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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Meet THE Poet Wednesday

Welcome to Wednesday Meet the Poet where each Wednesday we get to known a little more about the talented authors who contibute to Jingle Poetry. This week we get to meet Saravana Kumar Murugan, a.k.a. Someone Is Special!

Tell us a little about yourself.

I’m Saravana Kumar Murugan a.k.a Someone is Special and I love to be called so, as my pen name is a sweet dedication to someone special in my life.

Writing is my passion, and I am born in this world to express my dreams, I do so as poems and prose. I do prefer poetry as it helps me to rhyme what I love to, and attain peace.

Apart being a poet by love, I work as a Software Engineer and I live in Bangalore, India. I admire Mahatma Gandhi – the Father of India, Abraham Lincoln, Abdul Kalam – a light to youth India, A.R Rahman – the music storm, and a mad fan of Sachin Tendulkar - the God of Cricket. More than the names listed above, I love my Sweet Mother a lot.

More about me on my Facebook profile...

Please tell us about your blog and what it means to you? How did you come up with the name?

My blog is reflection of my life where I love with my pen, as it is a sweet dedication to “someone special” in my life. The birth of “Few Miles” was because of my close friend as she requested me to start a blog and chose pendownmythought from my list of ten, and I chose Few Miles as the blog name. Why “Few Miles?” It is inspiration from Wodsworth’s “Lines composed a few miles above Tintern Abby."

It also implies the journey that took me here, made me learn what life is and reflects my love for poetry too.

Can you remember writing your first poem?

I do, in my school days, I penned my first poem for someone special in my life. That poem was titled Sorry!
Sorry to wake you up in your sleep!
Sorry for hugging you last night that deep!
Sorry to implant my lips on yours!
Sorry for tasting it for some hours!
Sorry to reveal those unheard words!
Sorry for wishing that not to be my dreams!

From that day until today, I love to write poems most of them being romantic ones as the source of wisdom being Romantic King ‘Wordsworth’ and the one who inspired being the sweetest girl in this world.. I write mostly on love, romance and friendship.

Is there a style of writing you prefer?

I do favour haikus a lot, because I can convey so much in 17 syllables. I also love free verse and rhymes because poetry is an art, music just feel it to enjoy the pleasure of it.

Do you write more than just poetry?

Of course, I do write prose of type 55-Fiction, Flash Fiction, Debates and Real Life Stories. I appreciate all my own work, but as per the readers’ choice, some of the most loved works are “Moment of Madness”, “The Untold Story” and “I love her.. But I hate”. I just simply love to explore different varieties of writing and I enjoy them.

I also sketch portraits and create wallpapers for friend’s birthday and for celebrations.

What is the favourite poem you have written so far?

Aww, if you ask a mother, ‘Who is your favourite child?’ she can’t answer and I am in that position after penning more than thousand poems in my dairy and almost hundred in my blog, to choose a favourite from them would be tough, but there are few close to heart as it is reflection of my life.

and of course the “Waters Series”,

When do you write the most?

Well, I prefer to write at night, particularly from 10 PM to 1 AM, the most romantic time in this world. Not only the time I prefer but also the environment, it should be romantic, musical and dim lighted. In such time, place I write even without thinking as the words flows from my mind like the stars in the sky and, I pen it down, may be not in my blog but in my diary.

Do you have a favourite poet or a favorite poem?

Of course, I love the romantic king, “William Wordsworth” and his magical poetry. I have a great collection of his poems as eBooks and my favorite poem also from his pen, “Daffodils”, a work I love to read billion times a day, and his other poems are sources of my wisdom.

Do you enjoy reading books? What are the best books you have ever read? 

I enjoy reading books and I prefer the genre ‘romance’ and ‘crime’ fiction a lot. Sidney Sheldon, Leo Tolstoy, Sherlock Holmes, Chetan Bhagat and recently Ismita Tandon Dhankher of ‘Love on of the Rocks’ are my favourite authors. How can one miss the name J K Rowling, I just love her imagination. If you ask me best it is difficult to answer, I would say the books I loved, ‘Eric Segal’s Love Story’, ‘Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace’, ‘Sidney Sheldon’s Tel me you dreams’, ‘Sherlock Holmes - *’ and ‘Chetan Bhagat’s Three Mistakes of my life’

What poets in the blog-sphere do you like to read or visit most?

