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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.


Have you ever, truly, finished a poem?


Blog Posted:1/11/2014 6:23:00 PM
I guess when a poem is published in hard copy, you have to put it to rest, so to speak.

But here at least, we have the luxury of infinite edits. I found myself yesterday changing ONE word in an old poem after I had an e-mail exchange with a friend from high school. There was an old slang term that I wanted to use originally, but passed on because I was afraid it wasn't generally known. Then my friend used it in the e-mail. Well, that was enough.

I probably abuse edits more than anyone, as I usually publish a poem too early, maybe as soon as it is complete in terms of length. I hardly ever change the length, but I constantly go back and tweak words and lines to improve the meter and flow, add alliteration, find a more expressive term, etc. I'm sure it drives some people crazy when I have entered it into a contest already. If I make significant improvements, I will sometimes withdraw it and re-enter it, to be sure it gets read again.

But I also go back and revise poems that have been out there quite a while and maybe aren't even getting read. A word here, a word there, a title change, moving lines and stanzas around sometimes. Trying always to make it just a little better.

Basically, I can't leave them alone, like Leonardo and the Mona Lisa. (I'm comparing only the behavior, certainly not the talent.)

How about you?
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  1. Date: 1/18/2014 6:39:00 PM
    I never really finish a poem I write .i read it then reread it. Then post it and over the next few weeks or months go back and rewrite it.

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  1. Date: 1/14/2014 2:01:00 AM
    Once I have done the 'finishing touches' I do not make any more changes to a poem. However, every now and then I find a poem that I feel is lacking after I have already posted it and I end up completely deleting it (even when it has placed in a contest).

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  1. Date: 1/14/2014 12:49:00 AM
    I always do it - go back, read, sometimes change the literary form and all that, Roy

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  1. Date: 1/13/2014 7:45:00 AM
    I hardly ever go back and change mine...but I do sometimes. Actually, I rarely spend much time on any one poem at all. Something pops into my head, I write it down, and it's gone.

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  1. Date: 1/12/2014 3:30:00 PM
    Interesting

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  1. Date: 1/12/2014 1:57:00 PM
    Good stuff, Roy. I also can't leave my poems alone. Interestingly enough, a few people will actually get back to me saying how they enjoy a particular, original version better(I repost 'remixes'), that it's simply their taste. I oil paint as well, and I don't consider my paintings completed even if the paintings are now in the hands of someone else....in my mind at least, even if I am sometimes wrong, a painting or poem can always evolve; transcend itself. Actually come to think of it, I pretty much regard life in general like that.

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  1. Date: 1/12/2014 4:22:00 AM
    I do it always to change an adjective or a noun. I have revised about more than a dozen poems that I wrote as back as the year 2000.

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  1. Date: 1/11/2014 7:30:00 PM
    I too always find something I can do to make it better if only in my mind ;).

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  1. Date: 1/11/2014 6:46:00 PM
    roy, I think it is good to make changes now and then!! I spend about two to three hours on longer poems (the first time I write them) and just keep thinking and thinking until I am sure I have things like I want them. However, especially with older poems, I find myself making small revisions to improve meter, etc. when I decide to post an old poem, for example. Just the other day, I spent a whole hour just trying to get ONE stanza right. geeez, However, practice does make perfect, and generally I don't take that long like I used to. Good blog!!

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My Past Blog Posts

 
Non-Christian Poetry Contest Update
Date Posted: 10/19/2014 9:05:00 AM
New Contest - Religious Poetry: Non-Christian
Date Posted: 10/5/2014 6:40:00 AM
"AT SEVENTEEN"
Date Posted: 9/30/2014 10:57:00 AM
The Pedicure Virgin
Date Posted: 9/11/2014 8:19:00 PM
How to make an image out of a long poem
Date Posted: 9/3/2014 12:58:00 PM
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

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