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Hello, I’m Nina :-) 

I fell in love with poetry again around three years ago, and have become completely promiscuous. I am currently dating every form of poetry from light to deep, from formal to free. I'm not ready to go steady with any of them yet.

in the mean time, I'm having fun reading poetry, writing it, and leaving small poetic deposits wherever I can. My poetry has been published in Lighten up Online, Light, Snakeskin Poetry and The New Verse News. I also write a poetry blog at 

I live in Wiltshire, UK with my lovely husband and two videogame-obsessed children who I'm assuming will naturally blossom into Byrons one day. 










Tongue Twister Contest

Blog Posted:1/21/2020 2:09:00 PM

Hi Soupers!

I have to say the tongue twister contest was the most fun one I've judged since the very first contest I set, so THANK YOU for great entries!

Your poem HAD to twist my tongue to get a numbered place in the contest. I then placed them according to a - shock - score-sheet (it was the only way to sort em out!) based on their tongue-twistiness, rhyme, rhythm, fun factor and their "making-some-kind-of-twisted-sense" score. So you will find poems on the winners' list that scored zero on one of those, but did well on other counts. Bringing ALL of those things together in one poem is REALLY hard!

if you got an HM by the way, it means you didn't twist my tongue but I loved your poem and wanted to share it. I'm now missing an HM, so if you removed yours after seeing the result, that's a shame. If it's a glitch, please Soup mail me. 

it's a long list, so I'm not going to comment on them all here - I'll come round and leave comments as soon as I can! But please read them (OUT LOUD LOL!) and appreciate why judging this one made me dizzy!!

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Date: 1/22/2020 1:13:00 PM
Although I'm not on the list, I would still like to congratulate all the winners. I have read several of the entries, and can understand how difficult it was to judge! // paul
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Paul Callus
Date: 1/22/2020 1:29:00 PM
Laughing :) be honest that's the only waste disposal location that I have knowledge of in all of England!!
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 1/22/2020 1:15:00 PM
Paul, if only I’d had knowledge of waste disposal locations in the Wycombe area, you may well have made the list. A gap in my knowledge, which I shall address forthwith. Thanks for your support for the winners :-)
Date: 1/22/2020 2:32:00 AM
Wow! Thanks so much. I'm so honoured to be included in your list of winners. Thanks for sponsoring such contest. My phonetics students are happy as well. God bless you.
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Date: 1/21/2020 10:39:00 PM
Nina, thanks for that fun contest, it was sure fun to create my tongue twister, I am still saying that silly poem in my head, and also thanks for placing it in your contest, that makes me happy and congratulations to all your winners _Constance
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Date: 1/21/2020 2:36:00 PM
Oh boy, I am so happy I got on the last. That was a real "stinker" for me to do. hahaha. I saw some amazing entries and can't wait to read the winners.
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 1/21/2020 2:55:00 PM
They’re cracking Andrea - enjoy! My sincere thanks for ending yours with a fart though. ;-D

My Past Blog Posts

The Writerly Stance
Date Posted: 2/4/2020 2:44:00 PM
Internal Monologue
Date Posted: 2/3/2020 1:11:00 PM
Tongue Twister Contest
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How to twist tongues
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