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DO YOU HAVE A POETIC FINGERPRINT? With footnotes - Brian Strand's Blog

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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 ,twitter and kindle ebook form.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 and my kindle poetry guides on amazon and some of my artwork to  accompany my youtube clips of my poetry recited aloud





Blog Posted:7/17/2017 3:07:00 AM

Ernst Kirchner(1880-1938),the German expressionist artist,committed suicide , his art  was considered degenerate by the Nazis and so . much of it was  destroyed by them in the thirties .

Here is a link to show you his style


Two questions arise from the foregoing that would also apply to we poets!

You can see Ernst had a distinctive recognisable artistic 'fingerprint'... does your poetry have a similar identification, although not being  visual art  it maybe less obvious?

And secondly Ernst was considered not to conform to the ' prevailing majority' viewpoint, do you think poets too should be ' pushing the envelope' as they say.?



1.Perhaps you would like to name some poets who have in yho pushed the envelops of our art, I have added a couple in a comment hereto.

2.Some months back Cyndi( who has a talent for this type of critiqu imho) included her assessment of my poetic footprint.So maybe it takes some else to recognise aspects of  our poetic footprint.I certainly cannot recognise 'footprints or style ' as such in my regular PS contest!


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Date: 7/19/2017 1:57:00 PM
A scientific definition of forensic science, from a famous French physician, Edmond Locard (the father of modern forensic science), who in about 1920 made the statement that when two objects come into contact with each other, there’s a transference of material from one to the other. Locard's Principle: Every contact leaves a trace, where there has been contact between the offender and those surfaces. Similarly, we (as poets) are not indifferent to our surrounding and through our poetry, hopefully, brings solace to others. Aspiring poets often seek a "quick fix recipe" where there is none. Read, read and read some more. We inspire by evoking emotions: an array of reactions to our work.
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Suzette Richards
Date: 7/19/2017 2:01:00 PM
PS Some years ago (some might remember) I ran a blog where I asked other poets to identify the poet/author of a previously unpublished piece specifically written for my blog. It was refreshing to note that many poets do have recognizable imprint via their style and presentation, as well as subject matter.
Date: 7/17/2017 10:00:00 PM
I think it isn't truly about pushing envelopes. It's about exploring what interests and moves the poet. I do think that poetry should bring something fresh to the reader, even if the subject is familiar. If it has been said before, uses boring rhyme schemes, has no originality or unique wording... why write it at all? Writing poetry shouldn't feel like being pressured to non-conform... but neither should a poet believe that as long as they sound like everybody else then they don't need to further develop their skills (Worse yet, they actually model their work after another poet, replicate a style. AWK!!) I think it is essential that poets follow their instincts, nudge not push :)
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Cyndi MacMillan
Date: 7/17/2017 10:16:00 PM
Oh, forgot to mention someone I feel offered something new to poetry. Eileen Myles uses very short lines, severe line breaks that play with preconception. Her style bounces impressions within the reader... I like it. I don't write the same way. But I like the intentional anti-flow of her poetry.
Date: 7/17/2017 4:42:00 PM
I'm not a big fan of "envelop pushers" I like classic style or a modern free verse that is not trying to be outrageous in its presentation. I believe many poets here have a poetic footprint we can all recognize. There are some here, such as Jan and bunch of fellows I can't name off hand, who do very well with limericks., but I can sometimes recognize their individual styles.
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Andrea Dietrich
Date: 7/18/2017 8:42:00 AM
I guess my idea of pushing the envelop is when it gets so far out there that the poetry is incomprehensible to me!
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Brian Strand
Date: 7/17/2017 4:48:00 PM
I take your point Andrea but if there had not been poets who pushed the envelope,we would not have the 'English sonnet' or verse libre that derived from imagist pushers of envelopes
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Andrea Dietrich
Date: 7/17/2017 4:43:00 PM
Constance has a definite style of soft poetic sadness in many of her writes. There is a guy who goes by two names. One name is C. Thorton I think. He has a very interesting intellectual wit and I can tell his humor right off. Irene's humor is homespun and easy to spot. Armand (who uses a different name here at soup) has a gorgeous definitive free verse style as do Charlotte and some other women who don't post here any longer. PD's style is unique. Gosh, I could go on and on and on.(but there is not enough space!)
Date: 7/17/2017 9:23:00 AM
John Magee,(the topic of my previous blog) IMHO pushed the envelope at the age of just 19 with a poem High Flight, showing that inherent talent recognises no age barrier, as those words he wrote spoke for a whole generation of compatriots as did his hero Rupert Brooke in regard to WW1
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Date: 7/17/2017 9:09:00 AM
Always . its the poet who is meant to dream
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Brian Strand
Date: 7/17/2017 9:13:00 AM
Agreed Lewis that a good description of we poets
Date: 7/17/2017 8:40:00 AM
I am allergic to "shoulds". I think poets need to write in their own voice. For some, that will mean "pushing the envelope"; for others, that may mean expressing themselves in a more traditional form. The ones whose work wins big awards and survives through the ages will be those whose poetry contributed something drastically new, pushed boundaries, went against the majority viewpoint- like it was with any art form. But I don't think it means all poets "should" do this, because there are many different reasons to write.
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Brian Strand
Date: 7/17/2017 9:11:00 AM
Agnes, it is doubtful that all would do so as we are each unique creations in the eyes of God.

