A Milestone: The 900th blog post

This is the 900th blog post on M. Sakran’s blog of and about poetry and poetry related things.

900.

Wow.

900 is a lot of posts.  There was a time, a while back, when 70 posts felt like a lot.  There was a sense of not knowing what else could be written about.  Now there are 900 posts.

900 is close to a thousand.  A thousand posts really feels like a lot.

Hopefully, readers of the blog have enjoyed what has been here so far.  Hopefully this blog has been of some use and entertainment.

If anyone wants to look back at past posts, they are organized by date on the Posts List page and there are broad category links on the About page.  If anyone wants to send a message about the blog, use the form on the Contact page.

If you like the blog, please consider liking this posts, following the blog if you don’t and telling your friends about it.

At one of the past milestones, there was a mention that something new might be added to the basic categories of the blog.  There is still some thought about that, but nothing definite.  One idea that is at the front of the list is essays about poetry.  It’s still being thought about.

Again, hopefully everyone has enjoyed the blog.  Thank you to all readers for your reading and other interaction.

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A Milestone: One Year Anniversary of Understanding: poems with explanations

Understanding: poems with explanations by M. Sakran

Today is the one year anniversary of the self-publication of Understanding: poems with explanations.  It is a happy day.

Understanding: poems with explanations by M. Sakran, is a self-published collection of twenty original poems, with explanations of each of them.  The main purpose of the book is to help readers expand their understanding of poetry through the explanations.

The poems in the book cover a variety of topics such as poverty, homelessness, pain, neglect, crime and illness.

The explanations look at the overall meanings of the poems, the meanings of individual parts of the poems, and form in the poems.

Understanding: poems with explanations is currently available for purchase as an eBook here: Understanding: poems with explanations.  It is available for $0.99 (plus tax where applicable).

Poems with explanations has been a regular category on this blog.  You can read the ones that are on it by clicking here: poems with explanations on the blog.  If you like what you read and you like the idea of reading an explanation of a poem, then please consider purchasing a copy of the eBook.

M. Sakran would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has already purchased a copy of the eBook this past year. Each purchase brought a little bit of joy to M. Sakran.  Thank you.  Hopefully you all liked the eBook and found it informative and enlightening and hopefully it helped you learn more about poetry.

If you have purchased a copy of Understanding: poems with explanations please tell your friends about it.  Let them know what you thought and feel free to link here.  Also, if you like, you can use the form on the contact page to let M. Sakran know what you thought.

Again, today is a happy day.  Thank you to those who will buy a copy of the eBook today and thank you again to those who already have.

A Milestone: The 850th blog post

This is the 850th blog post on M. Sakran’s blog of and about poetry and poetry related things.

To everyone who reads the blog, follows it, likes posts, etc. Thank you.  It is a good feeling to know that there are people out there who actually read this.

Having 850 posts is important.  It is getting close to the very large number of 1000.  1000 feels like a lot.  At one time, having this many posts seemed very far away.  It is somewhat strange to have gotten this far.

As readers should know, and for those who don’t, on the blog there are poems, poems with explanations, poetry topic ideas, photographs to inspire poetry, artwork to inspire poetry, experimental poetry forms, bilingual poems and a number of other things.  If you go to the Posts List page you should find links to all of the posts organized by date.  Hopefully everyone likes the kinds of things that are there.

When the blog was started, there was some notion that it wasn’t going to be a blog of just poems.  There was a sense that there needed to be more.

Also, there was a sense, that this wasn’t going to be a blog that was too personal or followed a strict chronology or was just about daily life.

Additionally, there was a sense, that the blog would have a certain feeling and tone to it.

The idea of the blog was to entertain, inspire, inform, educate, and promote thought.  Hopefully it has done that.  Hopefully the blog that developed has been something readers have liked.

At different times, there have been thoughts of somehow altering or expanding the blog.  One idea (that didn’t work well) was accepting poems for consideration from readers.  Another idea (that hasn’t been tried) was having essays about poetry.  Another idea (again, that hasn’t been tried) was reviewing poetry books.

