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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.

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




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.

My Past Blog Posts

POETRY Q&A no 2 do share,don't be shy
Date Posted: 3/17/2018 1:26:00 AM
POETRY Q&A no 1 who,what why ?
Date Posted: 3/16/2018 1:17:00 AM
Date Posted: 3/15/2018 3:50:00 AM
TOO abecedarian for my TASTE
Date Posted: 3/14/2018 4:10:00 AM
POETRY with ears open
Date Posted: 3/13/2018 3:39:00 AM
Date Posted: 3/12/2018 1:38:00 AM
OLD=PASSE I don't think so
Date Posted: 3/11/2018 3:33:00 AM
Date Posted: 3/10/2018 2:42:00 AM
Date Posted: 3/9/2018 1:07:00 AM
Date Posted: 3/8/2018 2:47:00 AM
Date Posted: 3/6/2018 2:59:00 AM
IMPULSE .. is why I bother?
Date Posted: 3/4/2018 12:21:00 AM
PUB NIGHT SPECIAL the master poet himself
Date Posted: 3/1/2018 4:07:00 AM
Date Posted: 2/28/2018 3:25:00 AM
CHOICE POETIC VERSE still open,add to our list
Date Posted: 2/26/2018 2:53:00 AM
EAR CANDY crossover
Date Posted: 2/23/2018 12:49:00 AM
Date Posted: 2/21/2018 2:38:00 AM
PUB NIGHT poetry for thee- NOW with audio link
Date Posted: 2/15/2018 3:03:00 AM
Date Posted: 2/9/2018 3:21:00 AM
TEASHOP TALK SPECIAL this afternoon in February
Date Posted: 2/5/2018 10:08:00 AM
Date Posted: 2/1/2018 10:34:00 AM
MARIANNE MOORE a poet for sure
Date Posted: 7/21/2017 1:26:00 AM
Date Posted: 7/18/2017 3:44:00 AM
Date Posted: 7/17/2017 3:07:00 AM
JOHN MAGEE a poet for me (a blog spinoff)
Date Posted: 7/15/2017 4:27:00 AM

