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Dear promising poet,

for me, modern poetry provides a peek into a poet’s inner world. Through this artistic medium, a poet speaks in expressive language of imagery and metaphor conveying varied textures of emotions and observations experienced or imagined.

My advice to a novice poet of any age would be the following tips. Explore language and the nuances of words; the subtle differences in meaning, expression or sound. Employ interesting word combinations. Use techniques like ‘alliteration’ (the occurrence of the same letter or sound at the beginning of adjacent or closely connected words, e.g., ‘trickle tender tears’ or ‘revive in rising rivulets’). Or, utilize ‘assonance’ (when two or more words,close to one another repeat the same vowel sound but start with different consonant sounds, e.g., ‘light the fire’ or ‘smooth move’). Have FUN and ‘PLAY’ with word play. Read poetry in different forms silently and aloud. Notice rhythms and rhymes or non-rhymes, note how the printed words look and how the spoken verse sounds (soft, harsh, slow, fast..). Practice your artistry and craft daily. Write with emotion, and if need be, with wild abandon or with delicate thoughtful introspection as you explore the quiet nooks of your heart and soul. Use your sensory powers and compose with words using sight, sound, smell, taste and  touch. Bring imagination to life and let your verse touch a reader’s heart and their physical being. Allow the reader to taste and smell the fruits of your words, build descriptive imagery and let emotions be envisioned, (my elation rose like a bouquet of balloons) or (my elation deflated like a popped balloon). Let your written words be heard whether it’s 'whispering' breezes or 'booming' thunder. Keep a journal and record creative thoughts, interesting ideas, phrases or words that come to you. Use your power of observation and soon your muse will see poetry all around you. Also, edit your poetry through the creative process, tweaking your work works! When your muse begins to nod, sleep on it! If you find your inspiration and imagination are stalemated, let the poem percolate and come back to it when refreshed, your rejuvenated muse will respond. Each day is a new dawn of inspiration!  

In my life, poetry has been a healing and an expressive art form.The exhilaration and satisfaction I feel when I create an ‘art piece’ from my emotions, observations and imagination is self-empowering. Poetry allows my mind to have wings and fly.



My favorite themes are: love, lost love, spirituality, introspection, nature, beauty, life, fantasy


My favorite reference sources are: 

www.dictionary.com, 
www.thesaurus.com,
www.howmanysyllables.com, 
www.rhymezone.com


My titles of favorite poems I’ve written (in order of preference): 

1. The Influence of God  
2. The Age of Summer Love  
3. A Tear-ful Conversation With My Daughter  
4. Colours of Parisian Nightlife  
5. Starlit Diva  
6. With Finespun Fingers  
7. Chalice of Ambrosial Dreams  
8. Melody Moves  
9. Where Do Prayers Go  
10. Gossiping With Zephyrs


My literary background: I’ve always loved self-expression and had journaled for years prior to writing poetry. My poem “What My Eyelids Hide” will be featured in “Upon Arrival” an anthology published by Eber and Wein. I also have a degree in Fine Arts. For three decades, I was a business owner in the health and fitness field where I put my creativity to work through the art of choreography and the necessity of advertising - a poet wears many different hats!


My suggestions for a book title are:  ‘Do the Write Thing’ or  ‘You’re On The Write Track’





Susan Ashley 
May 26, 2018
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~ Third Place ~
Contest: Tips For Modern Poetry To Budding Poets Of All Ages
Sponsor: Line Gauthier

