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Nominated as one of the BEST POETS (current or in the past) on World Poetry Day, 21 March 2013 - in Dazed & Confused Magazine.

WEBSITES AND BLOGS:
1. http://suzette-poet-author.webs.com/
 
2. @ WATER DANCE (facebook page): Tips, poetry forms, self-publishing, websites, my books for sale, etc

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Included in: My poem, ON THE OCEAN WAVES
International Who's Who in Poetry 2012
Library of Congress ISBN- 978-1-61936-035-8

My poem, The African Man, featured twice during 2012 in the eMagazine, Afritorial


UBUNTU


Blog Posted:1/6/2013 3:15:00 AM


One of the comments on my poem, Ubuntu, had sparked this blog. Thank you to the fellow poet who kindly made the remark that the poem should perhaps be a bit longer (I am paraphrasing here).


When is a poem complete? When we have exhausted the topic/used the allotted number of lines for a given poetry form/ran out of steam?


An art teacher once told me that the secret to executing an excellent piece of art is to know when to stop. An overworked painting can be spotted (by most) a mile away and it jars on the senses.


A chef told me that an excellent dish is when just enough of the diners’ senses had been satisfied, but leaving them short of being fully sated – just a hint of wishing that there was one more morsel to tempt them. Each subsequent dish needs to leave the same effect on the diners. THAT constitutes culinary art.


Back to my original question: When is a poem complete? Some poems which I have read here on PS had left me with a sense of regret that it had come to an end. One such poem was the first place winner in a recent contest. Some lengthy poems I skip because the opening stanza did not draw me into the poem.


In conclusion, it appears to me that however long or short a poem is the three main elements need to be there, wooing the reader:


1.An opening statement which engages the interest of the reader

2.Developing the plot and this might employ poetry devices such as a pivotal phrase

3.The conclusion, ie the reason why the poem was penned in the first place


Each poem should tantalize the senses and provoke thought and, thereby, the participation by the reader when he/she mulls over the content of the poem. We do not always remember the exact words of a poem, but we do remember the impression it had left on us.


HAPPY QUILLS!


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  1. Date: 1/6/2013 9:46:00 AM
    now I need to go read your poem, and the length of a poem is always determined by what the writer is feeling " at that moment", unless as Ruben says, you read it later and feel it needs revision ( different moment)

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    Richards Avatar Suzette Richards Date: 1/6/2013 11:31:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Yes, you are right. I have often edited a poem when I returned to it (sometimes months later). ;-)
  1. Date: 1/6/2013 9:06:00 AM
    I love the "Ubuntu" story. Sometimes, "revision" (time) helps to understand if the poem is complete or not. Also, your idea about a "real" critique in comments would be very helpful. Thanks for your Soup Mail, I've already forgot the incident. Happy New Year! : )

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    Richards Avatar Suzette Richards Date: 1/6/2013 11:28:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    :-)
  1. Date: 1/6/2013 8:38:00 AM
    I really enjoyed your poem when I saw it, and I really love the philosophy it describes. that is so neat how the kids all held hands to win the fruit together!

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    Richards Avatar Suzette Richards Date: 1/6/2013 11:29:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    A real incident which I had found very inspiring. :-)
  1. Date: 1/6/2013 6:59:00 AM
    thanks for the Soupmail ...prompted me to post a blog.

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    Richards Avatar Suzette Richards Date: 1/6/2013 7:23:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    You are welcome, Frank :-)
  1. Date: 1/6/2013 6:54:00 AM
    YOU GOT IT! COOL PHOTO! AN INVERTED SUNFLOWER...COMES TO MY MIND. LOVE THIS BLOG SU!

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    Richards Avatar Suzette Richards Date: 1/6/2013 7:25:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Oh! I love the description of an inverted sunflower. Sunflowers always turn its heads to the sun - a positive image.

