AN UPDATE FROM BRIAN - Brian Strand's Blog

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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

 
FOOTLE CONTEST CHANGE OF MIND
Date Posted: 11/23/2017 12:11:00 AM
HAS THIS HAPPENED TO YOU?
Date Posted: 11/21/2017 10:06:00 AM
MARK S a namesake I guess
Date Posted: 8/14/2017 12:04:00 AM
SAMUEL B addenda twenty three
Date Posted: 8/12/2017 12:06:00 AM
WILLIAM S master of the cinquain
Date Posted: 8/11/2017 12:55:00 AM
LANGSTON HUGHES a poet I choose
Date Posted: 8/10/2017 12:33:00 AM
THOMAS W so cool he broke the rule
Date Posted: 8/9/2017 1:05:00 AM
ELIZABETH D syllabics set free
Date Posted: 8/8/2017 12:14:00 AM
G H the master poet
Date Posted: 8/7/2017 9:30:00 AM
ROGER McG from my era you see
Date Posted: 8/6/2017 11:51:00 PM
RB with his reply
Date Posted: 8/6/2017 12:48:00 AM
EbB and her poem of love
Date Posted: 8/5/2017 2:18:00 AM
WB an accent for me
Date Posted: 8/4/2017 2:06:00 AM
EDWARD THOMAS with an as is moment
Date Posted: 8/3/2017 12:22:00 AM
TRUMBULL STICKNEY his name stuck
Date Posted: 8/1/2017 11:25:00 PM
NO WORDS NEEDED just a listening ear WS sonnet 129
Date Posted: 8/1/2017 12:04:00 AM
WILLIAM BLAKE a vocal take
Date Posted: 7/31/2017 12:32:00 AM
JOHN H his call said it all
Date Posted: 7/30/2017 12:14:00 AM
BRONTE which would you say
Date Posted: 7/29/2017 3:44:00 AM
PINSKY says it all for me
Date Posted: 7/28/2017 12:37:00 AM
RUTHERFORD STRUCK A CHORD
Date Posted: 7/27/2017 3:35:00 AM
JAMES V EPIGRAMS style for me
Date Posted: 7/26/2017 4:08:00 AM
SEAMUS HEANEY another poet for me ,maybe thee
Date Posted: 7/25/2017 8:07:00 AM
CHRISTINA ROSSETTI a poet for me ,perhaps thee
Date Posted: 7/23/2017 3:34:00 AM
EMILY D the film
Date Posted: 7/22/2017 3:47:00 AM

