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About Annalise Brigham
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     Let me begin by saying that I enjoy being a part of PoetrySoup.  I have been around for last five or six years, writing, reading, meeting and interacting with talented poets from around the world. There is much I have learned! .

        I wrote my first poem between the ages of five - six, after a field trip to a beach on the Atlantic coast on a most gorgeous sunny day. My Papa was so proud of me, he hung it in the living room! lol  Somewhere along the way, my poem was lost as are mamy others written in between relocating from one country to another. It was my 8th grade teacher who first advised me to keep writing.  Always a dreamer, my Papa complained that I was absent-minded and I didn't mind because it was true as there was so much to see and do everywhere else than where I was at any moment. Ah, but life has a way of making you conform to its tons of mundane tasks; however that dreamer still lives, today! 

        Along with poetry, I have accomplished one of my dreams with regards to writing.  I published a book, "Fiona's Journey" in 2004-my first attempt. It's nothing to brag about, yet it was an enjoyable experience and I'm glad I was given that chance to share my feelings and beliefs with others.  It was written for children but anyone would enjoy.  Since then I've embarked on a novel which is taking forever. However, I will persevere as the story means very much to me.

        I live on the beautiful state of Maryland on the east coast with my family.  I have an extraordinary child who I'm extremely grateful for.  We share a life that's enriching with music, people, our love for each other and nature. We both love the ocean and visit at every opportunity that comes up.

        I'm easy going and friendly; loving people just comes naturally. And I still have faith that one day, man will come to see that we have no choice but to respect and love each other or none of us will survive..not even the strongest in any sense. In my free time, I enjoy entertaining, basketball (watching- lol I'm only 5' 3"), cooking, movies, sewing and travelling.

Results of "What My Eyes See" Contest

Blog Posted:2/26/2011 8:30:00 PM

        I wish to thank all the poets who submitted entries for my "What My Eyes See, Haiku Contest.  I appreciate your kind support and though the judging was tough, I do think I was pretty fair.  I first looked for content clarity, and then rules...mainly the syllable count, in which most everyone excelled and also for caps and unecessary punctuations.


        Once again, thanks for submitting your various takes on what you saw in the photo. Some poets went deeper than others, nevertheless, like you, I gave judging my best.


Thanks again, all!



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  1. Date: 2/28/2011 5:55:00 AM
    Thank you, Annalise, for inspiring me to write. Also, I appreciate that my Haiku found a place among the winners:)

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  1. Date: 2/27/2011 7:09:00 PM
    Hi Annalise -- Thank you ever so much for awarding my poem a place among the winners in your contest. Your contest proved to be greatly inspiring and the haiku I've read thus far are incredible. Congratulations to all the winners and all who were inspired to write. Best wishes. Deb

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  1. Date: 2/27/2011 3:39:00 PM
    I missed this one too, Sorry! Looks like it filled pretty fast though. I'll go read the entries.Agape, Moses

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  1. Date: 2/27/2011 3:09:00 PM
    Gee, hon, I missed this one entirely. Congratulations to all the winners! Love, Carolyn

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  1. Date: 2/27/2011 8:37:00 AM
    Thank you for my placement~I'm thrilled!!!!!~Hurray~I should be back to the soup this week~Busy,Busy~I need to judge my contest and write some (NEW) good stuff~thanks again~Rick

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  1. Date: 2/27/2011 7:43:00 AM
    I am late in catching the winners of your contest, and I'm so surprised, and honored, Annalise! Thank you so much for enjoying a different interpretation of the guiding light. That was such an inspiring picture you presented us!! Thank you so very much! love, Carrie

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  1. Date: 2/27/2011 7:18:00 AM
    Thanks for my placement, and super congrats to all your winners :) I definitely missed writing haiku from picture prompts, so thanks for the inspiration for that-- :)

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  1. Date: 2/27/2011 7:17:00 AM
    Super wonderful contest Annalise and congrats to u and all the amazing winners too.. appreciate my 6th place for "Intimate Indigo".. a wonderful creative experience to write for this contest luv..

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  1. Date: 2/27/2011 6:51:00 AM
    Thank you for a wonderful contest and for my 5th place, with my poem, a molten embrace, I am feeling the glory~~

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  1. Date: 2/27/2011 6:34:00 AM
    Congrats to all the winners in wondrful contest... I enjoyed writing for it...always Michael

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  1. Date: 2/27/2011 3:23:00 AM
    Thanks a lot Anna. It was an honour to be among such great poetic works.

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  1. Date: 2/27/2011 12:51:00 AM
    Hi Annalise,thanks for placing my entry in the 7 th position.I enjoyed the contest very much.Thanks for sponsoring such a contest.

