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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. Her work will appear in the forthcoming issue of the Fieldstone Review, Spring 2015.

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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STEPHANIE DESHPANDE WINNERS-- HER BLOG IS UP -- THIS IS AWESOME


Blog Posted:2/26/2014 8:29:00 PM


SARK how to be an artist


I could not be more excited.

 

Okay, everyone, please click on this link...

 

 

http://www.stephaniedeshpande.com/contemporary-free-rhyme-poetry-contest/

 

 

Stephanie Deshpande has put the blog up about the contest

here at Poetrysoup which I sponsored

AND AND AND has posted the winners list

ON HER AWESOME SITE AND AND AND

she has included a link to all the winners’ poems!

 

People who read her blog, fans who have purchased her art,

will be able to connect your words to her art.


 

I think this is huge!

 

Honestly, I am floating on the ceiling!

 

There is so much to learn here, from this.

 

I have harped on this since I joined Soup three years ago: artists of all mediums need to reach out and support the creative process, in whatever way they are able... whether that be by checking out the local theatre group, going to a CD launch or attending the opening ceremony at a gallery

 

Art, in every form, is alive and well!

 

Poetry is being written and read around the world. BUT, if we focus on the poetry of yesterday, we will not reach todays poets nor will we understand the direction poetry is taking. The past deserves to be studied and appreciated; all those beauties must not be lost, must be preserved, but if you haven’t opened a book of poetry written after 1980, if you do not explore the verses being published in THIS decade, I mean OUTSIDE of Soup, then you are missing a real opportunity to grow AND connect.

 

Keep true to your voice, your style.

 

And let inspiration move you.

 

 

Hugs and Love,

Cyndi, who is on cloud 9!


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  1. Date: 2/28/2014 7:57:00 AM
    Cyndi....you said you're in ceiling right now..and floating in cloud9...my dear...if that is really how it feels like to be part of this most extravagant experience...then i'm guilty of it!!! ...this is soooooo thrilling..!!!! ...i can't express the happiness i'm feeling when i saw her blog...thank you, thank you for choosing me to be one of your winners....that means a world to me!!!! ...^__^

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  1. Date: 2/27/2014 10:15:00 PM
    This is wonderful and I'm so happy for you, Cyndi. I checked her blog, Mrs Deshpande rocks! ... and you didn't place her poem! How dare you? : D This is an amazing story; you should write about it (a short story).

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  1. Date: 2/27/2014 1:54:00 PM
    SECOND, please note that she will be posting additional blogs with YOUR POEMS posted below the painting that inspired your words! So dazzling, her taking time out of her busy life as mom and artist. SHE IS A POET, TOO. And so she was moved that she inspired others to write verse. I'm still in a fog. Poetry moves people in the most mysterious and wonderful way. If I can share that kind of mindset, that HOPE, with my daughter, instil in her a belief that art is more than entertainment but a form of COMMUNION, then I have done my job. From my fingers to God's ears. Amen.

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  1. Date: 2/27/2014 1:51:00 PM
    i think stephanie enjoyed participating in your contest, sis... no worries; she must have really liked the idea of playing along without really looking deeply into your requirements... huggs

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    MacMillan Avatar Cyndi MacMillan Date: 2/27/2014 1:54:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Hello you!
  1. Date: 2/27/2014 1:44:00 PM
    Hey all, Well, FIRST, I gotta say how EMBARASSING it was as a judge to shut out an entry actually penned by the artist herself. Yeah. The irony is not wasted on me. SHEESH! In most contests, I say that there guidelines but that, if a poem delights me, those that stray from those guidelines may still place. I was more heavy handed with this contest, GO FIGURE! And Stephanie's entry was very well written, metaphoric and layered, but contained no rhyme. I actually bit my lips wondering what to do when I read it for the FIFTEENTH time... I chose to not place it, even though it is very very good. Serves me right. I need to follow instinct. I've been poo-pooed by some for playing too loose, being a "soft" judge. Well, lol, look what happened when I tried on a different hat and DIDN'T listen to myself? Never again. I will go back to judging my way, running contests my way. Thank GOODNESS that Stephanie is kind, has a sense of humour and is humble. Man, I am so fortunate to have run this contest and get the chance to communicate with this incredibly spirited woman. We've been chatting through emails... I will not share her poem, that is up to her!!! I respect privacy, whenever I can! More to follow...

