Welcome to Poetic Pause

Whether it be for a brief moment or longer, we all need to stay still for a moment and just be. I've found over the years that my poetry helps me find those moments. I can drift away when reading the poetry of others and discover new ideas, new ways of thinking, of being.

When I settle down to write a new poem, or to work on one written previously, I drift away again, and grow as I write. Time takes on a different dimension, and my head goes places it has never been before. I love to write poetry, it's one of the best things there in the world - it's up there with chocolate when it's going well!

There are so many things to write poetry about, and so many different forms of poetry, from tiny 17 syllable haiku, to 200 page verse novels. All of the different forms have merits, and all can take you and your readers to interesting places.



Contact me

jeebers@aussiebb.com.au
REDBANKS SA 5502

"Climate" Poetry Competition

ADELAIDE PLAINS POETS Inc

POETRY COMPETITION 2014/15

‘CLIMATE’

1st, 2nd & 3rd cash prizes, plus Highly Commended & Commended certificates as awarded by judge. Total prize pool over $700

ENTRY GUIDELINES

  • Work entered in this competition must be original, in English, unpublished and not have won a prize in any other competition. Authors retain copyright.
  • Theme ‘Climate’
  • Poems entered must in some way refer to the theme
  • Open Class - poets 18 years & older
  • Junior classes –
    • Primary School student (one poem only)
    • Secondary School student (one poem only)
  • To maintain anonymity, entrant’s name should appear on entry form only, not on poems. Entry forms are to include entrant’s name, address, phone number, titles of poems submitted.
  • Entries should be typed where possible, on one side of paper only, one poem to a page
  • Poems to be no longer than 60 lines
  • Entry fees: Open class $5.00 per poem entered

Junior classes - no entry fee, only one poem per student

  • Cheques/money orders to be made payable to Adelaide Plains Poets Inc
  • Entries to: Competition Secretary, 1594 Germantown Rd REDBANKS SA 5502
  • Entries to be received by close of business 24 January 2015 – entries received after this date will not be considered for the competition.
  • Authors should retain a copy of their work, entries will not be returned without provision of a SSAE

For further details contact:

Ms C Cordon (08) 85272412; 0418 806 490; jeebers@aussiebb.com.au http://carolyn-poeticpause.blogspot.com.au/

____________________________________

ADELAIDE PLAINS POETS INC

POETRY COMPETITION 2014/15

‘CLIMATE’

ENTRY FORM

Name…………………..……………………Phone…………………

Address……………………………………………..…………………

.…………………………………………………………………………

Email………………………………..

Title of poem/s - ……………………………………………………..

……………………………………………………..

……………………………………………………..

(use back of page for additional entries)

Entrants’ names or other details must not appear on poems

Declaration by author: I agree to comply with the Entry Guidelines and declare that the written work submitted in my name is my own original work and has not been copied in part, or in full, from any other source.

Author’s signature…………………………………..date…………………...

Date of birth (if entering junior section) ………………………… Secondary School/Primary School

Name of school (if entering junior section) …………………………… (circle as appropriate)

$5.00 per poem (OPEN CLASS ONLY – NO FEE FOR JUNIOR ENTRIES)

CLOSING DATE FOR ENTRIES 24 January 2015

Cheques/money orders to be made payable to Adelaide Plains Poets Inc, and sent with entries to Competition Secretary, 1594 Germantown Rd REDBANKS SA 5502

Authors should retain a copy of their work, entries will not be returned without provision of a stamped self-addressed envelope, and a written request.



Saturday, August 30, 2014

The new Poetry Competitoion

So the word is now out concerning Adelaide Plains Poets new poetry competition! The theme is "Climate", and the poet is welcome to use it however they wish. Climate Change is certainly the big one at the moment, but there are other ways of using the word.

