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Saturday, January 28, 2017

$200.00 Poetry Contest is now accepting entries!!!


$200.00 Poetry Contest is now accepting entries!!!

The new 3rd annual 2017 Saving Lives with Poetry Contest is now accepting entries!!!

We are happy to announce that the cash payout for this year is $200.00!!! Whooohooo!

The winner will also win an awesome stellar trophy along with a custom-engraved gold medal! So, don't miss out! If you're a poet that loves to write meaningful poetry, this contest is for you!


Thursday, January 19, 2017

The Shadow of a Dog I Can Never Forget By Mary Kennedy Eastham

The Shadow of a Dog I Can Never Forget
By Mary Kennedy Eastham

“She’s the word actress and her Poetry is the film!”





Trophies for our 2016 Best Poem Contest!

Here are the trophies for our 2016 Best Poem Contest!

Congratulations to the winners of our last contest, The Best Poem of 2016! We are happy to announce that your trophies have arrived and we will be shipping them to you soon!

We would like to say a special thanks to, Asma Sadeq! Not only do you win a beautiful gold trophy, but you also receive a $100.00 cash prize!!!
We would also like to say thank you to everyone who participated in the 2016 Best Poem Contest! We appreciate your participation.


Don’t miss your chance to win, the current contest ends soon!

You can enter First Poem of 2017 by clicking on the link:
http://www.realisticpoetry.com/the-1st-poem-of-2017-100-poetry-contest



Trophies for our 2016 Best Poem Contest!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Win $100 - The 1st Poem of 2017 Poetry Contest

The 1st Poem of 2017 Poetry Contest

We want to read the first poem(s) that you have written in 2017. Our judges will select a favorite and award that poem a $100.00 cash prize and a gold medal! 

Win $100 - The 1st Poem of 2017 Poetry Contest

Poems can be any style, length, and genre.
You can submit as many poems as you would like.
Multiple submissions are strongly suggested.
Participation is strongly recommended.
Please share on your social media platforms.
Encourage others to enter and interact with other participants.
Entries must be submitted through realisticpoetry.com
Email submissions are NOT accepted.


There will be 2 trophies given away at the end of this contest, and that is the; Owners Choice Poetry Award and the Superior Participation Poetry Award.

Please share!
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Friday, December 16, 2016

winner of the 2016 Verses Poetry Contest

Attention All Poets!


We are excited to announce the winner of the 2016 Verses Poetry Contest and we would like to thank you for your participation! We truly do appreciate you and your poetry.
The first place winner will receive $50.00 and a custom-engraved poetry medal! Congratulations, we are very happy for you!

There were so many great poems, it was difficult to choose only one; so as a surprise, we have also selected a 2nd and 3rd place winner who will receive custom-engraved gold poetry medals!
Thank you to everyone who participated in this contest! If you didn’t win, you still have a chance to win the biggest payout of the year, a custom-engraved medal, and a poetry trophy! Enter today for your chance to win!

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Listed below are the winners:


1. Still you say child labour' is wrong By Sadashivan Nair
2. I Could Cry For The World by Diane Griffith
3. SHADES OF VOICES By SUBHAJIT SANYAL SUBHAJIT Subhajit Sanyal Subhajit


http://www.realisticpoetry.com/verses-50-00-poetry-contest

Win $100.00 We are now looking for a poem to call the best of 2016!!!



Win $100.00

We are now looking for a poem to call the best of 2016!!!

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What does the winner get???

1. $100.00 Cash Prize
2. A Realistic Poetry Exclusive 1st Place Gold Medal
3. Exclusive Gold Star Poetry Trophy Award
4. Free entry into ALL 2017 Contests
5. 1 Year special feature on www.realisticpoetry

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We review all books. Poetry, novels, fiction, and more...

We review all books. Poetry, novels, fiction, and more...

Lately, we have had the opportunity to read a lot of great books. We have also written some 5-star reviews for some truly talented writers and poets. Read our latest review on http://www.realisticpoetry.com/honest-book-reviews

And if you have a book, get your Honest Review by Realistic Poetry today! It could be the one thing your book is missing.

