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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

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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.

 

 

 


POETIC PREOCCUPATIONS a confession


Blog Posted:3/19/2017 4:33:00 AM

Algernon C Swinburne the Victorian poet was very taken by alliteration and is a major aspect of his writings.Co incidentally alliteration was the form of my first poem(also the first one of mine to be chosen for publication ) .

I too like Algernon have had a number of poetic preoccupations with particular forms in my journey here as a poet.For some months in my early days here  I would confess I was absorbed by the five line lanterne form (and of course by the footle which I later created and introduced to the poetry world here and elsewhere .) I was pre occupied with short forms in general(imagist in particular)

With me ,my pre occupation with a particular form lasted until it had run its course and the' well 'dried up so to speak.

Did you (have you?) a preoccupation with a particular poetic form , if so why not share it in this blog and perhaps give us a good example from your anthology for us to all to share.

Here is that lanterne ,my first posting here in 2007 

VIDUAGE

Tall
nettles-
the dutch hoe
rusting in the
shed.
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Date: 3/20/2017 10:06:00 AM
Hi Brian, I'm more comfortable with rhyme, any rhyming form will do:) but after joining PS, I've discovered many new forms and love trying my hand at them, though I still can't understand meter in poetry:( your Lanterne is great:) these short forms are quite challenging..
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Brian Strand
Date: 3/20/2017 11:41:00 AM
Jo it is useful to understand or know some of the techniques of our art,but reading the poem out loud teaches more about cadence and pause which is the essence of what is in reality communication of one mind to anothers ear
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Date: 3/20/2017 11:33:00 AM
Thanks for sharing your experience Jo and thanks for your kind comment
Date: 3/19/2017 10:45:00 PM
I love discovering and trying new forms, and I usually use them for my contests. A couple years back I went on a Clerihew kick, then I tried Shadorma, Waltz Waves (which I love) and now am obsessed with the Pleiades. Triolet is a favorite also.
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Date: 3/20/2017 11:34:00 AM
Your experience sounds similar to mine Kim
Date: 3/19/2017 9:12:00 PM
Before PoetrySoup, I knew almost nothing of poetry. "Quatrain" - I knew what that was, as well as "Haiku," but that's really about it. I'd heard the word "Sonnet" but couldn't tell you what it involved - I had a vague assumption that they all were flowery/romantic. I love the very short forms - 1 to 5 lines - they can be so elegant and/or concentrated, graceful, pure. I think they are hard to "do" as far as sitting down to write one. Seems to me they start off better with some inspiration popping into your mind. I like the sonnet form - a good bit of work, but it's a nice overall length for a webpage and for an easy read.
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Date: 3/20/2017 5:14:00 PM
My reply below should have read 3 quatrains not 4 .
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Date: 3/20/2017 11:36:00 AM
I think Doug quatrain is a word for a particular stanza as well as a form on its own ie a sonnet is often 4 quatrains and a couplet
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Doug Vinson
Date: 3/19/2017 9:16:00 PM
Quatrains and basic, meat-and-potatoes rhymes will always have a place in my heart. Does anybody know the name of poems that are multiple quatrains, rather than just "quatrain poem" - which is all the internet gives me. Within quatrains it feels like AABB rhyme schemes lend themselves to faster paced reading, with ABAB being slower.
Date: 3/19/2017 4:39:00 PM
I like this blog, Brian because I become obsessed with forms but rarely, like with you, do they run their course. My first love, when I studied poetry, was the sonnet and to this day it is my predominate form to use. I became later fascinated with the following: triolet/ Rondeau/ Kyrielle and Quaterns, both very similar/ and in a more free verse vein: Etheree. In fact, I was so obsessed with that one I did a chapbook on it called For Love of Etheree. When I approach a theme, almost immediately one of these classic forms will emerge for me as the one to use for my theme. If not, I just do regular rhyme or perhaps free verse! Love your VIDUAGE. I never got into Lanterne, but I adore tanka/KU!
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Date: 3/19/2017 4:58:00 PM
Thanks for sharing these experiences Andrea
Date: 3/19/2017 12:03:00 PM
Brian..I am mostly pre-occupied when writing a sonnet.I am always concerned if I am feeling the correct sound where the stressed and un-stressed syllables ought to be.My foreign accent doesn't help..I do love sonnets..but my concern puts me off writing them oftenly.Well done..Interesting blog .:)Charma.
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Charmaine Chircop
Date: 3/21/2017 5:22:00 AM
Thanks Craig.I hope Tps can fix that for you dear friend.I love to learn more about sonnets.
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Charmaine Chircop
Date: 3/20/2017 2:02:00 AM
That's for sure,thanks :)
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Brian Strand
Date: 3/19/2017 4:56:00 PM
Yes Charma,just don't get stressed about anything.
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Charmaine Chircop
Date: 3/19/2017 3:52:00 PM
Just a question,pls,When writing free form sonnets,can it still follow the pattern of a shakespearean sonnet ,but just without the stressed and unstressed syllables.What I mean is,can I still follow the same rhyming pattern?.Thanks.
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Charmaine Chircop
Date: 3/19/2017 2:04:00 PM
Thanks for the idea Brian :)
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Brian Strand
Date: 3/19/2017 12:35:00 PM
Thanks Charma, not to worry ,exactitude is less important than content just labelled them as free form sonnet
Date: 3/19/2017 11:27:00 AM
Yes Jan, the footle pre occupied me for quite a while especially in its purest form unsequenced form.This is one of my earliest and still a 'treasure ' to me that I have often quoted as an example it reads... footle-BONNIE & CLYDE/ too snide/both died.The take up in many variations has been a delight and I dedicate one of my blogspot.com pages to it.
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JAN ALLISON
Date: 3/19/2017 1:39:00 PM
Brian I would be HONOURED is you wrote for my contest - a string of 5 or or more footles of any sort is acceptable - they do not have to be linked as long as they are funny:-) hugs Jan xx
Date: 3/19/2017 7:26:00 AM
I wrote a number of Triolets to find my poetic feet initially. My latest one is "Annoying Annette" (3/4/17). Superficially, all is well with the lover, but read my notes to find that is probably not the case.
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Brian Strand
Date: 3/19/2017 11:10:00 AM
Like your lanterne ' Lights'from your first page Julia
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Date: 3/19/2017 9:26:00 AM
Thanks Julia for sharing
Date: 3/19/2017 4:53:00 AM
I love writing with rhyme but have learned so so many forms since I joined PS and it has been an incredible learning experience for me. I love writing your fun footle form as the humour appeals to me. My favourite form has to be the limerick and many of my poems here will go into an e book:-) hugs jan xx
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Date: 3/19/2017 12:00:00 PM
Have deleted my footle entry Jan as I now see you are looking for a sequence of of five.(another senior moment I'm afraid)
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Date: 3/19/2017 11:33:00 AM
The clerihew also 'obsessed' me for awhile,which seems to suit me more than the Limerick
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Date: 3/19/2017 11:31:00 AM
Jan ,I have entered a different single footle ( to the one I quote above) for your contest and look forward to reading your contest winners thereof in due time
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Date: 3/19/2017 7:22:00 AM
Yes Jan ,having fun with poetry helps the workshop go round as it would in a night school class.
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Date: 3/19/2017 4:57:00 AM
CLOWNING AROUND - bawdy limerick An impotent circus clown called Billy Tied balloons to the end of his willy To his great surprise His todger did rise But his girlfriend just thought he looked silly!

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