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Date PostedPoemTitleFormCategories
7/27/2017 PHRASIS the form Monorhymepoetry,
7/26/2017 AN IMAGIST monostich Monokuimage,poetry,
7/19/2017 HOLLYWOOD BIO-PICS a list List art,film,people,
7/19/2017 TALKING TO HIMSELF v v g Epitaphdepression,imagination,
7/19/2017 A STY-EYE-LISED IMPRESSION Ekphrasisart,places,
7/18/2017 THOSE WERE THE DAYS Versechildhood,history,nostalg
7/18/2017 FIRST DATE a love story Coupletlove,true love,
7/17/2017 A LIVING MEMORY Versepeople,political,
7/16/2017 A MAGEE PHRASIS tribute Versepoems,tribute,
7/14/2017 TIME RUNNING OUT a Jobim tribute poem Quatrainappreciation,poetry,
7/12/2017 A WHISPER BRINGS A KISS Quatrainlove,romance,
7/12/2017 AS I SAID BEFORE Quatraincolor,fantasy,
7/12/2017 IMAGINATION TAKES HOLD Verseimagination,inspiration,m
7/11/2017 A SOJOURN IN THE EXOTIC Verseimagery,sea,
7/11/2017 NATURE CONFIDES Versenature,wind,
7/10/2017 DREAM STREAMS Quatraindream,night,
7/9/2017 THE SIEVE OF INSPIRATION Verseinspiration,life,
7/7/2017 VANITY the modern ego trips Verseaddiction,world,
7/6/2017 END OF THE ROAD Verseaddiction,allusion,analog
7/6/2017 RANDOM THOUGHTS Verseinspiration,
7/2/2017 An open poem sans punctuation Free versepoetry,war,
6/28/2017 WHAT A SHAME it was all a game Narrativelost love,love hurts,myth
6/28/2017 A VERY OLD RHYME FORM Rhymelost love,
6/26/2017 HIGHLIGHTS OF SUMMER the butterfly List animal,butterfly,
6/22/2017 SILENT SOLILIQY Elegaic Lyricdeath,funeral,sorrow,
6/20/2017 ANOTHER ETHEREAL MONOSTICH Monokuday,dream,
6/18/2017 SIGN OF THE TIMES a monstich Monokuhumor,humorous,social,
6/18/2017 ANOTHER ethereal monostich Monokufood,humor,
6/18/2017 A COFFEE monostich Monokudrink,food,humor,humorous
6/17/2017 TORMENTED and TORTURED Quatrainart,people,
6/16/2017 MY TITLES ONCE AGAIN Verselost love,love hurts,
6/16/2017 MY TITLES AGAIN Verseaubade,fantasy,
6/14/2017 MY TITLES in phrasis form Versefantasy,imagery,
6/13/2017 LEONARDO'S LISA Clerihewart,
6/10/2017 KALEIDOSCOPE Quatrainimagery,
6/7/2017 ANOTHER POSTIVE MONOKU Monokuhope,
6/7/2017 A POSTIVE MONOKU Monokuage,
6/6/2017 D DAY REMEBERED a repost Balladeulogy,freedom,
6/5/2017 AMERGIN a kyrielle form Kyriellechristian,
6/3/2017 RYTHMIC UNITS you see Monokupoetry,
6/2/2017 QUINTILE the form Cinquainlove,poetry,
6/2/2017 ANOTHER SENRYU Senryuself,
6/2/2017 YET ANOTHER ONE WORD HAIKU Haikuweather,
6/2/2017 ANOTHER ONE WORD HAIKU Haikupoetry,
6/2/2017 ONE WORD SENRYU an example Senryupoetry,
6/2/2017 ONE WORD HAIKU the form Haikuweather,winter,
5/29/2017 A light to the world Ekphrasisart,christian,
5/29/2017 A SEQUENCED EKPHRASIS lanterne Lanterneart,
5/26/2017 a CONTEMPORARY conclusion Kyriellesocial,society,
5/25/2017 A CINQUAIN cinqku Cinqkuanimal,work,
5/25/2017 A CINQKU cinquain Cinqkuseasons,summer,
5/24/2017 AMERICAN CINQUAIN in sequence Cinquainnature,poetry,
5/21/2017 PASTORAL harmony Pastoralnature,
5/21/2017 PASTORAL perfumes Pastoralflower,