Well, I have many sweet friends in blog-sphere and I love all their works. I will read their poetry to convey my feel on their wonderful arts. But there are few poets whom I love to read on daily basis, they are “Vinay a.k.a Leo of I Rhyme Without Reason, Ji of Jingle”, and many more..

What are your inspirations? Where do you feel most comfortable to write?

Well my inspiration is ‘Someone Special’ and I dedicate most of my works to this soul. I never know I can write poetry until I penned my first verse, and learnt who I am. The inspiration list grew as my friends inspired, the world around me, it may be my Dog (Mittu), a cloud pattern or any beautiful things that my eyes love to see. I write most comfortable in my living room at night and I prefer the environment to be romantic, musical, dim lighted.

You have been a part of Jingle Poetry Potluck. What are the benefits of participating in it? Are you a member of any other poetry communities?

I was unknown as Someone is Special until Jingle visited me on Friendship Day with three awards that helped me to land on Thursday Poets Rally. From that day, Someone is Special became visible to this blogging world. My first poem reaped me an award, “The Perfect Poet”, and also earned me a respectful official position in Jingle Poetry. I found many new friends and loved reading their wonderful arts. I have to thank Ji a billion times and also Vinay a.k.a Leo, for their constant encouragement and blessings.
Poetry Potluck is absolutely a dream place for a poet; I always love to be a part of this wonderful place and wish to thank all the officials of Jingle Poetry for their wonderful works. What more can I say?... SmileS..

What advice would you give someone who is interested in starting a poetry blog? 

“Poetry is the music of the soul, and, above all, of great and feeling souls.” - Voltaire
Just hear what your heart says because poetry is a music that everyone rhymes in his or her heart for someone special in his or her life.

Review Tuesdays - Bloggin'WithAmanda

Review Tuesdays today features a blog with a simple title, yet poetry that is exquisite in its simplicity. The blog in the spotlight is Bloggin’WithAmanda, authored by Amanda G Moore.

Who is Amanda Moore?
Amanda is a passionate poet, blogger, loving wife and mother to two teenagers. She’s also a B.S in Criminal Justice with emphasis on Psychology, an amateur photographer and radio operator, and a passionate reader of true crime stories. She also likes to write prose. She is the hostess of Musical Mondays as well.

What does Bloggin’WithAmanda look like?

Having an own domain, there is a lot of choices in Wordpress.org for templates. Her site uses the Clear Line theme, white post background with a single sidebar that disappears when the post is being read so as to emphasize the poem or prose. Customized fonts like Lucida lend the reader a calming feel as well. The sidebar hosts features like Tweet This, Follow on Networked Blogs, StatCounter etc and the bottom bars hold Recent Posts and Comments Listing. I couldn’t find an archive as such, but the countdown widget in her blog intimates that she’s now into her third year of blogging. The Google Connect widget is recent, and she has 19 followers there, 33 on Networked Blogs.

Now to the poetry:
Amanda is a poet who likes to explore formaic poetry and free verse both. She’s an avid writer and her passion for writing is evident from her words. If you look at her recent posts, you can see that as well. In her last ten posts, many forms are present like haiku, cinquain, loop poetry etc. Her most favored forms are Acrostic and Haiku I feel, coz those are more present in her archives, and she’s regular at the meme sites that offer inspiration for the two forms.

To share a few of her recent works as “must reads”, I think her recent cinquain for Hollow is one I loved. It expresses sadness in 5 lines, few syllables and also it prompts readers to think of a scene that could follow her visual piece. Another I liked was her post on Sarcastic, which is a form called Minute Poetry. It was previously unknown to me, and it is an interesting style to which she has done justice. Among her haikus, the best I’ve read so far is Wings, where she writes about the wings of dancers; a unique take to the prompt for which first thoughts tend to waver toward birds or butterflies or such.

Amanda writes for many meme sites like Haiku Heights, Acrostic Only, One Single Impression, Poetry Potluck etc. Her enthusiasm toward writing is something I personally admire.

