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Poetry Anthology - Update!!!

Blog Posted:10/22/2019 5:10:00 AM

We are in the process of building an interface that will allow Soupers to submit up to three poems for review. We will let you know when and how you can begin submitting poems. However, submission is not a guarantee of inclusion.  

Additionally, we will be contacting poets directly related to specific poems we want to include. Stay tuned. 

In the meantime, make sure your poems are free of errors (grammar or otherwise) and ensure that the correct form of poetry is selected. This is very important.

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Date: 11/17/2019 2:51:00 PM
When will the submission feature be available?
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Date: 11/7/2019 5:25:00 PM
Well thank you for telling me. I hope i can give you what you want in poetry. i will try to do my best.
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Date: 10/29/2019 11:38:00 AM
Is anyone curious about where all the peeps disappeared to that commented on the last blog? The game is afoot...
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Keith Trestrail
Date: 10/30/2019 6:58:00 PM
I'm sorry, is that Klingon?
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Son of Spock
Date: 10/30/2019 6:52:00 PM
It's an anamolous conundrum
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Keith Trestrail
Date: 10/30/2019 6:01:00 PM
They're sitting in the dark in their basements eating cheetos in their underwear trying to come up with an entry that will blow the socks off TPS. Or is it just me?
Date: 10/24/2019 9:43:00 PM
Thanks, anyway. I sit here poetry broke Empty of the magic stroke This incantation I poke To be in this book, I stoke With other rich poet folk No magic dragon bespoke Sans invite sank tears that choke No knock on the door of croak I did wish, acorn to oak But reality, sigh, runs uncloak
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Son of Spock
Date: 10/25/2019 7:29:00 AM
(sniff) ka-ching?
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Laura Leiser
Date: 10/24/2019 10:02:00 PM
Good one, Connie! :-D
Date: 10/24/2019 12:01:00 AM
Lastly (I promise): Free verse is nowadays more often referred to as OPEN FORM. You might like to revise some of the namings of the forms (and their descriptions, eg haiku, as I find it a bit outdated - modern western haiku has evolved to a more relaxed form; and so has sonnets - only recognisable for the fact that they have 14 lines ...).
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Suzette Richards
Date: 10/25/2019 12:42:00 AM
Content is, afterall, more important than labels. However, much like we should not over-analyse why a relationship is working, one should steer clear of dissecting a poem to the point of rendering it a meaningless jumble of words on a page.
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Suzette Richards
Date: 10/24/2019 11:08:00 PM
There are poetry websites that specifically state 'no haiku'. Ma Debbie would have a fit if she saw some of the 'haiku' or 'senryu' presented here on PS as examples of those forms. There are many associations in various countries that cater to certain genres - those could be joined and expert guidance received. So, my suggestion stands: the descriptions of various poetic forms need to be updated to include modern trends, or let it be scrapped in its entirety. PoutrySoup.com is a 'dinner table' where we do not discuss 'sex, politics or religion' - and haiku. Renaming: Could you please change 'I do not know' to rather read: OTHER ...?
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craig cornish
Date: 10/24/2019 10:14:00 PM
Regarding the Haiku question I agree with maintaining the true requirements of traditional Haiku with exception to, as Wayne alludes, the syllable count of 5/7/5 which has been widely deemed an improper translation of syllable sound as the "only" way relative to the Japanese intent of relating a message in Haiku form. The 5/7/5 is just one way to present the form and not the only way.
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Wayne Kingston
Date: 10/24/2019 8:39:00 PM
Haiku has a definitive form (+ 400 yr history) in Japan. The way they count the syllables is not conducive to transfer directly to English. In the 1920's some extremely famous poets worked very hard developing an Imagist Poetry Movement. Often the playful tension between the 2 forms can be quite satisfying as well as informative.
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harry horsman
Date: 10/24/2019 7:05:00 PM
regarding modern/western haiku, is this just an excuse to not retain the restricted rules of the forms creators, and why can we not if containing of human content, call the poem a senryu, or is that too simple, or maybe i am standing on thin ice here? I myself would hate to see a haiku, in any anthology that was not traditional.
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Suzette Richards
Date: 10/24/2019 9:02:00 AM
I agree with you. By learning new forms, it is a form of mental exercise, but it may also rein in our creativity. Long reign creativity!
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craig cornish
Date: 10/24/2019 8:06:00 AM
