER WALK, 7th REPOSTRhymefamily,
2/15/2014HAPPY FAMILY DAY 6- DEDICATED TO LINDA MARIE, REPOSTRondeaufaith,
2/15/2014HAPPY FAMILY DAY 5 - FAMILY TREE, REPOST FOR LINDA MARIEVersefamily,
2/15/2014HAPPY FAMILY DAY 4- A REPOST DEDICATED TO LINDA MARIERhymefaith,
2/15/2014HAPPY FAMILY DAY 3- EASTER LILY, A REPOST FOR LINDA MARIEVerseeaster,
2/15/2014HAPPY FAMILY DAY 2-- A REPOST AND TRIBUTE TO LINDA MARIESestinaheaven,
2/15/2014HAPPY FAMILY DAY-- A REPOST FOR LINDA MARIE- WE MISS YOUVersefaith,
2/13/2014DOUBLE OH, A BOND CROWN, EXAMPLE FOR CONTESTCrown of Sonnetsfilm,sexy,
2/13/2014DOUBLE OH, A JAMES BOND CROWN OF SONNETS - 6 down 1 to go- SAMPLE FOR CONTESTCrown of Sonnetsadventure,film,sexy,
2/11/2014ORION: A PERSPECTIVE for third to tenthSonnetmythology,star,
2/10/2014TARTANS, A SONNET FOR FRANCINESonnetfriend,patriotic,places,p
2/9/2014TESTIMONIALS, A SONNET FOR BRIANSonnetfaith,friend,nature,
2/7/2014Double Oh-- A JAMES BOND CROWN, BUILDING IT UP SECOND SONNET POSTED--Crown of Sonnetsgames,passion,
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Fav Poems

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The Sowing Free versedevotion,
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Surrender to LoveRhymeloveme,
A Totum Pole OdeConcretenative american,people,
MORE DREAMS TO ROWRhyme royalinspirational,life,
When the Tab Comes DueFree verseinspirational,introspecti
Lighting My Candle From WithinQuintain (English)caregiving,introspection,
The Kirk by the SeaCoupletnostalgia,religion,love,
Moonlight On The WardChokahealth,life,
Nocturnal PoetryRhymeimagination,life,poetry,
SlumberEpicdedication,epic,slam,
FROSTY NIGHT STROLLCoupletinspirational,seasons,
Our ThanksgivingLight Poetryholiday,
Tomorrow's GraceEthereepeace,
A New Star Shines Above HawaiiRhymededication,music,
Jesus, Our SaviorShapereligion,life,
Monarch of SummerHaibunanimals,devotion,inspirat
UntouchedRhymeforgiveness,me,me,
Midnight PearlsThan-Baukintrospection,love,
Beaucoup BloomsTerza Rimanature,spring,spring,
On Heaven's DoorwayNarrativeinspirational,life,care,c
WALKING ON FAITHVersefaith,for children,
BeachworldFree verseplaces,sea,sun,
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