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It contains details of poems and discussions posted in

PRD between 29th September and 8th December, 2016.

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POETRY, REVIEW, AND DISCUSS.  You will only be able to access the content by beinga member of LinkedIN, and also a member of PRD.


Please note, though care has been taken to check each link, it can be

guaranteed everything will work like clockwork … it is the Internet, after all.


Update 8th December, 2016

“wind” from Rick Davis, catches the eye https://www.linkedin.com/groups/2396330/2396330-6211702018596233220 as does “solar wind” from Tatjana Loncarec https://www.linkedin.com/groups/2396330/2396330-6210883675861716993 and “Headstone” from Alexander Martin https://www.linkedin.com/groups/2396330/2396330-6210355066063413252

“What is the Worth of a Person” from Chuck At asks the question https://www.linkedin.com/groups/2396330/2396330-6211586604763611139

*In Sleep” is another great contribution from Rowland Hughes https://www.linkedin.com/groups/2396330/2396330-6209313938526466048 while Diane Burrow’s “Dolls Houses” has garnered fourteen comments https://www.linkedin.com/groups/2396330/2396330-6209136359987253248

Early Christmas presents from Dee T “An Old Hat” https://www.linkedin.com/groups/2396330/2396330-6211192209044176898 and Lynne Zotalis “Christmas Bereaved” https://www.linkedin.com/groups/2396330/2396330-6210930342413549572

Hlengiwu Zulu “Quill and Ink” gets to a poet’s heart https://www.linkedin.com/groups/2396330/2396330-6211456853940015106

Melinda J Irvine provides a link worth following with her poem “I am an Echo” https://www.linkedin.com/groups/2396330/2396330-6210651048672133122 (a blog worth viewing)

Kelli Gunn, our new Critique manager, walks the walk as well as talking the talk “7.a.m” https://www.linkedin.com/groups/2396330/2396330-6210806667861336065

In CRITIQUE, GK Grieve asks for advice on “Involvement” https://www.linkedin.com/groups/4280653/4280653-6211343371227668484 and Bonnie Flach on “Boom Sonic” https://www.linkedin.com/groups/4280653/4280653-6210282160310620161 - both provide examples of how CRITIQUE can help poets with their work.

Finally, congrats to Clark Cook, a past regular in the group and published in The Poetic Bond Series several times, who has won 2016 Pride in Poetry competition

The Poetic Bond VI – “poetry that bonds, poetry that binds, poetry that frees us”

PRESS for PBVI at http://www.thepoeticbond.com/PRPBVINov16.htm
MEET THE POETS http://www.thepoeticbond.com/PBVIPoets.htm
BUY THE BOOK - introductory offer only of £10.66/$12.99 on the The Poetic Website www.thepoeticbond.com – offers ends 31st December. On Amazon at $17.99/£14.99, though they may discount soon – watch this space!

Trevor Maynard’s latest poetry collection GREY SUN, DARK MOON is available at www.trevormaynard.com, and on Amazon, as well as a new collection from Pushpita Awasthi, ECHOES IN THE EARTH edited by Trevor Maynard, press release at http://www.thepoeticbond.com/EchoesPR2110.htm

Update 26th November, 2016

GemmaTadman gives us a sensual insight into “Diving” https://www.linkedin.com/groups/2396330/2396330-6204997382451580930

From Dionne Watkins, a visceral, honest description, indeed experience of “Atherosclerosis” https://www.linkedin.com/groups/2396330/2396330-6204999781295673348

“Black Hole (The aftermath of Addiction)” continues the ethos of being true to yourself. Ernest Clemons

Meet “The Neophyte Pet” Joseph Sinclair

Tale of a crow, “A Hole In The Pot” Sudhasri Kuruvada
https://www.linkedin.com/groups/2396330/2396330-6205232076678094848 and see
also “A Ruler Cannot Rule”

“In Repose”, Neetu Malik

Dee T suggests you “Beware” of the 'money hungry man'

We all watch fire, don’t we? Girish Krishna “The Haunting Flames”

But maybe not “The Mosquito” (Trevor Maynard)

Multi-lingual efforts from Claude Fraix-Bavuz including “White Night Eluding”
Poets are welcome to post in any language, there are many nationalities in the
group. ”Wenn auch es gabe?”
However, for the widest possible audience, English is the base language.

