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About Brian Strand
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Youtube audio link to hear me recite from my PS anthology


I am English and began writing poetry at the turn of this century.My early interest was in short forms,.I created and promoted quite a few here on PS (perhaps my best known is the Footle).With encouragement from a member here I moved onto to longer forms,publishing my poetry in print,blog ,and twitter .I came to conclude that all poetry is structured prose and remains a work in progress until recited aloud, (the apex of our art form) when a unique experience 'an as is moment' occurs between voice and ear, much the same as the experience that happens when viewing a work of art

Check out my short forms @strandpoet on twitter some of my artwork to  accompany my youtube clips( entered as ichthyschiro) of my poetry recited aloud 


Any form or none,any theme,max of UPTO 20 lines(Entry limit of 35poems).Alternate between Premiere and Standard formats.No name or identifying marks on entries.Successful poems from other PS contests are always welcome in my contests.

I follow closely PS sponsor guidelines in judging entries firstly on initial read to determine if entry  advances to second round.Entry is then read again to determine final placings of the poems that have appealed(communed) to me.

I do not 'judge' whether a poem conforms to its labelled form.The 'poetics' of the poem is the only thing which counts,whether one line or twenty.

Each read 'read' is  thus a unique  'as is ' happening between me and the poet and this 'communion' is the basis of my 'judgement' ,and why I accept re-entries from mine and others earlier PS contests.

The  poetry entered in my contest is the only place I read poems on PS and thus have no knowledge of the author of any  entry to my contest at the time of the read.

There are no prizes in my contests ,just podiums and placings as appropriate.

Only when I check the 'Contest Winners/Status link do I find out who authored the 'winning 'and placed poems.




I LIKE POETRY SOUP comment if you do

Blog Posted:2/16/2017 4:35:00 AM

This year is my tenth anniversary here on SOUP , as I'm still here you can tell I will always give it a 'like '.But what is it that has kept me such a long lasting fan.Well first and foremost I have made many constant poetry ' net friends'. Friendships that have survived the ups and downs that have happened here from time to time. It has been a great workshop ( like a night school class for those who remember those pre digital days) Okay we don't show up from time to time but like a good coffe shop many folk drop by to say hi.(Its that kind of place)

In my decade of membership I've found  PS management care and listen, they are open to new ideas and have moved with the changing times.The advertising is discreet and not in the face of the user and suits PS brand image in the poetry digital world.

I use the site as a receptacle  to store my anthology, a kind of poetry autobiography of my development as a poet.

The only downside since I joined is in my early days PS ran  regular prize base contest (as I won one it was a great encouragement to me) but I guess it was a part of the development and promotion  of the site and probably was quite time consuming and having sponsored 265 contests I know  it can be difficult to retain one's freshness and enthusiasm for poetry without a break )Also I miss the personal stats that were part of member area,but that just me and the numbers here probably make it impractical from a storage aspect

