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 ,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.





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 9:09:00 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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4/11/2018 AS IS MOMENT 7 one liner Imagismart,imagery,
4/10/2018 RETROSPECTIVE PHASES Versedepression,life,
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4/9/2018 MONOKU EKPHRASIS 37 Ekphrasisart,
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4/3/2018 MONOKU EKPHRASIS 35 Ekphrasispeople,poetry,
4/2/2018 HAPPENING 16 ear candy Verseinspirational,music,
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3/31/2018 AS IS MOMENT 3 one liner Imagismmusic,
3/30/2018 A GOOD FRIDAY dramatic verse Dramatic Versechristian,history,jesus,j
3/29/2018 HAPPENING 15 ear candy Imagismmusic,summer,
3/29/2018 LATTICE OF THE SOUL Verseemotions,
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