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You are what you read - ROUNDEL CONTEST UPDATE


Blog Posted:4/22/2013 1:43:00 AM



Good morning Soupers!

Vapour is rising in wisps from the dew covered lawn. Overnight, snails had collected on the garden wall, lining up to greet the morning sun as it breaks free over the mountain range. The plumbago hedge, with its tufts of white flowers, looks other worldly this autumn dawn.


AUTUMN DAWN


vapour is rising
in wisps from
the dew covered lawn

overnight
snails had collected
on the garden wall
lining up and greeting the
morning sun as it breaks free over the mountain range

the plumbago hedge
with its tufts of white flowers
appears
surreal
on this autumn dawn


in the autumn of our lives we tend to
view things in a kinder light –
influenced
by the understanding that all matters are
not to be
defined
black or white

© 2013 Suzette Crous





William McGonagall is under the direst threat today in his apparently unassailable position as author of the world's worst poem. The 19th century Scots bard's notorious lament for The Tay Bridge Disaster. I have blogged about this a while ago, comparing the worst poem ever and the best, A Road Not Taken, by Robert Frost (voted by the population of the USA a few years ago). The new contender for the position of worst poem/poet ever:


A Tragedy by Theophile Marzials
Death!
Plop.
The barges down in the river flop.
Flop, plop,
Above, beneath.
From the slimy branches the grey drips drop...
To the oozy waters, that lounge and flop...
And my head shrieks - "Stop"
And my heart shrieks - "Die."...
Ugh! yet I knew - I knew
If a woman is false can a friend by true?
It was only a lie from beginning to end--
My Devil - My "friend."...
So what do I care,
And my head is empty as air -
I can do,
I can dare
(Plop, plop
The barges flop
Drip, drop.)
I can dare, I can dare!
And let myself all run away with my head
And stop.
Drop
Dead.
Plop, flop,
Plop.

Reference: http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2007/oct/03/news.johnezard


For more examples of some really awful “poems”, you may check out the following site:
uncyclopedia.wikia.com/wiki/Worst_100_Short_Poems

WARNING: ADULT CONTENT AND SOME MATERIAL MAY OFFEND SENSITIVE READERS


We all have some bad hair days regarding a poem that just does not want to gel. As we tend to take our inspiration from reading and listening to the works by other poets (here and elsewhere), it is not always clear what we should take on board as a fine example of poetry – or can we distinguish between what is good or bad poetry? I do not mean the contests with the list of winners. I mean the really awful lines foisted upon us by some people. Not all written lines can be construed as being worth the paper they are written on.


Here is my contribution to the one poem which makes me cringe with embarrassment. It had resulted in some heated discussions and I had eventually conceded that it is not a fine example of a haiku. I have subsequently labelled it a senryu and I stubbornly cling onto it. I included the correspondence between myself and the editor of frogpond in my book mentioned below. I learn as much by my mistakes as from success.


a door left ajar

an exit      an entry

signals possibilities

© 2012 Suzette Crous



Here is my challenge to you today: Would you be so brave as to sight a poem which you had written and had published (here or elsewhere), which you wish had never seen the light?


ROUNDEL CONTEST UPDATE:

1st place winner(s): PDF file copy of my book, DANCE OF THE WORDS - A Guide to Various Poetry Forms: Value $10.00



HAPPY QUILLS!

Love

Su


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  1. Date: 4/24/2013 5:25:00 PM
    Let me try beaten this one by my titled pen: Paradise Lost and Found... At the helm of her affair/ Was I made a loyal watchman/ _ a Knight, to the kingdom/ I belong here/ But I hadn't realize so fast/ Not until when I saw the note/ - a sign, mama told me/ To look forward to as long as I live/ My lost no doubt is found/ My paradise of breathing is not lost/ It's right here where I serves.

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  1. Date: 4/22/2013 3:31:00 PM
    I love Dawn poems and this one is really beautiful. A feast for the eyes.

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    Richards Avatar Suzette Richards Date: 4/23/2013 3:50:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you, SuZ. Love, Su
  1. Date: 4/22/2013 3:27:00 PM
    I have written only three or four haikus in my life and much to my embarassment recently entered one in a contest here...it was the only one left off the list of winners ...so beat that.

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    Richards Avatar Suzette Richards Date: 4/23/2013 3:50:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    BTW It is "haiku" singular and plural. :-) Practice and read a few choice examples. Hang in there - that is all I ever do with my haiku (and hold my breath....lol)
    Delaney Avatar Suzanne Delaney Date: 4/22/2013 3:28:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Incidentally don't go looking. I have removed it from my poem list so it will be forever buried...LOL
  1. Date: 4/22/2013 9:11:00 AM
    Interesting, when I write, excuse me, attempt to write Haiku I always have that uneasy, excuse the cliche', "walking on thin ice feeling". The Japanese forms are the only time I feel genuinely intimidated, but still I love the thoughts in your door ajar ditty---hey, just go to the standby free verse if you must, but don't toss it! BTW, Do like the Autumn Dawn poem.

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    Richards Avatar Suzette Richards Date: 4/22/2013 11:23:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you for the support, Craig. Every time a post a haiku, I hold my breath..... I feel comfortable around tanka, but that is as far as I will venture with the exotic poetry. As I had commented in an earlier blog: Thanks to you, I no longer shy away from meter - my habitual nightmare due to my accent :-)
  1. Date: 4/22/2013 8:44:00 AM
    I'm afraid there are too many, not sure I can choose only one :( I have learned so much.......and I know now, how little I knew about poetry when I first got enough courage to post on PS......

