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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.




POETRY with ears open

Blog Posted:3/13/2018 3:39:00 AM

Georgia di Chiraco,1889-1978 the surrealist artist said of his work, 'I paint with my eyes closed'.

That is kind of a description also of what we poets often also do....a variation of the inspiration process in recent weeks for me in my 'ear candy' series...where I have been motivated into the 'poetic. inspiration'. eyes,closed..ears open..by YouTube musical  clips of composers that appeal to my taste.All instrumental,particularly piano so that the music conjures up images and thoughts and words.

Do you find music inspired words into your heart and mind?

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Date: 3/16/2018 7:28:00 AM
I must try this, Brian: There are a few pieces of music that move me on a deep level. I never thought about trying to write it down...I sometimes wish for more solitude as life gets too much in the way here. If wishes were horses lol.....SuZ
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Brian Strand
Date: 3/16/2018 2:17:00 PM
Suzanne I wish you well in trying it out.Inspiration can happen in many ways
Date: 3/13/2018 3:21:00 PM
Not really, Brian, but I would love to understand music well enough to put some of my poems TO music.
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Andrea Dietrich
Date: 3/15/2018 8:55:00 AM
I love listening to music but no, I can't recall ever being inspired to write what it evoked in me, except the time I did lyrics for a song in one of Craig's contests.
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Brian Strand
Date: 3/13/2018 5:23:00 PM
Perhaps Andrea,just feel what it evokes in you?
Date: 3/13/2018 10:12:00 AM
Sometimes. Sara
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Brian Strand
Date: 3/13/2018 10:54:00 AM
That's great.