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Date: 7/5/2018 6:49:00 PM
Congratulations on your win. I have been in awe of your artistic way with words on several occasions. I enjoyed getting to know a little bit about you. I agree, some poets have worn many hats and coukd relate to a varied work experience. Well done!
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Date: 7/6/2018 10:11:00 AM
Susan, your beautiful comments fill me with appreciation and joy.. thank you for sharing your precious thoughts with me and offering your heartwarming congrats - and the feeling of awe is mutual, my talented friend.. Warmest wishes always. ~Susan
Date: 7/5/2018 9:26:00 AM
Congrats Susan-- you've actually written a condensed primer with cogent advice!
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Date: 7/5/2018 10:32:00 PM
L. J., I relish your beautiful comments and heartwarming congrats. Your visit is a delight, many thanks my friend. Warmest wishes.. ~Susan
Date: 7/5/2018 8:40:00 AM
Great advice for the budding poet Susan, I do like your suggestions for the title. Congratulations. Tom.
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Date: 7/5/2018 10:30:00 PM
Tom, lovely comments touch my heart. Thank you for your lovely kindness and heartwarming congrats. I'm pleased you like my ideas for a title - many thanks my friend. Warmest wishes always.. ~Susan
Date: 7/5/2018 8:07:00 AM
Congratulations on your well deserved win Susan, this as all your works is inspirational and my advice to budding poets would be to read the works of Susan Ashley, absolutely brilliant thanks for sharing. :))
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Date: 7/5/2018 10:27:00 PM
Roy, your visit is so uplifting and such a pleasure. Your beautiful comments and sincere congrats are held in my glowing appreciation. You light my heart with your shining kindness my wonderful friend. Many thanks for your treasured friendship. Warmest wishes always.. ~Susan
Date: 7/4/2018 10:29:00 PM
Marvelous advice, Susan :) Congratulations on your wonderful win... Hugs Eve
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Date: 7/5/2018 10:21:00 PM
Your wonderful visit and beautiful comments delight me, Eve. Thank you for your heartwarming congrats and for lovely your kindness. Warmest wishes.. ~Susan
Date: 7/4/2018 7:55:00 PM
Just read your advice for the first time, Susan, and it is a template for what I should do for each and every verse I write. I am taking it all to heart; I am taking it all under advisement. ~ Words of wisdom for which I thank you for sharing! Best wishes always, Gershon
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Date: 7/4/2018 9:23:00 PM
Dear Gershon, your heartwarming presence is always so uplifting and I relish each delightful visit. Thank you for the uplifting kindness of your beautiful comments. you never fail to make me smile or make my day, both of which, are deeply appreciated.. Warmest wishes always my wonderful friend.. ~Susan
Date: 7/4/2018 5:54:00 PM
Congratulations on your win, Susan! I knew when I first read this that you would be on the winner’s list. You are a very talented poet. Keep on writing. :-)
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Date: 7/4/2018 9:19:00 PM
It is always so nice to hear from you, Carol. Your beautiful, uplifting and encouraging comments are cherished as are your heartwarming congrats. Many thanks for the kindness of sharing your lovely thoughts. Warmest wishes always my friend.. ~Susan
Date: 6/2/2018 5:00:00 AM
You said it well... I can only add... if you can... be the words you write... three dimensionally... All the best Susan...
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Date: 6/3/2018 9:15:00 PM
Hello my dear friend, thank you for your wonderful visit and your thoughtful comments. It's always such a pleasure to hear from you, Arturo, and your lovely thoughts are always appreciated. Warmest wishes mom ami.. ~Susan
Date: 6/2/2018 1:30:00 AM
Very wise and kind words!!! :)
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Date: 6/2/2018 11:16:00 AM
Arthur, your visit is such a delight! Thank you for the wonderful comments. Your kindness is cherished. Warmest wishes.. ~Susan
Date: 6/1/2018 1:02:00 PM
Susan, you have mastered the art of poetry my dear friend. Your advice should be heard to everyone who seeks a passion for poetry. You are an amazing writer...Best of luck in the contest...I too remain in awe and admiration! Charlie
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Date: 6/2/2018 11:49:00 AM
Charlie, thank you for your generous kindness, but I have a ways to go, down the poetic trail, before I will have mastered the art of poetry.. :)) Your wonderful comments are uplifting and cherished. My heart is filled with appreciation for your lovely thoughts. I will visit your beautiful poetry very soon, my friend.. Warmest wishes~Susan
Date: 6/1/2018 12:46:00 PM
My Dear Susan....You write me to the moon! Thanks for sharing your golden guidelines! These standards of significance are to be studied and treasured as we grow from word to word! Susan, as you continue to amaze, I remain in awe and admiration!
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Date: 6/2/2018 11:14:00 AM
I reflect your lovely sentiments, Chuck, for your poetry does the same for me - 'You write me to the moon', as well! The beauty of your glowing comments fill my heart with warmth and appreciation. I bask in the light of your generous kindness! Thank you my wonderful friend. Warmest wishes always.. ~Susan
Date: 5/31/2018 5:00:00 PM
love your percolate, yes brilliant advice, i use to find, in the 80's and 90's as a manager on night shifts in New Zealand, 4,am in the mornings were magical for my muse..Thanks for your support Susan, and this amazing work you present here..
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Date: 6/1/2018 2:31:00 PM
Harry, I love the word 'percolate' whether I see it written or I hear it spoken - it's always curious to me how certain words are like that.. Thank you for your lovely encouragement and for sharing your wonderful personal thoughts with me. Your poetry is amazing, btw! Warmest wishes.. ~Susan
Date: 5/30/2018 10:40:00 PM
Susan, you have incorporate a lot of information for a writer.. A well full .. I enjoyed reading :-) good luck in the contest. , But a winner already. Hugs eve