I love the page and its design as such. I don’t think you should, even in the future change that. However, if it’s possible, could you add a widget to search by tags or categories? It’ll help readers to read posts of a particular form easily I think.

Who am I?
I’m Vinay, formerly known as Leo; author of I Rhyme Without Reason, co-host of Review Tuesdays here at Jingle Poetry along with Someone is Special. Hope you enjoy reading about the blogs, and do go read them too. Simplicity doesn't have any rivals I think. You've a beautiful space on Blogsville, Amanda. Continue to amaze us as you do now. Thanks for the opportunity and honor, and do let me know if there was anything wrong in the review.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

POETRY POTLUCK - Trips, Travel and Vacation

Monday's here, guys and gals!! And so are we!!

We (Kavita and Aleza) delightedly welcome you again to Poetry Potluck... This week, it's fun, fun and more fun with Trips, Travel and Vacation!! Come on now.. hop on this joyride ...

Register yourself (with your name and the link to your potluck entry) using InLinkz below, and leave a comment with a pointer to your post! It would be great if you could link back to us on your blog!!! Once you are done with this, visit other participants (at least 6), read their entries, comment, AND ENJOY!!! Of course, you can always submit any poem of your choice as well...

Remember: Every week, InLinkz will be up on Sunday, at 8pm (CDT), and will stay open till Wednesday, 8pm (CDT). So you will have 72 hours to share your poem with us...COOL huh?!! Also, if you aren't new to Poetry Potluck, please note that we may not send you weekly reminders. So, it would be awesome if you could add us to your Blogroll or Favorites, so that you can stay updated with the happenings on our site!!

Flash Forward!! After this packing and vacationing, how about some good ol' recollection... with Photographs,  Memories and Nostalgia!!?! But that's next week! So you have one entire week to prepare your poem for this theme.. :) And if you are unable to submit a poem ON the theme, relax... Send in an older poem you would love to share with us...

And now, LET'S GET STARTED with this week's potluck!!!! Enjoy the VIDEO here and write on... Thanks for joining in and supporting your fellow poets here at OUR favorite Poetry Potluck!!!

(by Blaga)

How swiftly the suitcase absconds the dust
How elegantly the clothes escape the cupboard
Flip-flops and a map, boldly the zip stabs the air

How edgy the twilight before dawn appears
How unfairly distant the airport seems
Images and a feverish mind, horizons await

How laden with sparkles the heart pounds
How strikingly sublime the moment flares
Craving a trip, riveting a vacation, I travel today

deceiving our self of the reality.
Thank you, Blaga, for this super WOW and heartfelt poem... A perfect description of that butterflies-in-the-stomach feeling ;-)


Sunday Rally Dispatch is a collection of news updates of interest to our poet-blogger community members.  Your contributions from your area of the world, your activities, or your interests are welcome. Please forward them to Jamie Dedes of Musing by Moonlight at jamiededes@rocketmail.com. Contributions are subject to editorial discretion and space constraints. Feedback welcome.

ON THIS DAY: In 2006 Ian Hamilton Finlay died. He was born in 1925 and was a Scottish poet, writer, artist and gardener. In 1963, Finlay published Rapel, his first collection of concrete poetry (poetry in which the layout and typography of the words contributes to its overall effect), and it was as a concrete poet that he first gained wide renown. Much of this work was issued through his own Wild Hawthorn Press. Eventually he began to compose poems to be inscribed into stone, incorporating these sculptures into the natural environment. MORE 

Quotable Finlay:
“People have always found me challenging – I don’t know why, when I am only being myself. I don’t understand why they find me so annoying, but they do. It is a pity, but that is how it is.”

TERI CASPER (Teri’s Mandala and Haiku) is new to our community and offers something rather unique in that she combines haiku with mandala. She is both poet and artist. Teri has kindly consented to an interview with Dispatch. We hope you enjoy it. You can also get a better idea of how and why she combines haiku and Mandala by linking HERE

JAMIE: How long have you been blogging and what have you learned from the experience?
TERI: In 2005 I had renewed my interest in art and while looking around the Internet I discovered many art blogs and wonderful artists, so I joined Everyday Matters, an art group, and started my own art blog, Teri’s Painted Daisies. I soon discovered that my blog was a wonderful place to share my art and receive positive reinforcement. In turn I learned so much from other artists and am still learning.  Art has become a dominant force in my life and I embrace it.  I take my sketchbook everywhere with me because I never know where the next inspiration will come from.  (I even sketch in church. People are so interesting.)  

