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AN UPDATE FROM BRIAN - Brian Strand's Blog

About Brian Strand
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Youtube audio link to hear me recite from my PS anthology

http://www.youtube.com/user/ichthyschiro/

I am English and began writing poetry at the turn of this century.My early interest was in short forms,.I created and promoted quite a few here on PS (perhaps my best known is the Footle).With encouragement from a member here I moved onto to longer forms,publishing my poetry in print,blog ,twitter and kindle ebook form.I came to conclude that all poetry is structured prose and remains a work in progress until recited aloud, (the apex of our art form) when a unique experience 'an as is moment' occurs between voice and ear, much the same as the experience that happens when viewing a work of art

Check out my short forms @strandpoet on twitter and my kindle poetry guides on amazon and some of my artwork to  accompany my youtube clips of my poetry recited aloud

 

 

 


AN UPDATE FROM BRIAN


Blog Posted:10/23/2012 2:57:00 AM
Hi folks I have not 'left' PS although I am not renewing my PM when it expires this week ,as I feel after running 200 contests and posting 800 blogs  over 5 years or so, that it is probably enough for anyone, both to read and to write.I will be posting my poetry (when I start to write creatively again) and commenting on blogs here but for the foreseeable few weeks upto Christmas I anticipate being occupied domestically with caring for my wife who is scheduled for major surgery this weekend.PS is an excellent poetry site (which is why I have tried,as best I can) since 2007 ,to  contribute to and encourage its development as the leading''net' poetry site and it remains the reason I continue store all my poetic library here.Best wishes to all my many poetic peers here on PS with your creative poetic endeavours.Rgds Brian
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Date: 10/27/2012 10:49:00 PM
Brian...wow! It seems many are getting hit with personal struggles right now...U and your wife are on my prayer list too...your poetry contributions are too numerous to count...you are appreciated immensely, poet! All my best to u and your family. gwendolen
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Date: 10/27/2012 8:56:00 AM
I am new here but I will add my voice to praying for you and your wife.
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Date: 10/24/2012 5:39:00 PM
My prayers are for your wife as she faces surgery, I'm so sorry that she has to go through anything of this kind, but she is quite fortunate that she has you to give her the support and care she will need. Best of wishes Brian, Agape, Moses
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Date: 10/24/2012 12:07:00 PM
do visit every now and then, brian... you are missed.. i send you life's many graces!..;) huggs
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Date: 10/23/2012 7:11:00 PM
My prayers go out to you and your dear wife, Brain...I will miss your blogs and your contests...Tim
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Date: 10/23/2012 6:32:00 PM
Sending healing prayers your way, you take care of you, please..Light & Love
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Date: 10/23/2012 12:47:00 PM
Prayers for you and your wife. Thank you for the contests and for letting us know you are ok. Best wishes for you and yours!
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Date: 10/23/2012 10:57:00 AM
Brian, you are secretly missed by many of us here on the soup. Thank you for thinking of us and sharing what you are going through. I will keep your wife and your return in my thoughts... God Bless you...LINDA
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Date: 10/23/2012 10:18:00 AM
Hugs and prayers for you and your wife in this time of special need. I am so glad you took the time to update us, we do miss you.
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Date: 10/23/2012 9:29:00 AM
Your wife is in my prayers for a successful surgery and speedy recovery and I am so glad you posted this blog to keep us up to date, looking forward to your poetic return when you are ready