http://www.yourdictionary.com/climate gives this definition:

limate

   [klīmət]
noun
  1. The definition of climate is the weather of a location over time or the environment or mood.
    1. An example of climate is when it is snowy and rainy.
    2. An example of climate is an economic boom time.
YourDictionary definition and usage example. Copyright © 2014 by LoveToKnow Corp
Iceland has a very cold climate.
Iceland has a very cold climate.
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climate

noun
  1. the prevailing or average weather conditions of a place, as determined by the temperature and meteorological changes over a period of years
  2. any prevailing conditions affecting life, activity, etc.: a favorable climate of opinion
  3. a region with certain prevailing weather conditions: to move to a warmer climate
Origin of climate
Middle English climat ; from Old French ; from Late Latin clima ; from Classical Greek klima, region, zone ; from base of klinein, to slope (see incline): origin, originally , slope of the earth from the equator toward the poles
Related Forms:
Webster's New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio. 
Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

climate

noun
  1. The meteorological conditions, including temperature, precipitation, and wind, that characteristically prevail in a particular region.
  2. A region of the earth having particular meteorological conditions: lives in a cold climate.
  3. A prevailing condition or set of attitudes in human affairs: a climate of unrest.
Origin of climate
Middle English climat, from Old French, from Late Latin clima, climat-, from Greek klimasurface of the earth, region; seeklei- in Indo-European roots.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th edition Copyright © 2013 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

climate

See also environmentweather
climatographythe science of the description of climate. —climatographer, n. —climatographicaladj.climatologythe science that studies climate or climatic conditions. —climatologistn. —climatologic, climatologicaladj.cryptoclimatethe climate of the inside of a building, airliner, or space ship, as distinguished from that on the outside.hyetographythe study of the geographical distribution of rainfall by annual totals. —hyetographic, hyetographicaladj.meteorologythe science that studies climate and weather variations. —meteorologie, meteorologicaladj. —meteorologistn.microclimatology1. the study of minute gradations in climate that are due to the nature of the terrain. 2. the study of microclimates or climates of limited areas, as houses or communities. —microclimatologist, n. —microclimatologic, microclimatologicaladj.phenologythe branch of biology that studies the relation between variations in climate and periodic biological phenomena, as the migration of birds or the flowering of plants. —phenologistn. —phenologic, phenologicaladj.
Ologies & -Isms. Copyright 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

climate

Noun
(plural climates)
  1. The long-term manifestations of weather and other atmospheric conditions in a given area or country, now usually represented by the statistical summary of its weather conditions during a period long enough to ensure that representative values are obtained (generally 30 years).
  2. (figuratively) The context in general of a particular political, moral etc. situation.
    Industries that require a lot of fossil fuels are unlikely to be popular in the current political climate.
Related terms
Verb
(third-person singular simple present climates, present participle climating, simple past and past participle climated)
  1. (poetic, obsolete) To dwell.
Origin
From French climat, from Latin clima, from Ancient Greek κλίμα (klima, “inclination”), from κλίνω (klinō, “to slope, incline”) (from which also cline), from Proto-Indo-European *ḱley- (English lean).
English Wiktionary. Available under CC-BY-SA license.

Sentence Examples

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  • This part of Arkansas had a mild climate, winter and summer.
  • Your shell has to shed wind, water and snow to maintain a warm and dry climate inside.
  • The climate in the south at this time of the year was probably hot, but surely it couldn't hold a candle to the week she had spent in the desert.
  • They exchanged news and details on the climate differences and finally, when they were talked out, they said their good byes.
  • It is the chief health resort of the state, and its climate is one of the finest in Australia; it has a mean annual temperature of 58.6° F., and the summer heat is never excessive.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

"My Passion" Poetry Competition

Well, the poems have been sent in and judged, with the winners announced at the Gawler Poets at the Pub event at the Prince Albert Hotel, Gawler. Two of those receiving a Special Mention were there on the day, to receive their certificates, and to read their poems to those in attendence.

Cheques and certificates for others will be posted out tomorrow. Many thanks to those who entered this annual competition. There will be consideration soon on the possible theme for the next poetry competition, and the entry form and guidelines will be posted to this site later on this year, probably around August.

This is what the Judge had to say about this poetry competition:

Judges Comments

              “My Passion” Poetry competition run by the Adelaide Plains Poets Inc.

General Remarks.

Firstly let me say that I was very honoured to be asked to judge your competition and I undertook the task with a certain amount of apprehension for while I have entered quite a few poetry competitions, I have never judged one before!

That over I'll commence my task. Overall, I was very impressed with the general standard of the entries, especially those of the younger writers which augurs well for the future of poetry writing   in this and the wider community.

I do have some general comments about poetry writing which I hope you won’t mind me passing on as they come from my own experience!

