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I was born under the star sign 'Pisces' and as the saying goes "You can't get over that". I have life-long interests in water, fish, the sea, sailing and everything wet and aquatic. I have a scientific background in the environment and fisheries. I have written extensively on many topics. I have created and manage a gaggle of websites. I have now retired and live in the 'Shark Shack' by the sea near Jervis Bay, on the South Eastern coast of Australia. I sail, fish, walk, dive and swim as much as I can with the motto: 'Diving for Pearls'. My main focus is on didactic poems. I love the poems of Dylan Thomas and my favorite movie is 'Under Milk Wood' (a radio play, made into a film). I also like Les Murray. My website is Poetry Community http://www.poetrycommunity.com.  Cheers! 


Let Your Poems be Heard!


Blog Posted:5/4/2018 1:11:00 PM

I am one of the few poets who voice their poems here in the soup (Blub Blub). I have a secret - I cheat! Certainly I could record myself reading the poems, but I don't as it does not work very well and I don't like my own voice much. I use one of two, free online tools to do the job. The best and easiest is http://www.fromtexttospeech.com/ - simply download the mp3 file and post. It can be unreliable at times, so be patient. The other one is https://text2mp3.online/ . This only has one female voice, but works OK. This requires a bit of fiddling as the input  text is not formatted, but you can fix this by adding a 'full-stop' after the title, and some extra 'commas' at the end of the lines, and to insert pauses where required. To save click the 'download button' and then 'right-click' on the next 'download button' and save the mp3 file with the name you choose. Cheers and happy voicing.

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Date: 5/7/2018 12:17:00 AM
This is great, John, thank you! I have people who have offered, but it just never seems to work out time-wise ... this is a great tool! Blessings!
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Date: 5/6/2018 9:21:00 PM
Hi John, I do love my voice when reading my own poems as of course I know where to pause and such, and I have recorded my poems and posted here but they end up disappearing when I go back months later to look at, so it happened so many times, I just don't bother. I have listened to some audio poems on here and can barely hear the voice... so what was the point, and sometimes, I find the audio of the poem distracting to the poem itself, but maybe that's just me...
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Date: 5/6/2018 12:33:00 PM
Not fond of my voice either John. Thank you for the info!
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Date: 5/5/2018 11:12:00 AM
O John, you are such a darling for sharing your trade secret. That is wonderful. Thank you so much. Most appreciated.
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Date: 5/4/2018 10:17:00 PM
i see you too are having fun. is tree a crowd or an extra will
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Date: 5/5/2018 8:09:00 AM
In my experience tree is never a crowd!

My Past Blog Posts

 
Let Your Poems be Heard!
Date Posted: 5/4/2018 1:11:00 PM
I can't like what I don't understand
Date Posted: 8/12/2017 3:08:00 PM
Phrase vs Line as Poem's Quanta
Date Posted: 8/10/2017 5:20:00 PM
Does Poetry Soup Need a SPOON?
Date Posted: 7/29/2017 1:18:00 AM
Grook Poems Worth a Try!
Date Posted: 7/28/2017 7:32:00 PM
Two-Voice Tanka, Thrice Contest Judged
Date Posted: 7/28/2017 5:13:00 PM
New Experimental Form - Tree Poems for Counterpoints
Date Posted: 7/26/2017 12:44:00 AM
What is the Difference Beween Poetry and Prose?
Date Posted: 7/24/2017 6:25:00 PM
Short Poetry Online
Date Posted: 7/14/2017 1:22:00 AM
New Contest Idea - Two-Voice Tanka, Thrice
Date Posted: 6/28/2017 2:25:00 PM
New Form - The BELL
Date Posted: 6/3/2017 2:32:00 PM
Cinquain Express Train Contest Finalized, Toot Toot!
Date Posted: 5/31/2017 1:03:00 AM
Thoughts on Contemporary Poetry, Free Verse Debate
Date Posted: 5/25/2017 4:18:00 PM
Give The Cinquain Form a Try!
Date Posted: 5/24/2017 4:03:00 PM
Be Didactic - Contest Completed
Date Posted: 4/24/2017 9:35:00 PM