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Poets win cash prizes of $100, gold medals, and trophies!!!

Poets win cash prizes of $100, gold medals, and trophies!!!
You still have time to enter for a chance to win cash prizes of $100, gold medals, and trophies!!!
We’ve had the pleasure of giving away cash prizes to several amazing poets for their awesome poetry! And we can’t wait to give away more! The next winner will be announced in just 15 more days!


Click the link to see all of the past winners:
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Thursday, December 1, 2016

VERSES Poetry Contest Final Hours!


VERSES Poetry Contest

Final Hours!

The winning poem will receive $50.00

Poems can be any length

Poems can be any style

You have the freedom to pick any topic

Previously published poems are accepted

The more poems you enter, the greater your chances of winning.

You MUST share this contest on your social media in order to participate

VERSES Poetry Contest Final Hours!


Click the link to enter...

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Realistic Poetry International Book Reviews

Realistic Poetry International Book Reviews



We review all books. Poetry, novels, fiction, etc. 

Lately, we have had the opportunity to read a lot of great books. We have also written some 5-star reviews for some truly talented writers and poets. Read our latest review on http://www.realisticpoetry.com/poetry-blog 

And if you have a book, get your Honest Review by Realistic Poetry today! It could be the one thing your book is missing.

http://www.realisticpoetry.com/honest-book-reviews

$50.00 Poetry Contest

VERSES $50.00 Poetry Contest
http://www.realisticpoetry.com/verses-50-00-poetry-contest








2 Days Left!

The winning poem will receive $50.00

Poems can be any length

Poems can be any style

You have the freedom to pick any topic

Previously published poems are accepted

The more poems you enter, the greater your chances of winning.

You MUST share this contest on your social media in order to participate

Click the link to enter...

Monday, November 28, 2016

Review of: Out Of The Blue: Poems and Stories by David Anthony




Review of:
Out Of The Blue: Poems and Stories
by David Anthony
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Reviewed by:
Realistic Poetry International


“A Inventive and imaginative poetic experience.” -R. P. I. 


Kaleidoscope Vision
Defining Life through Poetry & Prose


Out of the Blue; By Author David Anthony, is an unconventional abstract poetic work of art laced with quirky, conscious and stylish originality! The Author's sleek, encrypted writing style uses peculiar smilies and free-flowing thoughts to construct realistic scenes that seem to capture a particular incident or moment in time. It is interesting, intriguing, with a surrealistic, perhaps, even uncanny ambiance appearing from time to time. 

Select poems exploit poignant concepts of satire to relay stories and/or convey ideas that frequently use personification to represent human characters and personality traits. Like the poem, Black Bird. Although this poem references to the main character as a ‘sooted sparrow’, readers may interpret the sparrow as only a symbolic representation of a damsel in distress, notwithstanding the fact that poetry is known to be subjective.

Nevertheless, in this case, you may find yourself exercising the tool of imagination over intellect; as you will read about newfangled romantic circus love affairs in alluring poems like, Portia; and try your best not to clench your teeth when you are reminded of how the trees have hung and tasted more flesh than just that of the tasty ripened fruits, in his macabre poem, ‘The Hanged Man’. 

And briefly moving back to the topic of writing style, we would also like to point out the Author's exceptional ability to deliver such an intense story in only a few lines! We found this technique quite impressive, considering the fact that most of his short-length poems never lacked creativity and still contained quality plus substance.

We can use the poem, Sanctuary/Sidewalk Pomegranate, as the perfect example. Remember when we used the words, uncanny and mysterious, earlier in the review? Well, this particular evanescent poetry account will ensure you never let go of your child's hand in public, or better yet, let them out of your sight, period.

It tells us of an unnamed girl who somehow separated from her mother while out in the public. In a matter of seconds, in the blink of an eye, the girl lands in the unsettling arms of a strange man. And though the poem didn't say what the stranger's intentions actually were, the man didn't seem at all eager to seek help. 

