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Bloggers PhotoRetired from the printing business in 2011...now happily living in Ponchatoula, LA close to my wonderful (and enormous) family. I have three beautiful daughters, seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren, who I spoil rotten because that's my job. The bio picture is me with my oldest grandaughter, Dixie.
My goal is to write a halfway decent poem sometime...My favorite poets are Robert Frost, Edward Arlington Robinson and Wallace Stevens...I have read everything John Steinbeck ever wrote at least three times

NO 'SPECIAL CHARACTERS' IF YOU PLEASE!


Blog Posted:8/26/2013 8:27:00 PM
Does anyone know why-in-the-HECK PS does not allow 'special characters' in poem titles anymore? I know for a fact that they used too! I have gone back to some of my old poems to edit and guess what? Yep, those nasty, scolding little red letters! To me the poem title is critical...It's what captures the reader's attention and introduces the poem...MANY times, I have had to change the title of a poem because I could not use a freekin question or exclamation mark!! Hear's how crazy it is...You can use hyphens but only at the END of the title. Apostrophies are not allowed for certain slang purposes and an ellipsis (dot-dot-dot) is a BIG no-no!
I'm sure PS has a sensible explantion for this new rule and I sure wish the would enlighten this big dummy!
Okay that's all...
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  1. Date: 9/3/2013 3:54:00 AM
    TIM.....Your response to my post is a work of ART!!!!!! Loved it!!!! You da man!

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  1. Date: 8/30/2013 2:35:00 PM
    if other sites can do it like a few mentioned below, why can't we?... arghh, calling TPS again!..:) huggs

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  1. Date: 8/29/2013 2:45:00 PM
    I wish to be able and write the title as i feel to..but i guess its d way it goes Tim

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  1. Date: 8/28/2013 12:06:00 PM
    I think Adam hit the nail on the head with his comment. This is how it was explained to me after there were some conspiracy theories about why we cannot use even a simple question mark in our titles(which sucks!). But in return this makes me wonder why the other poetry sites enable people to use special characters in titles?

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  1. Date: 8/28/2013 8:09:00 AM
    My assumption (without knowing specifics, but based on my profession and knowledge) is that they are trying to avoid what is known as SQL injection. This is where a person constructs the title in a way to do damage to the underlying database. A few -- and a ; could wreck havoc on all of PoetrySoup. It may be an inconvenience of formatting but in the grand scheme of things its a simple concession.

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    Hapworth Avatar Adam Hapworth Date: 8/28/2013 1:41:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Again pure speculation here. There are different types of data elements that are managed differently behind the scenes. Sometimes it is simply easier to not allow something than it is to rework the internals to avoid the consequence. It really depends on the guts of the site as to how the "simple" text field is managed and controlled
    Hapworth Avatar Adam Hapworth Date: 8/28/2013 1:41:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Also it maybe that the other sites are not as concerned as the staff at PoetrySoup that they may fall for this kind of “attack”
    Ryerson Avatar Tim Ryerson Date: 8/28/2013 1:28:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Many thanks Adam for this explanation, which makes sense to me...As Chris mentioned I still wonder why other sites allow this and why you are allowed to use those charactars in the body of the poem but not in the title...
  1. Date: 8/27/2013 3:29:00 PM
    To Team Poetry Soup: I know you have commented on blogs in the past...Will you not do so now?...Not trying to be an A-hole here!...It's apparent that I and quite a few others just want a simple explaination...

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  1. Date: 8/27/2013 2:16:00 PM
    I SO support this blog!!! Not being able to use a question mark or apostrophe in a title . UGGGGG

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  1. Date: 8/27/2013 12:30:00 PM
    Agree Tim!

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  1. Date: 8/27/2013 9:27:00 AM
    Recently I have submitted a Haiku titled "Eve's Serpent" - I had to make do with "Eves Serpent" Which of course is a different meaning. But there you are who am I to criticise?

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  1. Date: 8/27/2013 9:23:00 AM
    yes, GURRRRRRR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  1. Date: 8/27/2013 9:18:00 AM
    I've had issues with that too, Tim. And yes........the title can make such a difference in the reader's first glimpse of what you are trying to say. For instance, a title that tries to impart the feelings of doubt, or searching answers, will not allow you to use a question mark.... dang! That is so frustrating.... and to revise or edit a poem that had a question mark in the title, will not let you leave it there upon submission once again..... Grrrrrr is right!!

