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About Brian Strand
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Bloggers PhotoI am English,retired from work and am a committed evangelical Christian.My hobbies are art and poetry.Check out my regular short poetry on twitter@strandpoet and my periodic postings  of my art, on Flickr @Poiemapoet and my recent captioned cartoons here on PS as blogs.The poetry forms I've developed +/or promoted for educational purposes together with examples of my art ,et al are to be found,on my numerous pages on ' Brian Strand poet' )  For hard copy,I have two poetry books on Amazon-'Flowers of Life' a selection of William Soutar's cinquains and 'Shorthand of the Heart 'a selection of Poetic form.
I have over forty books published on kindle inc twelve poetic form books ,SOUNDS ALOUD,FOOTLE FUN,MORE FOOTLE FUN,FULTON FRAMEWORK, POIEMA Ekphrasis , PHANEROS lanternes,SEQUENCE(fibonacci),VERSELET- over 80 poetic forms exampled) , A VERSE MISCELLANY,Vignette,ORIENT to occidental ,TIME-to rhyme;  all these twelve are  now available for 
 download on  Kindle together with 8 ebooks in (also available on Kindle) my Christianity Explained series and twelve so far in my Strand Guide on kindle series 'Poesie Pieces' a poetry help ebook & 'Art-a personal view' & 'Prayer-a personal experience'&Worship-a personal practice,Biblical Verse-a poetic perception, Books& Balance Sheets-go figure & Writing Christian Verse- a personal inspiration,Imagism-picture & pen;Strand on Poetry and Strand on Life;Strand on Artists;Strand on Art  plus another twelve in My Choice Strand verse also on kindle- Little Songs- a selection of my longer verse;Little Laughs-a selection of my lighter verse;Little Pictures-a selection of my imagist poems;Little Tags-a selection of my eopigrammatic poems;Little Memories- a selection of my nostalgic poetry;Little Battles-my war poetry;Little Landscapes-my pastoral poetry;Little Kisses-my love poetry;Little Me- my bio poetry;Two liners(monoku and doublets);Cinquains&Cinqku-for you;Four & more
I also edit Wiki pages on poetry/art and have 100+ book reviews on Amazon  and have two of my publications available to purchase here on PoetrySoup store


Blog Posted:10/23/2012 2:57:00 AM
Hi folks I have not 'left' PS although I am not renewing my PM when it expires this week ,as I feel after running 200 contests and posting 800 blogs  over 5 years or so, that it is probably enough for anyone, both to read and to write.I will be posting my poetry (when I start to write creatively again) and commenting on blogs here but for the foreseeable few weeks upto Christmas I anticipate being occupied domestically with caring for my wife who is scheduled for major surgery this weekend.PS is an excellent poetry site (which is why I have tried,as best I can) since 2007 ,to  contribute to and encourage its development as the leading''net' poetry site and it remains the reason I continue store all my poetic library here.Best wishes to all my many poetic peers here on PS with your creative poetic endeavours.Rgds Brian
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  1. Date: 10/27/2012 10:49:00 PM! It seems many are getting hit with personal struggles right now...U and your wife are on my prayer list too...your poetry contributions are too numerous to are appreciated immensely, poet! All my best to u and your family. gwendolen

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  1. Date: 10/27/2012 8:56:00 AM
    I am new here but I will add my voice to praying for you and your wife.

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  1. Date: 10/24/2012 5:39:00 PM
    My prayers are for your wife as she faces surgery, I'm so sorry that she has to go through anything of this kind, but she is quite fortunate that she has you to give her the support and care she will need. Best of wishes Brian, Agape, Moses

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  1. Date: 10/24/2012 12:07:00 PM
    do visit every now and then, brian... you are missed.. i send you life's many graces!..;) huggs

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  1. Date: 10/23/2012 7:11:00 PM
    My prayers go out to you and your dear wife, Brain...I will miss your blogs and your contests...Tim

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  1. Date: 10/23/2012 6:32:00 PM
    Sending healing prayers your way, you take care of you, please..Light & Love

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  1. Date: 10/23/2012 12:47:00 PM
    Prayers for you and your wife. Thank you for the contests and for letting us know you are ok. Best wishes for you and yours!