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6/26/2018 Esteemed Age Glaze Free verseage,grandparents,old,
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6/22/2018 Mind vs Body Free verseself,
6/22/2018 Pare Pairs to Plausible Tankalife,space,
6/21/2018 At the crack of dawn Free verseday,
6/21/2018 At 9:17 PM precisely Free versedeath,
6/21/2018 Troubled Doubled Free versewisdom,
6/21/2018 Wee Willy Nilly Will Senryuencouraging,uplifting,
6/20/2018 Let the Children Play Free versechild,childhood,children,
6/19/2018 Poem to Self in Passing Rhymebirth,death,sea,
6/19/2018 Echo of Sea in Shell Free versebeach,sea,
6/19/2018 Collecting Seashells Free versebeach,sea,
6/18/2018 Gap Fillers Free verseangst,wisdom,
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6/18/2018 Widen Goals for More Goals Free versesoccer,
6/17/2018 Calamari in the Mist Free versefood,nonsense,
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6/12/2018 Au Revoir Angel Quatrainangel,heaven,rain,
6/12/2018 With Wild Abandon Free versepoetry,poets,
6/11/2018 One Face Moon Free versemoon,
6/11/2018 Hallowed Hollowed Free verseriddle,
6/11/2018 Unpick Haikumemory,
6/11/2018 Space between Breaths Haikuvoice,
6/11/2018 Rod or Pole or Perch Free verseword play,
6/11/2018 Empty Calories Haikufood,
6/11/2018 Shooting Stars Free versestars,
6/10/2018 On Outer Space Haiku Haikuspace,stars,
6/10/2018 Celestial Consternation Coupletspace,stars,
6/10/2018 On Waterfall Haiku Haikuwater,
6/9/2018 On Pond Haiku Haikunature,
6/7/2018 Live Suspended for Now Free verselife,
6/7/2018 Glistening Rhymerain,
6/4/2018 Waterfall Haibunwater,wedding,
6/2/2018 Startled by Strangeness Free verseconfidence,
6/1/2018 Being a Bee Free versenature,
6/1/2018 On Stilts Free versebeauty,bird,
6/1/2018 Just People Free versepeople,
6/1/2018 One Alone Free versesolitude,
5/31/2018 These Days, My Days Rhymeold,time,
5/30/2018 For Your Sake Free versepoetry,
5/30/2018 Dank Free verselove,love hurts,
5/30/2018 Blew Away Free versewind,
5/28/2018 As it is to be Free versestrength,stress,
5/28/2018 Droplets Free versewater,
5/28/2018 Merely Free verseabsence,
5/28/2018 Think Twice Free versefate,today,
5/27/2018 Pieces of Eight Rhymeold,time,
5/26/2018 Millstone Free verselife,work,
5/25/2018 To See is to Change Free versesenses,
5/25/2018 Once More Dear Friends Sijoocean,water,wind,
5/24/2018 Star Gazer Free versesky,stars,
5/20/2018 Wellspring Free verseinspiration,
5/20/2018 Belittled Bedraggled Free versedepression,
5/19/2018 In 100 Years, Mars Terraformed Free verseearth,
5/15/2018 Sea Mail Free verseocean,sea,
5/13/2018 Blink to Snap Decisions Free versefate,inspiration,
5/12/2018 haiku Haikuflower,summer,
5/12/2018 Curry Favor Free versefriendship,relationship,
5/12/2018 haiku Haikuseasons,summer,
5/11/2018 Exuberance Free versecelebration,happiness,
5/11/2018 The Eyes Have It Free versefarewell,senses,
5/11/2018 Dew Forms on You Free versenature,night,
5/10/2018 Dragonfly Tell Me Why Free verseflying,hope,insect,life,
5/9/2018 Catfish Purred Free versecat,fish,ocean,
5/8/2018 We panic in a pew Free verseangst,word play,words,
5/7/2018 Soft Shadows Loose Free verselight,
5/4/2018 Foibles Touche Free verselife,lost love,
5/4/2018 Making Do Free verseword play,
5/3/2018 Any Day Now Free verseanxiety,word play,
5/3/2018 haiku Haikuocean,
5/3/2018 Hankering for a Kiss Free verseenvironment,love,tree,
5/3/2018 Catty Free verserelationship,
5/2/2018 Love is Free verselove,
5/2/2018 Wee Willy Wagtail Free verseanimal,bird,word play,
5/1/2018 Regrets beget emotional debt Free verseemotions,
5/1/2018 In Solitude, Contemplation Free versesolitude,
4/30/2018 Spooky Action at a Distance Free verserelationship,
4/30/2018 Languid Lapping Free versesea,water,wind,
4/30/2018 Sunbeams at Dawn Free verseday,
4/29/2018 I Feel Fine, You Know Rhymefeelings,flying,today,tog
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4/28/2018 haiku Haikunature,tree,
4/28/2018 Asp Clasped Free verseclothes,nature,word play,
4/27/2018 Salt Fish Free verseanalogy,fish,food,hope,in
4/27/2018 Implosion Free verseemotions,
4/26/2018 Nature Unaligned Free versenature,
4/26/2018 Panglossian Exuberance Free verseenvironment,nature,
4/25/2018 Forgive Karma Free verseforgiveness,judgement,
4/24/2018 Backwash Free versesea,water,
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4/23/2018 haiku Haikuhumanity,
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