It is hard to know what the blog will look like in the future.  Although the general idea of being of and about poetry and poetry related things isn’t expected to change, there is some feeling that the blog should change or grow or adapt in some way.  There is some sense that it just somehow needs to be more than it is.  Keep reading.  Who knows, maybe at some point, something will develop.

Again, thank you to all who read this blog.  It really does mean something.  It is a nice feeling to know that, maybe, people out there are getting something from all of this.

If you like the blog and maybe have something you like about it (like the poems with explanations or the poetry topic ideas as examples) then please tell your friends through social media.  The support would be appreciated.

If you have any thoughts about the blog, then please use the form on the Contact Page.  The only thing the form requires is the message and that you click submit, and so if you just want to say something, or express a thought, or just say hello, without really saying anything about yourself, then you can do that.  Hopefully you will.

Again, thank you readers.

In closing, a poem:

Here is a tiny poem,
just because,
well,
this post just needed a poem.

A Milestone: Three year anniversary of First Try publication

First Try Cover

First Try Copyright 2014 M. Sakran.

Book cover Copyright 2014 eLectio Publishing.  Book cover used with permission.

 

This past Saturday, July 8, 2017, was the three year anniversary of the publication of M. Sakran’s collection of poetry, First Try.

The first six poems from the collection are available to read on this blog, and can be seen here: first six poems (scroll down on the linked page to read them).  First Try is available at various places online, including:

from the publisher: First Try by M. Sakran

and on Amazon: First Try by M. Sakran.

If you have enjoyed M. Sakran’s blog of and about poetry and poetry related things, please consider purchasing a copy of First Try (available in print and eBook formats) as a way to help support M. Sakran.

Many thanks to all readers.

A Milestone: 800th blog post

This is the 800th blog post on M. Sakran’s blog of and about poetry and poetry related things.  The first post was on April 24, 2014.

800 posts is a lot.  It feels like a lot.

There has been a lot on this blog.  There have been poems, poems with explanations, poetry topic ideas, experimental poetry forms, artwork to inspire poetry, photographs to inspire poetry and bilingual poems among other things.  There’s often a sense with each post to have something a little different from what has been there before.  Hopefully there was a sense of having something at least a little new with each post.

There is hope that everyone who has read something on this blog has enjoyed it.  Hopefully you were entertained or thought or were inspired or learned something.  Hopefully something was gained from it.

Thinking back on the posts, it’s hard to say what it all adds up to.  800 posts is a lot to think back on.  There is a sense, that there is something in the totality of it all, as if it were a novel or something, but whatever that something is, it’s hard to describe.

Thank you to anyone who has in any way interacted with this blog.

If you’d like to show your support for the blog, please consider purchasing a copy of the eBook, Understanding: poems with explanations.

As a side note, there is a new set of photography, artwork, poetry and fiction on MSakran.com.  The short story in the set examines an interesting philosophical idea: What would it be like to communicate with an entity, if you couldn’t be certain if that entity was a person or a computer?  The idea could be used to inspire poetry.

Again, thank you to everyone who’s interacted with this blog.

A Milestone: The Two Year Anniversary of MSakran.com

Today is the two year anniversary of MSakran.com.  Celebrate!

MSakran.com is the website of M. Sakran (this is the blog).  There are a lot of things on the site, many of which can be related to poetry.  Here is a rundown of what is there, as well as how it can relate to poetry.  Check out the site today.

  • On the home page of MSakran.com you’ll find a news section. This section has things like notes of milestones and mentions of published items.  Many times those milestones and mentions are related to poetry.  For example, if M. Sakran has had a poem published recently, you may see a note of it in the news section.
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  • Also on the home page, you’ll find the current set of Photography, Artwork, Poetry and Fiction. There are sets of these on MSakran.com.  So far there have been twenty nine.  The most recent set is the one on the home page, and older sets can be found on or from the Photography, Artwork, Poetry and Fiction page.  In each of the sets, all four items are in some way related (sometimes not so much, and sometimes quite a bit).
     