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  1. Date: 8/27/2013 6:54:00 AM
    TIM!!! If I could blog...this would be MY BLOG! Seriously!!! What is up with that???? I can't tell you how upset it gets me to have to change a title to one that is less appealing JUST so I don't use "special characters" GRRRRRRRR....You tell 'em! Ooooops..that was an apostrophe...dear me..the heaven's will fall...ooooopppps another one..AND ellipsis! I'm in for it! HUGSSSSSSSS! :)

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    Ryerson Avatar Tim Ryerson Date: 8/28/2013 9:01:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    From the offices of Team Poetry Soup...Dear Ms Ghali: We regret to inform you that you are now and here-to-forever and ever banished from this site because of your blatant use of forbidden characters... In our opinion, you are trying to be a character and have no character...PS: Please disregard our above use of elipsisesesizms
  1. Date: 8/26/2013 8:46:00 PM
    it's called cry babies Tim, if I told you why you would never believe the reason they removed the special characters. I hate forcing a second name on the SKAT account.. why Can't I just be SKAT... :-) SKATTY

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    Ryerson Avatar Tim Ryerson Date: 8/26/2013 9:01:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Soup mail me if they haven't banned that too!
    Ryerson Avatar Tim Ryerson Date: 8/26/2013 8:54:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Well SKAT, please tell me why!

My Past Blog Posts

 
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A COURAGEOUS COUPLE
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INTRODUCING A NEW POET
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PLEASE HOLD AND AN AGENT WILL BE WITH YOU SHORTLY...
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PLEASE PARDON MY BOAST
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ONE OF A KIND-ONE IN A MILLION-THE ONE AND ONLY ETC.
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I GOTTA BE DREAMING
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PRE-EXISTING CONDITION
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DEER TRACKS
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And The Winner Is...
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10/28/2014 Walking on Eggshells Epigramfunny,philosophy,
10/27/2014 Seraphim Free versewife,
10/13/2014 Wow,You Look OLD For Your Age - Senryuage,nonsense,
10/9/2014 Plague Narrativeafrica,death,
10/2/2014 Winter Acrosticchildhood,nostalgia,
9/28/2014 THE COLOR OF YELLOW I do not know?color,humorous,violence,
9/26/2014 Fredrick 1979 Free versenatural disasters,nature,
9/24/2014 Raven Narrativedark,
9/23/2014 Hmmmm - Light Poetryfunny love,
9/22/2014 Ivan Hunter Kyriellebrother,
9/11/2014 Stubborn as a Mule Epigramanimal,funny,
9/10/2014 How SHOCKING Epigramfunny,
9/9/2014 Somewhat Twisted Thoughts Concerning Precipitation Light Poetryfunny,
9/9/2014 Oh Like That Is SO Gross Epigramfunny,
9/7/2014 Well I Declare How Much I Despise Corny Commercials Light Poetryangst,nonsense,
9/7/2014 Time to Move On - Chokabereavement,son,
9/5/2014 Autumn Butterfly Verseautumn,nature,
9/5/2014 Once Upon a Freeway Imagismsad,
9/3/2014 Silly Blind Ant Narrativegod,lost,
9/3/2014 I Repent, I Repent of My Sins - Dramatic Verse (Verse Drama)forgiveness,god,
9/2/2014 A Preachy Preacher Preaches Narrativereligion,
9/2/2014 Hmmmm - Light Poetryfunny love,
8/30/2014 I Dream That I Dream That It Was Only a Dream Elegydeath,son,
8/30/2014 How Tweety Boid Fwew Dad Cooky-Coup Light Poetryfantasy,funny,
8/24/2014 Dying Daily Tankafaith,hope,
8/19/2014 Occasional Snow Narrativenostalgia,snow,
8/19/2014 Footles for the Birds and the Beasts Footleanimal,funny,
8/17/2014 Comments By the Sonnet Queen of the Soup: Chokafor her,friendship,
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8/16/2014 Love is a Battlefield Verseromance,
8/12/2014 Hey Hank, Did You Just - Senryufunny,writing,
8/11/2014 WRITE A FOOTLE Footleanimal,funny,
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8/4/2014 When Carolyn Sent Me a Christmas Card Kyriellefriendship,
8/4/2014 Where DOES The Time Go Haikuspace,
7/29/2014 Gonna Charma Charma Light Poetryfriend,
7/29/2014 And She's Not Bad Lookin Either Limerickfriend,funny,
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6/24/2014 In Full Bloom Tankaapril,memory,
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6/13/2014 He's BAAACK - Rhymehurt,
6/10/2014 I Fear That Pinocchio - Limerickfunny,
6/10/2014 Pure Gold Coupletinspiration,
5/24/2014 After the Liberation Narrativehistory,war,
5/21/2014 Charlotte Gets Tough with Miss Muffet Clerihewfunny,nursery rhyme,
4/21/2014 Queen of the Hollywood Screen Coupletangst,
4/21/2014 The Moth Free verseanimal,
4/19/2014 Poetry Is: List writing,
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4/1/2014 Camille Narrativegod,nature,
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3/19/2014 Cutting Up with Cut-Ups Free verseangst,
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3/16/2014 Beat-Down Coupletabuse,
3/15/2014 Road Kill Narrativeanimal,
3/14/2014 Heaven Sent Coupletfunny,girlfriend,
3/12/2014 Jaded Crystal Coupletmetaphor,
3/11/2014 Animal Garden Coupletanimal,funny,
3/11/2014 Fredrick - 1979 Free versenatural disasters,nature,
3/4/2014 Muse Light Poetrymuse,writing,
3/4/2014 One Scene From One Movie Tankacelebrity,funny,
2/28/2014 Wild Rose Free versepassion,
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2/26/2014 Brand New Star Kyrielledaughter,
2/20/2014 My Ode to the Netherlands Coupletsilly,
2/18/2014 Winter Haze Senryugrief,
2/16/2014 Never Do Today What You Can Put Off Until Tomorrow Limerickfunny,
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2/14/2014 Some Poems Are: Tetractyswriting,
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1/29/2014 Big Ben Blues Limerickfunny,
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12/18/2013 Friday Night Constanza Rhymemarriage,
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12/1/2013 Colours Light Poetrycolor,
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10/31/2013 Fiddling and Footling With the Super Duper Soupers Footlepoets,
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10/28/2013 I Recall Free versenostalgia,
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Fav Poems