An artistic “Identity Crisis” for poet Bill Chasnowski, we’re all recovering poets, Bill
Therapy provides inspiration for Sandra Wylie “What is Between Us”

Interesting comment on form in writing from Catherine Hamrick

Ok, it is a punt for business, but a poetry business, so if you are interested in Rachel Thompson's survey on helping writers get into journals, feel free https://www.linkedin.com/groups/2396330/2396330-6205113411261513732

While we’re at it, always pleased to promote The Australia Times – good work Maureen Clifford https://www.linkedin.com/groups/2396330/2396330-6205543862073720835

Update 16th November, 2016


Bonnie Flach gives us a great list of Native American Poets to research https://www.linkedin.com/groups/2396330/2396330-6202725177688756227

Don Smeltzer shares the excellent, IN REMEMBRANCE, written by Canadian Poet Betty Chabot https://www.linkedin.com/groups/2396330/2396330-6202993335846731776

Diane Burrow MOVE  - https://www.linkedin.com/groups/2396330/2396330-6203256044823539715

UNTITLED MEDITATION from Gregory McCabe https://www.linkedin.com/groups/2396330/2396330-6202993335846731776

Heather Jones looks with fresh eyes with WALK WITH WONDER https://www.linkedin.com/groups/2396330/2396330-6202742757275115521

Latoya Smith is looking for feedback on POEM REFECTIONS https://www.linkedin.com/groups/2396330/2396330-6202599976909049856

IT’S NOT A DREAM – from Barbara Bridgford, on near death experience https://www.linkedin.com/groups/2396330/2396330-6202145545830694915

THE SONG OF THE UNIVERSE https://www.linkedin.com/groups/2396330/2396330-6201826559175725060 from Tatjana Loncarec

Finally, the Supermoon’s has plenty of poets a-tremor …

ODE TO LOVE (Neetu Malik) https://www.linkedin.com/groups/2396330/2396330-6204748939376324608

AFFAIR WITH THE MOON https://www.linkedin.com/groups/2396330/2396330-6204373504524058626  Samantha Williams; Alex Goldstein’s THE MOON’S TICK TACK Parts I & II https://www.linkedin.com/groups/2396330/2396330-6204328949460406279


and finally, Blake Griffin Edwards, THE GRAY MOON https://www.linkedin.com/groups/2396330/2396330-6204380428120453122


Which nicely swegways to J  Trevor Maynard’s latest poetry collection GREY SUN, DARK MOON is available at www.trevormaynard.com, and on Amazon, as well as a new collection from Pushpita Awasthi, ECHOES IN THE EARTH edited by Trevor Maynard, press release at http://www.thepoeticbond.com/EchoesPR2110.htm


Update, 5th November, 2016

Favourite verse of the week “I think of you,/lighting a lamp -/a thick cotton thread,/and a spoonful of oil -/to kill the darkness.” For Once, from RIBHU  https://www.linkedin.com/groups/2396330/2396330-6198561026993156096


Zoe Maggs asks IS THERE ENOUGH CONTEMPORARY POLITICAL POETRY? https://www.linkedin.com/groups/2396330/2396330-6196774559962656769 


Excellent “Red Cliffs” from Nana Tokatli and “Let It Breathe” from Neetu Malik




More than poetry from Brian Walker, an invitation to think  https://www.linkedin.com/groups/2396330/2396330-6197491361659265028




Stefn Sylvester Anyatonwu hiughtls a poem by Martins Tomisin on his poetryhood blog https://www.linkedin.com/groups/2396330/2396330-6197207817795969025


Zoe Maggs gives us the irresistibly named “A Passive Aggressive Fly Leaves a Note on the Fridge” https://www.linkedin.com/groups/2396330/2396330-6196456783997861890


“It’s Still Jazz”  https://www.linkedin.com/groups/2396330/2396330-6196902176162336772  Yes, Bonnie Flach, it is!


Donovan Baldwin nods to Mr Poe https://www.linkedin.com/groups/2396330/2396330-6197830554612744197


Don Smeltzer visits the old Marlowe/Shakespeare chestnut https://www.linkedin.com/groups/2396330/2396330-6196779439779520516


It’s Dark, “Dark Soul” from GK Grieve https://www.linkedin.com/groups/2396330/2396330-6197577827034947586


In “Birthday Solace” from Joseph Sinclair and  “Dear Grandparent” and “Home I hardly know you” from Madeline Lipton there is an deceptively elegant simplicity that appeals.  https://www.linkedin.com/groups/2396330/2396330-6196809971414417410



as well as Backyard Autumn in Iowa from Lynne Zotalis https://www.linkedin.com/groups/2396330/2396330-6198151346550493186

and Carole Marshall “A Magnificent Quiet” https://www.linkedin.com/groups/2396330/2396330-6199287814039883777



