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I know ladies and gentlemen, the Critique Department Newsletter came out late, and on behalf of the critique department, I apologize for the delay. I nevertheless am grateful to my team for their constant vigilance and ensuring that the works get critiqued and given support. Also, special thanks to @prettyflour for her constant support.
And now to you, the members of this group. Thank you for staying a part of the group and of doing your part in supporting the venture. We are grateful, and we will do our utmost to follow up with you who have been dedicated to this group.
Right so... let's start:
We have been doing our fair share of critiques, just that the works weren't being shifted into the relevant folder. And while it is a slow start, it is better late than never, amirite...
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Anyway:
These are just nine of the works which have been critiqued so far. More will follow with time, and with patience. For me personally, Wings Unfurlled and Aberrant Element were the best choices to recently give a look. And I am glad I gave them a look.
Anyway, that's pretty much it for now. If you'd like to read our previous newsletter, here's the link:
Thank you for being a part of the group, and we look forward to being more active on this group. We appreciate your support in this endeavor.
February is National Haiku Month. If you're interested in that sort of thing, here are some Haiku Happenings here on DA.


Challenge #53- Haiku- Winners!It's time to announce our winners!
Please congratulate these awesome writers!
  by :iconmistamishmash:  MistaMishMash
  by :iconrosesparrow:   RoseSparrow
THANK YOU to everyone who participated. Such incredible words written for this challenge!
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Hello everyone and welcome to our 53rd challenge!
In honor of National Haiku month, we want you to write a haiku. The theme? Author's choice. Write a haiku about whatever you want!
Here's how it's going to work:

-Leave a link to your haiku in the comment section of this journal.
-Please mention this contest in your artists comments.
-Deadline to submit is February 14th.
-We will have two winners who will be awarded 100 points each.
Questions?  Ask away.
Happy writing everyone!  [Heart] [Sun] :hea


Haiku Contest Winners!It's time to announce our winners!  
By popular vote, our winners are:  
    by   :iconbarosus:   Barosus
AND
    by   :iconladylincoln:   LadyLincoln
A big ole THANK YOU for all our writers!!!  Stay tuned, our second contest will begin soon!
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Hello everyone!  I hope your Haiku writing is going well.
Now that the deadline for this contest has passed, it's time for the voting to begin!  
Here is how it's going to work:
Due to the number of entries, we will have two polls (named Round One & Round Two).
These polls will be active for 3 days.
The polls are posted on my profile.  :iconprettyflour:
Please go vote and show you


Picture This Haiku ContestHappy Haiku Month everyone!
It's time to announce our winners.  
Please congratulate our first place winner:  :iconbobibillius:  Bobibillius

Our second place winner is:     :iconli0nfart:   Lionnfart

There were so SO MANY haikus written for this contest and I want to thank everyone who participated.   What  great turn out!  I love you all!!
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I'm celebrating by having a contest. Let's talk about that, shall we?
Your challenge will be to choose one of my picture prompts and write a haiku inspired by it. 
Prompts:





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Hello everyone!

In case you didn't know, February is National Haiku Month and I wanted to share a few haiku contest happening around DeviantArt.

Enjoy!


Haibun Contest!Happy HaikuWriMo everyone!   It's time to announce our winner!
Please congratulate :iconasahi-taichou:   Asahi-Taichou  on their beautiful words.  :heart:

A huge THANK YOU to everyone who participated and made this years HaikuWriMo a success!
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Welcome to our third contest of the month.
We want you to write a Haibun.
What is a Haibun?   It is a combination of poetry and prose originating from Japan.  Below is an example:
Ours was a new world, one mostly unexplored and it was thrilling to be one of its first human inhabitants. There was dense jungle, tangles of trees growing unchecked, vines running rampant and intertwining, growing in delicate spires up passed the treetops. The water was cle


Challenge #45- Fire Haiku Winners!And the winners are........
  by :iconinkedicon:   inkedicon
AND
  by  :iconrosesparrow:   RoseSparrow
Please join me in congratulating the winners and everyone who participated because there was some FANTASTIC words written.  My thanks to you all!  :heart:
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In honor of National Haiku Month, our 45th challenge is for you to write us a Haiku.  
Theme of this haiku must be: Fire
Here are the rules:
-leave us a comment here with a link to your creation.
-mention this challenge in the description of your deviation.
-this can be any type of Haiku- the traditional 5-7-5 is cool, but we will accept any Haiku form.
-the deadline is February 20th.
We will pick two deviations to be featur


It's all about Love Contest Winners!Let us luxuriate in all these LOVEly words. Then onto announce the winners!
The winners are...
  by :iconbattlefairies:   BATTLEFAIRIES
AND
  by :iconladylincoln:   LadyLincoln
Congratulations to the winners and a giant THANK YOU to everyone who participated and spread LOVE around with their words!!!   :heart::
Happy HaikuWriMo everyone!  Welcome to our second contest of the month.
:heart::heart::heart::heart:We want you to write a haiku that is all about LOVE. :heart::heart::heart::heart:
Here's how it's going to work:
-Leave a link to your haiku in the comment section of this journal.
-Please mention this contest or group in your artists comments.
-Deadline to submit is February 21st.
Two winners will get 150 points each!
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Questions?  Ask away.
Happy writing everyone.
[Heart][Heart]


A Haiku of a different color Contest. The Winner!It gives me great pleasure to announce the winner of A Haiku of a different color Contest!
Please congratulate :iconbarosus:   Barosus on his beautiful Haiku.