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  1. Date: 10/23/2012 10:57:00 AM
    Brian, you are secretly missed by many of us here on the soup. Thank you for thinking of us and sharing what you are going through. I will keep your wife and your return in my thoughts... God Bless you...LINDA

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  1. Date: 10/23/2012 10:18:00 AM
    Hugs and prayers for you and your wife in this time of special need. I am so glad you took the time to update us, we do miss you.

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  1. Date: 10/23/2012 9:29:00 AM
    Your wife is in my prayers for a successful surgery and speedy recovery and I am so glad you posted this blog to keep us up to date, looking forward to your poetic return when you are ready

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  1. Date: 10/23/2012 8:58:00 AM
    Thank you Guys for your kind words,thoughts and prayers this stress filled time.Your friendship now and over the years is appreciated.PS has its 'ups and downs' because words 'written' appear colder than those 'said' but our passion for poetry is what binds us together and PS still remains one of the best places on the net to share our artistic temperaments.rgds Brian

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  1. Date: 10/23/2012 8:53:00 AM
    Brian, you have always been a fine example of knowledge, talent and kindness, and it has been my pleasure to learn from you. My prayers for your wife as she faces surgery, I'm so sorry that she has to go through anything of that kind, but how fortunate that she has you to lend her the support and care she will need. I hope you will keep us updated on her recovery. Thank you for always being the one blog I could count on....never an unkind word, never a inuendo or caustic remark... just a wealth of knowledge and dignity and good manners. You have been a good example of what some of us came to Poetry Soup to find. Thank you, and God Bless......Wishing your wife a full recovery.

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    Strand Avatar Brian Strand Date: 10/23/2012 9:04:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you Carrie .As these blogs are 'on the world-wide web' accessible to all ,not just we 'soupers' ! Those interested in updates are most welcome to soupmail me over the coming days.rgds Brian
  1. Date: 10/23/2012 8:26:00 AM
    Our prayers are with you on your wife's speedy recovery... Glad to see your not gone... yours truly.

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  1. Date: 10/23/2012 7:20:00 AM
    So glad to hear from you..My best wishes to your wife and to you. will keep good thoughts for you bnoth. BG

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  1. Date: 10/23/2012 7:00:00 AM
    Brian, I am still remembering you and your wife and family in those prayers..I purchased the book that you mentioned..I have only read bits and pieces of it but it is very interesting..I hope that your wife will soon be back to full strength and looking after home and family..Sara

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  1. Date: 10/23/2012 6:58:00 AM
    Thank you for letting know you're fine, Brian. My best wishes to you and your wife. Ruben.

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  1. Date: 10/23/2012 6:35:00 AM
    and waiting for your burst of creativity with new poems as well.

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  1. Date: 10/23/2012 6:34:00 AM
    What a wonderful blog, Brian. Just the other day a soup member mentioned you and missing you. Very nice words about PS and I want to thank you for the many contests you have sponsored. it would sure be great to see you commenting on blogs in the future! My best to your wife on her upcoming surgery!

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  1. Date: 10/23/2012 6:21:00 AM
    All the best to you both Brian xx

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  1. Date: 10/23/2012 5:25:00 AM
    thoughts are with you, buddy....jimbo...oh....I proudly admire my framed winning certificate from a contest couple yrs. ago of yours that kindled my spirit....thanks, Brian...

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    Strand Avatar Brian Strand Date: 10/23/2012 9:07:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Those were the days Jim! Hopefully we all can keep the 'workshop' atmosphere of mutual encouragement to our poetic development.Best wishes with your writing.rgds Brian
  1. Date: 10/23/2012 5:10:00 AM
    BRIAN! Thank you for letting us know how you are and I will pray for your wife and her surgery... there are so many here who are going through trials right now... surgery is at the top of the list. I'm so sorry that health concerns have touched your family. You are missed, not just your contests, but you, your art, you wise guidance at times it was needed. But you are where you should be, with your loved one....glad you won't completely disappear. PLEASE if you have a close friend here at soup or if/when you have time, please just even one line to say how your wife fared in her surgery? Thank you for all you brought soup. Your poetry artful, blogs thoughtful, your illustrations delightful.

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  1. Date: 10/23/2012 4:42:00 AM
    thank you Brian, i do enjoy your poetry and read your blogs with interest.. a prayer for your wife also...