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Date: 10/23/2012 8:58:00 AM
Thank you Guys for your kind words,thoughts and prayers etc.at this stress filled time.Your friendship now and over the years is appreciated.PS has its 'ups and downs' because words 'written' appear colder than those 'said' but our passion for poetry is what binds us together and PS still remains one of the best places on the net to share our artistic temperaments.rgds Brian
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Date: 10/23/2012 8:53:00 AM
Brian, you have always been a fine example of knowledge, talent and kindness, and it has been my pleasure to learn from you. My prayers for your wife as she faces surgery, I'm so sorry that she has to go through anything of that kind, but how fortunate that she has you to lend her the support and care she will need. I hope you will keep us updated on her recovery. Thank you for always being the one blog I could count on....never an unkind word, never a inuendo or caustic remark... just a wealth of knowledge and dignity and good manners. You have been a good example of what some of us came to Poetry Soup to find. Thank you, and God Bless......Wishing your wife a full recovery.
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Date: 10/23/2012 9:04:00 AM
Thank you Carrie .As these blogs are 'on the world-wide web' accessible to all ,not just we 'soupers' ! Those interested in updates are most welcome to soupmail me over the coming days.rgds Brian
Date: 10/23/2012 8:26:00 AM
Our prayers are with you on your wife's speedy recovery... Glad to see your not gone... yours truly.
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Date: 10/23/2012 7:20:00 AM
So glad to hear from you..My best wishes to your wife and to you. will keep good thoughts for you bnoth. BG
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Date: 10/23/2012 7:00:00 AM
Brian, I am still remembering you and your wife and family in those prayers..I purchased the book that you mentioned..I have only read bits and pieces of it but it is very interesting..I hope that your wife will soon be back to full strength and looking after home and family..Sara
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Date: 10/23/2012 6:35:00 AM
and waiting for your burst of creativity with new poems as well.
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Date: 10/23/2012 6:34:00 AM
What a wonderful blog, Brian. Just the other day a soup member mentioned you and missing you. Very nice words about PS and I want to thank you for the many contests you have sponsored. it would sure be great to see you commenting on blogs in the future! My best to your wife on her upcoming surgery!
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Date: 10/23/2012 6:21:00 AM
All the best to you both Brian xx
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Date: 10/23/2012 5:25:00 AM
thoughts are with you, buddy....jimbo...oh....I proudly admire my framed winning certificate from a contest couple yrs. ago of yours that kindled my spirit....thanks, Brian...
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Date: 10/23/2012 9:07:00 AM
Those were the days Jim! Hopefully we all can keep the 'workshop' atmosphere of mutual encouragement to our poetic development.Best wishes with your writing.rgds Brian
Date: 10/23/2012 5:10:00 AM
BRIAN! Thank you for letting us know how you are and I will pray for your wife and her surgery... there are so many here who are going through trials right now... surgery is at the top of the list. I'm so sorry that health concerns have touched your family. You are missed, not just your contests, but you, your art, you wise guidance at times it was needed. But you are where you should be, with your loved one....glad you won't completely disappear. PLEASE if you have a close friend here at soup or if/when you have time, please just even one line to say how your wife fared in her surgery? Thank you for all you brought soup. Your poetry artful, blogs thoughtful, your illustrations delightful.
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Date: 10/23/2012 4:42:00 AM
thank you Brian, i do enjoy your poetry and read your blogs with interest.. a prayer for your wife also...
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My Past Blog Posts