Firstly – try to avoid rhyming, as this can be a trap for the unwary. If you are a very experienced and established writer by all means go for it but its restraints are humungus! It prevents a free flow of emotion and ideas unless in very skilled hands and an inexperienced poet quickly finds that the rhyme dominates their thought processes and feelings which is death to a potential poet, I believe.
Secondly rhyming can turn your poem into something lightweight when you really want a greater impact and at its worst can create what started off as a good idea into doggerel – so all I'm saying is – beware! Poets from all age groups fell into this trap I think and did themselves a disservice in the process.

My next comment is about relevance.  Your competition clearly asks for poems about “My Passion” and a couple of entries made only vague reference (if any ) to this and that didn't help their cause.
Lastly about passion – all poems should have this as part of them, it's what makes them a good poem, I believe and that quality finally is what helped me make my decisions - that and good writing.
What is good writing? That is a subjective view but I think it's writing that makes you think, sit up and feel and it does it by the way words, phrases, lines, imagery are mixed, blended, juxtapositioned and created.

Primary Section.
One poem stood out as winner of this section – 'T – Ball Knight'. Matthew Elkins
The whole poem is a passionate metaphor of knighthood which is sustained throughout the poem by taut line length, economy of words, imagery and internal metaphors and similes. A fantastic piece of writing by a primary school student.
Who would've thought that a passion for T – Ball could produce a literary work of art?

Secondary Section.
This section proved difficult to judge because there were a number of very good entries. Unfortunately some entries disqualified themselves by straying from the topic or not removing typos and spelling errors! Others found the limiting bind of rhyming hampered their efforts. I was finally able to select four poems  deserving of special mention.  They are – 'A Kiss in an Hourglass' Lauren Davidson, I Do NOT Want To Participate' Jemimah Bye, 'My Passion' Meg Eichmann and 'The Whisper of Words' Brynnie Rafe.
They all addressed the topic of Passion in an amazingly diverse way – passion to write, passion for life and ideas, a passion to be true to oneself and romantic, physical passion. They all used imagery,  line length and blank verse poetic structure to great advantage so that the message of their poem is impacted on the reader.

 However there has to be an outright winner for this section and it is, 'A Kiss in an Hourglass' Lauren Davidson.  This poem also carries a metaphor throughout and the writer continues to refer to this imagery throughout what is quite a short poem. This poem intrigues with its deceptive simplicity of structure but depth of sensuality. The poet uses the hourglass image to evoke a sense of time savoured but also lost in an intensity of momentary physical love. I think it is a very mature poem for this age group and the topic is handled sensitively and beautifully. Well done!

Open Section.
I also found this section extremely difficult to whittle down to a short list.  Once again the temptation to rhyme plagued this section too with similar consequences.
However there were a number of excellent entries and I have to make special mention of the following – 'I caught Enthusiasm' Alison Barker, 'Viva Verdi' Shelley Hansen (a rare example of rhyming well handled!), 'all passions spent' Avril Bradley, 'Occasionally' Jan Price, 'Tea Leaves' Darrelle Spenceley, 'My Passion', 'Arrival of the Lost Sketch Book' Anna Jacobson, 'Passionfruit' Bruce Greenhalgh and 'The Quest' (also a well-structured rhyming verse!) Shelley Hansen. Which only goes to show you need to be an experienced poet to rhyme successfully and produce good poetry – it can be done!

 I finally came down to two wonderful but very disparate poems one of which – would you believe rhymes!! They are 'The Quest' Shelley Hansen and 'Arrival of the Lost Sketchbook' Anna Jacobson. I believe they are equal first prize winners in this section.

Firstly 'The Quest'. This poem is very reminiscent of the skill, style and language mastery of the famous English poet Rudyard Kipling. The poet's management of rhyme, metre, metaphor and alliteration creates a propelling rhythm and a passionate philosophical message that races along carrying the reader with it.

 The poem appears deceptively simple in structure but is in fact quite complex. It uses an a,b,c,b rhyming pattern and a terse alternating10 syllable/9 syllable line in each four line stanza in this ten stanza poem. To sustain this throughout the poem while retaining the emotion, narrative and impetus  as well as the reader right in there with you, is a great achievement I think.

''Arrival of the Lost Sketchbook' is quite a different kettle of fish. Where 'The Quest' was fast paced, forthright and propelling this one is the reverse. It is reflective, reminiscent and quiet, yet full of brilliant colour and passionate memory. The poet uses many beautiful descriptive phrases to bring the thoughts of the subject of the poem to life.

