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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. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


The Universe Contest Results

Blog Posted:7/7/2019 9:17:00 AM

I am so excited to announce the winners of my universe contest. They are real “stars” (sorry) and I hope lots of you get the time to read them. There is (what I consider to be) some exceptional poetry here.

Lots of points for real originality in this contest, and you lovely smashers delivered that in spades. The winner changed several times during the judging!

I could whine on about the number of irrelevant poems I got, but what’s the point. I had sixteen particularly fabulous poems to choose from for my top ten. That’ll do me.

1st Place - Probir Gupta - I am a blue marble with white spirals. Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous. Vast but cute. Human scale but celestial. “Seated at that twinkling window... can you give me a starry line...” This several reads with a cup of tea and a biscuit.

2nd Place - Susan Jeavons - Night Song. Loved this from the start. “The cadence of peepers” is one of the best lines I’ve read for a while. “Who who who...” says the owl in the soundtrack, accidentally posing a deep philosophical question. This transported me!

3rd Place - Janice Canerdy - Science project, life project. The huge wrapped up in the small. And both equally important. I love the way this poem plonks the universe on the kitchen table and makes the children the centre of the universe! The ending is lovely - spot on!

4th Place - Susan Ashley - The fortunes of fortunate fate. Ooh such a clever one and the imagery sparkles... “etched upon the crystal cradle...” “beheld in rococo charm...” “chichi constellations...” Wonderful.

5th Place - Gary Smith - We stare and stare. I really enjoyed this deceptively simple rhyme, and the way it comes full circle. “Like ants attempting Everest” particularly grabbed me. 

6th Place - Maureen McGreavy - A speck aspect. Like a singularity, this is tiny and perfectly formed. But, even better than a singularity, it has a pun at the end! A clever little nugget!

7th Place - Winged Warrior - Celestial Sailing. This is a great poem without the soundtrack, but when you switch the music on... oh my. It just resonates with galaxy-sized goosebumps. Very very clever.

8th Place - Gregory R Barden - Universe. A BIG little poem. Massive amounts crammed in here, with imagery that spans aeons. (YES! that is how we spell it lol!) 

9th Place - Wendy Watson - Cosmic musings - I really enjoyed the journey from the evolution of the universe to the evolution of human art. I felt like I was zooming in, through beauty on many levels. The ending is superb. (Yes, I think they can by the way!)

10th Place - Gershon Wolf - Can it be? - Oh I just love the opening lines of this, it’s so brilliantly executed and sends echoes of loneliness through the whole poem. Had to include this in my top ten.

 

A joy to judge, thanks everybody!

Nina x

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Date: 7/7/2019 9:36:00 PM
I was going to enter but I'm currently reading a book on zero gravity and I just can't seem to put it down.
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Date: 7/7/2019 6:09:00 PM
Nina, I wholeheartedly echo Wendy’s comments below, your wonderful synopsis of each winning poem is a prized possession for the fortunate poet receiving it. Thank you for the honor of my placement in your very competitive contest. I relish your comments. It’s a thrill for my poem to be listed amongst such brilliant writes.. ~Susan
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Date: 7/7/2019 2:22:00 PM
I am so glad that you appreciated my efforts,Nina and thank you for the lovely comments above and the time that you invest in reading, judging and always leaving such interesting and detailed reasons for your choices.
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Date: 7/7/2019 11:02:00 AM
Congrats to the winners and thanks for stopping by my poem with your comment though it did not make the list.
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Date: 7/7/2019 10:32:00 AM
Thanks for the inspiration and congratulations to all the winners.
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My Past Blog Posts