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  1. Date: 2/26/2011 10:14:00 PM
    HI, Annalise, and thanks for the number 6. I want to see your winners right now. I think I can never catch up with all the contest winner circles that came out this week, but I'm trying! Luv, Andrea

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  1. Date: 2/26/2011 9:19:00 PM
    what a great haiku trip, annalise... and what greater pleasure for those who all praticipated in this endeavor... thank you for acknowledging my work with best cheers to all winners! :) huggs!

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My Past Blog Posts

Results of "What My Eyes See" Contest
Date Posted: 2/26/2011 8:30:00 PM
Update on "What My Eyes See" Haiku Contest
Date Posted: 2/24/2011 9:26:00 AM
Date Posted: 12/7/2010 11:13:00 AM
A Grateful Thanks To Billythekidster
Date Posted: 12/4/2010 11:45:00 AM
Sentimental Love Letters Contest, Judged!!
Date Posted: 11/6/2010 3:11:00 PM
Love Letters Intoxicating!
Date Posted: 11/4/2010 2:50:00 PM
Date Posted: 9/11/2010 5:36:00 PM
Outcome of My Contest- "If I Had Just One Day Left To Live"
Date Posted: 8/13/2010 9:35:00 AM
A Request
Date Posted: 7/20/2010 12:17:00 PM
"If I Had One Day Left To Live" Contest Opens
Date Posted: 7/1/2010 3:25:00 PM
Date Posted: 6/19/2010 9:41:00 PM
Date Posted: 6/19/2010 11:42:00 AM
Date Posted: 6/12/2010 1:02:00 PM

My Poems

Date PostedPoem TitleFormCategories
9/6/2014The GiftVerseencouraging,prayer,spirit
6/16/2014Flames do LeapRhymeheart,love,passion,
5/30/2014Restless HeartNonetangst,heart,introspection
5/29/2014Prelude to SummerNarrativebutterfly,nature,spring,
5/21/2014Escaping ThoughtsMonokuage,humor,
5/19/2014A DreamRhymedream,
5/10/2014A Call to WorshipSijoreligion,
4/30/2014Travel LightAcrostichope,life,
4/25/2014A Salute to SpringQuintain (English)seasons,
4/20/2014Beautiful DaysRhymeseasons,
1/22/2014Seasons' PromiseFree verseautumn,seasons,spring,sum
12/5/2013A Brand New StarFree versededication,farewell,light
12/5/2013Nelson MandelaAcrosticdeath,dedication,grief,
11/3/2013Naked, ShiveringHaikuautumn,nature,tree,
11/3/2013Autumn Breathes HopeFree verseautumn,change,hope,season
10/1/2013So She Broke your HeartFree verseanalogy,betrayal,hope,lov
9/8/2013If Walls Could SpeakNarrativefeelings,for him,joy,toge
9/2/2013Gentle ChimesFree versefeelings,friend,happiness
8/21/2013If I knew You WhenFree verseemotions,feelings,how i f
8/11/2013The Other NightFree versefriendship,happiness,
8/11/2013Liquid DiamondsHaikunature,sea,sun,water,
8/3/2013Days in The WildernessFree versefaith,happiness,peace,
8/3/2013Girl RisingFree verseabuse,children,dedication
7/31/2013Arrested MomentRhymeimagination,

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My First Child Free versechildhood,daughter,for ch
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The Sowing Free versedevotion,
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No Greater LoveQuatrainfaith,happiness,hope,insp
You Are My AllRhymeanniversary,dedication,de
The Non conformist's VersionProse Poetrylifelove,
If OnlyFree versenostalgia,giggle,
Just Like NovemberFree verseconfusion,loss,lost love,
Camp Anawana (An Ode to 20-somethings’ Nostalgia)Prose Poetryfunny,nostalgiame,sleep,
TRIBUTE TO DOREENElegyfriendship
For MommaFree versemothergod,me,child,god,lo
The Price of LoveFree verseconfusion,family,love,mot
Color BlindRhymeblack african american,gi
AskingI do not know?faith,inspirational,intro
Racism Is Your ProblemFree verseconfusion,girlfriend-boyf
Peace InvadesLyricuplifting
Beauty In A WomanRhymeart,people,upliftingwoman
As My Pen DancedFree verselost love,love
Until ThenCoupletfaith,on writing and word
You are Blessed Free versefaith,inspirational,love
Different Hearts, Beat on Different StringsRhymeloss,lost love,nature,peo
God Loves No Matter How FarHaikuinspirational,love,nature

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