My Past Blog Posts

 
Goodbye Soupers - with Omar Khayyam
Date Posted: 5/19/2013 1:42:00 AM
THAT'S WHAT YOU MEANT TO ME
Date Posted: 5/17/2013 5:18:00 AM
Happy Mother's Day
Date Posted: 5/11/2013 3:06:00 PM
PARADISE LOST results
Date Posted: 5/11/2013 1:09:00 AM
The Gag Factor
Date Posted: 5/10/2013 9:15:00 AM
My Perspective ...
Date Posted: 5/7/2013 1:39:00 AM
The Face of PoetrySoup
Date Posted: 5/6/2013 2:42:00 PM
ROUNDEL CONTEST UPDATE
Date Posted: 5/5/2013 3:20:00 PM
America's first settlers resorted to cannibalism
Date Posted: 5/3/2013 10:58:00 PM
HAPPY MAY DAY
Date Posted: 5/1/2013 2:03:00 AM
I DID IT MY WAY
Date Posted: 4/30/2013 10:17:00 PM
MOST AWFUL by Caleb Smith
Date Posted: 4/25/2013 12:35:00 PM
WORLD BOOK DAY, 23 April - Birth and Death of Shakespeare
Date Posted: 4/23/2013 3:16:00 AM
You are what you read - ROUNDEL CONTEST UPDATE
Date Posted: 4/22/2013 1:43:00 AM
GOLDEN AUTUMN
Date Posted: 4/19/2013 4:00:00 AM
DON'T ANALYSE IT, DON'T ASK OTHERS TO ANALYSE IT
Date Posted: 4/18/2013 1:09:00 AM
Suzanne Delaney and Suzette Crous
Date Posted: 4/11/2013 1:28:00 AM
ROUNDEL - PARADISE LOST
Date Posted: 4/8/2013 8:02:00 AM
GROOK contest finalized
Date Posted: 4/8/2013 3:17:00 AM
Suzette Poet and Author - new website
Date Posted: 4/7/2013 2:17:00 AM
GIBBETING
Date Posted: 4/5/2013 1:34:00 AM
Goodbye
Date Posted: 4/3/2013 2:49:00 PM
INFLUENCES ON OUR POETRY
Date Posted: 3/31/2013 11:44:00 PM
WHO IS THE POET? - No 4 - EASTER EGG HUNT - So far - - -
Date Posted: 3/30/2013 12:49:00 AM
WHO IS THE POET? - No 4 - EASTER EGG HUNT
Date Posted: 3/28/2013 12:26:00 AM

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9/15/2014I HAD A DREAM ---Terzanelleabuse,
8/19/2014FootleFootlehumor,humorous,
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7/28/2014COLLATERAL DAMAGERhymechild,children,death,
7/27/2014If God is walking by our sideCoupletdaughter,
7/25/2014FREE FROM MOOD Blitzintrospection,
7/24/2014Language, per se - LGTCoupletlanguage,
7/22/2014TimeSuzette Primedeath,life,philosophy,
7/6/2014IN THE FORESTVerseafrica,allegory,baby,natu
7/2/2014WHEN THE FINAL BELL TOLLS - Inspired by the RUBAIYAT, of Omar KhayyamRhymephilosophy,
6/16/2014WINTERHaikuallegory,seasons,winter,
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5/22/2014HEADNOTEHaikuhistory,poetry,
5/18/2014IN SILENCE LAYS THE ANSWERSonnetallegory,philosophy,poets
5/13/2014the cherry blossomHaikuspring,
5/13/2014BRIDGE TOO FARVersemythology,
5/11/2014HAPPY MOTHER'S DAYTankamothers day,
5/5/2014tears of this veldSijohero,longing,memory,natur
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4/14/2014DESMOND MPILO TUTU - Itty Bitty poemClerihewhumorous,
3/31/2014SWEET TASTE OF LOVE In memory of Linda-marie Sweet-heartSuzette Primebereavement,death,dedicat
3/27/2014CHAOS - SUZETTE PRIMESuzette Primephilosophy,
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