Empty subject or empty poem?  https://www.linkedin.com/groups/2396330/2396330-6197995495328075777 Mustofa Muni - on the wagon Gennero Castoldo https://www.linkedin.com/groups/2396330/2396330-6198089599143727106  maybe even despotic https://www.linkedin.com/groups/2396330/2396330-6198219222145908738


Some experimentation from Akilah Copeland “peace” https://www.linkedin.com/groups/2396330/2396330-6198329036024877060 and my hidden pain https://www.linkedin.com/groups/2396330/2396330-6198325965030985732


Finally, let’s get festive – or not!  “Mistletoe”  (Hlengiwe Zulu) https://www.linkedin.com/groups/2396330/2396330-6200488903837835265


Trevor Maynard’s latest poetry collection GREY SUN, DARK MOON is available at www.trevormaynard.com, and on Amazon.


Update 16th October, 2016

Three of our newer members keep the standard high; Anita Cobani gives us “Arguing with an Addict” https://www.linkedin.com/groups/2396330/2396330-6193483516701917184

while Alex Goldstein shares “American Way” https://www.linkedin.com/groups/2396330/2396330-6193111396553605120

and Donovan Baldwin “When I was my father’s age” https://www.linkedin.com/groups/2396330/2396330-6192335251709190144

Diane Wend (previously published in The Poetic Bond V) reveals “Badger” https://www.linkedin.com/groups/2396330/2396330-6192160289484476419 and Bonnie Flach (soon to be in The Poetic Bond VI) continues her love all things “New Orleans” https://www.linkedin.com/groups/2396330/2396330-6192162507197530112   Meanwhile,  Neetu Malik garners many comments for her poem “Fallible” https://www.linkedin.com/groups/2396330/2396330-6191804766906085380, as well as for “Before It’s Gone”  https://www.linkedin.com/groups/2396330/2396330-6190956737865048065; that, and she is another contributor to The Poetic Bond VI.

Other poems that caught my eye include “The Barren Land” by Aimmaz Hasnain https://www.linkedin.com/groups/2396330/2396330-6191735931305750528

"A Life in Process” Lynne Zotalis https://www.linkedin.com/groups/2396330/2396330-6191295187415744516 ; “Old Indian Basket Seen in a Museum” (Donovan Baldwin, again!) https://www.linkedin.com/groups/2396330/2396330-6191238831006642178 ; “The Rising” from Jerry White https://www.linkedin.com/groups/2396330/2396330-6190176236078194692; and Brian Walker, “The Final Climax” https://www.linkedin.com/groups/2396330/2396330-6190969532991959041

Finally, “In The Eyes” is another poem from a poet featured in The Poetic Bond VI, Rowland Hughes https://www.linkedin.com/groups/2396330/2396330-6191230033609129987  and a poem of mine, which has garnered some nice comments “The River” https://www.linkedin.com/groups/2396330/2396330-6188709295631196164 - thank you all!

Update 29th September, 2016

Rowland Hughes – Child in the Café  https://www.linkedin.com/groups/2396330/2396330-6186966031676776448 

Neetu Malik – Unseen https://www.linkedin.com/groups/2396330/2396330-6186953806534807555

Dee T – Father https://www.linkedin.com/groups/2396330/2396330-6186879501457190912

John Cook – A Prayer for the Fallen https://www.linkedin.com/groups/2396330/2396330-6186726383704633347

Alex Goldstein – To Freedom https://www.linkedin.com/groups/2396330/2396330-6186934900394844161

Joseph Sinclair – Widgets and Gadgets https://www.linkedin.com/groups/2396330/2396330-6186853427490938882

Brian Walker – Cancer https://www.linkedin.com/groups/2396330/2396330-6186617628044328961

Mohsen Saadi has started a conversation on lyrics and poetry https://www.linkedin.com/groups/2396330/2396330-6186302901997101056  (are they the same thing)

Interesting point from Joanne Kurowska – 95% of personal messages are from strangers …  https://www.linkedin.com/groups/2396330/2396330-6186293683738923008


Trevor Maynard is the group manager of POETRY, REVIEW, AND DISCUSS, a major

poetry group on LinkedIN, which has 12,500 members (as at Nov 26, 2016)

as well as the series editor of THE POETIC BOND, now in its sixth year. 

You can see short biographies of over 100 poets and details of all the

anthologies at www.thepoeticbond.com   He is also the author of three poetry collections,


He recently edited a new collection from Netherlands based Indian poet PUSHPITA AWASTHI – ECHOES IN THE EARTH.

All books are available on Amazon, and further details can be found at www.trevormaynard.com

(C) Trevor Maynard, November 2016