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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. 










Trying Something New - Tried and Tested!

Blog Posted:10/27/2018 9:29:00 AM

Hello everyone!

Thank you for the late rush of entries in my Trying Something New contest, which closed today!

The most common reasons for disqualification were not writing on the theme, or rhymes being too good! I did ask for some “off-piste” rhymes, and some of you lot are just too perfect. Yes, it’s a fault you’ll have to live with.

I would say very few poems fulfilled every single one of the criteria. In the end, I rewarded poems which very-very-nearly fulfilled the criteria – enough for me to say that they embraced the spirit of the contest. Slant rhymes were hard to achieve, so I let through those with at least 2-and-a-half slant rhymes (I asked for three). Metre was the other challenge, but I allowed those with either a good or almost-nearly-good metre, OR a lovely sense of flow (I don’t know how to say “rap-like” without sounding ancient?!) which suited some of the more quick-fire rhyming poems.

My winner from CayCay was an early entry in the contest, and yes, I do read them as they come in. This one became my companion, and grew and grew and grew on me, and by the time I came to finalise, was my clear favourite. I love the creative use of language, the fun and the flow, and the awesome rhymes!

Greg waltzed in to second place with a late bit of karma sutra, which OBVIOUSLY I love – what girl wouldn’t - I had a big debate with myself as to whether “sweats’ll” an “Pretzel” was too perfect, but I allowed on account of it being really rather squonky. Love this Greg. Contain yourself, ladies.

And my third place from Brian is lovely, bonkers and creative with fab rhythm - and smuggled some of the slant rhymes in as little internal rhymes – SNEAKY Brian – I like your thinking!

Special mentions also to Andrea with her foodie odyssey, which packed full of fabulous wonky rhymes and great fun to read, and Jesse who serenaded me with some SUNG audio – Jesse, your bravery has been rewarded!


Thanks so much everyone! This was a slow starter, but in the end, I had some fabulous poems to choose from!


Lots of love, Nina

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Date: 10/28/2018 1:10:00 PM
Congrats to the winners ~
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Date: 10/27/2018 10:51:00 PM
And Cay-Cay is right - you ARE a light here - please keep shining, and I'll be that crazy, fuzzy moth that is happy to burn for the sake of the brilliance. ;-) <3
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 10/30/2018 5:09:00 PM
LOL - no worries, Nina, just trying to live up to my squonky reputation, (I love that word! I've turned half-a-dozen people onto it since you laid it in my appreciative lap. I do so adore British wit, especially yours, haha! Are you familiar with Leonard Rossiter and "The Fall & Rise of Reginald Perrin? Did I ask you that before? If you don't know it, try watching an episode on YouTube - you will enjoy it, I know).
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 10/29/2018 3:00:00 AM
Haha, I don’t know what to say to that Greg! :-)
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CayCay Jennings
Date: 10/28/2018 12:30:00 AM
Wow, how beautifully poetic, Greg!
Date: 10/27/2018 10:37:00 PM
Thank you, thank you, Nina, you are way too kind, but I'm very happy you are, and pleased you squeaked me through with pretzel - I knew the sound was very close, but was hoping there'd be allowance for the 'squonky' contraction, hehe. I didn't think I'd get time to enter, but a window opened late and two spots were still open - lucky me! I had no idea what to write about, but "pretzel" had popped up all day long, (I try to be attuned to those hints that the Creative Conscience feeds us), and of course my mind took it the non-culinary route, lol. This was FUN, and I love that you wanted us to NOT rhyme well - pushing boundaries, that's how we grow! Congrats to all who placed - blessings! :-)
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Date: 10/27/2018 5:04:00 PM
Awww, thanks, Nina for the special mention. I can't wait to read the winners but my life is so hectic right now that i have only a bit of time at this very moment to be here. Wow, I am so behind at Soup!! Congrats to all and thanks for your sponsoring this contest.
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Andrea Dietrich
Date: 11/2/2018 2:14:00 PM
Hi, Greg and Caycay. RIght now I am grabbing 20 min. free time. Wheeeee!
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CayCay Jennings
Date: 10/28/2018 12:28:00 AM
Please share, do say - when are the breathing times? I need to put it on my calendar because I feel more like a human doing lately than a human being. What is this thing people call, 'me time?' I'm just messing around, smiling and having therapy! Everyone feel better?
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 10/27/2018 10:42:00 PM
Me too, Andrea - I can't seem to catch up, and I so love reading and commenting, but I'm even behind on thank-yous, something I usually do daily. Life is WAY too "life" like right now, if you know what I mean - it all comes at once, but maybe that's how it should be, so the other times leave us time to breathe. Blessings, Buddy. <3
Date: 10/27/2018 2:45:00 PM
thanks for my placement in the contest and my congrats to the winners:-) hugs Jan xx
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Date: 10/27/2018 10:58:00 AM
WOW - I've never had such a flattering paragraph to call my own. (I've not forgotten the one from you, Viv - it was most special, my first.) I am so thrilled right now that I'm going to completely ignore the word, 'squonky' - not even going to look it up. You are a light here at Soup, and I told you so long before this contest because its long been true. Poetry hugs ... CayCay
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 10/27/2018 11:03:00 AM
Ah thanks CayCay! It's such a great poem. You got me though. Squonky is not a word. Well, it's a Nina word, which obviously means it SHOULD be a word, but if you ask the Oxford Dictionary man, he would shake his head in disgust!

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