If you agree with my thoughts give this blog a 'like'  with a comment or two






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Date: 2/23/2017 12:20:00 AM
Hi Brian, Congrats on your 10th anniversary! Thanks also for opening this subject. As a relative newcomer, it is very interesting to read others' opinions. This community has inspired me. I never dreamed that writing would become such an important part of who I am when I retired. Having a place where I can share and see what others are writing is invaluable. Thanks to each and every one of you for your contributions!
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Brian Strand
Date: 2/23/2017 3:07:00 AM
Thanks Kathleen
Date: 2/22/2017 4:38:00 PM
Firstly Congrats..on yr soup anniversary...I do like your poetry..and love poetrysoup too..It is the first site of poetry I joined...Since then I surfed other sites everynow and then,but here remains my favourite site.Its the great work that Tps do,and the kind of people that are here.There is something spiritual about it..Like a deep connection. I love the sense of community, the sense of family,with the crazy uncle ,the angry nonna,and the sweet niece too..I love the way soup is..with its good,and its little controversial issues that occur from time to time.I do miss who stopped being here..Maybe one day,they will return...Hugs.
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Brian Strand
Date: 2/23/2017 3:05:00 AM
Thanks for your kind words Charmaine
Date: 2/20/2017 2:35:00 AM
I love Poetry Soup, I always thank God for having discovered this writing site:) congratulations on your long run here, Brian:) you've been an immense source of encouragement to me:)
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Date: 2/20/2017 2:58:00 AM
Thanks Jo ,sharing and encouraging each other is what has made this the best poetry site on th net.
Date: 2/19/2017 5:14:00 AM
I'm a newcomer. But I like Poetry Soup already.
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Date: 2/18/2017 6:56:00 PM
On my first day here, I got 3 free drinks. Totally hooked.
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arthur vaso
Date: 2/18/2017 9:32:00 PM
If there was a reward for best comment of the month! Well you just won!!! :)
Date: 2/18/2017 3:06:00 AM
happy 10th, brian... i wouldn't have somehow expanded my wings without your inspiration...we are all a work in progress and walking with you is an honor... may you flourish more.. huggs
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Brian Strand
Date: 2/18/2017 3:31:00 AM
A work in progress indeed Nette.Thanks for your kind words.
Date: 2/17/2017 10:20:00 PM
Thought I'd stop by Brian! your steadfast support has been a constant here on the soup...thank you! There is a great diversity of membership here...many have been published & found success...yourself included...for personal fullfillment in my case....many here like myself love the acceptance & community we nourish....am always delighted to discover work by veterans & newcomers that blow my mind! Cheers to soup! jimbo
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Brian Strand
Date: 2/18/2017 3:29:00 AM
Thanks Jim , your analysis is what I have experienced ,very different concept to the run-of-the mill social media site
Date: 2/17/2017 9:51:00 PM
Happy 10th Anniversary, Brian. Of course, I love Poetry Soup! Life has taken me away at times, but I always come back.
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Brian Strand
Date: 2/18/2017 3:25:00 AM
Thanks Rhonda
Date: 2/17/2017 5:24:00 PM
Poetry Soup to me is like school. Sometimes I'm engaged and inspired, sometimes I'm bored out of my gourd, and sometimes I just wanna pull someone's pigtails and shake a few branches from the ego tree!
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Keith Trestrail
Date: 2/17/2017 6:22:00 PM
I like to think so! But Tommy, I just pull 'em, I don't cut 'em off and roll naked in 'em when I get home - that would be wrong....right!
Date: 2/17/2017 4:39:00 PM
Give me reason to. 8 hrs. ago I reported to the site ADMIN a post that I deemed offensive-I LOVE MUSLIMS, where the writer alludes to the facts of hating UK, Christianity and a love for terrorism stating his poem is satire.I wrote vehemently that this is wrong. No response. It just like saying I LOVE JAPANESE but in my poem attack/hate BLACK. That would be pure racism even if I joke and say this is satire. I just wanted to let people know that in not all cases I would look at this site with rose colored glasses.
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Rhonda Johnson-Saunders
Date: 2/17/2017 9:47:00 PM
PS administration is good at handling these problems in my experience, Connie, but I've found it usually takes more than a few hours. Give them time to respond.