My Recent Poems

Date PostedPoemTitleFormCategories
11/24/2017 STILL POINT 11 Imagismimage,people,
11/24/2017 ON PAUSE Versesenses,silence,simple,
11/23/2017 STILL POINT 10 Imagismimagery,memory,
11/23/2017 WHY SO Versehate,love,truth,
11/22/2017 STILL POINT 9 Imagismimagery,perspective,
11/22/2017 INSTINCT Versehumanity,nature,
11/21/2017 STILL POINT 8 Imagismcomputer,internet,loss,
11/21/2017 ALMOST THERE Versefantasy,words,
11/19/2017 MY KIND OF POESIE Cinquainbio,poetry,
11/18/2017 A DAY DREAM Imagismdream,life,
11/18/2017 STILL POINT 7 Imagismhumor,imagery,
11/17/2017 NOSTALGIA Versenostalgia,
11/17/2017 STILL POINT 6 Imagismimagery,imagination,
11/16/2017 DESTINYS IRONY Versedesire,destiny,irony,
11/16/2017 STILL POINT 5 Imagismimagery,
11/15/2017 IN SADNESS Versetrust,
11/15/2017 STILL POINT 4 Imagismimagery,
11/14/2017 MAGIC MOMENTS Versesleep,summer,
11/14/2017 STILL POINT 3 Imagismimagery,poetry,
11/13/2017 TENSION RESOLVED Quatrainimagery,
11/13/2017 AUTUMN GLOOM Verseautumn,
11/12/2017 STILL POINT 2 Imagismimagery,imagination,
11/12/2017 RESIDUES Verselife,passion,
11/10/2017 MEMORY BANK Versememory,
11/9/2017 STILL POINT 1 Imagismimagery,life,sound,
11/7/2017 THE STRAND Verseallegory,
11/5/2017 PRE ME Versehistory,
11/4/2017 SILENCE IS GOLDEN Versefriendship,
11/3/2017 THE POEM Verseinspiration,poetry,
11/2/2017 THE MEMORIAL a doxology Versecelebration,christian,
11/1/2017 A MOMENTARY IMPRESSION Imagismart,moving on,
11/1/2017 A LIFE PROCESS Verseage,life,lost,
10/29/2017 A GIVEN Verselove,music,
10/28/2017 BACK TO SQUARE ONE Verselife,relationship,
10/27/2017 TEXTURALIST the form Versepoetry,words,
10/26/2017 LOVE KISS XL1 Ekphrasischristian,people,poetry,
10/24/2017 POLITICAL POSTURING Versepeople,political,
10/22/2017 VANITY OF VANITY Versepeople,sad,
10/22/2017 A PLAY ON WORDS Verseword play,words,
10/21/2017 MISSED OUT Clerihewpeople,poets,
10/21/2017 QUIRINUS Clerihewpeople,tribute,
10/20/2017 PURELY VISUAL Verseart,light,
10/20/2017 CHILDHOOD Versechildhood,nostalgia,
10/19/2017 LOVE WITH A KISS a kulmann form Versechristian,dark,day,god,ki
10/19/2017 ETERNAL VERITIES Versetruth,
10/19/2017 MEDITATIVE MOMENTS Verseimagery,imagination,
10/18/2017 DO NOT ASK BE Verselife,nature,sea,
10/18/2017 CHANGING Versenature,ocean,
10/17/2017 UNSAID Versefeelings,motivation,
10/17/2017 SHAKEN NOT STIRRED Versehope,
10/16/2017 PRIDE Versepride,
10/16/2017 ANECDOTAL ADVICE Didactichope,
10/15/2017 A WHIGMALEERIE for thee Quatrainpeople,poetry,
10/15/2017 POWER IN WEAKNESS Didacticchristian,life,
10/14/2017 THE WRITING ON THE WALL Verselife,truth,
10/14/2017 NIGHTPIECE Versedream,imagery,night,time,
10/13/2017 CONNECTIONS List life,
10/12/2017 STILL TO BE SAID Versepoetry,poets,
10/12/2017 RESIDUES Versedeath,life,
10/11/2017 PAUSE HESITATE IMAGINE Imagismimagery,people,poetry,
10/11/2017 A MYTHOPOETIC TRUTH Versepoetry,
10/11/2017 PERFECT PAINTING Verseautumn,seasons,winter,
10/10/2017 A PERHAPS MAYBE Verseangst,
10/10/2017 CONTRASTS Verseanger,
10/9/2017 BLESSED BE Verselife,peace,people,
10/9/2017 SOMEWHERE Verseinspiration,
10/8/2017 RENAISSANCE Versebereavement,spring,
10/8/2017 THE INQUIRING MIND Versepoets,
10/7/2017 A DISREGARD Verselife,
10/7/2017 POETS Versepoets,
10/6/2017 SOUNDS OF AURAL PASTS Biobio,nostalgia,
10/6/2017 JUST A Few WORDS List word play,words,
10/6/2017 A LUNA VIEW Versemoon,
10/5/2017 DRIED OUT Verseflower,
10/5/2017 DO NOT MIND ME Verseart,body,life,
10/4/2017 TIME and PLACE Versememory,
10/4/2017 RANDOM WORDPLAY I List word play,
10/3/2017 A FALL DAY Pastoralautumn,
10/3/2017 ALL MY YESTERDAYS Biochildhood,nostalgia,
10/2/2017 FIVE WORDS the poem Verseimage,poetry,senses,voice
10/2/2017 YOU CANNOT MAKE IT UP Verselife,
10/2/2017 AN ELEGY OF LOVE Elegylost love,love,
10/1/2017 A SOLO VOICE Verseself,
10/1/2017 AS IS MOMENTS Verseart,imagery,
10/1/2017 THE HAVEN Verselove,places,
9/30/2017 A PRIVATE HELL Versehealth,self,solitude,
9/30/2017 A PRETENCE Verseidentity,image,
9/29/2017 ALONE Verseintrospection,loneliness,
9/29/2017 AT NO DISTANCE Verseautumn,fruit,
9/28/2017 DESPAIR Versedepression,
9/28/2017 OMNISCIENT Versechristian,eve,
9/27/2017 A quaternion QUATRAIN Quatrainautumn,seasons,spring,sum
9/26/2017 A LONG GOODBYE Versefarewell,repetition,
9/26/2017 MESMORISED Verselonely,writing,
9/25/2017 JUST A MEMORY Versespoken word,
9/25/2017 INTANGIBLE Verseart,
9/24/2017 A LITANY OF LIFE Verseinspiration,poetry,
9/24/2017 AT THE GALLERY Verseart,
9/23/2017 a PARABLE of PRETENCE Versewisdom,words,
9/23/2017 EVERYDAY Verseappreciation,imagery,plac

My Photos


Fav Poems

PoemTitleFormCategories
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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