I’m trying to get my first poetry book completed and self-published on Blurb. One of the elements I’m still missing is a short blurb/biography about me in relation to poetry – I don’t want to write this myself, and if I asked anyone in my family or non-blogging circle of friends, I’d get something along the lines of:
“‘x‘ is my ‘insert relation type here‘ – she writes poetry, but I’ve got no idea what she’s on about.“
So I’m looking for some help from you—the esteemed Blogging community (how’m I doing on the sycophantic flattery front?) for something short, and not necessarily serious, and thus am holding a one-sentence biography competition:
Post your entries in the comments section of this post.
I will include the
kindest best ones on the front flap and may include any snide irreverent blooper blurbs on the back, all attributed of course.
Don’t be silly! We all know poetry books don’t sell!
The winner will, however, receive a mystery prize. 😉
Ah….as long as I don’t have to be serious…here goes….”Australian poet and photographer, Beeblu.wordpress.com, presents her first collection of life inspired poetry…readers may ask whose life she has written about…the answer it would appear is blowing in the wind.” 🙂
good on you Charles – hahaha
Which way is the wind blowing, one might ask. I see a bit of Aunt Bea in there… Thanks, Charles 😀
That will most certainly make one of the flaps 😉
I’ll put some thought in to it – hehehehe 😉
Looking forward to it, Gabe 🙂
I’m looking forward to this book, Bluebee. Will we at last learn your real name, or will you publish under a pseudonym? I love the idea of writing a biography of someone who shares herself through poetry and photography. Well, here goes. You can pick and choose.
to read her is to know her
takes life on
gives it back as poetry
Have fun with this and good luck!
Hello Monica 😀 Just love your poetic responses! ‘Red-headed challenge’ – my husband will concur with you on that one. 🙂 Thank you.
🙂 All The Best Blue Bee
Thanks, Laz 🙂
‘Bluebee (insert real name) is a talented Aussie poet unafraid to dredge the deepest waters for poetic material. She will make you laugh, make you cry and make you wish you could write better.’
I’m getting lazy in my old age and took some of that from what I wrote when you were a guest blogger. I hope 2 sentences is ok – I tried to make it 1, but it was a bit windy 😉
Bwahaha – Charles has set up a theme here. 😆
Love your response, and “unafraid” – for a scaredy-cat like me, that’s high praise, indeed. Thanks, Gabe.
here for your international readers, all the best for your book 😉
BB, comme son homonyme du cinéma français, a un style inimitable, et peut-être une voix aussi sexy, Poèmes et photos à savourer encore et encore.
Ah, the music of French! You could say anything in the language and it would be perfect, haha. But, of course, you have not said just anything – thanks, Benedicte, for your wonderful response 😀
I forgot the translation, but I think it is almost english 😉
” BB, like her French movie star namesake (Brigitte Bardot), has an inimitable style and perhaps a sexy voice as well. Poems and photos to savor again and again.
I looked the translation up yesterday and got almost the exact translation that you’ve given here (except for the Brigitte Bardot part, haha, which I guessed from the bb) – isn’t the Internet amazing?
The French version sounds much more poetic. Such lovely words from you, Benedicte. Thank you!
After a round of golf (amid the kangas and the roos)
BB studies her school notes, then pens a poem or two
Her poetic blog is inspired, unequaled, without compare
And that’s because BB is full of . . . AU CONTRAIRE!
Hahaha 😀 Bravo, Nancy, for this hilarious poetic response!
Glad you enjoyed!
And it rhymes! 😛
I don’t know why anyone of us bother with poetry after reading this http://overland.org.au/2013/09/of-borrowd-plumes-i-take-the-sin/ and this argument between the ‘elite’ and ‘non-elite’ happens on a regular basis and never gets resolved – not that there is a resolution – the elites just need to pull their heads in and realize that poetry should be for anyone who wants to participate – I know it’s depressing but just thought I’d let you in on some of the internal rumblings that are such a turn off!
Absolutely, poetry should be for everyone, Gabe, and I, too, can’t stand the “that’s not poetry, THIS is poetry brigade”. To me, poetry is like wine or chocolate – a matter of personal taste, what you enjoy, what speaks to you in both reading and writing. But I abhor plagiarism in its true sense. I feel that it is one thing to unwittingly include a line or phrase that’s been used before, but quite another to include whole sections of works without attributing them – I’m sometimes overcome with a feeling of unease a while after I’ve written something that a line I’ve used has come from someone else’s poetry, and to give you an example of one such instance: after I wrote my poem ‘The Worst Day’, I woke up in the middle of the night with the sudden suspicion that I had used a line from your poem ‘The Force of Gravity’ (http://gabriellebryden.wordpress.com/2012/07/28/the-force-of-gravity-2/), so had to go and check! See how your poetry makes an impression! I have also been told that one of my poems was very similar to an Emily Dickinson poem which I had not read up until that point. So I think that there are often times when a phrase or an essence in a poem may reflect something else that’s been done before – after all, humans share experience, but plagiarism is really not difficult to identify and I feel that if poets plagiarise, they are writing for the wrong reasons. Thanks for the link (and for getting my blood pressure up so early in the morning, haha) What are your thoughts on the issues?
serial plagiarism – there is no doubt about it – I’ll email you
Wow…..that’s fabulous! Good luck!
Thanks, Madelaine 😀
Clever poet; honest critic; generous friend: to read her is to love her.
Thank you, Tilly 😀 That is a generous and beautifully punctuated one-sentence blurb!
Can’t believe I forgot to say: good luck with the book!
Do you want a proofreader? I don’t miss much.
Oh, to have you proofread would be treasured gift, indeed! But are you sure? It’s around 116 pages? 😯
Email it NOW!
Oh-kay! 😀 *emailing*
Good girl 🙂
I don’t yet know enough about you.
Words in her book
Open minds to possibilities
Welcome, Sidey 😀 And thanks for this poetic contributory leap into the unknown.
Thank you very much to all the wonderful Bloggers who rose to the challenge and contributed here – much appreciated!
Unless there are any objections, I plan to use each person’s contribution on a ‘Blurbs from the Blogosphere’ page in the book (attributed to your real name if I know it, and to your blog name if I don’t, and I will include the blog addresses of each as well).
As difficult as it is, I must, however, as promised, pick a winner for the mystery prize, so the winner is, tada…
(and, no, it’s not because we live in the same country and I’m trying to save on postage, hehe). Thank you all very much!
Congrats to Gabrielle! Way to save on postage!
BTW: I saw the lovely gift you sent to Tilly and I want you to stalk me next!
woohoo – thankyou bb 🙂
Warning – though her words are neat
She’s been known at times to treat
Anything with rhyme or reason
As completely out of season! 🙂
Haha – stir it up, Col! 😀 Thanks. https://beeblu.wordpress.com/2010/08/29/poems-that-rhyme/
That one was simply classic!
Thanks, Col, ever the classicist 😀
Fantastic . . . just realized why I missed this . . . 2010, not 2013. I’m not sure our cyber ventures date back that far.
Eggzactly! “Cyberadventures” – I like it.
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