I love the challenge of a new prompt. I have become very involved in Blogland: I post everyday at my art blog, usually twice-a-week at my mandala-haiku blog. I manage two group blogs: Drawing in Church and Twenty Minute Challenge.  I'm also a contributor to Nature Sketchers and facebook.  No wonder my husband always says I am on the computer all the time! He could be right.  LOL!

JAMIE: Has poetry and art always gone together for you or is it something that has recently evolved?
TERI: My first response is 'no it hasn't', but then I remembered a time when I was about nine.  My Dad always took a nap after supper so one time I drew him while he slept and wrote a poem about it.  I was so proud but everyone laughed at it and that put a damper on my artistic/poetic experience.  I lived in a left-brain world for a long time with my career (registered nurse), but my creative side was always trying to get out with different crafts, art and some poetry. (I have to thank thanks Rod MeKuen’s influence for that). My mandalas and haiku took a vacation for most of 2010, but in January 2011 I renewed my interest in mandalas - I needed that Zen experience again - and haiku and discovered all the wonderful haiku sites to join (thanks to Jingle) and enjoy.  Everyone writes such beautiful poetry. I appreciate all the inspiration.

JAMIE: What exactly triggered your interest in mandalas?
TERI: My first encounter with mandalas was in an art article. I decided to try one.  I absolutely loved doing these and started doing more and more until I decided that they needed their own blog to showcase just them and that happened in 2007.  My mandalas are usually free-form and occasionally symmetrical.  Creating a mandala is a very meditative experience and when I finish one I am always amazed at what form they became.  Sometimes I use a prompt and sometimes the mandala suggests the title.

JAMIE: Do you write poetry in forms other than haiku?  What is it about haiku that draws you?
TERI: I took an art workshop in 2006 and was introduced to haiku (5-7-5).  I totally fell in love with this form and was writing haiku like crazy and attaching it to my art. Someone could name a subject and I instantly said the perfect haiku, which I personally found pretty amazing.  Then a friend introduced me to One Single Impression and the mandalas and haiku got married in March of 2008.  I have no idea what there is about haiku that draws me in, but it is as if it writes itself and is so expressive in such a few words.  I am interested in other forms like haiga and tanka. In fact I tried a tanka for Potluck Poetry this week.  I still have so many things I want to do that I need to live to two hundred years old to try them all!
Thanks, Teri, for a fine interview.

AN INVITATION TO INDIAN ENGLISH POETS FROM Indus Valley, A Tribute to India: inviting contributions for its Fifth National Anthology Series. “This dream collection is charted to evolve as a true window to her immense richness, uniqueness and diversity in all forms of life in that nation. Any theme that reflects national pride, culture, lifestyle, the divine spirits and poetic expressions that deliver a true picture of our nation’s past, present, and future and our message to the world is mot most welcome. The imagination is kept open before poets to deliver the very best of their collection and add beauty to the craft of this anthology series.” Details HERE

SOUL FEATHERS: A poetry anthology by Indigo Dreams, new small press, includes poems by 250 poets ranging from new writers to the very famous.  Carol Ann Duffy, Bob Dylan, Seamus Heaney, Maya Angelou, Benjamin Zephaniah, Leonard Cohen, Sharon Olds...and many more. The profits from the book go to Macmillan Cancer Support [England]. MORE 

POETRY READINGS IN HIGHGATE AT NORTH LONDON: with Myra Schneider, Alan Brownjohn, Martyn Crucefix, Jane Duran and Marth Kapos at Lauderdale House on Thursday 14th April from 8 p.m. - 10 p.m. The reading is organized and hosted by Shanta Acharya. The venue is a short bus ride or twelve minute walk uphill from Archway station. There is parking nearby.

