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Youtube audio link to hear me recite from my PS anthology

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





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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  1. Date: 10/27/2012 10:49:00 PM! 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 are appreciated immensely, poet! All my best to u and your family. gwendolen

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  1. 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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  1. 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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  1. 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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  1. 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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  1. 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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  1. 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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  1. 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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  1. 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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  1. 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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  1. Date: 10/23/2012 8:58:00 AM
    Thank you Guys for your kind words,thoughts and prayers 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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  1. 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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    Strand Avatar Brian Strand Date: 10/23/2012 9:04:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    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
  1. 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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  1. 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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  1. 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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  1. Date: 10/23/2012 6:58:00 AM
    Thank you for letting know you're fine, Brian. My best wishes to you and your wife. Ruben.

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  1. Date: 10/23/2012 6:35:00 AM
    and waiting for your burst of creativity with new poems as well.

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  1. 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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  1. Date: 10/23/2012 6:21:00 AM
    All the best to you both Brian xx

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  1. 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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    Strand Avatar Brian Strand Date: 10/23/2012 9:07:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    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
  1. 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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  1. 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 Recent Poems

Date PostedPoemTitleFormCategories
3/24/2017 UNSHACKLED conception awakened Verseimagination,inspiration,
3/23/2017 LOVE IS BLIND 2 Lanternelove,
3/23/2017 WITH EYES BLIND a sonnet Sonnethope,imagination,
3/23/2017 LOVE IS BLIND Cinquainbio,imagery,inspiration,p
3/22/2017 PARTY DAMP SQUIBS a fibonacci Fibonaccipolitical,religion,
3/21/2017 MESSAGE IN AN IMAGE Quatrainchristian,imagery,
3/21/2017 MARCH MONOKU Monokubirth,seasons,
3/21/2017 A MARCH MARVEL Pastoralseasons,
3/21/2017 A MIDDLE OF MARCH cinqku Cinqkubird,seasons,
3/21/2017 MALE FEELINGS Biofeelings,men,
3/20/2017 FEELINGS WITHELD Kyriellefeelings,
3/20/2017 A Fabulous Fun Footle GAME FOR THE IMMATURE Footlechildhood,games,
3/20/2017 CORNER STONES of haiku Fibonaccipeople,poetry,
3/20/2017 AROUND THE CORNER 2 Cinquainlife,
3/20/2017 CORNERS OF THE MIND Epigramlife,
3/20/2017 AROUND THE CORNER Pastoralseasons,
3/20/2017 A DUSTY SENYRU Senryudeath,memory,
3/20/2017 DONE AND DUSTED a tetractys Tetractysforgiveness,
3/20/2017 DUSTY MEMORIES Lanternechildhood,memory,
3/19/2017 A FIFTIES FABULOUS FOOTLE Footlemusic,teen,
3/18/2017 A COUPLET GROUPING Coupletanimal,
3/18/2017 AMERICAN DOUBLET the form Coupletnature,
3/18/2017 EPYLLION the form Cinquainmythology,poetry,