 
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MY APPROACH TO CONTESTS THAT I SPONSOR
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My Recent Poems

Date PostedPoemTitleFormCategories
6/22/2017 SILENT SOLILIQY Elegaic Lyricdeath,funeral,sorrow,
6/20/2017 ANOTHER ETHEREAL MONOSTICH Monokuday,dream,
6/18/2017 SIGN OF THE TIMES a monstich Monokuhumor,humorous,social,
6/18/2017 ANOTHER ethereal monostich Monokufood,humor,
6/18/2017 A COFFEE monostich Monokudrink,food,humor,humorous
6/17/2017 TORMENTED and TORTURED Quatrainart,people,
6/16/2017 MY TITLES ONCE AGAIN Verselost love,love hurts,
6/16/2017 MY TITLES AGAIN Verseaubade,fantasy,
6/14/2017 MY TITLES in phrasis form Versefantasy,imagery,
6/13/2017 LEONARDO'S LISA Clerihewart,
6/10/2017 KALEIDOSCOPE Quatrainimagery,
6/7/2017 ANOTHER POSTIVE MONOKU Monokuhope,
6/7/2017 A POSTIVE MONOKU Monokuage,
6/6/2017 D DAY REMEBERED a repost Balladeulogy,freedom,
6/5/2017 AMERGIN a kyrielle form Kyriellechristian,
6/3/2017 RYTHMIC UNITS you see Monokupoetry,
6/2/2017 QUINTILE the form Cinquainlove,poetry,
6/2/2017 ANOTHER SENRYU Senryuself,
6/2/2017 YET ANOTHER ONE WORD HAIKU Haikuweather,
6/2/2017 ANOTHER ONE WORD HAIKU Haikupoetry,
6/2/2017 ONE WORD SENRYU an example Senryupoetry,
6/2/2017 ONE WORD HAIKU the form Haikuweather,winter,
5/29/2017 A light to the world Ekphrasisart,christian,
5/29/2017 A SEQUENCED EKPHRASIS lanterne Lanterneart,
5/26/2017 a CONTEMPORARY conclusion Kyriellesocial,society,
5/25/2017 A CINQUAIN cinqku Cinqkuanimal,work,
5/25/2017 A CINQKU cinquain Cinqkuseasons,summer,
5/24/2017 AMERICAN CINQUAIN in sequence Cinquainnature,poetry,
5/21/2017 PASTORAL harmony Pastoralnature,
5/21/2017 PASTORAL perfumes Pastoralflower,
5/21/2017 PERSONIFICATION portrayed Personificationimagination,
5/21/2017 PAINTINGS personified Personificationart,
5/20/2017 A TEXT POEM Versepoetry,
5/20/2017 ONCE EMERGED FROM THE GREY OF NIGHT Ekphrasisart,poetry,
5/16/2017 NOISES OFF an abstract of sounds Versesong,sound,
5/16/2017 A LIFE AFLOAT Narrativefamily,history,
5/16/2017 WHEN THE LARK DEPARTS Narrativefamily,
5/16/2017 THE LACE MAKERS Narrativefamily,
5/12/2017 OPEN POETRY after Marianne Moore Free versepoetry,
5/12/2017 TETRACTYS the form Tetractyspoetry,
5/10/2017 A BLANK VERSE from my maturity Blank verselife,poetry,
5/10/2017 A BLANK VERSE poem Blank verselife,poetry,
5/10/2017 AN ODE TO LOST LOVE Odelost love,
5/9/2017 A TALE OF ANNOYANCE beware Versephilosophy,
5/9/2017 WALLPAPER MUSIC Cinqkumusic,
5/8/2017 A CHILDHOOD FOOTBALL GAME Versesoccer,sports,
5/8/2017 WINTER SPORTS a spaces form Versesports,
5/8/2017 20 20 the game Versesports,
5/8/2017 GOLF defined Cinquaingolf,sports,
5/6/2017 A BUTTERFLY AS A POEM Verseanimal,
5/5/2017 AN ENGLISH ODE Odehistory,
5/5/2017 BELOW THE GLASS CEILING an ode Odefamily,history,
5/5/2017 A 'FIFTIES ODE Odebio,history,memory,
5/3/2017 A WALL of BRICK an emblem poem Versechristian,poetry,
5/3/2017 Home a familiar place List bio,home,
5/3/2017 A Footle I've only just begun Footlehumorous,poetry,
5/3/2017 FOOTLE HYBRID I 've only just begun Footlehumorous,poetry,
5/3/2017 FOOTLE HYBRID I did it my way Footlehumorous,poetry,
5/1/2017 LIMERICK FORM an example Limerickpoetry,