COMING UP IN APRIL: Inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, National Poetry Month is now held every April, when publishers, booksellers, literary organizations, libraries, schools and poets around the country band together to celebrate poetry and its vital place in American culture. Thousands of businesses and non-profit organizations participate through readings, festivals, book displays, workshops, and other events. MORE 

JAPAN: A lot of efforts are underway to generate assistance for those suffering illness, hunger, and loss of housing. There are a number of  “charitable organizations” recruiting the assistance of poets and writers. The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation reported recently that they uncovered over 400 bogus charities with online sites for Haitian relief. It is possible that much the same sort of thing is going on now with regard to Japan. Please do you homework and find resources you feel you can trust. One possible source of reference is Charity Navigator.

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Friday, March 25, 2011

Saturday Poem of the Week: Expediency by Rinkly Rimes

This week, for the prompt Lies, Deceptions and Misrepresentations, we read a number of poems about the deceptions of lovers, about terrorism and (of course) politics. We heard a few “confessions”—poems dealing with the lies we tell ourselves. A few gave us metaphors based on nature. Overall, the tone was a bit heavy, even dark—a natural outcome considering the topic. But for this Saturday’s Poem of the Week, I’ve chosen one to make you smile.

Brenda Bryant gives us a heads up that she deals in humor. Her blog—Rinkly Rimes—lives up to the promise embedded in its name. Her poetry incorporates not only meter and rhyme, but also, humor.

The first poem she offered for this week’s prompt speak of deception that seems to be inherent in a political campaign. She employs a bit of irony, a method of humorous or subtly sarcastic expression in which the intended meaning of the words is the opposite of what is stated.

Be sure to check out Brenda’s fun blog:


New South Wales goes to the polls
In another day or two.
And, once again we're pondering
On the false and on the true.
Both sides accuse the other
Of lies, deception and such,
And we, the poor old voters,
Are not assisted much.
I keep hoping for a candidate
Who praises 'the other side',
And doesn't keep parroting the cry
"They lied! They lied! They lied!"
Why not give credit where it's due,
Or copy a policy?
A blanket smear (if there is such a thing!)
Seems devious to me.
Not all politicians are villains;
They start out meaning well,
And then that wretched expediency
Sets them on the road to hell!
They're merely muddling-along, my friends,
Exactly as we are;
If I found one who admitted it,
I'd hitch myself to his star!


Two more posts you will enjoy for their humor:

We hope you will join us again on Monday for another Poetry Potluck. The theme is
Trips, Travel and Vacations.

Victoria Ceretto-Slotto http://liv2write2day.wordpress.com
Uma Anandame http://umaspoembook.blogspot.com

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Meet the poet on Wednesday

"There is something about poetry beyond prose logic, 
there is mystery in it, not to be explained but admired."
~ Edward Young

Hello Jingle girls and boys,
welcome to another Wednesday at Jingle Poetry.

I am Blaga and today I will introduce you to one of our very talented members,
Aleza Freeman from "Beyond my Window" .

Enjoy the interview ...

Tell us a little about yourself…

I live in Las Vegas with my husband, son, three cats, and an enormous goldfish that will probably one day rule the world. Seriously, this fish has super cosmic powers. He's most likely immortal.

I am a writer by profession and by hobby. I'm currently employed as an advertising copywriter, but I worked as a newspaper reporter and editor, and multimedia journalist for years. More about that below and on my website/online portfolio,  http://www.alezafreeman.com/.

Please tell us about your blog and what it means to you? How did you come up with the name?

"Beyond My Window" was a manuscript I wrote for a college poetry class in 1998. After I graduated in 1999, it sat in a box in a green binder in my garage until I found it during spring cleaning about 2 years ago and started reading through it. Having enough time to distance myself from the words on the page, I was able to read it more critically. I could see what I did well, and what I did ... not so well... and it inspired me to start my poetry blog, http://azfree.wordpress.com/ I didn't know, or even consider, if I would have an audience. I just liked the idea of creating my own space online to express myself and play with words. I had no idea there was such a huge online poetry community out there when I first started, or that this community would be so welcoming and encouraging.

