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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 SPECIAL a simple rhyme

Blog Posted:4/16/2018 1:05:00 AM
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Date: 4/16/2018 5:38:00 PM
She was extraordinary when it came to imagery especially ... I have always been a fan of hers for that reason, and when I need some soothing/healing verse, she's a favorite shore to pull my bow upon ... THIS one is a great example. Yes, she certainly uses "simple" words and phrasing here, but to create such gorgeous images with such limited expression is anything but. Wonderful - thank you for sharing!
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Brian Strand
Date: 4/17/2018 3:11:00 AM
Thanks Greg,yes this short poem has so many poetic facets
Date: 4/16/2018 7:17:00 AM
Nothing wrong with simple poetry or simple rhyming. Frank Stanton was true master of it. And he sent important and clear messages with his. Not just images. I too am a fan of Millay, yet this example presents beautiful images primarily and not any important messages, IMHO. Myself, I prefer both in poetry, an observation and personal choice on my part, not a criticism of either Millay or this poem or your blog....
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Date: 4/16/2018 7:21:00 AM
Thank Robert,will check out Stanton's verse
Date: 4/16/2018 6:24:00 AM
Am close to my 'lectric fireplace, Brian, quite comforting, really, as the rhythmic woodland images you share above! 'member I mentioned snow the other day? just quit now! 2' over few days...blowing, drifting, icy & cold...couldn't drive (plows couldn't see road edge) so I shook out my walk-a-bout gear, winter edition (sorel boots, long johnnies & wool cap) buckthorne carved walking staff to probe snowdrifts (often iced under, careful!) & randied for 3 miles! Refreshing! (I was only one out tho in city of 50,000pp, weird!)
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Date: 4/16/2018 7:19:00 AM
Wow Jim,that's some story,hope it juices your creative muse.

My Past Blog Posts

FIRES of imagination
Date Posted: 4/20/2018 1:35:00 AM
AN EPITAPH to die for
Date Posted: 4/19/2018 2:45:00 AM
FLYING HIGH in imagery
Date Posted: 4/18/2018 2:53:00 AM
Date Posted: 4/17/2018 11:35:00 PM
POETRY SPECIAL a simple rhyme
Date Posted: 4/16/2018 1:05:00 AM
HOW TO WRITE A POEM some good advice
Date Posted: 4/15/2018 2:54:00 AM
Date Posted: 4/14/2018 2:51:00 AM
Date Posted: 4/13/2018 4:11:00 AM
POETRY where is it at ? NOW
Date Posted: 4/12/2018 1:19:00 AM
ENTITLED OR WHAT? a spin off
Date Posted: 4/11/2018 2:45:00 AM
Date Posted: 4/10/2018 3:31:00 AM
TO BE A POET or not that is the question
Date Posted: 4/9/2018 3:05:00 AM
Date Posted: 4/8/2018 3:42:00 AM
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EASTER POETRY SPECIAL if ever two..a story of love
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My Recent Poems

Date PostedPoemTitleFormCategories
4/20/2018 IMAGINE THIS Imagismimagination,inspiration,p
4/19/2018 CHOICES Versechange,
4/19/2018 MONOKU EKPHRASIS 40 Ekphrasismusic,
4/19/2018 FIRES of imagination 1 Imagisminspiration,
4/18/2018 HAPPENING 21 ear candy Versemusic,
4/18/2018 AS IS MOMENT 10 one liner Imagismart,
4/17/2018 AT FACE VALUE Verseimagery,
4/16/2018 AS IS MOMENT 9 one liner Imagismart,
4/16/2018 MONOKU EKPHRASIS 39 Ekphrasisliterature,nostalgia,
4/16/2018 HAPPENING 20 ear candy Versemusic,
4/15/2018 KILLING FIELD Versenature,night,
4/14/2018 AS IS MOMENT 8 one liner Imagismart,
4/13/2018 MONOKU EKPHRASIS 38 Ekphrasispeople,poetry,
4/13/2018 EYE CONTACT Versefirst love,
4/12/2018 HAPPENING 19 ear candy Versemusic,
4/11/2018 AS IS MOMENT 7 one liner Imagismart,imagery,
4/10/2018 RETROSPECTIVE PHASES Versedepression,life,
4/9/2018 AS IS MOMENT 6 one liner Imagismart,imagery,
4/9/2018 MONOKU EKPHRASIS 37 Ekphrasisart,
4/8/2018 HAPPENING 18 ear candy Versemusic,nostalgia,
4/7/2018 AS IS MOMENT 5 one liner Imagismart,imagery,
4/7/2018 MONOKU EKPHRASIS 36 Ekphrasispeople,poetry,
4/6/2018 FACTS OF LIFE a cinquain Cinquainchildhood,innocence,life,
4/6/2018 HAPPENING 17 ear candy Imagismautumn,music,
4/5/2018 AS IS MOMENT 4 one liner Imagismart,
4/4/2018 ONE THING LEADS TO ANOTHER Verseimagery,imagination,
4/3/2018 MONOKU EKPHRASIS 35 Ekphrasispeople,poetry,
4/2/2018 HAPPENING 16 ear candy Verseinspirational,music,
4/1/2018 EASTER DAY as is moment Monokucelebration,christian,
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,
3/28/2018 MONOKU EKPHRASIS 34 Ekphrasispeople,poetry,
3/27/2018 AS IS MOMENT 2 one liner Monokuimage,music,
3/26/2018 HAPPENING 14 ear candy Verseemotions,music,
3/25/2018 AN EASTER WEEK VERSE Narrativeanniversary,christian,goo
3/25/2018 MONOKU EKPHRASIS 33 Ekphrasisart,
3/24/2018 WHAT YOU WILL Imagismimagination,
3/24/2018 AS IS MOMENT 1 one liner Monokuart,
3/23/2018 HAPPENING 13 ear candy Versemusic,
3/22/2018 MONOKU EKPHRASIS 32 Ekphrasisart,
3/21/2018 KILLING WITHOUT WORDS Verseconflict,social,
3/20/2018 HAPPENING NO 12 ear candy Verseemotions,muse,
3/19/2018 MISCELLANY OF HAPPENINGS Listimagery,
3/18/2018 MONOKU EKPHRASIS 31 Ekphrasismusic,people,
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,

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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