5/21/2017 PERSONIFICATION portrayed Personificationimagination,
5/21/2017 PAINTINGS personified Personificationart,
5/20/2017 A TEXT POEM Versepoetry,
5/20/2017 ONCE EMERGED FROM THE GREY OF NIGHT Ekphrasisart,poetry,
5/16/2017 NOISES OFF an abstract of sounds Versesong,sound,
5/16/2017 A LIFE AFLOAT Narrativefamily,history,
5/16/2017 WHEN THE LARK DEPARTS Narrativefamily,
5/16/2017 THE LACE MAKERS Narrativefamily,
5/12/2017 OPEN POETRY after Marianne Moore Free versepoetry,
5/12/2017 TETRACTYS the form Tetractyspoetry,
5/10/2017 A BLANK VERSE from my maturity Blank verselife,poetry,
5/10/2017 A BLANK VERSE poem Blank verselife,poetry,
5/10/2017 AN ODE TO LOST LOVE Odelost love,
5/9/2017 A TALE OF ANNOYANCE beware Versephilosophy,
5/9/2017 WALLPAPER MUSIC Cinqkumusic,
5/8/2017 A CHILDHOOD FOOTBALL GAME Versesoccer,sports,
5/8/2017 WINTER SPORTS a spaces form Versesports,
5/8/2017 GOLF defined Cinquaingolf,sports,
5/6/2017 A BUTTERFLY AS A POEM Verseanimal,
5/5/2017 AN ENGLISH ODE Odehistory,
5/5/2017 BELOW THE GLASS CEILING an ode Odefamily,history,
5/5/2017 A 'FIFTIES ODE Odebio,history,memory,
5/3/2017 A WALL of BRICK an emblem poem Versechristian,poetry,
5/3/2017 Home a familiar place List bio,home,
5/3/2017 A Footle I've only just begun Footlehumorous,poetry,
5/3/2017 FOOTLE HYBRID I 've only just begun Footlehumorous,poetry,
5/3/2017 FOOTLE HYBRID I did it my way Footlehumorous,poetry,
5/1/2017 LIMERICK FORM an example Limerickpoetry,
5/1/2017 THE LIMERICK its origin and history Limerickhistory,people,poetry,
5/1/2017 A MAY DAY FIELD OF OLD Crystallineflower,life,
5/1/2017 A MAY DAY REFLECTION Cinquainflower,life,
5/1/2017 MAY FLOWERS Cinquainflower,life,
4/30/2017 MY POETIC AMBITION in sonnet form Sonnetbio,poetry,
4/30/2017 DEMI-SONNET the free form Sonnetbio,poetry,
4/28/2017 IN MEMORIUM Versedeath,family,war,
4/28/2017 FANCY FREE a fifties remenisence Quatraindeath,
4/28/2017 IN THE MIDST OF DEATH ---- life Monokudeath,life,nature,
4/25/2017 A POEM sans punctuation marks Free versepoetry,
4/24/2017 JOHANNES VERMEER a trio of his girls Ekphrasisart,girl,
4/24/2017 JOHANNES VERMEER more of his girls Ekphrasisart,girl,
4/24/2017 JOHANNES VERMEER and his girls Ekphrasisart,girl,
4/23/2017 WISTERFULLY YOURS Verselost love,memory,
4/22/2017 OLD AGE a perspective Bioage,
4/21/2017 BREAKING THE GLASS CEILING a quatrain Didacticchristian,spiritual,teach
4/21/2017 CONTRAST a tanka phrasis Tankainspiration,poetry,
4/21/2017 MOOD SWINGS Cinquainemotions,inspiration,intr

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Sailing Leaf Haikunature
The Rain Haikunature
Reflections Free verseon writing and wordswords
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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,
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 Poetryfunny
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,
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