    The sets are poetry related in that the photography and artwork can inspire poetry, just like they do here on the blog, the poetry, is well, poetry, and the fiction sometimes has a relationship to the poem and could also inspire poetry.
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  • On the Publications page, you’ll find a list and links to many of the items M. Sakran has had published. Quite a few of these items are poems.
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  • On the Understanding: poems with explanations page, you’ll find information about M. Sakran’s self-published eBook collection of poems with explanations. The eBook contains twenty poems and explanations of them.  If you’d like to learn about poetry by reading explanations of poems written by the person who wrote the poems, you should check out the book.
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  • On the Book page, you’ll find information about M. Sakran’s traditionally published collection of poetry, First Try. If you go to a page where you can buy the book here, you can read a little about it as well as, currently, read the first six poems in the preview.  If you like what you read, consider purchasing a copy.
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  • On MSakran.com, there is an entire science fiction novel. It is called The Finch.  You can read the entire novel right from MSakran.com.  Just go to The Finch page.  The story in the novel could inspire poetry.  This was done before here on the blog.  You can read some poems in the blog post, Poetry topic idea: The Finch.

Go check out MSakran.com today!

Milestone: Three Year Anniversary

Today is the three year anniversary of the very first post on M. Sakran’s blog of and about poetry and poetry related things.

Wow.

Three years.

It’s been a lot.  There have been so many posts about so many different things.  It has been an experience doing it all.  There is way too much that could be said about writing over seven hundred and fifty posts.

Here’s a haiku just to say a little:

pebbles in the pond,
seven hundred and more,
so many ripples

Hopefully, some readers, somewhere, have enjoyed what has been on this blog.  Hopefully it has been entertaining, educational, insightful, inspirational and other things.  Hopefully someone has gotten something from it.

If you’ve liked this blog at all, you would make M. Sakran’s day if you would do one or more (hopefully more) of the following:

  • Like this post. It’s really easy, takes a second or so, and is hopefully something everyone will do.
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  • Follow this blog. This too is easy, takes only slightly more than a second or so, and means that you might see M. Sakran’s blog posts in your reader (a fun and amazing thing for sure).
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  • Read more posts on this blog. There is a page with links to every single post.  It is the Posts List page. Go there.  Find a post.  Read it.  Repeat.
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  • Tell your friends (as well as acquaintances and people you only barely know) about M. Sakran’s blog. Maybe put a mention of it on your blog or social media page.  Doing so will bring a little bit of joy to M. Sakran.
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  • Use the Contact Page to contact M. Sakran. You don’t have to put any other information other than your comment.  Tell M. Sakran anything.  Say what you think of the blog.  Say what you’d like to see.  Tell M. Sakran about your blog.  Write a recipe for rhubarb pie. Anything.
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  • Go to www.MSakran.com. It is M. Sakran’s website.  There is a whole lot there (like poems, artwork, even a whole science fiction novel).
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  • Purchase a copy of M. Sakran’s self-published eBook of poems with explanations: Understanding: poems with explanations. Doing so will actually cause M. Sakran to dance with joy.
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  • Purchase a copy of M. Sakran’s collection of poetry, First Try. Doing so will also cause M. Sakran to dance with joy.

 
Thank you to all readers.

Milestone: Understanding: poems with explanations: 6 months

Today is six months since the self-publication of Understanding: poems with explanations by M. Sakran.

Understanding: poems with explanations by M. Sakran

As readers should know, Understanding: poems with explanations, is a self-published collection of twenty original poems, with explanations of each of them.  The main purpose of the book is to help readers expand their understanding of poetry through the explanations.

There have been many poems with explanations on this blog.  If you’ve liked them, and the general idea of having a poem explained, then please check out the book.

It is available as an eBook for a current price of $0.99 (plus tax where applicable).  (As a note, the eBook is also available in currencies other than the U. S. dollar.  It can be purchased with British Pounds, Euros (1, 2, 3, 4, 5), Japanese Yen, Brazilian Reals, Canadian Dollars, Mexican Pesos, Australian Dollars and Indian Rupees).

