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I starting writing poetry again in 2012 after a 50 year hiatus.

Born and raised in West Texas, I lived all over the area as a child until my mother remarried, as my father was in the oil drilling business, which required constant moving. I grew up in San Angelo, home of Fort Concho and the Buffalo Soldiers, but spent quite a few summers working on my grandpa's farm in the Texas Hill Country.

I met my wife Toni while I was stationed at Aviano AFB, Italy. I learned to speak Italian fluently and we still speak it at home interchangeably with English. My three sons, all born in Italy after I got out of the USAF, also speak Italian.

We moved back to the USA in 1972 and settled in Missouri, where I went back to school.

We moved to Atlanta in 1988, when Toni relocated here with AT&T. I got a job with McKesson (then HBOC) working with medical information systems, which started my career in this field. I had a natural talent for application design and parlayed this talent into a great R&D management position with an internet startup.

We are now retired. We spend time traveling the world and visiting our grandchildren in CA and NC. We also spend some time in Italy almost every year visiting and traveling with friends in Europe as we have a small apartment there in Sacile near Aviano, not far from Venice.

My other passions are mushroom hunting (the edible kind), gourmet cooking and bread baking.


 

Most Recent Blog Post


New Contest - Poems to keep you awake at night
Blog Posted:5/24/2013 11:06:00 PM

 


A really scary poem. By that I do not mean Hollywood "B" movie themes or monsters.

NO WEREWOLVES, VAMPIRES, ZOMBIES, BANSHEES OR THE LIKE, OK? DID I FORGET TO MENTION GHOSTS? NO GHOSTS, OK? NO SLASHER STUFF EITHER! I WANT SUBTLE THINGS THAT WORK ON YOUR MIND. THINK ABOUT A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A KIDNAPPED GIRL LIKE CASTRO TOOK OR THE POINT OF VIEW OF SOME KID HIDING IN THE CLOSET AT SANDY HOOK. THAT'S WHAT WILL KEEP YOU AWAKE, NOT SOME SUPERNATURAL STORY YOU TELL AROUND THE CAMPFIRE WHILE EATING S'MORES! THESE ARE JUST EXAMPLES, BUT I HOPE IT PUTS YOU ON THE RIGHT TRACK. IT'S ABOUT REAL PSYCHOLOGICAL HORROR AND DREAD. YOU CAN PUSH THE ENVELOPE WITH FANTASY, BUT AVOID THESE TIRED CLICHES, PLEASE. READ "THE TELL-TALE HEART" OR "THE PIT AND THE PENDULUM" BY POE FOR THE RIGHT TONE.

Richard Cory

Whenever Richard Cory went down town,
We people on the pavement looked at him:
He was a gentleman from sole to crown,
Clean favored, and imperially slim.

And he was always quietly arrayed,
And he was always human when he talked;
But still he fluttered pulses when he said,
"Good-morning," and he glittered when he walked.

And he was rich – yes, richer than a king –
And admirably schooled in every grace:
In fine, we thought that he was everything
To make us wish that we were in his place.

So on we worked, and waited for the light,
And went without the meat, and cursed the bread;
And Richard Cory, one calm summer night,
Went home and put a bullet through his head.

Think along the lines of a classic Twilight Zone plot or a science fiction short story like Harlan Ellison's "I Have No Mouth and I must Scream", or Edgar Allen Poe, or the movie "Saw", or some real-life horror story. Got it?



Any form will do, but I'm partial to rhyme or at least consistent meter. No prose please. Long enough to develop the theme.

Prizes will be given to the ones that I wish I could forget.

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  1. Date: 5/29/2013 7:15:00 PM
    I'm working on the poem RIGHT now, but your contest has closed, which is a-okay. It is a true story and very horrific. Out of respect to the victim's family I just couldn't bring myself to use rhyme or to ... hmmm.... force this story into a form. It is free verse and I am using some devices.. I almost stopped myself from writing this, as I don't want to sensationalize someone's nightmare. BUT then I realized that the real story is in the after... and this needs to be YELLED and LOUDLY, so who better than me to do that... I'll tap you on the shoulder to let you know its complete. Thank you for the inspiration... I hope I do this young man justice! Hugs, Cyndi

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  1. Date: 5/25/2013 7:11:00 PM
    will give it a go sounds fun ty for running it Linda

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  1. Date: 5/24/2013 11:44:00 PM
    Sounds very fun, Roy!!! I have an oldie I never showed anybody that I could revise and try to use!

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    Jerden Avatar Roy Jerden Date: 5/25/2013 1:36:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    So, I just got 2 poems about monsters after clearly specifying no monsters. I have since clarified even further in capital letters. Apparently some folks just don't get it. Sorry. It had to be said.

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Requirements, Requirements, Requirements
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"Yesterday's Acrostic" - Contest Results
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My Poems

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Date PostedPoem TitleFormCategories
4/1/2014My Thunderous Wonderous Electric Toy TrainRhymechristmas,nostalgia,
3/19/2014One Happy Ending With Green GiantLimerickholiday,humorous,
3/18/2014Ignominious ExitRhymehumorous,
3/16/2014Well-sliced WillieFree versepoetry,
3/12/2014Life is what you make it - Act 5, Scene VIIILimerickdeath,
3/11/2014Premature ExonerationLimerickholiday,humor,
2/28/2014Going GiggingRhymefishing,
2/10/2014A Series of Unfortunate Darwin AwardsLimerickdeath,humorous,silly,
2/7/2014What Can I DoSonnetabsence,death,fear,
2/4/2014A Stone In The Cold 5Sonnetnature,
1/29/2014The Earth AbidesQuatrainnatural disasters,nature,
1/23/2014Siren's DanceSonnetlove,
1/21/2014Happy HourIambic Pentameterdrink,relationship,satire
1/9/2014I Never Said LoveSenryuhumorous,
1/7/2014San Saba SpringtimeSonnetnature,spring,
12/28/2013The WhittlersCowboygrowing up,nostalgia,
12/20/2013Cretaceous FarewellHaikuanimal,
12/19/2013Redneck SantaRhymechristmas,
12/17/2013The Tale of the China PoblanaBalladhistory,
6/13/2013Ode on a Japanese CommodeRhymehumorous,
5/24/2013The Fruits of their LaborsDidacticpolitical,
5/23/2013Damaged GoodsQuatrainabuse,
5/21/2013White Trash NostalgiaQuatraingrowing up,
5/15/2013The Conceit of PoetryCoupletphilosophy,
4/26/2013Ad AstraQuatrainnature,night,stars,
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Within a StormSonnetinspirational,
Sailing the Seas In A Pecan TreeRhymeadventure,old,
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