Date: 2/17/2017 12:29:00 PM
I love Poetry Soup! You could say it changed my life. I was only playing at poetry when I accidently found this site. That was in 2011 and since then I have learned so much and made some wonderful friends. I am proud to be a part of this creative group!
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Date: 2/16/2017 8:19:00 PM
Happy Anniversary, Brian, my friend! Like you, I have been here a long time Not quite as long as you, but so many years, that it has become such an important part of my day. And in the beginning, no one could have been more surprised than me, to know what I was about find. Friendships that circled the globe, a love of poetry that I had never known, ...PS has opened a window to a world for which I've been always grateful. Although I've decided to ease off a little, taking a break has not been easy! I am drawn to PS like a bee to honey !! Thank you for being one of the first to encourage me in 2008 !! <3
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Brian Strand
Date: 2/17/2017 3:23:00 AM
Thank you Carrie ,one of my long time poet internet friends who have made PS what it has become.I know that feeling of the daily attraction of PS .
Date: 2/16/2017 8:14:00 PM
I miss the stats too, Brian. It was a nice little extra thing. It did not have a purpose for others but I felt it was nice for my own knowledge. Of course I love Soup!! So i had to come here and comment. Congrats on being here so long.
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Brian Strand
Date: 2/17/2017 3:16:00 AM
Thanks Andrea, one of those constant internet poet friends I mention above
Date: 2/16/2017 1:27:00 PM
I find that poetrysoup is like a kind of friendly gathering place, like Heathrow airport,...but then fatigue kicks in and things go awry, and it then seems hostile with division....but then again, it's like a place to come and relax, kick of ya shoes and drift away .........
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Date: 2/16/2017 12:52:00 PM
The GUI of this site is excellent. It is clean & efficient. I also like the additions admin has added since I joined. Fellow poets, both friend and foe, have inspired me frequently. This is a good place to be.
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Date: 2/16/2017 8:05:00 AM
I love being here, I am not long enough here to understand the features Soup used to have :) I made great friends here and I intend to stay, my own poetry evolves so greatly by all suggestions, comments and collaborations.
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Date: 2/16/2017 6:30:00 AM
I have really enjoyed my time here on soup and have made some wonderful and encouraging friends who continue to inspire me daily. I have not been here that long but I have spent many years on several other sites and I can tell you, soup is the best all around poetry site I have found. I plan on being a member here for a long time.
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Date: 2/16/2017 6:06:00 AM
I joined PS at the end Feb last year after some friends had persuaded me to publish my work. I was extremely nervous as I was not sure people would like it. I really appreciate the welcome I received and the encouragement to continue writing. I do now read the work of new poets and respond positively if I like their poems. I have read so much really good and imaginative poetry here and I really do appreciate comments. One of the biggest positives for me is the dated copyright. Next month I shall renew my membership and I am thinking about a lifetime membership.
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Date: 2/16/2017 4:50:00 AM
tried other sites and found poetry soup to be the most user friendly, with a great bunch of poets . the comps are great and encourage you to try different forms I had never even heard of . highlight being a place in one of brians comps . stephen
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Date: 2/16/2017 4:49:00 AM
I would never have flourished as a poet without the support and encouragement from people on the site and have learned so so much in 3 years. I have seen many changes since I joined and we just have to move with the times and I like the new features with the audio and also being able to add a photo is a feature I now love ... although I was adamant at the time I'd never use it lol:-) I will remain on the site as long as the ink continues to flow:-) hugs Jan xx
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5/20/2018 FIRES OF IMAGINATION 30 Imagisminspiration,
5/20/2018 HAPPENING 41 ear candy Verseimagery,music,
5/19/2018 DEPRESSED MOMENTS Verseangst,
5/19/2018 FIRES OF IMAGINATION 29 Imagismimagery,