There are times I consider deleting my blog altogether, but the amazing people in the blogosphere rescue me from the edge of pressing the "Delete" button time and time again. You see, I've always written, but for most of my life I've been a closet poet. I thought I was a poet hack, and -- seeing as I write for a living -- I didn't want to embarass myself by letting people read my poems. But one day I decided to stare straight into the fierce eye of my cruel insecurity. I gathered all of my fear and frustration into a mighty fist, and with a hop, skip and a jump, I punched him square in the face. He still pops in from time to time, but scurries off with his tail between his legs at the sight of my raised fist. It's purple and calloused. I call it Spike.

Can you remember writing your first poem?

Yes, I was in second grade. I wrote it for my homework assignment, and it was about the many practical uses a unicorn has for its horn, like to tie a shoe or lead a band. It was silly. It rhymed. I got an A. I was hooked on writing immediately. Even at such a young age, I felt more at peace when I was writing than at any other time. It just felt natural.

Is there a style of writing you prefer?

I like to rhyme. I know it isn't the classiest writing style in the world. But I get a kick out of it.

Do you write more than just poetry?

Yes. I have been a professional writer for almost 15 years. I've worked as a journalist in Northern California (under my maiden name Aleza Goldsmith) and Las Vegas (now Aleza Freeman), writing news, features and entertainment stories for newspapers, magazines, and websites. I've written on just about every topic you can imagine, from adult circumcision to Area 51, to solar power, to suicide bombings, to hate crimes to hotel reviews, to interviews with celebrities like Hugh Hefner, Howie Mandel and Carlos Santana.

I am currently employed as an advertising copywriter. I write copy for ads, signs, radio, and even television commercial scripts.

I am also working on an anthology of humorous poetry for kids along with my husband, Howard Freeman, for our publishing company, Big Doodle Head Books. It's called "Candy Store at the Edge of the Galaxy" and we were hoping to release it for sale this year. I'm writing. He's illustrating.

What is the favorite poem you have written so far?

Dirty Laundry. It's a poem for kids I wrote for "Candy Store at the Edge of the Galaxy," but it infuses a good combination of both kid and adult humor. 

Dirty Laundry

Up the stairs
down the hallway
through the bedroom door
I left my favorite
pair of jeans
lying on the floor
my shirt balled in the corner
my coat turned inside out
my underwear atop the lamp
my socks strewn all about.
Do you have a robe I can borrow
by chance?
‘Cause I’m not wearing
any pants.
If only laundry day
were sacred
I wouldn’t be standing here
cold and naked.

On a very different end of the spectrum, I wrote a more adult piece about the harsh realities of the economic recession and foreclosures in Las Vegas. It's short, but also one of my favorites:

American Dream

What ever happened to the
American Dream?
The economy crashed,
smashed my
white picket fence
like the Hulk on a
rampage, indignant
and green.

When do you write the most?

I write just about 24 hours a day! Even in my dreams.

Do you have a favorite poet or a favorite poem?

Dorothy Parker, William Blake, Dr. Seuss and Shel Silverstein.

Do you enjoy reading books? What are the best books you have ever read?

I don't read nearly as much as I should, although a friend of mine and I are in the process of starting a book club. My all time favorite book that I can read again and again, over and over, is Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.

What poets in the blog-sphere do you like to read or visit most?

My blog-sphere poet list increases everyday. There is so much cool stuff out there. But I am quite faithful to many of the blogging friends I met when I first started out, especially Jaymie Thorne http://jaymiethorne.wordpress.com/ and Blissbait http://blissbait.wordpress.com/

What are your inspirations? Where do you feel most comfortable to write?

I will write about any topic, anywhere, anytime, on anything. On the back of my hand. On the bottom of my shoe. On a rotten banana peel. I can't always decipher what I've written, but at least it's written.

You have been a part of Jingle Poetry. What are the benefits of participating in it? 

The encouragement of other writers is extremely powerful. It's also a lot of fun.

What advice would you give someone who is interested in starting a poetry blog?

Do it! Make it yours. Write away! Write on!! :)


I will end this post with another poem from Aleza that I love very much.
All hail the drama queen

A drama queen?
Why, what do you mean?

I’m merely a princess
who’s making a scene.

My royal desire
spreads like wildfire
(doused in gasoline).

Wishing you happy and inspirational days.
Stay tuned for next Meet the poet on Wednesday with Christopher.
Peace& Love