5/1/2017 THE LIMERICK its origin and history Limerickhistory,people,poetry,
5/1/2017 A MAY DAY FIELD OF OLD Crystallineflower,life,
5/1/2017 A MAY DAY REFLECTION Cinquainflower,life,
5/1/2017 MAY FLOWERS Cinquainflower,life,
4/30/2017 MY POETIC AMBITION in sonnet form Sonnetbio,poetry,
4/30/2017 DEMI-SONNET the free form Sonnetbio,poetry,
4/28/2017 IN MEMORIUM Versedeath,family,war,
4/28/2017 FANCY FREE a fifties remenisence Quatraindeath,
4/28/2017 IN THE MIDST OF DEATH ---- life Monokudeath,life,nature,
4/25/2017 A POEM sans punctuation marks Free versepoetry,
4/24/2017 JOHANNES VERMEER a trio of his girls Ekphrasisart,girl,
4/24/2017 JOHANNES VERMEER more of his girls Ekphrasisart,girl,
4/24/2017 JOHANNES VERMEER and his girls Ekphrasisart,girl,
4/23/2017 WISTERFULLY YOURS Verselost love,memory,
4/22/2017 OLD AGE a perspective Bioage,
4/21/2017 BREAKING THE GLASS CEILING a quatrain Didacticchristian,spiritual,teach
4/21/2017 CONTRAST a tanka phrasis Tankainspiration,poetry,
4/21/2017 MOOD SWINGS Cinquainemotions,inspiration,intr
4/20/2017 IMAGISM the form Imagismimage,imagery,poetry,
4/16/2017 A BLANK VERSE RHYME Blank versepoetry,
4/15/2017 AN EASTER PRIMER Didacticchristian,truth,
4/15/2017 FRIDAY to SUNDAY a crystalline Crystallinechristian,day,
4/13/2017 MARY'S GOOD FRIDAY Balladechristian,death,
4/13/2017 COLLECTIONS in verse List animal,bird,fish,insect,
4/13/2017 MORNING STAR my guide to life Biobio,christian,star,
4/13/2017 ANOTHER CHILDHOOD HERO Versechildhood,hero,
4/13/2017 MY CHILDHOOD HERO Narrativechildhood,hero,
4/12/2017 and then Dramatic monologuefamily,
4/12/2017 A FIRST ON PS for me I GUESS Lanterneimagery,
4/9/2017 ADVERSITY BEGONE a haibun Haibuncancer,christian,
4/9/2017 TANKA awhile Tankaimagery,
4/9/2017 TANKA the form Tankahealth,peace,
4/8/2017 CINQUAIN a didatic Didacticpoetry,teacher,
4/8/2017 POETRY a didatic Didacticimagination,inspiration,p
4/8/2017 A SYLLABIC FREE VERSE Didacticbeauty,
4/7/2017 NAGA-UTA the lyric form Lyricchildhood,dream,lyric,
4/7/2017 LIST the form List sound,
4/7/2017 LANTERNE as a quaternion Lanterneseasons,
4/7/2017 LANTERNE in three forms Lanterneart,
4/5/2017 OUR POETIC dna Quatrainlife,poetry,
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The Nose Concreteart,life,on writing and w
Sailing Leaf Haikunature
The Rain Haikunature
Reflections Free verseon writing and wordswords
Hippocratic Oath Rhymelost love,son,sympathywor
Ever After Cinquainlove
Mortal Season Free versesea,seasonssummer,day,sum
A Whisper on the Wind Personificationnature,
There Will Be Mountains Coupletfaith,lifemountains,
Tender Moments Quatrainlovesweet,sweet,
Blush of the Roses Couplethope,nature
Haiku/Limerick number twenty Haikunature
Time Machine Coupletnostalgiamom,me,night,can
I AM THE ONE Free verseinspirationalme,
Finally Quatrainlove,passion
The Gift Coupletintrospection,nature
footle .. Footle !! Light Poetryfunny
Believe! Coupletdevotion,faith,inspiratio
Lavender Soap Narrativefamily,happinesseaster,
The Love Letter Quatrainlovelove,passion,
cream seeps from the sun Haikuseasons
Yesterday's Rain~ Coupletforgiveness,hope,inspirat
Winter Pond Free versenatureautumn,
