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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




 

Most Recent Blog Post


MY NEW CONTEST: MODERN SONNET / RENAISSANCE WOMAN (Sorry! My other will be judged next week!)
Blog Posted:9/26/2013 10:32:00 PM

 

I must apologize to all those who entered my free verse contest.. I promise to give all your beauties the time and focus EACH deserves next week. Life has sent me a few hiccups as of late.  Working my way back to you!

For my next contest...

Sofonisba Anguissola was a woman artist from the fifteenth/sixteenth century. Born into nobility, she is one of the few women painters of this time who was not the daughter of an established master.  

Her works are... to me... beautiful, filled with emotion, feminine perspective and they represent the power of a woman’s love, the strength found in nurturing.

Her depictions of the Virgin and child openly show a loving bond and there is such warmth to her work. The maternal aspects of certain works should resonate with mothers of today... there is something so universal and timeless about these masterpieces. Her portraits of women seem to capture moods, personas.

So, for this contest, I would like you to write a CONTEMPORARY SONNET on any painting by Sofonisba Anguissola (or on the artist, herself).

I only ask that you leave me a brief note under your poem with either the painting's title or an indication of what 'birthed' your verse.. ;)

So, here are some of her paintings. However, if you find another ONE OF HER PAINTINGS which inspires you, feel free to use it (but REMEMBER, include a note below your sonnet with the painting’s title, please, please and thank you.)

Sites about this artist:

http://employees.oneonta.edu/farberas/arth/arth200/artist/sofonisba.htm

http://www.hsu.edu/uploadedFiles/Faculty/Academic_Forum/2005-6/2005-6AFSofonisba.pdf

 









Many contemporary sonnets utilize a great deal of enjambment and place punctuation wherever/however the poet sees fit. Syllable count between lines may diverge slightly, say 9-13 syllables, though I have even seen today’s sonneteers vary their line lengths drastically. Rhyme schemes vary or may seem without pattern or consistency. Near, off, slant rhyme is oven used. There is still a volta, though it may come later than the traditional ninth line.

Check out these sites for more info on Contemporary sonnets

http://theformalist.evansville.edu/nemerovwinners.htm

 (real winning, published modern sonnets... see for yourself... sonnets live and breathe)

http://www.cortlandreview.com/features/06/december/barnstone_e.html

(Published recognized and award winning poets)

http://www.robertpeake.com/archives/336-Tactics-For-Contemporary-Sonnets.html


Hope that all helped. So go medievally modern, turn a phrase and see what comes of blending the old and new. Have fun or go bust! Love yas!

THE PAINTING WITHIN HER SELF PORTRAIT...

 


INSPIRED THIS FROM ME...

THE VIRGIN AND CHILD

Blesséd cheek worships Holy cheek, the Son

is adored with a tender touch, a gentle gaze,

the Madonna, as all mothers, left undone

by life's greatest gift, every sacred phase.

How soft His suckle, how hallowed His cries,

those first words astounded, lightened her heart,

within His warm eyes she watched the sun rise,

though stars sang sad lullabies, Heaven’s concert.

Soon, too soon, will come tremendous sorrow

for the Lamb that she swaddled will one day bleed,

but Jesus just smiles, says, Fear not tomorrow,

Love will provide all the courage we need.

Mary, raised by her own, forever awed

that her arms had once rocked the Grace of God.






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  1. Date: 9/29/2013 5:21:00 AM
    another head-banging challenge from you, hun... okay, i'll have a brain transplant first, lol...will give this a try!..:) huggs

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  1. Date: 9/27/2013 6:59:00 AM
    Very interesting Cyndi, so glad you're back!

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    cornish Avatar craig cornish Date: 9/27/2013 6:23:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    BTW, the sonnet is!!
  1. Date: 9/26/2013 10:54:00 PM
    Hello, Cyndi! It's nice to see you around the Soup. How are you? Im still without the feeling ... the urgency of writing. Maybe I find my muse during the cold winter nights. : ) Have a great day.

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  1. Date: 9/26/2013 10:33:00 PM
    You have such interesting ideas for inspiring creativity, and I enjoyed reading about contemporary sonnets!

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My Past Blog Posts

 
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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
LIKE THE BEATLES SAID, LET IT BE... A NICE QUOTE I FOUND
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WE STAND WITH YOU, A RONDEAU FOR FLO AND ILYEZA, PLEASE STAY
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Date Posted: 4/4/2014 9:32:00 PM
NUDE, THIRTY DOLLARS, A BLITZ ... THANK YOU TO VICKI.. COOL FORM!
Date Posted: 4/4/2014 4:26:00 PM
A CLOSER LOOK AT FOUND POETRY, How to collage a poem and a sad tribute
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HOW I SEE FLO AND HER GUY... FUNNY!
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YURT CAMPING
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A THANK YOU CARD FOR OUR ANGEL, GAIL. PLEASE SIGN!
Date Posted: 3/11/2014 5:05:00 PM
DANE ANN, CRAIG AND NETTE... AND SOUPERS...LOOKIE LOOKIE...
Date Posted: 3/10/2014 8:35:00 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
STEPHANIE DESHPANDE WINNERS-- HER BLOG IS UP -- THIS IS AWESOME
Date Posted: 2/26/2014 8:29:00 PM
ZOE THE CLOWN, FOR FLO, PICTURES, and a CUTE CLOWN
Date Posted: 2/24/2014 5:40:00 PM
MY NEW FOCUS, MY NEW TOY: SCRIVENER. I AM HEAD OVER HEELS IN LOVE!
Date Posted: 2/24/2014 12:54:00 PM
WERE ANY OF YOU 12- 17 in 1954? WOULD YOU BE AVAILABLE FOR OCCASIONAL QUESTIONS?
Date Posted: 2/19/2014 9:28:00 AM
BALLET AND SENSEI... PROUD MOM BLOG WITH PICTURES ...
Date Posted: 2/15/2014 5:42:00 AM
AN EXAMPLE FOR MY MOV(I)E ME WITH A CROWN CONTEST. PHOTOS, NOTES, HELPFUL HINTS
Date Posted: 2/13/2014 10:22:00 PM
HOW A CROWN CAN BE WRITTEN. YOU'RE GONNA LIKE THIS! NOT MINE!
Date Posted: 2/12/2014 9:55:00 AM
WINNERS OF THE STEPHANIE DESHPANDE / CONTEMPORARY FREE RHYME
Date Posted: 2/10/2014 9:47:00 PM
WHY ARE MY POEMS STILL ON SISTER SITES THOUGH I OPTED OUT?
Date Posted: 2/10/2014 6:07:00 PM
GUILTY PLEASURES....A WEEKEND BLOG.... SHOW ME YOURS AND I'LL SHOW YOU MINE
Date Posted: 2/8/2014 7:25:00 AM

My Poems

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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,
2/5/2014ON THE FRINGE, A SONNET FOR MARLONSonnetafrica,allegory,culture,f
2/4/2014FOR CALEB'S CROWN - ORIONSonnetstars,
2/3/2014SUMMERLAND, A SONNET FOR CARRIE RICHARDSSonnetfriend,music,places,poetr
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The Sowing Free versedevotion,
Ten Little ToesRhymedaughter,lifeold,old,,gra
Woodland RhapsodyQuatraininspirational
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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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