One of my peeves (sonnet relative) is the prostitution of a centuries old form, usually because the writer finds the original form too restrictive - fine but don't change the traditional form without labeling it as such like modern sonnet or whatever your creative variation is because it otherwise confuses those who are trying to learn the "real form". Or call your 14 line poem a quartorzain or other. Writing a 3 line form and calling it a sonnet is a sad prostitution. Have some respect. That said I do like being "free" to use open forms and these responses seem to amplify my assertion of a formless publication or God Bless those who want to police form exactitude.
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craig cornish
Date: 10/24/2019 7:54:00 AM
Here is where I guardedly disagree with you. First, Haiku has most always been a subjective interpretation of what the form should "translate" to in a specific language and is therefore interpretive and fluid within certain parameters. There is little or none of that same flexibility for Haiku within the Japanese language. It would certainly be an arduous and lengthy task to entertain describing all or many of the particular traditional forms in one publication which is partially displayed by the TPS attempt. If there is a contest, I would suggest to describe what you expect to eliminate any ambiguity, but outside those parameters consult the internet for specific traditional or modern uses of forms. Little or no designations normally accompany published writes for reasons I agree with because writes to the public should stand on their artistic presentation much like an abstract painting is not labeled as such.
Date: 10/23/2019 8:49:00 PM
(4) ... but I'm not always sure about it when posting pieces that were NOT written for contests, and would LOVE to learn to be more accurate and knowledgeable. Ignorance is only a negative thing when it's left to its own devices, but CAN be a useful tool for learning .... or even friendly communication! ;o)
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Suzette Richards
Date: 10/24/2019 2:28:00 PM
You are welcome, Greg :)
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 10/24/2019 8:14:00 AM
Thank you so much, my friend, very thoughtful and helpful to me - I have learned more about poetry from you than any three others, and I am very grateful. Blessings.
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craig cornish
Date: 10/24/2019 7:23:00 AM
Please see my response to Suzette above.
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Suzette Richards
Date: 10/24/2019 5:07:00 AM
Or you can head over to my Limerick 'In Defence of the Limerick', to gauge whether you like my writing style ... ;)
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Suzette Richards
Date: 10/24/2019 1:12:00 AM
I'm no expert, but I have learned many lessons the hard way, hence the introduction to the book with tips on how to do scansion - a "must-have" skill to my mind when writing the more complex poetry. I hope you enjoy the book, Poetree [sic] - I tried to keep to General American throughout the book. Regards, Su
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 10/24/2019 12:25:00 AM
Thank you SO much, Suzette - that is indeed very helpful - I shall peruse it faithfully! (And feel free to correct me if you ever notice a poem of mine not properly categorized, or not categorized as accurately as it could be). Blessings! :o) <3
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Suzette Richards
Date: 10/23/2019 11:46:00 PM
At the expense of sounding as though I am plugging, you may head over to my website Suzette: Poet & Author, and feast your eyes. I was also struggling in the dark and started a visual collection (2012) to refer to whenever stuck ... On my website Suzette: Poet, there is a FREE PDF download. Like I said in the latter: I tried to remember my frustration and MANY questions when I started out. And, yes, I am STILL learning daily.
Date: 10/23/2019 8:48:00 PM
(3) ... including those who may not be as versed in the more strict definitions of the types and styles. Why not identify the good pieces by their substance and quality, and if improperly (or incompletely) identified by the form, SUGGEST to the poet the correct one, or simply correct it and place it with the proper form? Aren't we here to learn and encourage others to grow? How can folks like me get a handle on correct forms if there's no one who will help us to do so? I personally would WELCOME such corrections and would love to learn more. I have gained a great deal of such knowledge by simply entering contests and following the rules regarding those forms ... (continued)
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Date: 10/23/2019 8:46:00 PM
(2) ... when it came to poetry forms, and I am still quite ignorant about such. I DO believe I am a relatively competent poet at this point, but I still question much when it gets to defining my work in those terms, and if I'm doing it wrong, how do I know?!? So, should folks like me - people who work hard to create quality work but don't know much about the technical terms - be limited and marginalized with such opportunities? I think that's (perhaps) putting confines on the anthology that could be dealt with better. This is a public site, and as such should be represented by a cross-section of ALL different types ... (continued)