5/19/2018 HAPPENING 40 ear candy Verseinspirational,music,
5/18/2018 FIRES OF IMAGINATION 28 Imagismimagery,inspiration,
5/18/2018 HAPPENING 39 ear candy Verseinspiration,music,
5/17/2018 HAPPENING 38 ear candy Verseinspiration,music,
5/17/2018 FIRES OF IMAGINATION 27 Imagismimagery,inspiration,
5/16/2018 SLEEP EASY Versejealousy,love,
5/16/2018 FIRES of IMAGINATION 26 Imagisminspiration,
5/16/2018 HAPPENING 37 earcandy Verseinspiration,inspirational
5/15/2018 IN CIRCLES Verseseasons,weather,
5/15/2018 FIRES of IMAGINATION 25 Imagisminspiration,
5/14/2018 FIRES of IMAGINATION 24 Imagisminspiration,
5/14/2018 HAPPENING 36 ear candy Versemusic,
5/13/2018 PASSIVITY Versesummer,weather,
5/13/2018 FIRES of IMAGINATION 23 Imagismimagery,inspiration,music
5/12/2018 FIRES of IMAGINATION 22 Imagismchildhood,imagery,inspira
5/12/2018 AS IS MOMENT 28 one liner Imagismimagery,
5/11/2018 HAPPENING 35 ear candy Versemusic,
5/11/2018 FIRE of IMAGINATION 21 Imagisminspiration,
5/11/2018 AS IS MOMENT 27 one liner Imagismanimal,imagery,nature,
5/10/2018 HAPPENING 34 ear candy Versecourage,
5/10/2018 FIRE of IMAGINATION 20 Imagismimagery,
5/10/2018 FIFTEEN SECOND FAME Versecelebrity,
5/9/2018 HAPPENING 33 ear candy Versemusic,
5/9/2018 FIRES of IMAGINATION 19 Biobible,christian,inspirati
5/8/2018 CONFUSION Verseconfusion,life,
5/8/2018 HAPPENING 32 ear candy Versemusic,
5/8/2018 FIRES of IMAGINATION 18 Imagismimagery,inspiration,
5/7/2018 FIRES of IMAGINATION 17 Imagisminspiration,
5/7/2018 MONOKU EKPHRASIS 49 Ekphrasisart,
5/7/2018 AS IS MOMENTS 26 ,one liner Imagismchristian,history,imagery
5/6/2018 IN PURSUIT OF LOVE Verselonely,longing,love,love
5/6/2018 MONKU EKPHRASIS 48 Ekphrasispoetry,poets,
5/6/2018 AS IS MOMENT 25 one liner Imagismimagery,
5/6/2018 FIRES of IMAGINATION 16 Imagismimagery,music,
5/5/2018 SIMPLICITY Verseinspiration,
5/5/2018 FIRE of IMAGINATION 15 Imagismimagery,imagination,
5/5/2018 AS IS MOMENT 22 one liner Imagismimagery,
5/5/2018 HAPPENING 31 ear candy Verseimagery,music,
5/4/2018 AS IS MOMENT one liner 23 Imagismart,
5/4/2018 HAPPENING 30 ear candy Versemusic,
5/4/2018 STASIS Verseart,
5/3/2018 FIRES OF IMAGINATION 14 Imagismimagery,weather,
5/3/2018 AS IS MOMENT 22 one liner Imagismimagery,
5/3/2018 HAPPENING 29 ear candy Versedance,music,
5/2/2018 FIRES of IMAGINATION 13 Imagismimagery,weather,
5/2/2018 AS IS MOMENT 21 one liner Imagismart,
5/2/2018 AMOUR Verselove,
5/1/2018 THE LIVING ADVENTURE Verseadventure,life,
5/1/2018 HAPPENING 28 ear candy Versemusic,
5/1/2018 FIRES of IMAGINATION 12 Imagisminspiration,
5/1/2018 MONOKU EKPHRASIS 47 Ekphrasispoetry,space,
5/1/2018 AS IS MOMENT 20 one liner Imagismimagination,inspiration,
4/30/2018 FIRES OF IMAGINATION 11 Imagismimagery,
4/30/2018 AS IS MOMENT 19 one liner Imagismpoets,
4/30/2018 MONKU EKPHRASIS 46 Ekphrasismusic,
4/30/2018 HAPPENING 27 ear candy Versemusic,
4/29/2018 MONOKU EKPHRASIS 45 Ekphrasisart,
4/29/2018 FIRES of IMAGINATION 10 Imagismimagery,love,
4/29/2018 AS IS MOMENT 18 one liner Imagismmusic,
4/28/2018 BERTHING A POEM Verseimagination,inspiration,
4/28/2018 HAPPENING 26 ear candy Versemusic,
4/28/2018 FIRES of IMAGINATION 9 Imagismart,inspiration,
4/28/2018 AS IS MOMENT 17 ,one liner Imagismart,
4/27/2018 MONOKU EKPHRASIS 44 Ekphrasisart,
4/27/2018 FIRE of IMAGINATION 8 Imagismimagery,music,
4/27/2018 AS IS MOMENT 16 one liner Imagismimagery,winter,word play,
4/27/2018 THE AWAKENING Versespring,
4/26/2018 FIRES OF IMAGINATION 7 Imagismimagery,nature,
4/26/2018 AS IS MOMENT 15 one liner Imagismimagery,poets,
4/26/2018 HAPPENING 25 ear candy Versemusic,
4/25/2018 FIRES of IMAGINATION Imagismimagery,internet,
4/25/2018 MONOKU EKPHRASIS 43 Ekphrasisart,
4/25/2018 AS IS MOMENT 14 ,one liner Imagismart,
4/25/2018 WITHIN me Bioart,poetry,
4/24/2018 FIRES OF IMAGINATION 5 Imagismimagery,
4/24/2018 AS IS MOMENT 13 Imagismart,imagery,
4/24/2018 HAPPENING 24 ear candy Versemusic,
4/23/2018 BREAKING UP Verseemotions,heartbreak,hurt,
4/23/2018 FIRES OF IMAGINATION 4 Imagismimagery,inspiration,
4/23/2018 MONOKU EKPHRASIS 42 Ekphrasisart,
4/22/2018 AS IS MOMENT 12 one liner Imagismart,
4/22/2018 INCIDENTS Verselife,memory,
4/22/2018 HAPPENING 23 ear candy Imagismmusic,
4/21/2018 FIRES OF IMAGINATION 3 Imagismimagery,
4/21/2018 AS IS MOMENT 11 Imagismart,
4/21/2018 MONOKU EKPHRASIS 41 Ekphrasispoetry,
4/20/2018 FIRES OF IMAGINATION 2 Imagismimagery,
4/20/2018 HAPPENING 22 ear candy Imagismmuse,
4/20/2018 IMAGINE THIS Imagismimagination,inspiration,p
4/19/2018 CHOICES Versechange,
4/19/2018 MONOKU EKPHRASIS 40 Ekphrasismusic,
4/19/2018 FIRES of imagination 1 Imagisminspiration,
4/18/2018 HAPPENING 21 ear candy Versemusic,
4/18/2018 AS IS MOMENT 10 one liner Imagismart,
4/17/2018 AT FACE VALUE Verseimagery,
4/16/2018 AS IS MOMENT 9 one liner Imagismart,

