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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.

Poems to keep you awake at night

Blog Posted:6/10/2013 5:47:00 PM
Poems to keep you awake at night 
Contest Judged:  6/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Information About the Contest
Sponsored by: Roy Jerden
Contest Winner Medal1Double SolitaireCarrie Richards
Contest Winner Medal2CorneredDebbie Guzzi
Contest Winner Medal2PollyKurt Everdeen
Contest Winner Medal3Night ImageJeremy Aguire
Contest Winner Medal3Daddy Don't Do It AgainBrick Cullum
Contest Winner Medal3An Appointment With Death On The 44th FloorGary Wayne Hill
Contest Winner Medal3I Fear The Dreams - - -Constance La France
Contest Winner Medal3Where Shadows Refuse to Dancebinibining P.iNk
Contest Winner Medal3in the meadowBlack Eyed Susan
Contest Winner Medal3SnoringRick Zablocki
Contest Winner Medal3DisturbingBecca Lucas
Contest Winner Medal3We Didn't ListenMandy Tams The Golden Girl
Honorable MentionKitty Came CallingRichard Lamoureux
Honorable MentionSuccubusTim Ryerson
Honorable MentionThe beast of Hidden MoonSeosamh De Burca
Honorable MentionGive me some moreStucz Arnold
Honorable MentionCome Out and PlayNato Calubiran
Honorable MentionThe Stranger in the HouseTimothy Hicks
Honorable MentionThe TempestJonathan Bellmann
Honorable MentionWaters EdgeBrett Chase
Honorable MentionHard CrossingBlind Pathos
Honorable MentionScary Situationjack horne
Honorable MentionFear The NightCaryl Muzzey
Honorable MentionTURNING WENDIGOCyndi MacMillan

Well, we have the usual gang of suspects, but some new faces as well. The topic was a difficult one to write to without falling into cliches. I was concerned that a few poems might fall out of PS guidelines, so I re-read them. Apparently explicit language is out, but pedophilia is OK. Hateful expressions are out, but slicing people up, nailing them to the wall, and forcibly drowning/suffocating them are in (as long as you are polite about it, of course). I found it interesting that so many people jumped on this topic, but ignored the chance to write some lyrics to beautiful music in Craig's contest, started at the same time. The Dark Side of the Force definitely rules.

I'm not going to speak to every poem, but I did want to mention a few.
Carrie and Debbie's talent speaks for itself and does not require any comments, just a read. BTY, Debbie's is a Villanelle, too, a tough form in itself. I had no idea these two sweet ladies harbored such ideas. 

The most disturbing poem was Brick Cullum's for me. This is one I would like to truly forget, all joking aside, as it implies that pedophilia is an enjoyable experience for the victim. I was wondering if someone would take the topic (there were two actually) from the POV of the victim, but this one really bothered me.

I was going to exclude all the explicit slasher poems as I wanted to focus on the psychological side of fear, but Kurt Everdeen's poem was so creative and created such disturbing images that I decided to make an exception.

Becca's poem has already been discussed in a blog ad nauseum, so I just wanted to say that she took on a tough topic and did a good job, creating more than a cardboard character that we could just forget. However, she did imply a direct cause and effect relationship between pornography work and suicide, at least in this case. I don't think it's ever that simple, so I don't think any general conclusions should be made, although I'm neither a suicide nor porn expert.

On the HM poems, I wanted to recognize a couple of folks who took a humorous approach, Seosamh  and Jack Horne. I like it when folks turn the theme kind of upside down.

Jonathan Bellman's poem is not particularly scary, more foreboding than anything else, but it's such good poetry I wanted to recognize it anyway. Same for Blind Pathos, who has great meter also.

Last is Cyndi's poem ... or rather poem and exhortation. There is so much emotion expressed here that I felt it needed recognition. Plus, I'm a bit afraid of Cyndi....
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  1. Date: 6/12/2013 2:44:00 PM
    Congrats to your winners, and if you could tell me what you didn't like in mine, I would be interested in knowing. soupmail in case I miss it here.