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    O. Avatar Ruben O. Date: 2/27/2014 8:51:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    : )
  1. Date: 2/27/2014 12:58:00 PM
    This is exciting and wonderful Cyndi!! Art in all forms, is connected by the spirit of creating. When I read a poem, I see a painting, and hear music, while reading the lyrics....... it is all wrapped up together in a beautiful package. Thank you for letting us know!

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    de Torres Avatar Aiyah de Torres Date: 2/28/2014 7:52:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    i sooo agree with you, Carrie...writing isn't just about creating lines and figurative scenes...it's like you're dancing and singing at the same time everytime you read it...cries and laugh about it....everything in art is like a magic!!!! ..
  1. Date: 2/27/2014 8:31:00 AM
    I went and checked this out...very cool y'all! Proud of you here!!!!

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  1. Date: 2/27/2014 7:53:00 AM
    Cyndi, Fabulous, You are a gem and Stephanie wonderful to highlight your poem and your contest winners and thank you Stephanie for providing the muse and inspiration!

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  1. Date: 2/27/2014 7:51:00 AM
    This truly is an honor to be included in her blog. Thanks so much for helping to make it happen by sponsoring the contest for us to get to know her work. I read her blog and liked very much the other artist that she blogged about beneath her showing of your winners' list. Definitely an awesome thing!! And she had even entered your contest?? Gosh, I need to check this out!!

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  1. Date: 2/27/2014 7:07:00 AM
    Did you have any idea that Stephanie had secretly entered a poem into your contest? How cool is that! Hugs, catie :)

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  1. Date: 2/27/2014 3:37:00 AM
    stephanie is sooo real!.. she even joined your contest, soul-sis.. now we can say we had a slice of poetic history.. thnaks to you.. awesome, cyn!.. huggs

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  1. Date: 2/26/2014 10:15:00 PM
    I went sis how cool! YES! Very kind and nice of her!

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  1. Date: 2/26/2014 10:13:00 PM
    Thank you for the kind words Cyndi . The wise advise too . Helen Dunmore lights my fire if I am only allowed to choose a modern poet . Love always Daz

