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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: 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

 
PUBLICATION ETIQUETTE, TWO IMPORTANT THINGS
Date Posted: 10/16/2014 5:28:00 AM
****EDIT******POETRY AS LITERATURE AND AS SELF-EXPRESSION. YOU DON'T NEED TO CHOOSE.
Date Posted: 10/6/2014 11:58:00 AM
ANOTHER WOWSER. TRULY BEAUTIFUL. COME IN FOR A CHAT.
Date Posted: 10/2/2014 9:39:00 PM
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

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Fav Poems

Poem TitleFormCategories
The Sowing Free versedevotion,
Ten Little ToesRhymedaughter,lifeold,old,,gra
Woodland RhapsodyQuatraininspirational
Contradicting KeatsSonnetintrospection,life
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,
Sleepless NightsNarrativeangst,imagination,mystery
Another FaceRhymelost love,
What Dreams are Made Of - LGTBlank versefear,life,mystery,
Paired ParingsBalladchildhood,
AUTUMN'S SPLENDOROUS BEAUTYQuatrainnature,autumn,autumn,
PneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosisEpicabuse,analogy,corruption,
AnticipationFree verseautumn,death,life,
friend to friendHaikupeople,philosophy,
CalligraphyVerseon writing and words,
CyndiSonnetdedication,
Night ComesRhymetime,
Without Hope's GleamTerzanellehope,flower,flower,joy,pa
When Your Dead YOUR DeadRhymefriendship,love,wife,
after my prayerHaikuinspirational,
Chamber Music ChoppedBlank versemusic,
Money-GodFree versededication,hope,love,reco
Down FallItalian Sonnetbeautiful,miracle,nature,
God ForbidCoupletangst,devotion,write,life
To Kashinath and CyndiRhymededication,devotion,frien
EdinburghFree versededication,
CHERISHEDSonnetlove,peace,
Shield WallsLyricimagination,love,
Live The ClichesFree versedream,hope,love,poetry,
Bliss StateQuatrainfaith,
A Reminder: To BeFree versetruth,writing,
She Came In and Changed EverythingDramatic Verse (Verse Drama)death,deep,epic,evil,sorr
IN THE MOODLight Poetryadventure,woman,
EdinburghFree versededication,hope,life,love
The BywayRhymecare,
To Love MyselfSonnetlove,new year,self,
Westward MovementFree versedevotion,love,peace,
The Rocking ChairRhymechild,christmas,sister,
To the Rescue Rhymesnow,
A Perfect StormRhyme royallife,
Onward Christian SoldiersRhyme 
BEYOND TEARSRhymechild,encouraging,hope,
Dewberry CobblerHaibungrowing up,
The Miracle MotherFree versemiracle,mother,
ReleaseFree verseencouraging,grief,hope,st
A Girls Night OutRhymehumorous,
IN STILLNESSFree versechange,life,

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