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  1. Date: 6/11/2013 12:12:00 AM
    Thanks for my place Roy xx

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  1. Date: 6/10/2013 7:30:00 PM
    Atleast I made it to honorable mention. Yey!

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  1. Date: 6/10/2013 7:10:00 PM
    First, you nailed the first place. Carrie's work blew me away ... as did Debbie's. High placement was VERY deserved... great judging! I will have to read the others soon. Your contest idea was a challenge, which I think is why so many wanted to tackle it. Dark contests don't happen here often. Good on you for diving into a subject that may have truly brought out more gruesome details. Now, you want scary? You should try my coffee. Proof my hubby loves me. LOL... and I lose my filter when I think a friend may get hurt... makes me look like a mother grizzly in the spring. What is scary? I'm actually improving (lol. Ask Debbie, Catie, Nette and Ruben) Thanks for the HM. Really I was surprised, genuinely surprised, that I did place... I was aware of the shift between free verse and prose... I just COULDN'T bring myself to use a device in certain areas of this particular work. It felt ... disrespectful? hmmm... even cold. It was close to the hardest thing I've ever written. Again, thanks for the inspiration and my placement. Your cheque is in the mail... ha! ;-) PS- I am always grateful for inspiration. Wins are nice, but its the creative energy I most enjoy. Never hesitate to give me an F, Fly-boy ;-) I'll thank you all the same

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  1. Date: 6/10/2013 6:54:00 PM
    First of all....a big thanks Roy, I'm surprised to see my poem placed so high, considering that I abhor horror movies!! However, the disturbed part of me loves Hitchcock movies...even old re-runs of his old black and white tv well as Twilight there came the muse for my poem. (I thought what would Hitchcock do here?......not showing the dead wife until the end) Thank you (I think?)......for the challenge....I may take a pill tonight for sleeping after reading some of your entries!! Yikes!! Mine was rather tame in comparison!! LOL !!

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  1. Date: 6/10/2013 6:32:00 PM
    LOL no need to fear my Dee [Cyndi] she would only hurt to defend those in need of her help, she's a lady with white knight syndrome [as am I!] So sorry I just couldn't keep reading the entries I'd like to be able to sleep some time in the near future and I did read Kurt's [shiver] I needed a physic cleansing after that one! I can't watch those types of movies either! They did do the face 'smile' thing on the Vikings. YOU had a hard job.

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My Past Blog Posts

The Pedicure Virgin - Roy Jerden
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How to make an image out of a long poem
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How to do a scansion of your poem to verify the meter
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Too Subtle?
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New Feature -Poet's Notes About the Poem
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Free Verse: Start here or finish here
Date Posted: 7/21/2014 7:04:00 PM
Bogus Entries in Contests
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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
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To Footnote or Not to Footnote?
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Centering, Bolding, and Italicizing in a Poem
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Bawdy Limerick Contest Complete
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Limerick Contest Update - Last chance
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Limerick Contest Update
Date Posted: 5/22/2014 2:48:00 PM
Kudos on the Miltonic Sonnet Contest
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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
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Some Contest Ideas - Feedback Requested
Date Posted: 3/15/2014 7:05:00 PM
Images for my Spring sonnet
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My Poems

Date PostedPoem TitleFormCategories
9/15/2014The Empty QuarterAlliterationearth,nature,stars,
8/31/2014Bad GoldilocksAbecedarianhumorous,
8/25/2014Pussy RiotChastushkahumor,
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,
5/14/2014Into the SunlightHaikunature,
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,

My Photos

Fav Poems

Poem TitleFormCategories
AmazementFree verseplaces,voice,life,voice,
Pearl DivingQuatrainlove,
Slow Movin TightsBalladme,red,women,
That Night We KissedRondeauromanceheart,night,heart,
A Voice In The WindRhymeimagination,nature,
Within a StormSonnetinspirational,
Sailing the Seas In A Pecan TreeRhymeadventure,old,
Soul of the PoetQuatrainfarewell,poems,poetess,
MuseFree versewords,writing,
Falling upwardRhymeanger,angst,bereavement,b
No Longer Mourn for Me When I Am DeadLyricdeath,faith,religious,

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