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My Past Blog Posts

 
A CLOSER LOOK AT PUNCTUATION. SOME, PLENTY, NONE.
Date Posted: 5/25/2015 10:05:00 PM
THERE IS NO TRADITIONAL PUBLISHER ON SOUP. Please read. Last for a bit on this subject.
Date Posted: 5/20/2015 6:23:00 PM
**EDIT***YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED. MORE TO FOLLOW.Now has two links to reputable self publishing services****
Date Posted: 5/17/2015 6:56:00 PM
WORK WORK WORK! WAY TO GO! AND HOW TO USE AN ELLIPSIS.
Date Posted: 5/16/2015 8:51:00 AM
WORKSHOP... 34 LINKS
Date Posted: 5/14/2015 9:37:00 PM
WHAT REAL PUBLISHERS PAY, SOME LISTINGS, A RANGE. PLEASE READ.
Date Posted: 5/14/2015 2:38:00 PM
***EDIT***WHAT IS VANITY PRESS? New article, posted on this blog.
Date Posted: 5/13/2015 4:15:00 PM
32 LINKS TO THE WORKSHOP...
Date Posted: 5/11/2015 9:34:00 AM
***MORE JOINED***WORKSHOP SIGN UP SHEET... LINKS TO 17 PARTICIPANTS
Date Posted: 5/7/2015 12:05:00 PM
WORKSHOP NOW ON THE CONTEST PAGE. GIVING & RECEIVING CONSTRUCTIVE FEEDBACK.
Date Posted: 5/6/2015 11:57:00 AM
KEEPING A PROMISE
Date Posted: 4/21/2015 9:55:00 AM
MY DREAM SOUP: NO CONTESTS ONLY WORKSHOPS. I MAKE A CASE.
Date Posted: 4/17/2015 10:17:00 PM
I CAN'T BREATHE ANTHOLOGY READY FOR ALL TO READ
Date Posted: 4/15/2015 8:37:00 PM
FINAL GIFTS: Last of the word pairings poem, featuring word pairings from Craig Cornish and Wala Na.
Date Posted: 4/13/2015 9:17:00 AM
BADLANDS BEN: Word pairings poem, includes pairings by John Lawless, Ruben, Olive, and Frederic
Date Posted: 4/12/2015 3:06:00 PM
NYMPHS AT NIGHTFALL: Another word pairing poem, Olive, Frederick and Rhonda word pairings
Date Posted: 4/11/2015 5:47:00 PM
MOJAVE. WORD PAIRING POEM 3 ...INSPIRED BY OLIVE (includes her pairing)
Date Posted: 4/11/2015 6:47:00 AM
THE HIERARCHY OF PUBLICATION CREDITS. MY ROAD TO PUBLICATION.
Date Posted: 4/10/2015 9:05:00 PM
DEBBIE GUZZI, AUTHOR. HER BOOK HAS BEEN ACCEPTED FOR PUBLICATION! COME AND JOIN THE PARTY!!!
Date Posted: 4/9/2015 9:12:00 PM
FARMHOUSE: Uncommon word pairings poem #2
Date Posted: 4/9/2015 6:02:00 PM
AQUARIAM PEOPLE: WORD PAIRINGS POEM #1
Date Posted: 4/8/2015 10:46:00 PM
WHATTA PAIR YOU GOT THERE: A WORKSHOP ON IMAGERY AND WORD PAIRINGS
Date Posted: 4/7/2015 9:30:00 PM
AN ANALYSIS OF A SHORT POEM. FREE VERSE DECONSTRUCTION.
Date Posted: 4/1/2015 9:06:00 PM
Apologies and thanks !
Date Posted: 1/20/2015 5:32:00 PM
PRAYERS and SYMPATHY FOR PAKISTAN
Date Posted: 12/19/2014 8:18:00 AM

