Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Poet of the Month--Brian Strand

A Jade Elegy
(structured prose in phrasis form)

By Brian Strand

A rhapsody of summer, a symphony
of blue, green on white. Sand and spray
empty days remain in memory.
Advent of Autumn clouds, and midnight
rain, reunion of the last frontier of the year,
before nature falls asleep.
A prelude to counter storms, a jade
elegy in dream and vow offering enduring
portraits in polyphonic prose.

(a phrasis tribute to John Gould Fletcher an imagist poet of the early twentieth century)

From the editor--It is a pleasure to announce that Brian Strand is April’s Poet of the Month.  He is a talented writer accomplished in a variety of forms, several that he has developed.  Readers at Whispers enjoy his work.  I’ve know Brian for a number of years, and he has always been a willing teacher.  He was our Activity Editor in December, January and February, sharing his forms which writers enjoyed working with.  He has been a been a contributor to our online journal for over two years and can always be counted on to share something creative.  What a joy to present him with this honor.

Thoughts on “A Jade Elegy”--Right from the start, Brian caught my attention with his creative title, an asset for any poem.  His multi-sense imagery allows the reader to experience what his is conveying.  There is so much depth to this concise elegy that it begs for more than one reading, a hallmark of a talented writer.  Yet, again, Brian treats us to another of his forms for us to enjoy.

Congratulations and thank you Brian!  I appreciate all you do and have done for Whispers.


Karen O’Leary, Editor


  1. wonderful picture of the year and of different elements of nature

  2. Congratulations Brian, well deserved honor and such a wonderfully structured poem that breathes its on life as you read it. Robert

  3. Brian:

    Congrats on the honor bestowed thee
    I hear it is so well-deserved!
    Your brief bio speaks volumes of ye
    Creativity - unending
    Verses - well blending
    It's great being in such fine company!

    C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S! Sheri

  4. Brian,

    Great work..I enjoyed reading this one today..


  5. Brian,
    I enjoyed reading this well-composed piece of poetry. You are so talented with all the forms you create. Congratulations on this honor!
    Your friend,
    David Fox

  6. Congratulations and thank you for your leadership. I look forward to your continued sharing.

  7. Hello Brian. Congratulations on being named Whispers' "Poet of the Month" and for the beautiful poem you shared with us. Continued blessings!

    -MJ (

  8. Hi Brian,
    I'm a newcomer, I'd love to understand your work better. Could you please explain more about the phrasis form, I couldn't find any details in a Google search.
    Rick Subber

    1. Hi Rick,A Phrasis is a structured verse where the poet uses selected prose phrases of another writer’s(not a poet) to compile unique poetry therefrom as a tribute thereto.The word phrasis is Greek for phrase.A Phrasis uses selected phrases of Prose from OUT OF COPYRIGHT prose (ie prose over 100 years old) ,often titles thereof as well,(as in my tribute above) restyled,reworked to create a new and unique structured prose verse.I have published over ten kindle ebooks on my phrasis so you can find example on Amazon.Thank you for your interest in my endeavours.Rgds Brian

  9. Hi Brian, congrats for being 'Poet of the Month'! Your poem deserved it!



  10. I really enjoyed this piece. Congratulations on well deserved recognition.

  11. Brian,

    Congratulations and I really enjoyed your piece! Thank you for being the Activity Editor the past several months, I enjoyed the challenge!

  12. Thank you Karen for the honour in showcasing my phrasis form and for your analysis thereof.Best wishes for the continued success of Whispers as it grows and meets a much needed artistic need on the net.Blessongs and rgds Brian

    1. Dear Brian,

      Thank you for all you do for Whispers. It is a pleasure to honor you for your efforts and talent. Wishing you continued success in your writing journey, my friend.


  13. My thanks to all the kind folks above for your encouraging words, they are ver special to me at this present time.Many thanks.Rgds Brian

  14. For anyone so interested you may hear me recite my Jade elegy phrasis on youtube under my pen name ichthyschiro. Blessings to one and all.rgds Brian

  15. Congratulations Brian on being selected "Poet of the Month". Nice poem! Best wishes to you, Chris~

  16. Congratulations on being selected as "Poet of the Month". I very much enjoyed your picturesque poem. The title caught my attention too.

  17. Congratulations being chosen poet of the month, this is indeed a wonderful poem.. Blessings always, Leokadia

  18. Thank you, Beth Winchcombe, for the following--

    A joy to read over and over again Brian,Poet of the Month. A well deserved honor!


  19. just beautiful - and big congrats to you, Brian

  20. Congratulations, Brian. Thank you for each and every challenge you have given me. You are, indeed, an inspiration.

  21. Congratulations Brian. A well overdue honour! Your work is so consistent. Something I struggle with. Ralph

  22. Thank you folks for these additional kind words, they mean a great deal to me , coming from such talented peers here on Whispers.Best wishes with your creative endeavours.Rgds Brian