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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, Ink, Sweat & Tears and The New Verse News. I also write a poetry blog at www.facebook.com/itallrhymes. 

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. 
 

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Surreal Contest

Blog Posted:12/16/2020 11:49:00 AM

Hello

Thank you to everyone who entered my “surreal” contest. I hope you enjoyed a journey into the weird!

I chose six poems as winners. These were poems that, apart from following the contest rules (and there weren’t many rules), DID something for me. They made me laugh, or sparked images in my mind, or surprised me. They did something novel and avoided clichés (well, mostly – a FEW slipped through!) Not every poem in the top six is perfect but they all had an effect on the reader (me!) For me, that is what good poetry should do.

It’s a tricky topic. The poems that won, although embracing the theme of “surreal”, didn’t get lost. They still had a discernible narrative. A core idea. I had quite a few poems that although they had some good imagery meandered quite a bit, or pulled together a lot of pretty words but lacked a punch.  

Anyway, thank you to everyone that entered and have a very happy Christmas – or a surreal one if that’s what makes you happy!

 

Nina x

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Date: 12/17/2020 10:34:00 AM
Nina, thank you for the contest and for my placement, your inspiration took me to a difficult place but so happy I wrote my poem, congratulations to all your winners _Constance
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Quirks Rhymerelationship,repetition,
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A Beach Spa for My Feet Sijoholiday,
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haiga Haikuflower,summer,
A July dawn Sonnetsummer,sun,
haiga - summer Haikubeauty,eve,june,rain,summ
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My Pirate Women Free versesurreal,
The Tooth Faerie - In Collaboration with Nina Parmetner Free versecute,fairy,woman,
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Being Her Shoes Personificationhumor,
The Essence Of Soft Shadows Sonnetlonging,
The Ruby Spires Rhymeadventure,beauty,science
First Light, So Sweet Enclosed Rhymemorning,
A Rattling Rhyme Rhymebaby,
Mischief Haikunonsense,
The View You Choose 2 Point 0 Rhymedark,depression,hip hop,i
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Poetic Justice Light Versefun,humor,judgement,metap
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A Rattling Rhyme Rhymepolitical,
Rhyme God Rhymeslam,smart,word play,
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Poetrybook Rhymepoems,poetess,poetry,poet
Busy or Not Rhymeme,
4 30 AM When Sheep Leap And Lay In A Heap Rhymenonsense,
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MISCHIEF Limerickchange,humorous,poetry,
Storm Brewing Free verseanxiety,emotions,feelings
A Life Cycle I do not know?humanity,life,
Sonnet for the little girl with no doll Sonnetloneliness,
A rattling rhyme Rhymehumor,sensual,
I've Never Heard Snow Villanelleimagery,seasons,winter,
The Last Time I Saw Him Rhymelost love,
Cardinal Sonnetfarewell,grief,
INFINITY Acrosticbeautiful,god,night,spiri
WINDCHIMES Haikumemory,nature,wind,
Third Person Rhymeanxiety,depression,intros
An American in Paris Limerickfrench,funny,humor,humoro
Maniac President's Song Rhymefunny,humor,humorous,ment
Neanderthal - for half eleven contest Rhymehistory,science,
Bouncing That Gut Feeling Free verseemotions,feelings,
Parents Set The Tone Free verseparents,school,
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Winter Walking Blues Free versebrother,childhood,dad,dea
Playing Ball Rhymeadventure,baseball,fun,ga
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The Darkness Quatrainlife,
The Raindrop Trioletmetaphor,
Last Kiss Rhymebeauty,death,earth,holoca
Writing in Invisible Ink Free versesilence,
Dunes Correctional Facility Free versedepression,history,sad,
Star of the Show Rhymeidentity,life,people,pers
Would You Still Love Me If Free verse10th grade,11th grade,12t
Sylvia's Double Life Free versecrazy,fun,humor,humorous,
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YES DEAR LOL Rhymehumor,marriage,
Baby Birds Free versemother daughter,
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THE MALE MENOPAUSE - please feel free to join in the collaboration Limerickage,body,humorous,men,
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My Lady Personificationaugust,Lullaby,
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