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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


A GROOK FOR ALL OCCASIONS - A NEW CONTEST


Blog Posted:3/1/2013 2:20:00 AM


Cape Town frog sounds like pokemon on helium 



This may be what it sounds like when a frog has a frog in its throat. Actually, it is the defensive cry of what's being billed as the "world's cutest frog": 


Cape frog a squeaking star
www.news24.com:


Link to soundtrack under comments here.

A 30-second YouTube video shot in the Northern Cape of the “world’s cutest frog”, and its unusual squeak, has had over 3 million hits since it was uploaded just over a week ago – catapulting the creature and its photographer into the limelight internationally.


Durban photographer and reptile breeder Dean Boshoff, 27, photographed the tiny desert rain frog last month while on a camping trip in the Northern Cape. 


Boshoff said he found the frog, endemic to a coastal strip of land about 10km wide in Namibia and South Africa, while walking in the sand dunes. It is listed as vulnerable on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List of Threatened Species. 


IOL reports the small, plump species is easily recognisable by its bulging eyes, short snout, short limbs and, of course, its unusual squeak.
The video shows the puffed-up frog in defence mode, emitting a high-pitched squeak, which was what first caught Boshoff’s attention. 



GROOK


A grook ("gruk" in Danish) is a form of short aphoristic (a succinct statement expressing an opinion or general truth) poem, characterized by irony, paradox, brevity, precise use of language, sophisticated rhythms and rhymes and often satiric in nature. It was invented by the Danish poet and scientist Piet Hein. He wrote over 7,000 of them, most in Danish or English, published in 20 volumes. Some say that the name is short for "GRin & sUK" ("laugh & sigh" in Danish), but Piet Hein said he felt that the word had come out of thin air.


Taking as his first weapon the instrument with which he was most familiar, the pen, he wrote and had published his first "grook" (gruk in Danish). It passed the censors who did not grasp its real meaning.




CONSOLATION GROOK

Losing one glove
is certainly painful,
but nothing
compared to the pain,
of losing one,
throwing away the other,
and finding
the first one again.



The Danes, however, understood its importance and soon it was found as graffiti all around the country. The deeper meaning of the grook was that even if you lose your freedom ("losing one glove"), do not lose your patriotism and self-respect by collaborating with the Nazis ("throwing away the other"), because that sense of having betrayed your country will be more painful when freedom has been found again someday.


Footnotes are valid. With some poems, it increases the understanding and, therefore the enjoyment of the poem, if the background against which a poem was written, is understood. 

 


TRYING

Try and try again if you must,
but then you should give up.
No one is going to join you
at your well laid table to sup.

© 2013 Suzette Crous


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  1. Date: 3/1/2013 12:05:00 PM
    Will go an check it out Su, you know me I will have a go at most things........Seren

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    Richards Avatar Suzette Richards Date: 3/1/2013 12:38:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I love your spirit, Seren :-)
  1. Date: 3/1/2013 7:23:00 AM
    Interesting blog, Suzette! (I love your mysterious verse). : ) I'll check this little fella on Youtube.

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    O. Avatar Ruben O. Date: 3/1/2013 9:07:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    LMAO!!! Obviously...I have no idea what a grook is! : ) I'll check your contest page for details...it's not because I need them LOL!
    Richards Avatar Suzette Richards Date: 3/1/2013 8:21:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    My grook could have someone in mind, or maybe not.... ;-)
    Richards Avatar Suzette Richards Date: 3/1/2013 8:20:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Ruben, dear. .... lol.... It is grook and only grook. The contest page have more details. Love to see what you come up with. :-)
    O. Avatar Ruben O. Date: 3/1/2013 7:27:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Regarding the contest...any form, any length?
  1. Date: 3/1/2013 7:22:00 AM
    Suzette , a good grook from you. The frog does not look cute to me. haha. I hope I can think of a grook. I fear I am not too good at them!!

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    Richards Avatar Suzette Richards Date: 3/1/2013 8:18:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    lol... You should listen to the frog.... It is hilarious :-)
  1. Date: 3/1/2013 6:59:00 AM
    I seem to remember this blog. Still informative.

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    Richards Avatar Suzette Richards Date: 3/1/2013 8:19:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    You should write a glook for the contest, Michael. Your last one was great :-)
  1. Date: 3/1/2013 2:29:00 AM
    http://www.news24.com/Green/News/Cape-frog-a-squeaking-star-20130224?fb_action_ids=290526154409549&fb_action_types=og.recommends&fb_source=other_multiline&action_object_map=%7B%22290526154409549%22%3A453340101404076%7D&action_type_map=%7B%22290526154409549%22%3A%22og.recommends%22%7D&action_ref_map=%5B%5D

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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
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My Perspective ...
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The Face of PoetrySoup
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ROUNDEL CONTEST UPDATE
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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 - - -
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