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The Sowing Free versedevotion,
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Dearest Rhymedevotion,faith,mother,upl
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A Boston Tea Party Prelude Free verselost lovehusband,husband,
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I want your SEEDS Free verseadventure,funny,old,
Sleeves of the Soul Free versedepression,imagination,
ON THE ROCKS Rhymehumorous,
Tissue Box Free versedaughter,grief,loss,words
Before I go home Free verseday,family,leaving,life,
Butterflies Rhymeloss,love,
Once a Goddess of Evening Free versechange,color,fantasy,worl
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Indian Ink Dramatic Verse (Verse Drama)abuse,autumn,death,deep,f
Silver Haze Free versebeauty,dark,depression,ho
Hands Free versebeautiful,beauty,birthday
When Madness Rides on Moonlight Sestinagod,life,
Summer's Snow Free verselost love,love,
Admittedly Aries Rhymeapril,happiness,star,
A House On the Cliff's Edge Balladallegory,art,beach,beauti
Darling, you dragged me in too deep Villanellelove,
Willow Personificationtree,
WRITTEN IN THE SAND Heroic Coupletsanalogy,introspection,
Into The Gloaming Quatrainsleep,
Aftermath Free versebaby,loss,winter,
Waterloo Bridge Ekphrasis (Ecphrasis)art,beauty,
SAD Tankachristmas,depression,
Another Man's Clothes Free verseintrospection,
Ice Breaker Free versechange,heart,love,metapho
Thinking About Angels Free versedeath,
Crystal Free versedaughter,
NEGATION Imagismdevotion,life,
Life Is What You Make It Narrativebaby,birth,death,mother,n
In Depth of Circumstance Rhymedream,first love,love,rom
18th March Free versepoetry,
Dust and Ash Free versechange,earth,environment,
Engaging Thoughts Free verseboyfriend,lost love,love,
A Lei of Secrets Imagismpoetry,
CRUISING WITH THE SKY Light Poetrymusic,sky,
Clarity Free verseintrospection,loss,
A Lovers Voyage Free verselove,paradise,
These Red Brick Walls Rhymefuture,history,house,me,m
Obsidian Free verseabuse,dark,mystery,
MEN OF HONOR Rhymecourage,peace,soldier,
FRUGIFEROUS Free verseromance,
Little Glistening Salmon Free verseadventure,appreciation,be
Face To Face Free verselove,
Just Breathe Rhymebeautiful,fantasy,
Vixen Of The Mist Verseimagination,sea,
Eccentric Eyes Sonnetpain,
BREATHS AND FIREGLOW Free verseinspirational,soulmate,
Sparkle Lyricpoetry,
God's Kind Of Poetry Terza Rimabeauty,devotion,poetry,
Pinnacle Rhymeadventure,
A Twisted Ploy Rispettoage,philosophy,
So Sweet Is Life Light Poetrybeautiful,
Immortality Free versefamily,

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