My Recent Poems

Date PostedPoemTitleFormCategories
3/17/2018 DUSK Verseeve,
3/16/2018 HAPPENING 11 ear candy Versemusic,winter,
3/15/2018 MONOKU EKPHRASIS 30 Ekphrasispoets,
3/14/2018 FEELERS Verseemotions,nature,
3/13/2018 HAPPENING NO 10 ear candy Versemusic,
3/12/2018 MONKU EKPHRASIS 29 Ekphrasispoets,
3/11/2018 MUSICAL HAPPENING Versemusic,
3/10/2018 HAPPENING NO 9 ear candy Versemusic,
3/9/2018 HAPPENING NO 8 ear candy Ekphrasisemotions,music,
3/8/2018 PURE POETRY Versepoetry,
3/7/2018 HAPPENING NO 7 ear candy Versemusic,
3/6/2018 MONOKU EKPHRASIS 28 Ekphrasiseulogy,poetry,
3/5/2018 A NATURAL EVENT Versebirth,inspiration,poetry,
3/4/2018 HAPPENING NO 6 ear candy Imagismmusic,
3/3/2018 MONOKU EKPHRAHSIS 27 Ekphrasispoetry,
3/2/2018 COLD YEARS QUIET TIMES Verselife,
3/1/2018 HAPPENING No 5 ear candy Versemusic,
2/28/2018 MONKU EKPHRASIS 26 Ekphrasisart,
2/27/2018 HAPPENING NO 4 ear candy Versemusic,
2/26/2018 CONTRASTS Verseemotions,
2/25/2018 MONOKU EKPHRASIS 25 Ekphrasisart,
2/24/2018 HAPPENING 3 ear candy Verseinspiration,music,
2/23/2018 MONOKU EKPHRASIS 24 Ekphrasisart,childhood,
2/22/2018 CHANGE OF MIND Versechristian,motivation,
2/21/2018 MONOKU EKPHRASIS 23 Ekphrasisart,
2/20/2018 FEELINGS Verseemotions,nature,
2/19/2018 MONOKU EKPHRASIS 22 Ekphrasisart,
2/19/2018 UPTIGHT AND PERSONAL Verseangst,emotions,love,
2/17/2018 MONOKU EKPHRASIS 21 Ekphrasisart,
2/16/2018 HAPPENING 2 ear candy Verseinspiration,music,
2/16/2018 MONOKU EKPHRASIS 20 Ekphrasisart,
2/16/2018 EVERYTHING IS Verseconfusion,
2/15/2018 MONOKU EKPHRASIS 19 Ekphrasisart,
2/15/2018 WINTER CHILL Verseseasons,winter,
2/14/2018 MONOKU EKPHRASIS 18 Ekphrasisart,
2/14/2018 SIREN SONG Versedepression,
2/13/2018 MONOKU EKPHRASIS 17 Ekphrasisart,
2/13/2018 SMALL TALK Verserelationship,
2/12/2018 MONOKU EKPHRASIS 16 Ekphrasisart,
2/12/2018 WRETCHEDNESS Versedepression,
2/11/2018 MONOKU EKPHRASIS 15 Ekphrasisdream,music,
2/11/2018 THE PAST Versehistory,perspective,
2/10/2018 MONOKU EKPHRASIS 14 Ekphrasismusic,
2/10/2018 WORD PAINTINGS Verseart,poetry,words,
2/9/2018 MONOKU EKPHRASIS 13 Ekphrasisart,imagination,
2/8/2018 CHANGE OF MIND Verseinspiration,
2/8/2018 MONOKU EKPHRASIS 12 Ekphrasisanimal,art,
2/7/2018 MONOKU EKPHRASIS 11 Ekphrasisart,nature,
2/7/2018 BEWITCHED AND BEGUILED Verseimagery,imagination,
2/6/2018 MONOKU EKPHRASIS 10 Ekphrasisart,music,
2/6/2018 ME AND MY SHADOW Verseinspiration,
2/5/2018 MONOKU EKPHRASIS 9 Ekphrasisart,
2/5/2018 VOCAL LINES Verseplaces,
2/4/2018 MONOKU EKPHRASIS 8 Ekphrasisart,people,
2/4/2018 OVER and OVER AGAIN Versemusic,poetry,
2/3/2018 MONOKU EKPHRASIS 7 Ekphrasisart,people,
2/3/2018 ENNUI INTERVALS Verseintrospection,time,
2/2/2018 MONOKU EKPHRASIS 6 Ekphrasisart,
2/2/2018 HAPPENING POEM 1 ear candy Verseinspiration,music,poetry,
2/1/2018 MONOKU EKPHRASIS 5 Monokuart,
2/1/2018 SILENCE FOR A CLERIHEW Clerihewmusic,people,satire,
1/31/2018 MONKU EKPHRASIS 4 Monokuart,
1/31/2018 ART NOUVEAU Verseart,
1/30/2018 MONOKU EKPHRASIS 3 Monokuart,people,
1/30/2018 ARTISTIC CRISIS Verseword play,writing,
1/29/2018 MONOKU-EKPHRASIS 2 Monokuart,people,
1/29/2018 THE LODGE Verseplaces,
1/28/2018 MONKU-EKPHRASIS 1 Ekphrasisart,imagery,loneliness,
1/27/2018 ENCHANTMENT Versenostalgia,
1/26/2018 NOW YOU ARE HERE Monokuhistory,i am,
1/25/2018 ONE WORD TRIBUTE Versemusic,poetry,
1/24/2018 ENNUI INTERVAL S Versedark,day,
1/22/2018 A PIECE OF NONSENSE Versenonsense,poetry,
1/19/2018 A CONCEIT Versewriting,
1/17/2018 SEVENLING the form Didacticchristian,truth,
1/15/2018 RECITATIONS Versepoetry,
1/13/2018 A YESTERDAY PLACE Verseplaces,
1/11/2018 A LIVING ALLEGORY Versejourney,life,
1/10/2018 INTERACTIVE DELIGHT Verselove,passion,
1/9/2018 INFRA RED Versepassion,
1/8/2018 UNFLOWERED Versedeath,flower,nature,
1/7/2018 HEAVENS ALIVE Verseheaven,sky,
1/6/2018 VEILED MOMENTS Imagismimagery,weather,
1/5/2018 ARTFORMS music Didacticmusic,
1/4/2018 ARTFORMS painting Didacticart,
1/3/2018 STILL POINT 50 Imagismimagery,love,
1/3/2018 ARTFORMS poetry Didacticpoetry,
1/2/2018 STILL POINT 49 Imagismimagery,
1/2/2018 AGES OF MAN or woman List life,
1/1/2018 STILL POINT 48 Imagismimagery,imagination,
1/1/2018 SHORT FORMS Versepoetry,
12/31/2017 STILL POINT 47 Imagismweather,
12/31/2017 INSPIRATION Didacticinspiration,poets,
12/30/2017 SOUNDS AND SYMBOLS Verseimagery,
12/29/2017 AFTER STYLE OF WCW Versenew year,winter,
12/28/2017 STILL POINT 46 Imagismchristian,
12/28/2017 THE VIGIL Versesilence,
12/27/2017 STILL POINT 45 Imagismanimal,
12/27/2017 SEQUENCED FORMS Verseart,poetry,

My Photos

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 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,
She Danced Quatrainimagination,inspirational

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