In addition to his compelling poetry collection, the Author also includes some short stories, with one of our personal favorites being; The Endurance of Wood. 

It is a short narrative about a nice woman named Joanne, who explains to her husband, Richard, the vague memories of discrimination she experienced in her childhood because of her father being African-American. In spite of this, her nostalgic voice makes it obvious she is drawn to the connection of her family, and the house her mom grew up in. It was an old, generational, unkempt farm house, and after the unfortunate passing of her relative, she is granted possession of the home she had always heard many stories about. 

Joanne, reluctant at first to consider such a responsibility, decides to go visit the house for herself; and while rummaging through some of the home's old leftovers, discovers a uniquely crafted book constructed from the skin of an elm tree. Hence, the title of the story - Endurance of Wood. And though at first it only seems to be a Holy Bible, once she reads some of the old writing in Exodus, she learned it was much more...

Well, our fantastic journey has finally come to an end, and in summary, we can say, there is much one can take away from this book! Stories that enhance your overall reading experience, and innovative poetry distinguished from ordinary. At one point, you almost feel as if you have somehow slipped into the Author's dreams, daunting in fields of poppies, entangling with exotic words under the ominous glow of ‘colorless rainbows’. Superior work, your talent is radiant!

We rate Author David Anthony's, Out of the Blue, 5 Stars!


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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

5 Star Review By Realistic Poetry International – Author Joy Elan’s

5 Star Review By Realistic Poetry International – Author Joy Elan’s
 ‘Silence Is Not Always Golden: THE POWER OF SPOKEN WORDS’

 “Bold; written with honesty and love!” - Realistic Poetry International

Author Joy Elan’s impacting ensemble of poetry was an in-depth and intimate account of a woman’s uncensored emotions. She freely releases all of the feelings she has about some of the struggles and challenges she visualizes in the world. Educated, determined, and inspired; her poetry begins by bluntly relaying her thoughts concerning the burden of financial debt derived from higher learning.
We would like to point out one of the poems entitled, ‘Institutional Freedom’; a poem that vividly depicts her emotions towards college and how obtaining a degree has affected her life, ironically, negatively, rather than in a beneficial manner as advertised.

Such an incredibly significant realization inspires a certain controversy surrounding the world of education and college, especially in the media, which questions the very idea that ‘to acquire a degree will guarantee a sure door to opportunity’. And Elan doesn’t sugarcoat her thoughts on this topic when she says;

“I’m a prisoner of an institution
Not the prison system
But institution of higher learning
They got me tied down and bound
I can’t be free
They keep coming after me financially
Even with the degrees.”


In spite of the world-wide idea that a degree grants you access to more success and a focused career, Elan explains a contrary perspective that certainly catches your interest and even spikes some concern, as she compares the term ‘institution’ to that of an institutional prison. Nonetheless, considering Elan’s explanation behind her financial and career vexations, you are able to connect on a social and personal level.

Moving forward, we would like to also note the candid direct approach the Author confidently demonstrated throughout her writing. This courageous element of her personality helped eliminate any possible room for confusion, making each poems meaning easy to interpret and clear to understand. And in this case, understanding is key; as the voice of Elan is surely the centerpiece that vocalizes the acute energy channeled from this outstanding work of poetry!

In like manner, Author Elan speaks out against more social imbalances than just the seemingly corrupt educational institutions she believes to be harboring the pockets of righteous citizens and students. In her poem entitled, ‘No Value’, she goes on to explain her perspective on how the core values of people have been crisscrossed and turned upside down.

In the poem, ‘No Value’, prizes and luxurious possessions that many hard-working citizens strive for everyday such as; quality BMW’s, extravagant beautiful two-storied homes, high-priced designer clothes and jewelry, or fancy technology, through the eyes of Elan, is quickly steeping folks into inescapable debt, thus, adversely impacting the true ‘value’ or worth of anything seemingly ‘owned’ or even rented. We felt this was one of the books strongest poems, emphasizing the importance of true traditional values, in contrary to millennial fleeting trends.