THANK YOU everyone!  I hope you all had lots of fun reading and writing haikus.  :heart:
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And here it is, the last contest of the month. I hope everyone is enjoying National Haiku Month so far.  :)
This is a Haiku of a different color contest. We want you to pick a color- any color- and write a haiku about it.
Here's how it's going to work:
-Leave a link to your haiku in the comment section of this journal.
-Please mention this contest or group in your artists comments.
-Deadline to submit is February 28th.  
**The winner will be decided via a poll on :iconpre
It gives me the creeps- seriously! I'm getting chills reading all of these HorrorKus!

Please join me in congratulating our winners!

1st place goes to...

:iconladytana:   LadyTana

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2nd place goes to...

:iconasahi-taichou:  Asahi-Taichou

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And because there was just SO MANY entries, we are awarding 2 honorable mentions.


Lachrymose
Her heart stopped beating
The light went out in his eyes
A dead man walking
©All original work copyright Edward D Cates 2018
  by :iconbarosus:   Barosus

AND

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  by :iconthesmileydinosaur:  TheSmileyDinosaur


Thank you so much to everyone who participated and HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

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Halloween is approaching and I'm in the mood for some spooky words. You?  I hope so because we're having a contest!  :skull:

We are working in conjunction with :iconhaikuwrimo: and :iconpoets-and-warriors: on this one. This contest spans all three groups!

We challenge you to write a HorrorKu (a haiku that is haunting, spine-chilling, SCARY  :chainsaw: ).
It can be any variation of haiku, no limits.

:pumpkin:  :skull: :pumpkin:  :skull: :pumpkin:  :skull: :pumpkin:  :skull: :pumpkin:  :skull::pumpkin:  :skull:

We will pick two winners.

1st prize gets 100 points, a haiku commission from me and a feature or two.
2nd prize gets 50 points and a feature or two.


The deadline is October 30th.
Leave a link to your entry in the comments of this journal and please mention this contest in your comments.
Questions?  Ask away and.....




BOO!  :skull:


Entries:

:thumb767731716:     HorrorKu - Scarlet's KissSeeded in his skin
I watch it slither upward
His chest a cage of flowers

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HorrokuSanguine fluid flows,
Feeding an intricate vase,
Soon our Lord will rise.
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Anita
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Horror HaikuSounding the alarm           
as the mental ward empties
I'm free to murder
Your life slowly leaves   
your body while decaying   
but then you return     
You've been lost inside 
the body of the puppet
in a children's show     
Hear in the city           
your invisible screaming
  echoes off the walls    
     
I wrote a story
a haiku about horror
IT ALL BECAME REAL
   
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Mature Content


Ghost Storythe board said, "hello."
i said, "what is it you want?"
"tell us how you died."
   

Mature Content


Vehicular
Don’t blame me he cried
The car stank like a brewery
Never saw the kid
©All original work copyright Edward D Cates 2018
   

Mature Content


Dreadful Diagnosis
Disbelief set in
One word changes everything
The test found cancer
©All original work copyright Edward D Cates 2018
    Worse Than DeathWhat is worse than death?
When the parasite escapes
And lives on after.

Infected
Disbelief sets in
Horror is all perspective
You’ve been infected
©All original work copyright Edward D Cates 2018
   

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Real Horrors
There are a few things
Far scarier than zombies
Real life tragedies
©All original work copyright Edward D Cates 2018
    Haunting HaikuIt comes late at night
I'm exhausted, can not fight
Consuming my light
Like a clouded haze
I lose track of all the days
In me, something lays
Who have I let in
Enveloped by possession
Angel or demon
Who assumes my stead
Are they living, are they dead
The voice in my head
How much of it's me
I lose myself, it's scary
Sometimes, it's creepy
You come and you go
Why it is, I'll never know
Just that, it is so
So do as you please
My spirit is yours to seize
Take my soul and squeeze
Take hold, have your way
Say the things you have to say
Don't seal me away
Like a clouded mist
I slowly cease to exist
For I can't resist
And when I am gone
Will you still continue on
Or be left alone
Leave me a small shred
Hear the words I know I've said
Through the thoughts you've fed
I'm use to haunting
But, sometimes it is daunting
What is it wanting

Lachrymose
Her heart stopped beating
The light went out in his eyes
A dead man walking
©All original work copyright Edward D Cates 2018
    OctoberOut of sight, no light
A chilly October night
I've come to take you.

Words Left Unsaid
No apology
Never got to say goodbye
Tortured by regret
©All original work copyright Edward D Cates 2018

The Hanged Man
Frightened by his text
She dashed to his apartment
He was hanging there
©All original work copyright Edward D Cates 2018

Revenge
He sleeps peacefully
The sharp steel gleams in her hand
Now the hurting stops
©All original work copyright Edward D Cates 2018

The Rules



This Group is dedicated to all kinds of poetry.
But please follow the rules. They are here to protect the group and ensure that we all get along.
Thank you!


:salute: RULES: :salute:

:bulletred: Poetry only!
:bulletred: Mature content is fine as long as it has the appropriate filter on it. Otherwise, it will be removed from the group and we will send a note to the author.
:bulletred: You can submit poetry by yourself, or suggest the work of other deviants. But never attempt to claim someone else's work as your own!
:bulletred: You will only be allowed to submit three deviations per week.
:bulletred: Membership is for everyone! So, invite, invite, invite! The more the merrier! =)
:bulletred: The "Featured" folder is for contest winners and those works we think deserve special recognition only! No exceptions.
:bulletred: The other folders can be submitted to freely.
:bulletred: There will be folders created specially for prompts and contests.

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