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My Recent Poems

Date PostedPoem TitleFormCategories
9/22/2014LISTEN SHAREVersechristian,
8/11/2014NOW MUST ART recited structured proseVerseart,
8/5/2014ECLECTIC ENIGMA part 1Verseart,
8/5/2014ECLECTIC ENIGMA part 2Verseart,
8/5/2014ECLECTIC ENIGMA part 3Verseart,
8/5/2014ECLECTIC ENIGMA part 4Verseart,
8/5/2014ECLECTIC ENIGMA part 5Verseart,
8/1/2014RETROSPECTIVE BLOG PHRASIS part 1Versepoetry,
8/1/2014RETROSPECTIVE BLOG PHRASIS part 2Versepoetry,
8/1/2014RETROSPECTIVE BLOG PHRASIS part 3Versepoetry,
8/1/2014RETROSPECTIVE BLOG PHRASIS part 4Versepoetry,
7/31/2014THE TIME IS NOW a structured proseVersechristian,
7/21/2014PERSONAL AND PRAYERFULLY part 1Versechristian,
7/21/2014PERSONAL AND PRAYERFULLY part 2Versechristian,
7/21/2014PERSONAL AND PRAYERFUL part 3Versechristian,
7/21/2014PERSONAL AND PRAYERFUL part 4Versechristian,
7/15/2014ENCHAINED UNFREE recited structured proseVersechristian,
7/14/2014AN ECLECTIC SUMMERS DAY recited structured proseVersesummer,
7/10/2014CHARIS structured proseVersechristian,life,
7/8/2014SAVING GRACE structured proseVersechristian,jesus,
7/6/2014AS THE FATHER structured proseVersechristian,life,
7/2/2014GRACE GIFTS structured proseVersechristian,life,
7/1/2014IN CHRIST ALONE structured prose recitedVersechristian,life,
6/29/2014HEAR THISVersechristian,
6/28/2014TRUTH OR FICTION-structured proseVerseidentity,life,
6/25/2014LISTEN UP open verse recitedVersechristian,peace,
6/19/2014WHAT IS THE POINT structured prose recitedVerselife,
6/17/2014SHOOTING STAR -structured proseVerseyouth,
6/15/2014WOMEN OF AUTHORITYVersebible,christian,
6/14/2014DISCRETE AND REPLETEVersechristian,poetry,
6/10/2014A LIVING VOICE recitedVersepoetry,voice,
6/5/2014FREE 4 ALL-A CODAVersepolitical,society,
5/26/2014AN ELEGY FOR ENGLAND recitedElegypolitical,social,
5/21/2014A LOVE PHRASISVerselove,
4/29/2014FREE 4 ALL part 2 structured prose- recitedVerseeducation,health,social,
4/29/2014FREE 4 ALL part 1- structured prose recitedVerseeducation,health,social,
4/26/2014ART EKPHRASIS 1 Wols and Palmer -recitedEkphrasis (Ecphrasis)art,people,
4/26/2014ART EKPHRASIS 2 Suerat and Macke -recitedEkphrasis (Ecphrasis)art,people,
4/26/2014ART EKPHRASIS 3-Klimt and Chagall-recitedEkphrasis (Ecphrasis)art,people,
4/21/2014LOVE'S MEMORIES a structured prose trilogy-recited-part 1Verselove,marriage,
4/21/2014LOVE'S MEMORIES a structured prose trilogy -recited-part 2Verselove,marriage,
4/21/2014LOVE'S MEMORIES- a structured prose trilogy-recited-part 3Verselove,marriage,
4/19/2014MATISSE CUT-OUT an Ekphrasis-recitedEkphrasis (Ecphrasis)art,people,
4/13/2014A DOMESTIQUE structured prose-recitedVersemarriage,
4/13/2014ART EKPHRASIS-Action Painting-recitedVerseart,
4/13/2014ART EKPHRASIS -expressionism -recitedVerseart,