Smoothly transitioning, Elan’s poem entitled, “Door to her Heart”, is an enchanting poem about learning to let your guard down and trust again when stepping into the realm of love. Softly exposing a graceful romantic side of herself, this poem tells the story of a heart that dares to unite, revealing a deep desire to establish a romantic relationship.

To conclude, sensing the Author’s deep appreciation and drive for life, it is easy to understand why she has decided to go against the grain, by breaking the code of silence, avidly voicing her vision of truth, path to peace, leading to victory and freedom. We can be sure that with wisdom as her compass, she will always remain ten steps ahead, evading hazardous snares, while using the power of her words to guide the spirit of others.

Author Joy Elan, this book was an amazing collection that truly defined the word, poetry, speaking volumes for the future; and after reading this book, it is ever-clear to us as to why it has been so difficult for you to find someone to pay you for your worth; for you are truly priceless!
- R P I


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$50.00 VERSES Poetry Contest

$50.00VERSES Poetry Contest

The winning poem will receive $50.00
Poems can be any length
Poems can be any style
You have the freedom to pick any topic
Previously published poems are accepted
The more poems you enter, the greater your chances of winning.
You MUST share this contest on your social media in order to participate

Click the link to enter...
http://www.realisticpoetry.com/verses-50-00-poetry-contest




We review all books. Poetry, novels, fiction, etc.

We review all books. Poetry, novels, fiction, etc.

Lately, we have had the opportunity to read a lot of great books. We have also written some 5-star reviews for some truly talented writers and poets.

Read our latest review on http://www.realisticpoetry.com/poetry-blog

And if you have a book, get your Honest Review by Realistic Poetry today! It could be the one thing your book is missing.
http://www.realisticpoetry.com/honest-book-reviews



Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Getting a book review from Realistic Poetry International could help you sell more books.

Getting a book review from Realistic Poetry International could help you sell more books.



We have a large audience of active readers and they trust us to help them find a good book. So, a good book review from Realistic Poetry International could help you gain a new fan base and also help generate more sales for your book. We advertise and promote every review.


Get the attention and the review your book deserves today.

5 Star Review by Realistic Poetry International Book: Time On Hand by Author Dennis Ferado

5 Star Review by Realistic Poetry International

Book: Time On Hand by Author Dennis Ferado

5 Stars



“Potent and beautifully emotional.” 
-Realistic Poetry


In this book, Ferado effortlessly articulates the unfeigned exclamation his heart holds for his family and friends with poise and finesse. Poem after poem, you are naturally convinced to read more and more, and for more than one reason!
Throughout the entire book, Ferado’s writing ability is never limited to one subject, topic, or thought; nor does it divulge any signs of lackluster; rather it is tantalizing, exploring the exotic and profound diversity of words through different classic writing techniques. A great example of this is his poem entitled, ‘Sweet Breeze Over Strawberry Fields’. Ferado replaces recycled monotonous phrases with fancily intricate locutions such as:
“Simmering essences of wishes and dreams…”
“Inhaling scents of naked flowers…”
and, “calming tense flayed nerves enrapturing the mind…”;
much like state of the art verbal innovation when it comes to the idea of creation and quality.
We cannot write this review without illuminating one of our favorite poems, entitled, ‘Grandma’; which is a poem and exclusive tribute that reminds us all of why grandparents are so near and dear to our hearts.
Each verse possesses such candor, displaying Ferado’s grand love and utmost respect for a very special woman in his life; his grandmother. And he makes it as clear as unadulterated crystal that she played an extremely relevant role in his life, especially in his childhood years. In one part of the poem he writes:
“Grandma was the only one who ever loved me free
There were no strings attached to the love she gave to me”;
an obvious indication that he and his grandmother had established a solid and resilient relationship bonded by the precious elements of blood…and love! Indeed, this poem was comfortably relatable, and even included a vintage-like photograph of him as a child, along with the wonderful woman (his grandmother) he loves. It was a lovely dedication and triggered feelings of smiles and tears.
But wait, there is more. Pushing past the definition of ordinary, Ferado defines the poem, ‘Grandma’, even more by including a statement which expressed some of his grandmother’s most valuable wisdom and advice, which we will tell you, is truly priceless and could be used for ages! And though we would love to share her words of wisdom with you, we will leave you with something to look forward to and won’t ruin the surprise.
All in all, Time on Hand, was a pleasant and elaborate read! You anticipate to read great poetry, but this book actually gives you so much more. Poems that take you back in time, unfolding treasured pressed memories. Emotional written passages of detailed narration vividly supporting and intensifying the meaning embedded within each poem. Simply put, Author Ferado is a superb writer, and we have now also learned through his writing, that he has an endearing heart of gold!
Time on Hand, is a literary novelty for poetry, and definitely deserves a 5 star rating, and accolades!


