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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.

Help me find Mr. Vocabulary, please.

Blog Posted:6/10/2013 9:32:00 PM
I have an idea for a new contest, and it is inspired by the poetry of a poet here on PoetrySoup. I read a number of his poems last year and was totally blown away by his esoteric vocabulary, used in pretty much all of his poems. I don't know if he has such an active vocabulary or if he has a system which generates rare words.

Anyway, I haven't seen his work in any contests nor do I know how to find it except by asking.

Do you know who I mean? Please tell me if you do or give me some leads if you're not sure.

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  1. Date: 6/13/2013 5:07:00 AM
    Try harry Horsman he fits the bill with his dark free verse and he uses words I have to look up, and his poems are sometimes very abstract but brilliant xx

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  1. Date: 6/11/2013 9:19:00 PM
    Sidney is great, but I think not. I did a search on 'vocabulary' remembering a comment. What impressed me were not just the esoteric words, but how they were juxtaposed. Here are two possible candidates: John Rhinem jun-jun villanueva Terry O'Leary is great, too.

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  1. Date: 6/11/2013 5:03:00 PM
    Sidney is SUPPOSED to be back this month BUG him! Tell him I SAID to bug him, actually I don't think it's him BUT bug him anyway! Andrew Crisi? John heck? Phree?

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  1. Date: 6/11/2013 3:10:00 PM
    Sidney Beck perhaps?

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  1. Date: 6/11/2013 2:39:00 PM
    How About Matthew Anish, Or Joe Maverick, both men hypnotize me with their poetry... LOL, Both Are Gentlemen and use EPIC vocabulary. I can not think of any other outstanding poets, but maybe Tim R... who knows... Or is it RUBEN... lol, who is now being silly under POET D...

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    O. Avatar Ruben O. Date: 6/11/2013 3:21:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Shhhhhhhh! : D
  1. Date: 6/11/2013 4:55:00 AM
    There was an incredible young poet... can't recall his first name, but I think his last was MaGee... he was very into Joyce. He was only here a short time, but his work impressed me, still tingles my brain...hmmm... let me see...

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    MacMillan Avatar Cyndi MacMillan Date: 6/11/2013 5:15:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry I can't find the lad anymore! Grrr... his year must have been up and POOF went his incredible work. His name is Dirby Magee-Dittberner... Maybe?
  1. Date: 6/11/2013 3:45:00 AM
    I don't think it's anyone I've seen listed so far, but some great wordsmiths anyway. The poems I read were free verse and were mostly dark in tone and somewhat abstract. One reminded me of that movie "Brazil" by Terry Gilliam. His poetry is very dense with these unusual words.

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  1. Date: 6/11/2013 12:18:00 AM
    I think perhaps you are referring to Drake Eszes??? He has won a few contests so perhaps he isn't the one.

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    MacMillan Avatar Cyndi MacMillan Date: 6/11/2013 5:17:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Drake is a fantastic poet and yes his language is bang-on! Good choice, Eileen!
  1. Date: 6/10/2013 11:56:00 PM
    lets hunt him down.

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  1. Date: 6/10/2013 10:55:00 PM
    I deliberate, after having rationalized about it, that it seems reasonable and valid to say: I can't elucidate who this lyric scribe is. : D Ruben.

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    O. Avatar Ruben O. Date: 6/11/2013 4:07:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Cyndi ... Do you like my new hat?
    O. Avatar Ruben O. Date: 6/11/2013 3:15:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Shhhhhhhhhhhh! PD!! : D I too thought that I could be Mr. V ... I hope not! LOL! If I am Mr V Im going to have to write a blog explaining why I "use" those words ... and I don't have time!! LOL!
    A   Avatar Poet Destroyer A Date: 6/11/2013 2:40:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Yes, it's Ruben O, you can't find him, cuz he done changed his name.... :-)
    MacMillan Avatar Cyndi MacMillan Date: 6/11/2013 5:19:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    elucidate...;-) hello you. Please put a hat on that horse. It is simply WRONG to have you posting without that hat. I don't care if you use a picture of BRITTNEY SPEARS or EINTSTEIN but for the love of mike gimme the hat! Hugs, my friend. Nice to see you!
    Jerden Avatar Roy Jerden Date: 6/11/2013 3:52:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I see the crown has been passed, Roux Bin. Good try, but not in the same league. Auguri col nouvo titolo. Spero che lo porti bene.
    O. Avatar Ruben O. Date: 6/10/2013 10:59:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Linda Marie and Cyndi have a great lexicon.
  1. Date: 6/10/2013 10:52:00 PM
    Roy, are you able to offer any more clues? There are a few people who could possibly fit the bill, but I have a feeling it might be a stretch, as I am assuming that you lean more towards deftly-tuned meter and rhyme.

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    MacMillan Avatar Cyndi MacMillan Date: 6/11/2013 5:22:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    To Nato: you can introduce us to your language by using one or two words, perhaps in a refrain (add a footnote with an explanation) and words that are meaningful to the poem and you will be understood and applauded, :)
    Calubiran Avatar Nato Calubiran Date: 6/11/2013 3:52:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    if i use my language, my vocabulary wont be common and cant be understood. hahaha ^_^
    O. Avatar Ruben O. Date: 6/10/2013 11:19:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Don't be shy, Chris ... your vocabulary is not common at all!
  1. Date: 6/10/2013 9:52:00 PM
    Well, hmmm, Chris Aechtner can, at times, select words that leave me almost envious... but he is also very clear with his writing (a wondrous mix, that) Do you know Chris? Let me see if I can copy and paste one of his masterpieces for you... oh, silly me, I should have asked, what FORMS does this poet prefer? Is he a free-verser or rhymer? This will help with the detective work!

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    MacMillan Avatar Cyndi MacMillan Date: 6/11/2013 4:57:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Hi Maverick! Sometimes, because you DO have a fantastic vocabulary, something just slips in... but yes, what I love about your work is that it never written to intentionally travel OVER people... friendly on the eyes... but every now and then you send me to a dictionary. A good thing :D
    Aechtner Avatar Chris D. Aechtner Date: 6/10/2013 10:45:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks, Cyndi, but I highly doubt that Roy is searching for me, especially since I use quite a bit of common language in my hybridization of free verse and purple prose.
    MacMillan Avatar Cyndi MacMillan Date: 6/10/2013 10:03:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

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
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
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Centering, Bolding, and Italicizing in a Poem
Date Posted: 6/9/2014 9:51:00 PM
Bawdy Limerick Contest Complete
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Limerick Contest Update - Last chance
Date Posted: 5/27/2014 5:31:00 PM
Bonnie Parker's Poetry
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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

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,

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AmazementFree verseplaces,voice,life,voice,
Pearl DivingQuatrainlove,
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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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