Restoration Free versenatureme,me,
requiem to my hero Elegyloss
Bed of Roses Rictameterlove
Spring Tango Haikunature,seasons
Farewell, alas Free versedeath,i love you,
An Idyll of the Past Versehistoryme,child,me,
Unconditioonal Love - the short version Rhymeloveme,me,
The Old Homestead Lyricfamily,history,introspect
The Red Rabbit I do not know?life,
Perspective Coupletintrospection,natureheart
God's Orchard Senryuimagination
Ode to a rose on a sunset Quatraincaregiving,dedication,dev
The Beauty of Peace Chokanature,seablue,
When Violins Weep Verselost love,love
Where are you so soon, my love Quatrainlove,i love you,
Basho Senryudedication
Maxine Free verselove
Weather Observations Free versenature
Lovers Utopia Quatrainfantasy,happiness,imagina
Melancholy Mists Free versephilosophy,sad
Nightfall Free verseimagination,naturebird,bi
Cricket Free versepoliticalred,
The Reader Free verselove,on writing and words
The Conciliator's Cry Free versecaregiving,devotion,inspi
My heart Quatrainfriendship,hope,loveheart
Haste! Personificationallegory,confusion,life,l
Whispers Free verseintrospection,life,passio
Masterpiece Senryupeace
The Ambiance Free verseeducation,happiness,passi
Movements of Beginnings Free versehistory,philosophy,politi
Poetic Waters Haikunature,sea
A Bit of Joy Senryuhappiness,life,nature
Before & After the Lull Verseseasea,sea,
Diamond in the Bud Lanternenature
NIGHT IS NOT LIKE DAY Terza Rimamusic,mystery,nature,sea,
Ghetto Summer (redo) Fibonacciplaces
Night's sentry Free versecaregiving,imagination,my
Rain Free verseintrospection,peopleday,d
Dreamtime: flowers never bloom Quintain (Sicilian)imagination
Grandfather's Arbour (revised) Sonnet 
Awaiting Dawn Chokanaturenight,night,
Cubic Romance Senryuart,imagination,love
Symbiosis Rhymeadventure,nature,peace
Falling in Love Haikulove,nature
Autumn's Breeze Coupletnature,peace,sea,seasons,
Destination Tetractyslife
The Power Tail-rhymeallegory,love
The Walk We Take Crystallinehappiness,hope,inspiratio
Winters buds Free versepassion
Solace of Nature Haikunature,peace
The Old Painter Couplettime,
A Change of Season - A Haiku Haikunature
Morning Baptism Haikunature
Reflection Monokuintrospection,naturemay,
Evening Grace Free versepeaceme,
Haiku - Mirror Reflection Haikunature
Quiet Comfort Parts 1, 2 and 3 Crystallineintrospection,life
Flying My Kite of Prose Free verseon writing and words
Winter Footprints Quatrainseasons
Sienna Eyes Narrativeanimals
Eye of the storm Free versefaith
Uncaring Wind Free versenature
Brighter Senryufaith,inspirational
Causalities of War Elegydeath,war,
Snails Pace Shapelife,nature
Sweetly Fragrant Sonnetdevotion,faith,father,ins
It is Written in a Star Concretehistory,love,peace
To VC Free versehope,love,mysteryheart,he
Transition Kimonature
Christmas Eve of Old Couplethappiness,holidaymusic,mu
Baby Girl (For Asante Indira) Free versedaughter,education,intros
Ode to Winter Odefaith,happiness,hope,natu
Wisdom (An Emily dedicated to Brian Strand) Epigramdedicationmay,
Buried Rhymeangst,death,imagination
Glare Ice Haikunature
The Sun Rises--The Moon Sets Acrosticlife,naturemoon,
She Danced Quatrainimagination,inspirational

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