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Poetry Picture Contest Entry #5

Poetry Picture Contest
Entry #5


Heather Byrne 

It's a view I see every day and changes depending on the light, time of day, seasons. The valley is shrouded in mist -normally you can see trees, farmland and sheep. The light is early morning, but whilst you think it might be dawn, it's actually about 9am. It exudes mystery and beauty and you don't know what's below the mist which is what poetry is all about -what you see and what you don't see, what you imagine and what mood can be conjured up.

Poetry Picture Contest Entry #6

Poetry Picture Contest
Entry #6



Perla Serrano

Ekphrasis: The usage of art to Inspire your poetry.
There are poets who have used great works of art as an inspiration  for their poetry. They use the imaginative act of narrating and reflecting on the “action” of a painting or sculpture, the poet may amplify and expand its meaning. A famous ekphrastic poem is The Iliad by Homer. He describes the shield of Achilles, fashioned by the god Hephaestus to include the Earth, the Heavens and the Sea, as well as scenes of human endeavour and strife. The shield depicted two cities, one besieged by foes, scenes of planting and harvest and tableaux of dancing maidens and youths.

I could have chosen a famous painting like The Kiss (Lovers) painted by the Austrian Symbolist painter Gustav Klimt. I could have explained why this painting inspires me to write a love poem from it or describe the scenery or what would come after the kiss.
I did not choose this, I chose a picture of me and my dog.

I like to think this photograph is art in itself, it is one of a kind in my opinion.  
How does this picture of my dog and I represent poetry?
As writers we create poetry from our lives, from everything to anything. I feel that the ekphrasis exercise is helpful when we have writers block or are discourage to write. My loyal pet companion is family, she is a sister, she has influenced my writing. My dog has become poetry and I have created poetry and other narratives because of her, because of our relationship.

Poetry Picture Contest Entry #8

Poetry Picture Contest
Entry #8


Bernice Moore

Oct. 3rd, the 10 years anniversary,
of an unsung hero who passed away.
In 1968, fast enough he ran,
to be joined with two others who had a plan.
Nervous & scared the two men must've been,
but felt they needed to make a statement.
The two would not be alone back then,
for I believe God sent to them a man,
brave enough to say "with you I'll stand".
And stand they would, for medals & a cause
...civil and human rights for all.
Their lives would not be the same after that.
Sent home, death threats followed them back.
But time would tell upon his death,
the significance of this one man's gest.
The athlete and friend, John Carlos said of him...
"It's a pleasure for my people & me to know Peter Norman".
So for his heroics, a poem will be my way
to honor Peter's sacrifice and his bravery.
A hero to me, he will be.

Poetry Picture Contest Entry #9

Poetry Picture Contest
Entry #9


Kirstin McWhorter

Some people sacrifice
Their well being, their living, their children
Like the soldier sacrifices his life for freedom
So I sacrifice mine.
I write, and I weep.
This sacrifice they give, life for freedom
Is not unlike the sacrifice I give,
Writing for meaning.

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