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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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My New Contest, FRIDA KAHLO in FREE VERSE (First in a Series of Women Painters)


Blog Posted:8/9/2013 8:16:00 PM

 



This will be the first in a three part series on Women Painters who paint women as strong, emotive and powerful, some are women of colour and some are women who were colourful.

Frida Kahlo, 1907-1954, was an extraordinary surrealistic painter. Her work is like ... a visual journal, open and often disturbing... and many of her most well-known paintings are self-portraits. The bright colours and symbolic images used in her pieces are indicative of her rich culture.

                                              
                                          

The Broken Column


Women struggled long to obtain recognition in the arts, once a boy’s club and often STILL a boy’s club, sadly.

Women are frequently portrayed by male painters unrealistically, permanently locked into roles: the virgin, the mother or the temptress. Coy poses, blushing cheeks, obedient gazes... forever kept in gardens and kitchens and milking cows or stretched out on a bed with a come-hither smile. They are as insipid and dull as the dishwater that they are up to their elbows in... BAW!

Now, I KNOW the many of the men on soup can keep up with the gals and CAN paint me a verse full of both the mystique and directness that REAL women possess. AND I am one who believes that feminism and femininity do exist side by side, contently. So, let it all hang out, so to speak... be honest, be loving, be ... YOURSELF  ;-)




Self Portrait Dedicated to Leon Trotsky



C’mon, gimme a free verse poem using one of Frida Kahlo paintings as inspiration.

Run wild, run free, but keep it POETRY. It should contain metaphor, imagery, a device or two, something that sparks the readers imagination, makes them think, wonder.

Poetry does not QUITE read as prose. I may explore this in a future blog. Stay tuned ;-)

Please, let the emotions and words go wherever the image takes you. Anger, pain, love, regret, hurt, longing, passion, lust... or compassion, forgiveness, absolution, introspection, self-worth...

SO... THE RULES (;-) this time)

1) Write a poem inspired by ANY of Frida Kahlo’s paintings.
2) Include the painting’s title in a notation below your poem.
3) Must be Free Verse. I do judge a poem by its merit, but a fantastic sonnet will only get a HM for this contest. Only Free Verse will garnish top spots.
4) Your free verse poem must contain poetic elements ... wow me, KAPOW me, blow my mind, make me say, “I’m NOT WORTHY!”
5) Have fun, check out Frida’s work, let yourself fall into one of her frames...


For a great reference ... here you go... on the house... MWWWAAA...

http://www.fridakahlofans.com/paintingsyear02.html


Can’t wait to read your words...


Roots



 

  
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  1. Date: 8/11/2013 12:21:00 PM
    ohhh, woman power, cyn... this is quite absorbing, so i'll need a hundred light bulbs!.. how ya doing, doll?... :) huggs!

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  1. Date: 8/10/2013 7:04:00 PM
    NP Dee roger will do/done I'd like to see you [Andie] stop worrying over ever word [Dee too for that matter] and 'let'er rip' once in a while please..goodness let yourself GO if only once and a while XXXOOO

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  1. Date: 8/10/2013 8:27:00 AM
    well, of course, we could write of her pain as shown through her work. I just don't know if I am up to that challenge. The sonnet took me forever. haha.

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  1. Date: 8/10/2013 8:26:00 AM
    too bad you are not asking for things about her other than her paintings. I wrote about her pain that she felt all her life. I did it in sonnet form many years ago. Involved in a bus crash while in her college days, she sustained so many injuries that her life would never again be the same. She had at least 35 surgeries from that one incident and it made it also impossible for her to get pregnant. When I feel pain, I sometimes think of people like her and the horrible pain SHE had to endure on a daily basis.

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My Past Blog Posts

 
A ROMANTIC POEM I THINK MOST WILL LOVE, COMMON GROUND, COME TAKE A PEEK
Date Posted: 9/30/2014 5:37:00 PM
How I judge Contests by Cyndi MacMillan
Date Posted: 9/10/2014 9:58:00 PM
A RESPONSE FROM MAUREEN HYNES
Date Posted: 9/8/2014 8:54:00 PM
MAUREEN SAYS SHE LOVES MY RESPONSE
Date Posted: 9/8/2014 10:25:00 AM
READING POEMS LIKE A POET, INCLUDES AN ANALYSIS
Date Posted: 9/6/2014 6:23:00 PM
PUNK TUATION IN POETRY
Date Posted: 9/4/2014 9:39:00 PM
Grammar and poetry: a Fiction Writer’s Oddball View
Date Posted: 9/2/2014 10:52:00 AM
GREAT ARTICLE ON FIGURATIVE WRITING
Date Posted: 8/22/2014 10:47:00 AM
THIS IS POETIC PROSE
Date Posted: 8/20/2014 9:28:00 AM
GARDEN PARTY CONTEST WINNERS
Date Posted: 7/15/2014 9:57:00 PM
NEW CONTEST
Date Posted: 7/13/2014 5:19:00 AM
LEATHERBACK BOY
Date Posted: 7/11/2014 9:53:00 PM
MINDING MANNERS
Date Posted: 6/11/2014 6:17:00 PM
TORRENT: A CONTEMPORARY SONNET
Date Posted: 6/7/2014 6:56:00 AM
NEW CONTEST
Date Posted: 6/4/2014 10:19:00 PM
GENITALS in PRINT, AN OPEN DIALOGUE
Date Posted: 5/27/2014 3:20:00 PM
THE CLEARING, WORD PAIRINGS, COLLABORATIVE WORK
Date Posted: 5/8/2014 10:21:00 PM
WORD PAIRINGS. BUILDING POEMS.
Date Posted: 5/6/2014 9:04:00 AM
THE BEST POETRY WRITING ADVICE I'VE EVER HEARD
Date Posted: 5/5/2014 9:13:00 AM
THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PROSE & POETRY
Date Posted: 5/4/2014 12:50:00 PM
GINGHAM AND LACE, ANOTHER BLITZ
Date Posted: 4/4/2014 9:32:00 PM
NUDE, THIRTY DOLLARS, A BLITZ
Date Posted: 4/4/2014 4:26:00 PM
A CLOSER LOOK AT FOUND POETRY
Date Posted: 3/27/2014 9:09:00 PM
HOW TO WRITE DIALOGUE: BEATS, TAGS, POINTERS FOR STORYTELLERS
Date Posted: 3/6/2014 10:20:00 PM
I DARE YOU TO READ THIS, POETS. IT MAY MAKE YOU UNCOMFORTABLE. GOOD.
Date Posted: 3/4/2014 9:29:00 PM

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9/2/2014cummings and iVersepoetry,word play,
8/25/2014LIFE WILL BE A HONEYMOONLyricparadise,passion,romantic
8/25/2014HOSTEL, QUEBEC CITY, 1978Free versehistory,places,
8/21/2014DEGREESSonnetbooks,sensual,words,
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6/9/2014THE RETURNSonnetdepression,giving,life,lo
6/7/2014TORRENTSonnetcelebration,life,women,
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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,
2/13/2014DOUBLE OH, A BOND CROWN, EXAMPLE FOR CONTESTCrown of Sonnetsfilm,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,
2/5/2014ON THE FRINGE, A SONNET FOR MARLONSonnetafrica,allegory,culture,f
2/3/2014SUMMERLAND, A SONNET FOR CARRIE RICHARDSSonnetfriend,music,places,poetr
2/2/2014WORD ON THE STREET, 2009, A SONNET FOR DAVIDSonnetbooks,friend,places,poetr
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