4/7/2014IF ONLY a prose poem -recitedVersefilm,poetry,
4/4/2014RECITED EKPHRASISEkphrasis (Ecphrasis)poetry,spoken word,
4/4/2014IMAGIST EKPHRASIS-recitedEkphrasis (Ecphrasis)image,poetry,
4/4/2014HAIKU EKPHRAS-recitedEkphrasis (Ecphrasis)poetry,
3/27/2014ODYSSEY a structured prose -verse-recitedVersechristian,life,
3/25/2014BEETHOVEN PHRASIS recitedVersemusic,poetry,
3/18/2014WHO,WHAT,WHERE a structured verse -recitedVersechristian,poetry,
3/14/2014LANTERNE PHRASIS 1 recitedVersepoetry,
3/14/2014LANTERNE PHRASIS 2 recitedVersepoetry,
3/14/2014LANTERNE 3Versepoetry,
3/14/2014LANTERNE PHRASIS 4 recitedVersepoetry,
3/14/2014LANTERNE PHRASIS 5Versepoetry,
3/14/2014LANTERNE PHRASIS 6 rectiedVersepoetry,
3/14/2014LANTERNE PHRASIS 7 recitedVersepoetry,
3/8/2014PHRASIS STREAMS part 1 recitedVersepoems,poetry,
3/8/2014PHRASIS STREAMS part 2 recitedVersepoems,poetry,
3/8/2014PHRASIS STREAMS part 3 recitedVersepoems,poetry,
3/8/2014PHRASIS STREAMS part 4 recitedVersepoems,poetry,
3/8/2014PHRASIS STREAMS part 5 recitedVersepoems,poetry,
3/7/2014A POETRY PHRASIS FOR TODAY recitedVersepoetry,
2/28/2014SEQUENCE PHRASIS part 1 recitedVersepoetry,
2/28/2014SEQUENCE PHRASIS part 2 recitedVersepoetry,poverty,
2/28/2014SEQUENCE PHRASIS part 3 recitedVersepoetry,
2/27/2014IMAGIST PHRASIS part 1 recitedVerseimagery,
2/27/2014IMAGIST PHRASIS part 2 recitedVerseimagery,
2/27/2014IMAGE PHRASIS part 3 recitedVerseimagery,
2/23/2014LOVE PHRASIS part 1 recitedVerselove,
2/23/2014LOVE PHRASIS part 2 recitedVerselove,
2/22/2014CHRISTIAN PHRASIS part 1 recitedVersechristian,
2/22/2014CHRISTIAN PHRASIS part 2 recitedVersechristian,
2/22/2014CHRISTIAN PHRASIS part 3 recitedVersechristian,
2/22/2014CHRISTIAN PHRASIS part 4 recitedVersechristian,
2/22/2014CHRISTIAN PHRASIS part 5 recitedVersechristian,
2/19/2014FLIGHTS OF FANCY PHRASIS part 1 recitedVersefantasy,
2/19/2014FLIGHTS OF FANCY PHRASIS part 2 recitedVersefantasy,
2/19/2014FLIGHTS OF FANCY PHRASIS part 3 recitedVersefantasy,
2/19/2014FLIGHTS OF FANCY PHRASIS part 4 recitedVersefantasy,
2/17/2014RETROSPECTIVE PHRASIS part 1 recitedBiopoetry,
2/17/2014RETROSPECTIVE PHRASIS part 2 recitedBiopoetry,
2/16/2014RETROSPECTIVE PHRASIS part 3 recitedBiopoetry,
2/16/2014RETROSPECTIVE PHRASIS part 4 recitedBiopoetry,
2/16/2014RETROSPECTIVE PHRASIS part 5 recitedBiopoetry,
2/16/2014RETROSPECTIVE PHRASIS part 6 recitedBiopoetry,
2/16/2014RETROSPECTIVE PHRASIS part 7 recitedBiopoetry,
2/16/2014RETROSPECTIVE PHRASIS part 8 recitedBiopoetry,
2/16/2014RETROSPECTIVE PHRASIS part 9 recitedBiopoetry,
2/16/2014RETROSPECTIVE PHRASIS part 10 recitedBiopoetry,
2/16/2014RETROSPECTIVE PHRASIS part11 recitedBiopoetry,
2/16/2014RETROSPECTIVE PHRASIS part12 recitedBiopoetry,
2/14/2014VIVALDI PHRASIS recitedVersemusic,people,
2/13/2014CHOPIN PHRASIS recitedVersemusic,people,
2/11/2014TWAIN PHRASIS recitedVersewriting,