The writer portrays in this narrative poem an elderly artist crippled with possibly arthritis who was once a painter of vividly coloured and exhilarating works. She discovers an old sketchbook and her memories of her past skills and achievements come flooding back in the excitement of her long remembered creativity and the rainbow hues she used.


The writer has captured not only the brilliant colours but also the textures and mediums the artist used to work in. The poet give the reader a sustained portrait in which the subject of the poem traces over the pastels and paintings and charcoal drawings captured in the sketchbook  reliving where she was and how she felt at the time she did each piece captured in it. The poem ends as the artist closes the sketchbook, her fingers imbued with the colours she's been tracing. This is a moving poem of talents lost and memories retrieved told in simple but luminous three line stanzas.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Poetry in Pubs?

Have you ever thought about where poetry could happen? Libraries certainly have poetry occurring, in terms of books on shelves, workshops and book signings. Where else could there be poetry happening? Bookshops, certainly you can find poetry happening there too.

Schools have poetry being taught to students, both reading the poems of established poets, and the writing of new poetry by the students. Poetry happens in homes, reading and writing too. Where else could you find poetry happening, do you think?

One place, probably my favourite place where poetry happens, is in pubs! There are poetry readings going on in pubs in Australia and in Ireland, and probably other countries too. I know about the Poetry @ the Pub because I'm involved in a monthly event in one pub, and have been for many years.

The Poets@thePub I know about is the event that happens in the South Australian town of Gawler on the last Sunday of every month except December. The action starts at 2pm and goes on until 4 pm. This event has been going on for almost twenty years. It was started by Martin Johnson, a keen poet who has become an icon in the town of Gawler.

Martin has given poetry back to the people, holding poetry readings in a variety of pubs, forced to move on as pubs changed hands or closed down. The last pub Martin had the poetry readings at was the Prince Albert hotel, on Murray Street. Then Martin felt he'd had enough of the poetry game and wanted to give more back to his music.

Fortunately a committee of dedicated attendees of the Gawler Poets @ the Pub got together and took over from Martin. They did a good job, and the numbers of poets coming to the PA once a month kept up. Two of the committee members have had to move on, but the remaining two are still extremely keen to keen the poetry happening at the PA Hotel.

There is an anthology produced every year, with the best of the poems read from each poet chosen published. This anthology is a fine record of contemporary poetry. The quality varies a little bit perhaps, but the standard is still very good. The annual anthology is a great book to add to anyone's poetry bookcase!

The Gawler Poets@thePub often has a guest poet, where the guest is given fifteen minutes to read their works and talk about their poetry. There have been poets from other countries and from interstate too. It certainly looks like Gawler Poets@thePub will keep on going for many years to come!

Friday, December 6, 2013

What is your Grand Passion?

If you're a poet, and you like competing for money, why not pen a poem about your passion, and enter the Poetry competition being run by Adelaide Plains Poets? There is one section for adults and two for students - Primary school student, or Secondary school student.

The entry form and guidelines are here on this blog, and the closing date isn't here yet, but is not that long after Christmas - 24 January. That means if you get writing your poem now, you'll have plenty of time to whizz it off to the competition secretary before entries close!

This competition is for Australians only, so sorry, if you don't come from this great southern land!

Have a Merry Christmas, and don't forget to enter the competition - the prizes are pretty good, if you ask me!

Thursday, July 25, 2013

My Passion

It has been brought to my attention that those using a hand held devise rather than a desk top computer may not be able to read or access the entry form or guidelines for our new poetry competition. Therefore, here they are, feel free to cut and paste, and share them with others!

ADELAIDE PLAINS POETS Inc

POETRY COMPETITION 2013/14


‘My Passion’


1st, 2nd & 3rd cash prizes, plus Highly Commended & Commended certificates as awarded by judge. Total prize pool over $750

 

ENTRY GUIDELINES


  • Work entered in this competition must be original, in English, unpublished and not have won a prize in any other competition. Authors retain copyright.
  • Theme ‘My Passion’
  • Poems entered must in some way refer to the theme
  • Open Class - poets 18 years & older
  • Junior classes –
    • Primary School student (one poem only)
    • Secondary School student (one poem only)
  • To maintain anonymity, entrant’s name should appear on entry form only, not on poems. Entry forms are to include entrant’s name, address, phone number, titles of poems submitted.
  • Entries should be typed where possible, on one side of paper only, one poem to a page
  • Poems to be no longer than 60 lines
  • Entry fees: Open class $5.00 per poem entered
            Junior classes - no entry fee, only one poem per student
  • Cheques/money orders to be made payable to Adelaide Plains Poets Inc
  • Entries to: Competition Secretary, 1594 Germantown Rd REDBANKS SA 5502
  • Entries to be received by close of business 24 January 2014 – entries received after this date will not be considered for the competition.
  • Authors should retain a copy of their work, entries will not be returned without provision of a SSAE