Currently, you can read the foreword, introduction, first poem, the explanation of the first poem, the second poem, and part of the explanation of the second poem all for free in the preview of the book.  Take a few minutes and take a look and see what you think.  Click here: Understanding.  If you like what you read, consider buying a copy.

For those out there who have already purchased a copy, please accept M. Sakran’s sincerest thanks.  Thank you very much.  Please consider reviewing the book and telling others what you thought about it.

P. S. The Post Series: The Dragonfly Series will continue tomorrow.

A Milestone: 700th blog post

This is the 700th blog post on M. Sakran’s blog of and about poetry and poetry related things.

Wow.  700.

The first blog post on this blog was on April 24, 2014.  You can read the first post here: first post.  There is a link to every single post on the Posts List page.

The first post was a long time ago.  As readers will know, the 1000th day of the blog was recently commemorated.

As the blog has gone on, it has always been M. Sakran’s goal to have things readers would like.  From the start, the idea was to have a poetry blog that was more than just poems.  The idea was to also have things that were “of and about poetry and poetry related things” as the name says.  Hopefully readers have enjoyed how it has been.

It was always M. Sakran’s goal to have things readers could use in some way.  The idea was that people could find inspiration from the artwork and photographs, get ideas from the poetry topic ideas and try new things with the experimental poetry forms.  Hopefully readers have benefited from what has been here.

M. Sakran would like to thank everyone who reads this blog, those who follow it, and those who have liked posts. M. Sakran has appreciated all of those things. If anyone wants to send M. Sakran a message about the blog, please use the form on the Contact page.

As today is a milestone, it seems a good opportunity to remind readers of some things:

  1. You can send a poem to M. Sakran for consideration. If M. Sakran likes the poem, it may get published on this blog.  The time period to send a poem in ends on February 18, 2017.  Don’t miss this chance.  See the Considerations page for more information.
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  3. Copies of M. Sakran’s self-published eBook of poems with explanations, Understanding: poems with explanations, are available for purchase. They are available for $0.99 and can also be purchased in other currencies (at prices that go with those currencies).  If you’ve liked reading the poems with explanations on this blog, consider purchasing a copy.  You can purchase one from here: Understanding: poems with explanations.
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  5. Copies of M. Sakran’s collection of poetry, First Try, are available for purchase. You can purchase a copy as a paperback book or as an eBook.  See here to purchase a copy: First Try.
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  7. Have you checked out MSakran.com? There is a lot there.  There is news related to M. Sakran, poems to read, artwork and photographs to look at (and get poetic inspiration from) as well as other things.  There’s a lot there.  You should check it out today.
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  9. Do you follow M. Sakran’s blog of and about poetry and poetry related things? If not, you should.  There is so much to read and see here and following the blog is a great way to do that.

Thank you to everyone who has in any way connected with the blog.  Here is a thank you haiku:

All those who connect,
many thanks to all of you,
you are wonderful

A Milestone and The first consideration: The 1000th Day

Today is a most momentous day.  It is the 1000th day since the first post on M. Sakran’s blog of and about poetry and poetry related things.

Celebrate!

In light of this most momentous day, something new is happening.  This is the first time (and maybe the last and maybe not) that considerations will be considered for M. Sakran’s blog of and about poetry and poetry related things.  This has been something that M. Sakran has been considering doing for a while, and today seems like a good day to try it.

What’s a consideration?

A consideration is something that a person sends in for consideration.  Other sites may call this a submission.  M. Sakran prefers the word consideration.

This is the first time M. Sakran will be considering considerations for M. Sakran’s blog.  For a set length of time, M. Sakran will be considering poems that are sent in for consideration.  Whether considerations will ever be considered again, depends on how this experience goes.

If you would like the opportunity to have a poem considered and possibly published on M. Sakran’s blog, then please read on for details in a question and answer format.

What can be sent in for consideration?