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    Richards Avatar Suzette Richards Date: 4/22/2013 11:29:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I have revisited many of my earlier poems and rewrote a number of them. I like Debbie G's contest and it had me thinking that there is no such thing as a bad poem - most can be salvaged. Yes, PS taught me a lot.
  1. Date: 4/22/2013 2:05:00 AM
    Excuse me!! Worst poems????? I can beat them both!! : D !!! Good morning, Suzette!

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    Richards Avatar Suzette Richards Date: 4/22/2013 2:17:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Ruben - salute! lol... I have never read a poem written by you which had not set me thinking for hours on end.... Love your work.:-)

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Fav Poems

PoemTitleFormCategories
As Raindrops Fall Lyriclife,love,philosophy,visi
The Shadow of Me Free verseintrospectionme,age,old,t
As Canvas Weeps Tankaart
Through the Winter Cold he Rode Villanellelove,winter,
Seasons to wonder Rhymenature,seasons,me,winter,
The Loss of Wisdom Quaternintrospection,loss,people
Autumn Love Acrosticlove,
Pseudonym Free verseallegory,hope,introspecti
swarm of dragonflies Haikuart,nature,
Dying Rose Haikudevotion,
Jokers Lament Senryufunny,life,
Distant Thunder - A Shan-zi Poem Free versenature,
Captive Bird - 12 Bars 12 Dreams Rhyme 
'Peace when needed' Free versefriendship,hope,life,lost
Wearied Wanderlust Rondeaulove,
The Allure of Your Lips Quaternpassion,romance,visionary
'Warfare' Verseangst,depression,fear,
Invitation to the Dance Free verseallegory,
TUNES OF WAVES Rhymemusic,nature,ocean,
Beauty of Nature Haikunature,
Do You Remember Free verse 
Nette Onclaud, Princess to be Queen Quatrainhistory,people,places
DARE WE Quatrainfunny,me,
Wayward Child Pantoumage,dark,introspection,li
Ewmer Fudd and Buggs Bunny Paint the Town Wed Coupletfunny,life,
Yesterdays Free verseangst,
When Tomorrow Dawns Verselife,garden,
paper boat Haikuhope,
The Ivy and The Brick Villanelleallegory,heart,red,heart,
Haste Quintain (Sicilian)faith,fear,introspection,
Crickets' Call Rhymenature,time,love,
Dream of Dawn Constanza Rhymenostalgia,flower,flower,r
Drawing on Time Versededication,faith,life,may
MY QUIET PLACE, SOFT Versespace,
Shadow Puppets Verselove,
The Greatest Love Story Quatrainlove,words,body,love,
After my death Epigramsad,
Her Epitaph Epigramdeath,nostalgia,
Between the Stingers Villanellelost love,
Phobia Free verseangst,world,light,light,
Let the Moon Watch Tankaromance,
The Zulu Coconut Speaks Nonetallegory,
Dark Dawn Diamantepolitical,
Injustice Versedeath,friendship,history,
The Ballad Of Prospector Pete Balladfunny,
Ramblers Rhymefantasy,love,
Under Moonlight Tankalost love,
In My Prime Free versephilosophy,me,change,me,
Positano Harbor Dodoitsusea,
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A Seagull's Plight Free versecourage,dream,passion,upl
Imaginary Universe Free verseimagination,philosophy,
Sweet Taste of Love Suzette Primelost love,
I AM LIVING Free versededication,devotion,inspi
Caught in the Sun Quintellabeauty,nature,
Stardust Artist Coupletbeauty,imagination,nature
Never Forgotten Coupletdevotion,love,
Poe and I Rispettolonely,lost love,
Picture Postcard Free versenature,winter,
It's All In How You Ask It Footlefunny,
Table for One Ekphrasis (Ecphrasis)artautumn,lonely,morning,
The Mighty One Ekphrasis (Ecphrasis)natural disasters
Closer Free versehope,life,love,peace,blue
My Slutty Aunt's Wedding Rhymesatire,wedding,wedding,
Amassed ABCangst,nature,war,
Cling Sijoautumn,insect,nature,rain
A valentine poem 1 Acrosticlove,valentines day,words
In Dawn's Bright Glow Sonnetnature,
THE RESTLESS SEA historical quatrain for contest Quatrainhistory,men,
The Magpie and The Butterfly, A Terzanelle Terzanellebutterfly,love,marriage,p
Your Ocean Free verseintrospection,
Past Passion Sonnetlost love,love,
The Accolade Balladchristian,faith,love,woma
Chilled Dawn Versedark,death,farewell,loss,
The 'Undred an' Fifth Rhymeadventure,courage,war,mar
Senryu 023 Senryuloss,
The Angel Inside Rhymeallegory,angel,art,beauti
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Lekker contest Acrostichappiness,love,marriage,
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Colours Coupletnature,
SMAAK STUKKEND Carpe Diemimagination,introspection
Sitting In My Deck Chair Free versehappiness,happy,nature,dr
A Bit O' Ireland Quatrainlove,time,time,
A Pink Crystal Dawn Kimonature,
Bartered Wives Versehistory,
The Potter's Wheel Sestinaart,life,
Kiss the Rain Sonnetlost love,
HOW TO STOP SWIFT AND STEALTHY TIME THAT BRINGS DEATH Carpe Diemdeath,history,life,philos
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