My Recent Poems

Date PostedPoemTitleFormCategories
5/25/2015 MY POEM, MY CHILD Light Poetryencouraging,hope,writing,
5/6/2015 WORKSHOP POEM: TAIL SPIN work in progress Free versecourage,fear,love hurts,
4/25/2015 PIXIE MARAUDERS Free versebirthday,celebration,chil
4/13/2015 PUCKISH Versecharacter,games,wisdom,
3/28/2015 MOOSE IN HEADLIGHTS Free verseanimal,environment,
11/10/2014 CHAN Free versefriend,goodbye,
8/25/2014 HOSTEL, 1978 Free versehistory,places,
6/7/2014 TORRENT Sonnetcelebration,life,women,
4/8/2014 ROOTS Free versemoving on,power,teenage,
4/4/2014 GINGHAM AND LACE Versedaughter,love,
3/24/2014 50 GODS Free versegod,peace,philosophy,
3/15/2014 WINTER IN PORTLAND Free versedepression,winter,
2/25/2014 PITY THE PIRANHA Free verseintrospection,people,
2/2/2014 WORD ON THE STREET, 2009 Sonnetbooks,friend,places,poetr
1/31/2014 JOURNEY COMPANIONS: THE FRIEND SONNETS PART II Sonnetfriend,hero,places,poetry
1/29/2014 DIVINE STEEPLES Sonnetfriend,love,places,poetry
1/26/2014 MUSE Sonnetfriend,love,places,poetry
1/14/2014 MY HEART BELONGS TO MONTREAL Iambic Pentameterheart,places,
1/13/2014 EDUCATED Free verseeducation,life,truth,wisd
1/6/2014 THE STAND Prosetruth,
12/19/2013 EXPLORING THE BASEMENT Free verseabuse,childhood,courage,
12/12/2013 THE POET'S PRAYER Versepassion,poetry,
12/10/2013 UNHOLY Versewinter,
12/3/2013 LA VIE EN ROSE Light Poetrycharacter,imagination,
11/29/2013 RIPPLES Free versesad,writing,
9/28/2013 EMILY DICKINSON Sonnetpoetess,
8/6/2013 THE OTHER-WISE Free verseart,introspection,
7/24/2013 PIMPED Free versechildren,lust,society,
6/5/2013 BAIT, 1986 Free versegrowing up,lust,men,
6/3/2013 COME AND PLAY ME Lyricmuse,music,passion,romant
5/31/2013 haiku 6 Haikuchildren,summer,
5/28/2013 BLAMELESS Personificationrain,
5/22/2013 ALL FALL DOWN Sestinadeath,history,london,
5/5/2013 SUNDAY SOJOURN Haibungarden,morning,time,
4/28/2013 WOMEN Free versefriendship,gender,
4/26/2013 SYLVIA Crown of Sonnetslife,poets,writing,
4/20/2013 THE POET'S CREED Free versepoetry,world,writing,
4/18/2013 THE TYPESET OF ANAIS Free verselust,writing,
3/21/2013 PALADIN Free versepeople,sympathy,
3/12/2013 ALLUSIVE PEARL Free verseart,imagination,
3/11/2013 ELIZABETH'S DIARY Prose Poetryimagination,love,
3/6/2013 HIS-STORY Free verseimagination,night,
2/22/2013 haiku 3 Haikufunny,seasons,
2/17/2013 BIDALSANA Free verseme,passion,
2/12/2013 GURO, MAHAL KITA Sonnetfriendship,on writing and
2/7/2013 haiku 1 Haikuchild,seasons,metaphor,
2/3/2013 ALCHEMY Versefood,seasons,time,februar
1/8/2013 HIGHWAY OF TEARS Rhymemystery,women,women,
12/20/2012 THIS BLEAK HEREAFTER Terzanellechild,death,grief,night,m
12/6/2012 CASTING HIS LINE Rondeaudad,nostalgia,sports,
11/20/2012 HOMER'S HUES Free verseart,introspection,
11/14/2012 happy haiku 2 Haikudaughter,introspection,li
11/5/2012 THE SONG OF DEBORAH Sonnetdevotion,friendship,
11/4/2012 SHADOWLANDS Free versedeath,faith,grief,history
10/30/2012 RIBBON TIED Sonnethealth,hope,life,
10/29/2012 LADY LIBERTY Sonnetinspirational,
10/29/2012 THIS TIME Sonnetintrospection,on writing
10/23/2012 THREE QUILLS Rhymeage,history,people,
10/18/2012 DAVID Sonnetfriendship,people,
10/13/2012 POETIC TART Light Poetryfunny,on writing and word
8/28/2012 VERS LIBRE, A CONSTANZA Rhymeon writing and words,word
8/27/2012 BLUE NOTES Sonnetart,blue,imagination,musi
8/24/2012 INSENSED Sonnetsad,sister,
8/19/2012 haiku 202 Haikudaughter,nature,
8/15/2012 PEOPLE OF AUTUMN Sonnetfaith,longing,people,seas
8/15/2012 AUTUMN COLOURS Acrosticlife,seasons,autumn,thank
8/12/2012 DARFUR Sonneteducation,people,war,
8/7/2012 A VISIT TO THE NURSING HOME Balladdaughter,family,places,
8/6/2012 JE PRIE, I PRAY Free versehope,loss,places,words,he
7/31/2012 A TAPESTRY WOMAN Acrosticintrospection,life,
7/25/2012 WINDOWS Shapedeath,life,people,urban,
7/18/2012 A MINER'S PRAYER Kyriellehistory,life,people,
6/6/2012 A TRIP TO EGO Free verse 
5/25/2012 IMMIGRANT Sonnetpeople,places,
5/23/2012 BURY ME IN BRAMBLE Free versedeath,introspection,snow,
5/1/2012 SISTERHOOD OF SIGHS Free versefriendship,
4/22/2012 ODE TO FIREFIGHTERS Odededication,old,people,
3/2/2012 PERFECT BLEND Sapphic stanzahappiness,holiday,
2/24/2012 THE WILD HORSES OF ASSATEAGUE ISLAND Narrativeplaces,
2/17/2012 EULOGY FOR THE ELDON GALLERY, WATERLOO Free verseart,grandmother,life,plac
2/6/2012 BOUNDLESS Free verselife,me,people,teen,
1/12/2012 CYANIDE Villanellelost love,lost,lost,
11/26/2011 Whispers of Moogsmoorwood Free verseadventure,fantasy,words,m
8/17/2011 TIM HORTONS: A CANADIAN THING Free versefood,life,people,
6/11/2011 WHAT IF I JUST STOPPED WRITING Free verseintrospection,passion,