  Poetry.

How many poems can a person send in for consideration?

  Just one per consideration time period.

How does a person send in a poem for consideration?

  By using the form at the end of this post.

What are the requirements for considerations?

  1) Only poetry will be considered.

  2) Only one poem per person will be considered during a consideration time period.

  3)  The poem must be sent using the form below.

  4)  On M. Sakran’s blog there have been, among others, the categories of:

    Artwork Inspiration

    Experimental Poetry Form

    Photo Inspiration

    Poetry Topic Ideas

  Any poem sent in for consideration must be based off of items from one or more of these categories.

  What this means is, is that a person thinking about sending in a poem for consideration, should look at the items in one or more of the categories above.  For example, they might pick to look at the blog posts in the category of Artwork Inspiration.  The person should find one item they like, for example, the most recent artwork, The purple flower, and write a poem based off of it.  This is the poem they send in for consideration.  The poem idea does not need to come from any of the specific suggestions in the post, it just needs to be based off of the artwork, photograph, poetry topic idea, or use an experimental poetry form.  A person can use more than one category to write their poem, but they can’t use the same category more than once for a poem.

  This requirement is part of what makes the considerations on M. Sakran’s blog special.

  5)  The poem must not contain a certain one letter word that is a first person personal pronoun.  This word is also the ninth letter of the alphabet (the one between h and j).  The letter can appear in the poem, but the word cannot. (This rule may sound a bit odd, especially as it does not mention the word it prohibits, but trust that there is a reasoning for the rule.)

  6)  The poem must contain foul language.

  7)  The poem must not contain real brand names.

  8)  The poem must not contain the names of real people or businesses without their consent.

  9)  The poem cannot have been published anywhere else before.  This includes any form of self-publication.

  10)  Once a poem has been sent for consideration, it cannot be simultaneously sent for consideration anywhere else while it is being considered.  For the purposes of this rule, people can consider their poem as being considered, for this first consideration time period, until the end of the day on February 24, 2017.

  11)  The person sending in a poem must have the copyright to the poem.

  12)  The person sending in a poem must have a working email address.

  13)  As a condition of sending in a poem, a person grants M. Sakran the right to retain their poem and other relevant information (i.e. all of the information in the consideration form) until either one of the poems sent in during the consideration time period has been published, or a decision has been made not to publish any of the poems.  Once a poem from the consideration time period has been published, or a decision has been made not to publish any of the poems sent in during the time period, information regarding declined poems (including the poems themselves), will not be retained by M. Sakran.

  14)  A poem cannot be published anywhere, including self-published, while it is under consideration.

What happens if a poem sent in does not follow the guidelines?

  It will be declined.

How many poems will be accepted?

  At most, just one.  It is possible no poem will be accepted.

How long is the consideration time period?

  For this first consideration time period, the time period will be one month.  That means poems can be sent in from January 18, 2017 through February 18, 2017.  This is the time period that people can send in a poem.  People should consider their poems under consideration until the end of the day February 24, 2017.

Are there any suggestions for what makes a good consideration?

  Yes.  The following are some guidelines for what may increase the chance that M. Sakran will like your consideration.  These are guidelines.  They are not rules like above.  Not following a rule, means a poem will be declined.  Not following a guideline does not necessarily mean a poem will be declined.  Following all of the guidelines does not necessarily mean a poem will be accepted, but it does increase the likelihood.

    1)  Shorter is generally better.  Something around 15 lines or so would be ideal.  The idea is to get the point across succinctly.

    2)  Don’t have outside references.  Don’t mention buildings, names, locations or other things that a reader might have to look up.

    3)  Have the poem “hit”.  Poems should hit.  They should make a point, or have an insight, or say something.  This isn’t always something deep.  It could be something funny.  The poem should clearly get it across though.

    4)  Don’t be too obscure.  A poem that has to be read five times before it makes sense isn’t the best idea.

    5)  Say something about humanity or society.  Even if the poem is about a small scene, try and say something about the larger world.

