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Hello, I’m Nina :-) 

I have been dipping in and out of poetry since I was very young - in fact one of my most treasured possessions is a book of poems I wrote when I was six. (That and my copy of Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes - which I still love to this day!) As a teenager I used to gift little rhymes to my friends to cheer them up but I never seriously continued my scribbling into adulthood.

If you’d told me a year ago how much poetry I’d be writing today, I probably wouldn’t have believed you. My brain was fogged by baby brain and, unbeknown to me, an undiagnosed illness. Towards the end of 2017, the baby brain began to improve, I got the illness under control, and with a burst of joy at its new-found clarity and creativity, my brain started to spew forth poetry as never before! I seized the moment, started a blog (called “It All Rhymes”) and with that going down well, joined Poetry Soup in January 2018. So far, I’ve not looked back!

In “real life”, I’m a Marketing Manager and I live in Wiltshire, UK with my fabulous husband and two wonderful, exhausting boys. 










A Rattling Rhyme - Fabulously Finalised!

Blog Posted:8/28/2018 3:25:00 PM

Rattling rattling rattling....


I am proud and excited to present the winners of my Rattling Rhyme contest. I can honestly say that among the winners, there are none making up the numbers... I enjoyed every single one, and the margins between the rankings are very small.


I was looking for great metre, with a stress every third beat throughout most of the poem. I was looking for awesome flow, which “barely paused for breath”. And I was looking for entertainment. (Also I was looking for poems to be dated and correctly titled - sadly a few fell by the wayside on those counts.)


I was aiming for no more than two first places, and in the end, a sprinkle of innovation propelled two wonderful entries to the top. Geoffrey used the rattling rhythm to create a menacing chant which gave his satirical poem real bite. And Andrea used it to fuel an absolutely adorable stream-of-consciousness monologue - about a rattle in fact!


The two second place poems were both great fun with fabulous flow - Wendy with a hurrying-scurrying-hurrying-scurrying tale of twitchy noses - Watership Down but cuter - and Viv with a hilarious fumbling-stumbling tale of “senior” love, which he insists is not (yet) a true story!


In third place, three fabulous stories from Janice, John and Larry just rolled along GLORIOUSLY on the rhythm, and as for the rest of my list - well every one is a gem.


I do feel like a treasure-hunter unveiling her finds - so sit down, take a read, and feel them shine!

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Date: 8/29/2018 6:48:00 PM
Congrats to the winners ~
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Date: 8/29/2018 5:30:00 AM
Congratulations to you for your first contest, Nina. I am so proud of you! I cannot wait for the second one! Hint. Hint. There is no time like the present. HINT. HINT. Jump in with both feet, my dear. Keep them coming! Happy for all of the winners.
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 8/30/2018 12:39:00 PM
Haha, you’re relentless! I will host another one, but probably not for a bit. I enjoyed it, but missed being around the site reading and commenting. :-)
Date: 8/29/2018 3:07:00 AM
Thanks for a fun contest Nina, the only thing that rattles with me is my aching bones lol:-) many congrats to all the winners:-) hugs Jan xx
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Date: 8/28/2018 3:37:00 PM
oh thank you SO much for my placement, Nina. I saw this just before I got off my school's computer. I loved trying your contest and congrats to all the winners.
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Andrea Dietrich
Date: 8/28/2018 6:11:00 PM
hahaha!!! I did settle down and sleep for my parents when the doctor told them to just shut the door and let me wail. It took a few days but at last it worked for them!
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 8/28/2018 4:38:00 PM
Don’t thank me, thank your muse... or your inner baby lol!

My Past Blog Posts

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A Rattling Rhyme - Update
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Date Posted: 7/29/2018 4:07:00 AM
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9/15/2018 Autumn Rhymeautumn,kindergarten,
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