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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.


Back from Japan


Blog Posted:6/8/2013 4:03:00 PM
Had a great trip! Here's a link to some of the photos if you're interested:

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.617052101639826.1073741825.100000051251593&type=1&l=4ee2ab0fe6


Now on to judge my "Poems to Keep You Awake at Night" contest. I got 55 entries, more than any other contest I have sponsored. You guys are a bunch of sick people! 

Anyway, I'm going to be tough this time. There were only a few people who really got the concept I was trying to communicate. There were also some poems that fit the criteria, but fell outside Poetry Soup guidelines, in my opinion. I'll discuss some of these as well when I post the results. In addition, there were some that were pretty much straight prose, which I excluded as well.
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  1. Date: 6/9/2013 7:31:00 PM
    Yes. The moment we've been all waiting for

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  1. Date: 6/9/2013 7:27:00 PM
    Yes. The moment we've been all waiting for

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  1. Date: 6/9/2013 1:57:00 PM
    I took a look at your vacation pictures, Roy......oh, I'm so envious of your trip to Japan! And it was great seeing your lovely wife too. I can see what a wonderful time it must have been. Welcome back, and good luck judging!!

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  1. Date: 6/9/2013 9:30:00 AM
    ???????, Sorry I didn't enter, yours are always fun

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  1. Date: 6/9/2013 6:47:00 AM
    Welcome back. When I wrote my poem, I actually considered if it falls within the halls of "Hateful Expressions," but then wouldn't Daddy by Plath fall there, too? Or if someone wrote about the holocaust from a personal perspective, delving into the horrors there, how could that be portrayed as not "hateful?" I think it comes down to intention, what is the poem's intent, to show the hurt of hate or to instill hate in others? No matter how you see my poem, I still wanted to thank you for inspiring it. If one Canadian reads it, writes a letter, tells others, becomes aware, then I am happy. JUST ONE :D No harm, no foul ... and the thank you is genuine. Wouldn't want to judge this! Brrrr...

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  1. Date: 6/8/2013 7:12:00 PM
    Judging can be hard BUT I would suggest Prose Poetry is a category here on Soup and in the general public, Prose poetry is written in paragraphs not stanzas hopefully you can see the poetry in the Prose and accept it as such?

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    Jerden Avatar Roy Jerden Date: 6/8/2013 8:14:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Yep, but I excluded prose in the rules. In any case, if the language is poetic prose, OK. If it's prosaic prose, no. I can't define it, but I know it when I see it.

My Past Blog Posts

 
How to do a scansion of your poem to verify the meter
Date Posted: 8/19/2014 6:03:00 PM
Too Subtle?
Date Posted: 8/15/2014 1:39:00 PM
New Feature -Poet's Notes About the Poem
Date Posted: 8/2/2014 12:31:00 PM
Free Verse: Start here or finish here
Date Posted: 7/21/2014 7:04:00 PM
Bogus Entries in Contests
Date Posted: 7/19/2014 6:46:00 AM
Punctuation and Capitalization in Poetry
Date Posted: 7/18/2014 6:35:00 PM
About Poem/Poem Notes/Inspiration, etc.
Date Posted: 7/18/2014 8:17:00 AM
Bawdy Limericks II Judged
Date Posted: 7/6/2014 2:48:00 PM
To Footnote or Not to Footnote?
Date Posted: 7/3/2014 8:47:00 PM
User trying to set a password
Date Posted: 6/24/2014 10:01:00 PM
Centering, Bolding, and Italicizing in a Poem
Date Posted: 6/9/2014 9:51:00 PM
Bawdy Limerick Contest Complete
Date Posted: 6/7/2014 4:38:00 PM
Limerick Contest Update - Last chance
Date Posted: 5/27/2014 5:31:00 PM
Bonnie Parker's Poetry
Date Posted: 5/24/2014 2:48:00 PM
Limerick Contest Update
Date Posted: 5/22/2014 2:48:00 PM
Kudos on the Miltonic Sonnet Contest
Date Posted: 5/13/2014 4:06:00 PM
Limerick Contest
Date Posted: 5/4/2014 7:56:00 PM
Roy's Ramblings - The Final Invention
Date Posted: 5/4/2014 9:42:00 AM
Contest Enhancements I'd Like to See
Date Posted: 4/24/2014 10:12:00 AM
Age Test
Date Posted: 3/23/2014 8:44:00 PM
A couple of not so burning questions
Date Posted: 3/23/2014 12:23:00 PM
Some Contest Ideas - Feedback Requested
Date Posted: 3/15/2014 7:05:00 PM
Images for my Spring sonnet
Date Posted: 3/10/2014 7:56:00 PM
Bridge Over Troubled Water Contest Results
Date Posted: 3/9/2014 5:24:00 PM
And that's when the fight started...
Date Posted: 2/21/2014 9:34:00 AM

My Poems

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Date PostedPoem TitleFormCategories
8/31/2014Bad GoldilocksAbecedarianhumorous,
8/25/2014Russian PussyChastushkahumor,
8/23/2014Matryoshkan MultiverseHaibunhumor,
8/18/2014A Roll of Duct Tape - FootleFootlehumor,
8/10/2014The New OneBlank versedark,
8/5/2014Picket Tupp and Poteeta WheyQuatrainchild,children,
7/22/2014A Brush of WingsVersebird,
7/16/2014Great A'Tuin - the Giant Star TurtleHaibundeath,journey,stars,
7/13/2014Blood on the SaddleLimerickfunny,vacation,
7/8/2014Willow: A FableRhymechildren,death,dream,fant
6/30/2014Ragnarok: The StormEpyllionweather,
6/28/2014Dante's PathQuatrainspiritual,
6/11/2014Bill's DrillLimerickhumorous,
5/26/2014Albert EinsteinClerihewhumorous,science,
5/22/2014John Cougar MellencampClerihewbio,humorous,
5/19/2014SoupQuatrainpoetry,satire,
5/14/2014Into the SunlightHaikunature,
5/12/2014RainierHaikunature,
5/9/2014JanuariesHaikunature,
5/7/2014Jonah Falcon He's NotLimerickfunny,
5/6/2014The Well Traveled LinguistLimerickhumorous,
5/5/2014Raise the MastLimerickhumorous,
5/4/2014Are you glad to see me or is that just a wrinkleLimerickage,funny,
5/2/2014The Devil Can Cite Scripture For His PurposeRhymehate,religion,slam,
5/1/2014On Conspiracy TheoriesSonnetphilosophy,
123

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Sailing the Seas In A Pecan TreeRhymeadventure,old,
Soul of the PoetQuatrainfarewell,poems,poetess,
GenerationsEpicbirth,death,hope,life,
MuseFree versewords,writing,
Falling upwardRhymeanger,angst,bereavement,b
WordsRhymelove,words,song,song,
No Longer Mourn for Me When I Am DeadLyricdeath,faith,religious,

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