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Fav Poems

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The NoseConcreteart,life,on writing and w
Sailing LeafHaikunature
The RainHaikunature
ReflectionsFree verseon writing and wordswords
Lament Of The HeartFree verselife,love,passionwords,
Hippocratic OathRhymelost love,son,sympathywor
Ever AfterCinquainlove
Mortal SeasonFree versesea,seasonssummer,day,sum
A Whisper on the WindFree versenature
There Will Be MountainsCoupletfaith,lifemountains,
Tender MomentsQuatrainlovesweet,sweet,
Blush of the RosesCouplethope,nature
Haiku/Limerick number twentyHaikunature
Time MachineCoupletnostalgiamom,me,night,can
I AM THE ONEFree verseinspirationalme,
The GiftCoupletintrospection,nature
footle .. Footle !!Light Poetryfunny
As Night Descends...Sonnetlove,mystery,passion
Lavender SoapNarrativefamily,happinesseaster,
The Love LetterQuatrainlovelove,passion,
cream seeps from the sunHaikuseasons
Yesterday's Rain~Coupletforgiveness,hope,inspirat
Lasting ImpressionSenryupassion,people
Winter PondFree versenatureautumn,
RestorationFree versenatureme,me,
In Reverence to Vivaldi's "Storm"Free versededication,love,musiclove
In Like a LionFree versenature,sea,seasons
requiem to my heroElegyloss
Bed of RosesRictameterlove
Spring Tango Haikunature,seasons
Farewell, alasFree versedeath,i love you,
An Idyll of the PastVersehistoryme,child,me,
Unconditioonal Love - the short versionRhymeloveme,me,
The Old HomesteadLyricfamily,history,introspect
The Red RabbitI do not know?life,
God’s OrchardSenryuimagination
Ode to a rose on a sunsetQuatraincaregiving,dedication,dev
The Beauty of PeaceChokanature,seablue,
In Your Kiss...Free verselove,timelove,
When Violins WeepVerselost love,love
Where are you so soon, my loveQuatrainlove,i love you,
Within The CloudsFree versechildhood,life,sadheart,d
MaxineFree verselove
Weather ObservationsFree versenature
Lovers UtopiaQuatrainfantasy,happiness,imagina
Melancholy Mists Free versephilosophy,sad
NightfallFree verseimagination,naturebird,bi
CricketFree versepoliticalred,
The ReaderFree verselove,on writing and words
Coiled Spring ExternalNarrativelife,mystery,placesblue,b
The Conciliator's CryFree versecaregiving,devotion,inspi
My heartQuatrainfriendship,hope,loveheart
WhispersFree verseintrospection,life,passio
The AmbianceFree verseeducation,happiness,passi
Movements of BeginningsFree versehistory,philosophy,politi
Laying in waitFree verselove
Poetic WatersHaikunature,sea
A Bit of JoySenryuhappiness,life,nature
Before & After the LullVerseseasea,sea,
Diamond in the BudLanternenature
NIGHT IS NOT LIKE DAYTerza Rimamusic,mystery,nature,sea,
Ghetto Summer (redo)Fibonacciplaces
Night's sentryFree versecaregiving,imagination,my
RainFree verseintrospection,peopleday,d
Dreamtime: flowers never bloomQuintain (Sicilian)imagination
Grandfather's Arbour (revised)Sonnet 
It was on JuneTankaloss,lost love
Awaiting DawnChokanaturenight,night,
Cubic RomanceSenryuart,imagination,love
“Fall”ing in LoveHaikulove,nature
Eternal WitnessHaikuadventure,inspirational
Autumn's BreezeCoupletnature,peace,sea,seasons,
The PowerTail-rhymeallegory,love
Hopscotch-Losing BalanceConcretelife
The Walk We TakeCrystallinehappiness,hope,inspiratio
Winters budsFree versepassion
Solace of Nature Haikunature,peace
The Old PainterCouplettime,
A Change of Season - A HaikuHaikunature
Morning BaptismHaikunature
Evening GraceFree versepeaceme,
Haiku - Mirror ReflectionHaikunature
Quiet Comfort Parts 1, 2 and 3Crystallineintrospection,life
Flying My Kite of ProseFree verseon writing and words
Winter FootprintsQuatrainseasons
Sienna EyesNarrativeanimals
Eye of the stormFree versefaith
Uncaring WindFree versenature
Stillness Of LoveSenryuhope

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