For further details contact:
Ms C Cordon (08) 85272412; 0418 806 490; jeebers@aussiebb.com.au; http://carolyn-poeticpause.blogspot.com.au/

With assistance from      5th element unearthed

ADELAIDE PLAINS POETS INC
POETRY COMPETITION 2013/14

‘My Passion’

ENTRY FORM


Name…………………..……………………Phone…………………

Address……………………………………………..…………………

.…………………………………………………………………………
Email………………………………..

Title of poem/s - ……………………………………………………..
                            
……………………………………………………..
                            
……………………………………………………..
(use back of page for additional entries)

Entrants’ names or other details must not appear on poems

Declaration by author: I agree to comply with the Entry Guidelines and declare that the written work submitted in my name is my own original work and has not been copied in part, or in full, from any other source.

Author’s signature…………………………………..date…………………...
Date of birth (if entering junior section) ………………………….……….…..
Name of school (if entering junior section) …………………………………….

$5.00 per poem (OPEN CLASS ONLY – NO FEE FOR JUNIOR ENTRIES)

CLOSING DATE FOR ENTRIES 24 January 2014

Cheques/money orders to be made payable to Adelaide Plains Poets Inc, and sent with entries to Competition Secretary, 1594 Germantown Rd REDBANKS SA 5502
         
Authors should retain a copy of their work, entries will not be returned without provision of a stamped self-addressed envelope, and a written request.

            With assistance from       5th element unearthed

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Judges comments 2012 'Crossroads' competition

Cross roads: Judge’s Speech

Among the almost seventy poems submitted by adults, nine stood out. Two --- ‘Sticks and Bones’(by Heather Lunney NSW) and ‘Atticus Forby’ (by Terrence Mohr SA)--- dealt with individuals struggling with identity. Both rhymed and were fine poems. I certainly commend them, as I do ‘Blackberry Pies’(by Beverly Lello VIC) and ‘The Wrong Woman’(by Gaylene Carbis VIC) which dealt with cars. The most curious poem, also commended, was ‘Wystan Hughes walks past the Musee de Beaux Arts and drops into a nearby blues club’ [after W H Auden] (by Mike Hopkins SA), an accomplished, witty and entertaining piece which Auden would have appreciated.

Now we get down to the Highly Commended poems of which there are two. ‘Pandora’s Box’ (by Shelley Hansen QLD) is a thought provoking piece applied skillfully to the set topic with an uplifting ending. It is, if anything, an Ode to Hope. ‘Crossroads’ (by Janet Upcher TAS) is a tender, sensitive poem with some original imagery. It depicts that moment that all parents and grandparents know when the child becomes an adult stepping out into the adult world. It is a time of celebration and loss. Conventionally rhymed, it is beautifully and achingly realized.

In sharp contrast we have one of the two equal prizewinners ‘do you take this man?’ (by David Campbell VIC) which reminds me of the poetry of Anna Walwicz .It has a strong narrative drive mingled with stream of consciousness. It is hot and scarifying. This poem hit me from the very start. I knew it would be a finalist. It makes powerful reading.

The other equal first prize winner is ‘The Water Tower, Tailem Bend’ (by Meryl McDougall SA). I have a soft spot for water towers though the writer would not have known this. It is a very accomplished poem which melds current concern for the river with the legend of Ngurunderi with which I am not familiar though the story is sketched in the poem. It is an environmental piece with some clever imagery. The poet maintains full control over its fifteen rhyming stanzas. It never falters.

Now to secondary schools. Of the nine submissions, one stood out and it’s worthy of First Prize. ‘An Offer Not to be Refused’(by Talia Walker NSW) deals with that crossroad moment when one is offered his or her first cigarette. It is the sinewy, conniving, persuasive voice of temptation with which we are all familiar . There are some clever, original images in this macabre, sarcastic piece. I loved it!

There were only two primary entries neither special in any way.

I enjoyed reading and judging these entries and want to thank the organisers for giving me the opportunity. To all those who submitted, the best of wishes in your future writing endeavours.

John Malone