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Date: 10/23/2019 8:42:00 PM
(1) Prep schools can be rather limited in the availability of course selection, and mine, while incorporating poetry into the English curriculum, didn't concentrate on it much, other than appreciation of substance. I always loved poetry because my mom not only recited it to us from an early age, but made us memorize many. However, while I won an award for writing, (the Payson-Bird Prize, first awarded to a freshman), I never took any of it seriously, and didn't start writing poetry until I joined The Soup three years ago. What I'm doing here is making excuses for my ignorance, for while I have learned much since joining here, I never learned anything (previously) but the basics ... (cont'd)
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Date: 10/23/2019 10:02:00 AM
"Forms have their place in the learning process but not the art of true poetic expression." A creed I adopted well over 45 years ago. One which was greatly vilified here a mere 4 or 5 years ago.. hmmmmmmm. Nice to see its been stated other than by me,... strange tho' since my many times speaking on Heart, Soul, Message and Truth outweighing form restrictions/ rigid adherence-only got me judged very harshly by some here. A poet must stay true to his/her poetic spirit/soul..
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craig cornish
Date: 10/23/2019 12:58:00 PM
True Robert, I think they only have their place within the confines of a specific contest or declaration of intent. I have never argued the artistic expression point except if a specific form noted then use that form correctly or not at all. On can respect what was without destroying its integrity. One can move on without burning all else in their path.
Date: 10/23/2019 9:09:00 AM
To follow up on Suzette's comments. One of the major issues other than generic examples being used incorrectly to display many forms it is exacerbated by the wildly incorrect use of the forms by the poets on poetry soup that are displayed without consideration. For instance probably 90% of all blank verse writes and many others are incorrectly written. My advice to TPS is to do like most other publications do unless they want to drive themselves insane making sure forms are "spot-on" and that is to eliminate form designation and totally concentrate on the artful presentation of message. Forms have their place in the learning process but not the art of true poetic expression.
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Suzette Richards
Date: 10/23/2019 9:42:00 AM
I second that!
Date: 10/23/2019 2:37:00 AM
Another suggestion, if I may: I notice that poetic devices (eg "alliteration") are listed under poetic forms. Maybe they should be kept separate from one another, and "personification" is not listed under the options of poetic devices (categories), but metaphor is (of which personification is but one example). Also, the list of poetic forms might perhaps be updated as poets often use forms not listed - yes, it is an option to indicate these as a footnote (Key words), but it is not desirable.
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craig cornish
Date: 10/23/2019 8:55:00 AM
True again like iambic pentameter!?
Date: 10/23/2019 1:16:00 AM
"...ensure that the correct form of poetry is selected." As I have mentioned in an earlier blog comment, it would be of great help if the contest organzers at least could check to ensure that the (top) winners used the correct identification of poetic forms, as I have noticed many which are way off the mark. Searching for examples of a specific poetic form on this site could be a nightmare experience ...
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craig cornish
Date: 10/23/2019 8:53:00 AM
Couldn't be more true
Date: 10/22/2019 7:17:00 PM
A wonderful idea - sounds like a fun project for all! Blessings and best wishes for the success of the anthology and all involved - great stuff!
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Date: 10/22/2019 5:15:00 PM
Your update is appreciated. Thank you!
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Date: 10/22/2019 5:01:00 PM
Thanks for the update.
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Date: 10/22/2019 1:33:00 PM
How exciting but what an awesome responsibility is that of judges! All best wishes.
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Date: 10/22/2019 6:05:00 AM
Great! Shall I clear my diary for a book signing tour? Jus askin.
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Laura Leiser
Date: 10/22/2019 12:41:00 PM
Of course, I expect to be contacted for my specific poems any day now ...;-)
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Keith Trestrail
Date: 10/22/2019 8:11:00 AM
I just assumed I would be one of the elites who TPS will be contacting for specific poems they want to include. I never imagined I'd have to actually select and submit any. I'll have my people look into it.
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Son of Spock
Date: 10/22/2019 7:52:00 AM
What do you suppose are our chances of getting in?

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