    6)  Have line breaks that mean something.  If a line of poem doesn’t make sense without reading part of the next line, and this was not done for poetic effect, then it should be changed.  Lines, for the most part, should be complete thoughts.

    7)  Using more than one category (see requirement number 4 above) is better.  Using all four, in a clever, creative, and not forced way, would be pretty good.

    8)  Due to the limitations of the considerations form, it might be best not to send in a poem that has a complex structure laid out on the page. The form accepts line breaks and the html tag that looks line & n b s p ; without the spaces for indentations. If the structural form is more complex than that, it is alright, just explain it in the box entitled “Anything else you want to say?”

    9)  Using poetry forms (haiku, sonnets, etc.) or form elements (rhyme, meter, etc.) is alright.  If done well, it can make a poem seem better.

    10)  Don’t have a poem that’s too personal.  The poem should be relatable to a wide audience.  It’s alright to have a personal poem, as long as it speaks to something bigger.

    11)  Don’t have any subject matter or message that’s too controversial.  Don’t have a poem message that you think half the people who read it would disagree with.

    12)  Have the poem go somewhere.  Don’t have a poem that doesn’t come to some conclusion and that doesn’t progress.

When will a person know if their poem is the one that’s accepted?

  The last day to send a poem in for consideration is February 18, 2017.  If a person’s poem is accepted, they will be notified by Friday February 24, 2017, unless there is a delay.  If there is a delay, it will be noted on M. Sakran’s blog sometime between February 20, 2017 and February 24, 2017, inclusive of those dates.

If a poem is accepted, when will it be published?

  This depends on a number of things, but would most likely be within a week or two after a poem has been accepted.

Will people be notified that their poem has not been accepted?

  Unfortunately no.  M. Sakran realizes the difficulty that this causes, but from M. Sakran’s perspective, it would just be too difficult to send out decline emails.  If a person does not hear back about their poem by the end of the day Friday, February 24, 2017, it means it was declined.  At this point, the person can send their poem out to other places if they wish.

Does it cost anything to send in a poem for consideration?

  There is no fee charged by M. Sakran.

What happens when a poem is accepted?

  M. Sakran will notify the person who sent in the poem. If everything works out, the poem will be published in a post on M. Sakran’s blog of and about poetry related things.

Does a person get anything if their poem is published?

  First, just to be clear, M. Sakran can’t pay anything (money or otherwise) to a person if their poem is accepted.  The person does get and may get somethings though:

    1)  They get their poem published.

    2)  They get a publishing credit (they can say someone else published their poem).

    3)  They may get a short biography about themselves published with the poem.  This biography may contain links to a person’s blog, website, etc.

    4)  The person may get the opportunity to explain their poem in a blog post on this blog, per the idea of Poem with explanation, as seen on this blog.

    5)  The person may get their poem and some other information mentioned in the news section on MSakran.com.

What does a person have to do once their poem is accepted?

  If M. Sakran wants to accept a person’s poem, that person must:

  1) Verify that they meet all of the requirements listed above.

  2) Must respond to M. Sakran in a timely manner.

  3) Grant M. Sakran the right to publish their poem on M. Sakran’s blog of and about poetry and poetry related things indefinitely, including linking to sites the person may operate.  As a note, if a poem is accepted, the person retains the copyright to it.  A right is simply being granted in relation to that copyright.

  4) Grant M. Sakran the right to publish a biography about the person on M. Sakran’s blog of and about poetry and poetry related things indefinitely.

  5) Grant M. Sakran the right to retain their poem and other relevant information for recording keep purposes.  This will only be done for the accepted poem.

  6) Grant M. Sakran the right to mention their poem, themselves, and possibly to link to their various sites for a less than indefinite time period in the news section on MSakran.com.  The time period will be discussed with a person if their poem has been accepted.

If anyone has any questions about this process, please use the form on the Contact Page.  Although you may not necessarily receive a response, if the question is general enough, the information that answers it, although not the question itself, may be posted on this blog.  Just check back.

Considerations Form