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Date: 6/1/2018 2:23:00 PM
Eve, your visit is a delight! Your beautiful and encouraging comments are truly appreciated. I'm so happy you enjoyed my write. Warmest wishes always.. ~Susan
Date: 5/30/2018 9:42:00 PM
There's so much to comment on. I'll limit myself to what I liked best: Your advice to "use your sensory power" is precious, priceless, and (I think) crucial. Great poetry is meant to be felt, tasted, touched, seen, heard,...and intuited. (Isn't it?) Thank you for posting this. It certainly helps me a lot! Best always, Gershon
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Date: 6/1/2018 2:20:00 PM
Thank you for the sincere warmth and beauty of your comments, Gershon. Your encouragement and friendship is invaluable and I relish your insightful thoughts and generously kind sentiments.. Warmest wishes always my wonderful friend.. ~Susan
Date: 5/30/2018 9:41:00 PM
This advice is good for new poets as well as the 'old' ones Susan, , "each day is a new dawn of inspiration"...Best wishes
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Date: 6/1/2018 2:16:00 PM
Thank you, Joseph, for your wonderful comments. I hold your lovely thoughts in deepest appreciation. Warmest wishes always.. ~Susan
Date: 5/30/2018 7:49:00 PM
Susan, you gave so much great advice here. I enjoyed learning a little more about you through this read. Thanks for all that you shared! I don't even know where to begin on advising a new poet. I just get inspired, mostly by the Bible, and then I write.
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Date: 6/1/2018 2:15:00 PM
Indeed, and your poetry is inspired and expressed most beautifully, Carol! Thank you for your encouraging comments. Your lovely thoughts are deeply appreciated, my friend. Warmest wishes always.. ~Susan
Date: 5/30/2018 5:45:00 PM
Words to write by. I have always found you to be a thoughtful and sensitive person. I have enjoyed your poems very much.
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Date: 6/1/2018 2:12:00 PM
Likewise, my wonderful friend! I truly appreciate your generous kindness, Richard and treasure your thoughts as well as your amazing poetry! Warmest wishes always.. ~Susan
Date: 5/30/2018 3:14:00 PM
This is great advise for new poets, Susan. Myself...I have never given it much thought...I just write.
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Date: 6/1/2018 1:53:00 PM
Indeed, and you write beautifully and admirably, Elaine. Thank you for your supportive and encouraging comments. Your kindness is truly appreciated. Warmest wishes.. ~Susan
Date: 5/30/2018 8:42:00 AM
Had to read this again.. I have an issue reading poetry out loud.. however, it is very good.. but then again, I have performed poetry on stage, so that does require reading it out loud.. i do prefer silence.. as you well know..
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Date: 6/1/2018 1:49:00 PM
Thank you for the return visit, Silent One. The pleasure of seeing you here again is twice as nice! I'm not one to read poetry aloud in front of an audience but I do read poems aloud when alone, whether it's mine or someone else's. I like to be able to appreciate hearing the rhythms and sounds of the poetic piece I'm reading.. but me, on stage - a poetry reading.. I don't think so! Lol! Warmest wishes always my wonderful friend! ~Susan
Date: 5/30/2018 8:30:00 AM
So sorry that I previously missed this kind and helpful creation my friend! You are casting pearls of wisdom to any that will receive. And your own exceptional poetry backs up the great advice you give in this fine Prose.. POETS BE THEY NEW OR OLD WOULD DO WELL TO HEED SUCH ADVICE, IMHO....
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Date: 6/1/2018 1:30:00 PM
Thank you, my dear friend, Robert, for your supportive, encouraging comments and generous kindness. Your friendship is invaluable and I treasure your thoughts always. Warmest wishes.. ~Susan
Date: 5/29/2018 9:54:00 PM
So many great pointers dear poet, I for-see a winner here Susan, thanks for sharing your heard earned experience and love of writing with us.
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Date: 6/1/2018 1:25:00 PM
Thank you, Pixie Dust, for your wonderful and supportive comments. Your lovely thoughts (like your lovely poetry) are greatly appreciated. Warmest wishes.. ~Susan
Date: 5/28/2018 5:04:00 PM
wow, this blows me away how well versed you are on the DOs of writing poetry! Awesome entry, Susan!!
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Date: 5/29/2018 12:02:00 PM
I am truly humbled and honored by your awesome comments, Andrea. Thank you for taking the time to read and respond to my entry. Your sentiments are very uplifting! Warmest wishes.. ~Susan
Date: 5/28/2018 5:34:00 AM
sheer delight and skillful counsel for budding poets, susan...creatively driven like most of your works... huggs
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Date: 5/29/2018 12:00:00 PM
Nette, your delightful opinion I value and hold dear. Thank you for your uplifting and treasured comments. Warmest wishes.. ~Susan
Date: 5/27/2018 8:58:00 PM
All excellent advice, coming from a poet I read and admire. Poetry is painting with words and you Susan paint beautifully:) I think poetry should be fun. It is for me:)
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Date: 5/29/2018 11:56:00 AM
Daniel, your heartwarming comments mean the world to me and dress my heart and face in smiles :)) Your precious thoughts I hold dear and reflect them back upon you, as your beautiful and admired poetry lifts and tickles my soul so delightfully! Warmest wishes, my wonderful friend! ~Susan
Date: 5/26/2018 9:32:00 PM
Dear Susan, l'm of your opinion that poetry is an act of art that shapes beauty inward and outward, the voice of inner music, the hand that seals the aches within.. Thank you for sharing your enlightening thoughts and experience. Stay blessed always.
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Date: 5/27/2018 1:17:00 PM
Dearest Besma, you have the precious gift of the most exquisite self-expression. I adore your breathtaking thoughts and I am humbled and honored to know that our poetic hearts' beat to the same creative rhythms and our poetic souls' embrace the same artistic ideals.. Warmest wishes and love always.. ~Susan
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