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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




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

 
I HAVE TO SHARE THIS... BEST ARTICLE ON FIGURATIVE WRITING EVER!!! Worth the read!!!
Date Posted: 8/22/2014 10:47:00 AM
THIS IS POETIC PROSE
Date Posted: 8/20/2014 9:28:00 AM
Death in Family
Date Posted: 7/23/2014 8:30:00 AM
A CHANGE REQUEST FOR MEMBER CONTEST WINNERS PAGE... Me... upsetting another applecart... or a good idea? Thoughts?
Date Posted: 7/22/2014 3:57:00 PM
GARDEN PARTY CONTEST WINNERS... YOU GUYS ARE AWESOME!
Date Posted: 7/15/2014 9:57:00 PM
CONTEST JUDGES: A WAY TO FIND AN ABUSER
Date Posted: 7/15/2014 10:32:00 AM
NEW CONTEST: HARD SHELLS: TURTLE INSPIRED FREE VERSE
Date Posted: 7/13/2014 5:19:00 AM
LEATHERBACK BOY, FREE VERSE, CONTEST SOON TO FOLLOW
Date Posted: 7/11/2014 9:53:00 PM
SONNET TITLE FOUND..THANKS TO CHARMAINE... MINDING MANNERS
Date Posted: 6/11/2014 6:17:00 PM
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
Date Posted: 5/29/2014 1:40:00 PM
GENITALS in PRINT, AN OPEN DIALOGUE
Date Posted: 5/27/2014 3:20:00 PM
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

My Poems

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Date PostedPoem TitleFormCategories
8/25/2014LIFE WILL BE A HONEYMOONLyricparadise,passion,romantic
8/25/2014HOSTEL, QUEBEC CITY, 1978Free versehistory,places,
8/21/2014DEGREESSonnetbooks,sensual,words,
8/7/2014NEUTRALIZEDSonnetcolor,home,
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,
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My Photos


Fav Poems

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Poem TitleFormCategories
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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