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Fav Poems

PoemTitleFormCategories
The Sowing Free versedevotion,
Ten Little Toes Rhymedaughter,lifeold,old,,gra
Woodland Rhapsody Quatraininspirational
Contradicting Keats Sonnetintrospection,life
Surrender to Love Rhymeloveme,
A Totum Pole Ode Concretenative american,people,
MORE DREAMS TO ROW Rhyme royalinspirational,life,
When the Tab Comes Due Free verseinspirational,introspecti
Lighting My Candle From Within Quintain (English)caregiving,introspection,
The Kirk by the Sea Coupletnostalgia,religion,love,
Moonlight On The Ward Chokahealth,life,
Nocturnal Poetry Rhymeimagination,life,poetry,
Slumber Epicdedication,epic,slam,
FROSTY NIGHT STROLL Coupletinspirational,seasons,
Our Thanksgiving Light Poetryholiday,
Tomorrow's Grace Ethereepeace,
A New Star Shines Above Hawaii Rhymededication,music,
Jesus, Our Savior Shapereligion,life,
Monarch of Summer Haibunanimals,devotion,inspirat
Untouched Rhymeforgiveness,me,me,
Midnight Pearls Than-Baukintrospection,love,
Beaucoup Blooms Terza Rimanature,spring,spring,
On Heaven's Doorway Narrativeinspirational,life,care,c
WALKING ON FAITH Versefaith,for children,
Beachworld Free verseplaces,sea,sun,
Sleepless Nights Narrativeangst,imagination,mystery
Another Face Rhymelost love,
Paired Parings Balladchildhood,
AUTUMN'S SPLENDOROUS BEAUTY Quatrainnature,autumn,autumn,
Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis Epicabuse,analogy,corruption,
Anticipation Free verseautumn,death,life,
friend to friend Haikupeople,philosophy,
Calligraphy Verseon writing and words,
Cyndi Sonnetdedication,
Night Comes Rhymetime,
Without Hope's Gleam Terzanellehope,flower,flower,joy,pa
When Your Dead YOUR Dead Rhymefriendship,love,wife,
after my prayer Haikuinspirational,
Chamber Music Chopped Blank versemusic,
Money-God Free versededication,hope,love,reco
Down Fall Italian Sonnetbeautiful,miracle,nature,
God Forbid Coupletangst,devotion,write,life
To Kashinath and Cyndi Rhymededication,devotion,frien
Edinburgh Free versededication,
CHERISHED Sonnetlove,peace,
Shield Walls Lyricimagination,love,
Live The Cliches Free versedream,hope,love,poetry,
Bliss State Quatrainfaith,
A Reminder: To Be Free versetruth,writing,
She Came In and Changed Everything Dramatic Versedeath,deep,epic,evil,sorr
IN THE MOOD Light Poetryadventure,woman,
Edinburgh Free versededication,hope,life,love
The Byway Rhymecare,
To Love Myself Sonnetlove,new year,self,
Westward Movement Free versedevotion,love,peace,
The Rocking Chair Rhymechild,christmas,sister,
To the Rescue Rhymesnow,
A Perfect Storm Rhyme royallife,
Onward Christian Soldiers Rhyme 
BEYOND TEARS Rhymechild,encouraging,hope,
Dewberry Cobbler Haibungrowing up,
Release Free verseencouraging,grief,hope,st
IN STILLNESS Free versechange,life,
Within Reason- Maurice Yvonne and Seren Roberts Verselife,

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