3/17/2017 AS ONE love story Biobio,love,
3/17/2017 SPRING as a tetractys Tetractysseasons,spring,
3/17/2017 A BACKWARD ACROSTIC Acrosticpoetry,
3/17/2017 ACROSTIC BIO Acrosticbio,poetry,
3/17/2017 A REVERSE ACROSTIC Acrosticart,christian,poetry,
3/16/2017 NEW DAY DAWNING Carpe Diemgames,life,
3/15/2017 TRUE LOVE without definition Biobio,love,
3/15/2017 TRUE LOVE a testimony Coupletlove,marriage,
3/15/2017 TRUE LOVE a question Coupletlife,love,
3/15/2017 TRUE LOVE an experiential view Romanticismbio,love,
3/15/2017 FREE VERSE an explanation Free versepoetry,
3/15/2017 I GOT A RHYME Rhymepoetry,
3/15/2017 A DIVINE RHYME Rhymechristian,poetry,
3/15/2017 AN ENGLYN RHYME Quatrainpoetry,
3/14/2017 CHANCE an observation Cinquainlife,
3/13/2017 DEATH IN NATURE a normal cycle Dramatic monologuebird,death,nature,
3/13/2017 NATURE IN HEDGEROWS Pastoralnature,seasons,
3/13/2017 A NATURE MEMORY Biobio,childhood,nature,
3/13/2017 NATURE precious moments Cinquainnature,summer,
3/12/2017 GOOD NEWS in a Twitter verse Versechristian,poems,
3/12/2017 TWEET TWEET a Twitter poem Versecomputer,poetry,
3/12/2017 A 17 th CENTURY expression of love Versehistory,love,
3/12/2017 RUTH expression of love Epichistory,love,
3/12/2017 MARRIAGE an expression of love Fibonaccichristian,love,
3/12/2017 SHE LOVES ME yeah yeah Romanticismlove,
3/10/2017 BIRTHDAY POEM from 2009 Biobio,christian,
3/10/2017 BIRTHDAY POEM 2008 Biobio,christian,
3/10/2017 BIRTHDAY POEM from 2007 Versedecember,seasons,
3/10/2017 BIRTHDAY POEM from 2011 Verselove,passion,
3/9/2017 WHITHER Cinqkuriddle,river,
3/9/2017 KEYS a pleiades Versechristian,life,
3/7/2017 MY SEASONAL MUSE a description Free verseimagery,inspiration,seaso
3/7/2017 CONCEPTION a process Free verseimagery,inspiration,
3/7/2017 SOME THINGS that are not replaceable Free versemeaningful,memory,
3/5/2017 ME a pleiades Bioart,poetry,
3/5/2017 NOISES Free versehouse,me,today,
3/5/2017 AN OPEN VERSE FOR YOU Free versepoetry,
3/4/2017 WE PAINTED RAINBOWS Biobio,love,
3/4/2017 RAINBOWED SHADOWS Lanternebeautiful,imagery,
3/3/2017 SOMETHING DIFFERENT an abstract coloured poem Free verseart,poetry,
3/3/2017 LOVE as a pleiades Verselove,marriage,memory,
3/2/2017 ASSUMED TO BE FACTUAL Fibonaccifantasy,science,
3/2/2017 2008 FINANCIAL PROPERTY etc BUBBLE a parable Coupletbusiness,history,
3/2/2017 BUBBLES or Imagination Fibonacciimagination,poetry,
3/1/2017 JESUS and I two pleiades form Versechristian,people,
2/28/2017 AT THE EDGE OF REALITY Epigramdream,places,
2/28/2017 BREAKING UP IS HARD TO DO Coupletlost love,
2/27/2017 UPSIDE DOWN KINGDOM Fibonaccichristian,
2/27/2017 THOUGHT CONTROL 1984 and 2017 Political Versefreedom,political,
2/27/2017 PRECIOUS MOMENTS OF LOVE another quintile Biofeelings,love,
2/27/2017 FIRST BORN PRECIOUS memory moment Biobaby,father daughter,memo
2/27/2017 NATURE precious moments -a quintile Cinquainnature,seasons,
2/26/2017 IN SPATE Free versenature,weather,
2/26/2017 RIVER DEEP Free versenature,
2/25/2017 IF a pleiades free verse Verselife,remember,repetition,
2/24/2017 SILENCE my muse Free verseinspiration,poetry,
2/24/2017 CLIMB EVERY MOUNTAIN Carpe Dieminspiration,poetry,
2/23/2017 LOVE ENTERS THROUGH THE EYES Verselonging,love,
2/23/2017 ANXIETY the antidote Free verseangst,blessing,christian,
2/22/2017 UNWANTED GUESTS by some Coupletfriend,house,
2/20/2017 POETRY SOUP a pleiades free verse Free versepoetry,tribute,
2/19/2017 HYMNS a pleiades Versechristian,music,
2/18/2017 AN ENGLISH CHILDHOOD IDYLL Idyll (Idyl)bio,places,
2/18/2017 IMAGISM the form Cinquainimage,poetess,
2/18/2017 THE ORIGINAL IMAGIST Versebio,imagery,poetry,
2/18/2017 AN EKPHRASIS IDYLL Idyll (Idyl)places,poetry,
2/18/2017 ADELAIDE the number one Imagist Verseamerica,april,poetry,
2/17/2017 SOME NATIONAL TREASURES Idyll (Idyl)beautiful,places,
2/17/2017 VENICE a living painting Fibonaccibeautiful,places,
2/17/2017 VENICE my belle Versebeautiful,places,
2/16/2017 FEELINGS Kyrielleemotions,life,
2/16/2017 MISSING THE POINT Kyrielleemotions,life,
2/16/2017 SWEETEN THE PILL Lanterneirony,life,
2/16/2017 INVISIBLE TO THE NAKED EYE Kyriellechristian,truth,
2/16/2017 THE OTHER SIDE OF THE COIN Epitaphhow i feel,rights,
2/16/2017 INVISIBLE THREAD 2 Fibonacciemotions,life,
2/16/2017 INVISIBLE THREADS 1 Fibonaccichristian,

My Photos

Fav Poems

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 
It was on June Tankaloss,lost love
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
Hopscotch Concretelife,
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

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