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Fav Poems

The Nose Concreteart,life,on writing and w
Sailing Leaf Haikunature
The Rain Haikunature
Reflections Free verseon writing and wordswords
Hippocratic Oath Rhymelost love,son,sympathywor
Ever After Cinquainlove
Mortal Season Free versesea,seasonssummer,day,sum
A Whisper on the Wind Personificationnature,
There Will Be Mountains Coupletfaith,lifemountains,
Tender Moments Quatrainlovesweet,sweet,,sweet lo
Blush of the Roses Couplethope,nature
Haiku/Limerick number twenty Haikunature
Time Machine Coupletnostalgiamom,me,night,can
I AM THE ONE Free verseinspirationalme,
Finally Quatrainlove,passion
The Gift Coupletintrospection,nature
footle .. Footle !! Light Versefunny
Believe! Coupletdevotion,faith,inspiratio
Lavender Soap Narrativefamily,happinesseaster,
The Love Letter Quatrainlovelove,passion,
cream seeps from the sun Haikuseasons
Yesterday's Rain~ Coupletforgiveness,hope,inspirat
Winter Pond Free versenatureautumn,
Restoration Free versenatureme,me,
requiem to my hero Elegyloss
Bed of Roses Rictameterlove
Spring Tango Haikunature,seasons
Farewell, alas Free versedeath,i love you,
An Idyll of the Past Versehistoryme,child,me,
Unconditioonal Love - the short version Rhymeloveme,me,
The Old Homestead Lyricfamily,history,introspect
The Red Rabbit I do not know?life,
Perspective Coupletintrospection,natureheart
God's Orchard Senryuimagination
Ode to a rose on a sunset Quatraincaregiving,dedication,dev
The Beauty of Peace Chokanature,seablue,
When Violins Weep Verselost love,love
Where are you so soon, my love Quatrainlove,i love you,
Basho Senryudedication
Maxine Free verselove
Weather Observations Free versenature
Lovers Utopia Quatrainfantasy,happiness,imagina
Melancholy Mists Free versephilosophy,sad
Nightfall Free verseimagination,naturebird,bi
Cricket Free versepoliticalred,
The Reader Free verselove,on writing and words
The Conciliator's Cry Free versecaregiving,devotion,inspi
My heart Quatrainfriendship,hope,loveheart
Haste! Personificationallegory,confusion,life,l
Whispers Free verseintrospection,life,passio
Masterpiece Senryupeace
The Ambiance Free verseeducation,happiness,passi
Movements of Beginnings Free versehistory,philosophy,politi
Poetic Waters Haikunature,sea
A Bit of Joy Senryuhappiness,life,nature
Before & After the Lull Verseseasea,sea,
Diamond in the Bud Lanternenature
NIGHT IS NOT LIKE DAY Terza Rimamusic,mystery,nature,sea,
Ghetto Summer (redo) Fibonacciplaces
Night's sentry Free versecaregiving,imagination,my
Rain Free verseintrospection,peopleday,d
Dreamtime: flowers never bloom Quintain (Sicilian)imagination
Grandfather's Arbour (revised) Sonnet 
Awaiting Dawn Chokanaturenight,night,
Cubic Romance Senryuart,imagination,love
Symbiosis Rhymeadventure,nature,peace
Falling in Love Haikulove,nature
Autumn's Breeze Coupletnature,peace,sea,seasons,
Destination Tetractyslife
The Power Tail-rhymeallegory,love
The Walk We Take Crystallinehappiness,hope,inspiratio
Winters buds Free versepassion
Solace of Nature Haikunature,peace
The Old Painter Couplettime,
A Change of Season - A Haiku Haikunature
Morning Baptism Haikunature
Reflection Monokuintrospection,naturemay,
Evening Grace Free versepeaceme,
Haiku - Mirror Reflection Haikunature,
Quiet Comfort Parts 1, 2 and 3 Crystallineintrospection,life
Flying My Kite of Prose Free verseon writing and words
Winter Footprints Quatrainseasons
Sienna Eyes Narrativeanimals
Eye of the storm Free versefaith
Uncaring Wind Free versenature
Brighter Senryufaith,inspirational
Causalities of War Elegydeath,war,
Snails Pace Shapelife,nature
Sweetly Fragrant Sonnetdevotion,faith,father,ins
It is Written in a Star Concretehistory,love,peace,
To VC Free versehope,love,mysteryheart,he
Transition Kimonature
Christmas Eve of Old Couplethappiness,holidaymusic,mu
Baby Girl (For Asante Indira) Free versedaughter,education,intros
Ode to Winter Odefaith,happiness,hope,natu
Wisdom (An Emily dedicated to Brian Strand) Epigramdedicationmay,
Buried Rhymeangst,death,imagination
Glare Ice Haikunature
The Sun Rises--The Moon Sets Acrosticlife,naturemoon,
She Danced Quatrainimagination,inspirational

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