 
The Universe Contest Results
Date Posted: 7/7/2019 9:17:00 AM
The Universe Update
Date Posted: 7/4/2019 2:58:00 PM
Wonderful Poetry Map of England & Wales
Date Posted: 6/7/2019 3:48:00 PM
Quirky Tercets :-)
Date Posted: 5/3/2019 7:52:00 AM
What Rhymes 2: Cross-Border Disorder
Date Posted: 4/23/2019 11:36:00 AM
Who fancies this as a new feature?
Date Posted: 4/3/2019 1:00:00 PM
Thank you for making me actually LOL
Date Posted: 3/6/2019 3:52:00 PM
Reflect That Emotion - Contest Finalised
Date Posted: 2/23/2019 8:55:00 AM
Capture That Emotion - Contest Finalised
Date Posted: 2/13/2019 3:50:00 PM
Capture That Emotion Contest
Date Posted: 2/12/2019 1:27:00 PM
Villanelle Contest Finalised
Date Posted: 1/26/2019 2:38:00 PM
What Rhymes 1: Where do you draw the rhyme line?
Date Posted: 1/11/2019 10:38:00 AM
Congratulations to the ABB contest winners!
Date Posted: 1/8/2019 12:53:00 PM
Our blogs and social media feeds
Date Posted: 12/23/2018 5:44:00 AM
Dates in contests
Date Posted: 12/21/2018 10:53:00 AM
Now you know what scares me...
Date Posted: 12/21/2018 9:17:00 AM
Actual lols
Date Posted: 12/15/2018 4:51:00 AM
I cannot believe I wrote that - please read if you’ve entered
Date Posted: 12/5/2018 1:07:00 PM
Half Eleven Finalised
Date Posted: 12/3/2018 11:12:00 AM
Trying Something New - Tried and Tested!
Date Posted: 10/27/2018 9:29:00 AM
Mischief Contest Finalised
Date Posted: 10/4/2018 3:27:00 PM
Mischief Contest Update
Date Posted: 10/2/2018 9:45:00 AM
Help please Soupers! - Publishing "traditional" poetry
Date Posted: 9/21/2018 6:53:00 AM
A Rattling Rhyme - Fabulously Finalised!
Date Posted: 8/28/2018 3:25:00 PM
Ambiguity: Pleasure or Pain?
Date Posted: 8/27/2018 9:38:00 AM

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4/8/2019 Ribbon of Joy Quatrainjoy,
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3/30/2019 Napalm Rhymedark,scary,
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haiga Haikuflower,summer,
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haiga - summer Haikubeauty,eve,june,rain,summ
The Tooth Faerie - In Collaboration with Nina Parmetner Free versecute,fairy,woman,
A Beach Spa for My Feet Sijoholiday,
To Sail the Sky Coupletadventure,imagination,met
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A July dawn Sonnetsummer,sun,
I Would Never Abandon Myself Free verse10th grade,11th grade,12t
First Light, So Sweet Enclosed Rhymemorning,
A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE JOHN LOL Rhymefunny,mother,
Sonnet Contest -Daybreak Sonnetbeautiful,day,inspiration
The Aged Strive Rondeauage,sad,
THE MALE MENOPAUSE - please feel free to join in the collaboration Limerickage,body,humorous,men,
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Clair de Lune Pensif Rhymelonging,love,moon,nature,
MARTIANS LAND IN THE US AND REGRET SAYING 'TAKE ME TO YOUR LEADER' Rhymeamerica,humorous,silly,sp
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A Rattling Rhyme Rhymebaby,
A Rattling Rhyme Rhymepolitical,
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A rattling rhyme Rhymehumor,sensual,
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The Darkness Quatrainlife,
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A Rattling Rhyme Rhymehumor,
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The Ruby Spires Enclosed Rhymeadventure,beauty,science
Something Rictameterabsence,loneliness,longin
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Parents Set The Tone Free verseparents,school,
Mischief Haikunonsense,
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Mischief Versehumor,love hurts,
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My Pirate Women Free versesurreal,
Poetic Justice Light Versefun,humor,judgement,metap
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The View You Choose 2 Point 0 Rhymedark,depression,hip hop,i
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In Strangler's Wood Rhymedeath,
My Lady Personificationaugust,Lullaby,
Broken People Free versepeople,
Baby Birds Free versemother daughter,
YES DEAR LOL Rhymehumor,marriage,
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Poetrybook Rhymepoems,poetess,poetry,poet
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Neanderthal - for half eleven contest Rhymehistory,science,
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