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My Recent Poems

Date PostedPoemTitleFormCategories
6/24/2018 FIRES OF IMAGINATION 53 Imagismchristian,inspiration,
6/24/2018 HAPPENING 66 ear candy Verseinspirational,music,
6/23/2018 FLOWERS IN MOONLIGHT Verselife,
6/23/2018 FIRES OF IMAGINATION 52 Imagismimagery,inspirational,
6/22/2018 HAPPENING 65 ear candy Verseinspirational,music,
6/21/2018 FIRES OF IMAGINATION 51 Imagisminspirational,
6/20/2018 A HAPPENING OF HOPE Versehope,seasons,weather,
6/19/2018 FIRES OF IMAGINATION 50 Imagismimagery,
6/19/2018 HAPPENING 64 ear candy Versehope,life,
6/18/2018 TRUTH Verseatheist,truth,
6/17/2018 HAPPENING 63 ear candy Versedream,imagery,inspiration
6/17/2018 SATIRE and ALL THAT Versesatire,word play,
6/16/2018 FIRES OF IMAGINATION 49 Imagismimagery,nostalgia,
6/16/2018 A WORLD CUP CLERIHEW Clerihewpeople,sports,
6/15/2018 INSPIRATIONAL OUTLOOK Verseimagery,inspirational,
6/15/2018 HAPPENING 62 ear candy Verseinspirational,music,
6/14/2018 THE WELL OF DESPAIR Verselife,
6/13/2018 FIRES OF IMAGINATION 48 Imagisminsect,inspirational,
6/13/2018 HAPPENING 61 ear candy Verseinspirational,music,
6/12/2018 HAPPENING 60 ear candy Verseinspirational,music,
6/11/2018 A POSTLUDE Versefriendship love,
6/10/2018 AS IS MOMENT 33 one liner Imagisminspirational,
6/10/2018 FIRES OF IMAGINATION 47 Imagismimagery,inspirational,
6/9/2018 ONE DAY AT A TIME Verselife,
6/9/2018 FIRES OF IMAGINATION 46 Imagisminspirational,sound,
6/9/2018 HAPPENING 59 ear candy Verseimagery,inspirational,mus
6/9/2018 AS IS MOMENT 32 one liner Imagismimagery,
6/8/2018 HAPPENING 58 ear candy Verseinspirational,music,
6/8/2018 CONSEQUENCES Versechange,life,
6/8/2018 FIRES OF IMAGINATION 45 Imagismchristian,imagery,
6/7/2018 ILLUSIONS Verseflower,
6/7/2018 FIRES OF IMAGINATION 44 Imagismimagery,
6/7/2018 HAPPENING 58 ear candy Verseinspirational,music,
6/6/2018 HAPPENING 56 ear candy Verseinspirational,music,
6/6/2018 AS IS MOMENT 31 one liner Imagismimagery,
6/6/2018 FIRES OF IMAGINATION 43 Imagismimagery,inspirational,
6/5/2018 AN AFTERTHOUGHT Verselife,
6/5/2018 HAPPENING 55 ear candy Verseinspirational,music,
6/5/2018 AS IS MOMENT 30 one liner Imagismimagery,inspirational,
6/4/2018 EXPERIENCE Verselife,
6/4/2018 AS IS MOMENT 29 one liner Imagismimagery,
6/4/2018 FIRES OF IMAGINATION 42 Imagismimagery,
6/3/2018 BEHOLD Versebeauty,
6/3/2018 HAPPENING 54 ear candy Verseinspirational,music,
6/2/2018 CHILDHOOD Versechildhood,
6/2/2018 FIRES OF IMAGINATION 41 Imagismimagery,inspirational,
6/1/2018 ETHEREAL MOMENTS Verselove,music,
6/1/2018 HAPPENING 53 ear candy Verseinspirational,myth,
6/1/2018 FIRES OF IMAGINATION 40 Imagismimagery,
5/31/2018 END OF AN ERA Verselife,old,
5/31/2018 HAPPENING 52 ear candy Verseimagery,music,
5/31/2018 FIRE OF IMAGINATION 39 Imagismimagery,weather,
5/30/2018 FIRES OF IMAGINATION 38 Verseatheist,imagery,poets,
5/30/2018 PLEASURES OF IMAGINATION Verseatheist,poets,
5/30/2018 HAPPENING 51 ear candy Verseinspiration,music,
5/29/2018 CONTEMPORARY ART Verseart,
5/29/2018 HAPPENING 50 ear candy Versemusic,
5/28/2018 A POETESS Versepoetess,
5/28/2018 HAPPENING 49 ear candy Verseinspirational,music,
5/27/2018 A POETIC VIEWPOINT Versepoetry,
5/27/2018 HAPPENING 48 ear candy Verseinspirational,music,
5/27/2018 FIRES OF IMAGINATION 37 Imagismimagery,inspiration,
5/26/2018 FIRES OF IMAGINATION 36 Imagismimagery,
5/26/2018 INSPIRATION Verseinspiration,
5/26/2018 HAPPENING 47 ear candy Verseimagery,music,
5/25/2018 FIRES OF IMAGINATION 35 Imagisminspirational,
5/25/2018 A SCULPTURED MIND Verseart,
5/25/2018 HAPPENING 46 ear candy Versemusic,
5/24/2018 FIRES OF IMAGINATION 34 Imagismemotions,imagery,
5/24/2018 SMALL THINGS Verselife,
5/24/2018 HAPPENING 45 ear candy Verseinspiration,music,
5/23/2018 FIRES OF IMAGINATION 33 Imagismimagery,
5/23/2018 DESIRES Versedesire,
5/23/2018 HAPPENING 44 ear candy Versemusic,nostalgia,
5/22/2018 ECLECTIC WORD POEM Listpoetry,word play,
5/22/2018 FIRES OF IMAGINATION 32 Imagismimagery,
5/22/2018 HAPPENING 43 ear candy Versefarm,inspirational,music,
5/21/2018 FIRES OF IMAGINATION 31 Imagismimagery,
5/21/2018 A MODERN VERSE Versepoetry,
5/21/2018 HAPPENING 42 ear candy Verseinspirational,music,
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,

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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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