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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.

The Hipster Reading List

Blog Posted:2/15/2014 5:05:00 PM
In the interest of equality, after the blog on Amazon's reading list, I thought it only fair to publish a hipster reading list, for those interested in this lifestyle. Of course, the effort is self-defeating because real hipsters are too cool to actually pay attention to a reading list because it is so mainstream.

Actually there are two lists. The first one is a list of books. You are not actually required to buy them. OK, you need to buy one (better if you can borrow), but it's just to carry with you to the coffee joint to show off. You might want to read the dust cover in case of questions, but you can say that you just got it, to avoid details.

The list below you need to memorize. These are recent books by cool authors no one has probably heard of, at least non-hipsters. As soon you find two people who have heard of one, take it off the list immediately. Don't say you have read any of these. Memorizing the list serves merely to ask someone if they have read any of them. You of course have to practice several reactions to the likely negative answer. If queried about the author, the hipster answer de rigeur is "Oh, it's someone you've never heard of". Assume a bored look. If queried again, say the author's name, then say "But their earlier work was better". This should cement your non-mainstream coolness.

  1. A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick
  2. All the Living by C.E. Morgan
  3. American Genius, A Comedy, Lynne Tillman
  4. Beat the Reaper by Josh Bazell
  5. Big Machine by Victor LaValle
  6. Dear Everybody, Michael Kimball
  7. Everything Matters! by Ron Currie, Jr.
  8. Going Bovine by Libba Bray
  9. In the Aeroplane Over the Sea by Kim Cooper
  10. Lowboy by John Wray
  11. Magic For Beginners, Kelly Link
  12. Marlon Brando, Pocahontas, and Me by Jeremy Deller
  13. Notable American Women, Ben Marcus
  14. Oblivion, David Foster Wallace
  15. Pastoralia, George Saunders
  16. Perfect Rigor by Masha Gessen
  17. Rising Up and Rising Down, William Vollmann
  18. The Ask by Sam Lipsyte
  19. The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis, Lydia Davis
  20. The Collected Stories, Amy Hempel
  21. The Manual of Detection by Jedediah Berry
  22. The New Valley by Josh Weil
  23. The Possessed by Elif Batuman
  24. The World in Half by Cristina Henriquez
  25. This Is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper
  26. Varieties of Disturbance by Lydia Davis
  27. We Did Porn by Zak Smith
  28. Why Did I Ever, Mary Robison
  29. Zeitoun by Dave Eggers
OK, now here is your real reading list:
  1. addresses on packages
  2. billboards
  3. emails you receive
  4. emails you send
  5. Mark Borthwick’s handwriting
  6. marquees
  7. milk containers
  8. text messages
  9. titles of Antony and the Johnsons songs while listening to Antony and the Johnsons
  10. to-do lists

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  1. Date: 2/17/2014 11:43:00 AM
    The fact that you know and understand the "hipster" (GOD I GAG on the word!) mentality is hilarious to me as well. Lord knows I'm too old to care how "cool" I am these days. Haven't heard of any of these; not sure if that's a good thing or not lol. Thanks for posting and for the chuckle :) ~Chan

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    Jerden Avatar Roy Jerden Date: 2/17/2014 3:10:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Got my hipster education watching "Portlandia". Anyway, it's a phenom that occurs every generation in some form in affluent societies.
  1. Date: 2/16/2014 11:26:00 AM
    this one rocks, roy... lol, heelarious.. i needed this today!... huggs

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  1. Date: 2/16/2014 6:14:00 AM
    This sure is a witty and funny blog, Roy! I really enjoy your blogs, thanks for the laughs!

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  1. Date: 2/15/2014 8:05:00 PM
    hahaha, and I never heard of any of these either!!

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  1. Date: 2/15/2014 7:27:00 PM
    No, Roy, I have never read any of these books. LOL Love the real reading funny. hugs, Catie :)

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  1. Date: 2/15/2014 5:49:00 PM
    Haaaaaaaa! I find this blog to be hilarious. More hippies, less hipsters! The Hipsters of the 30s and 40s were cool cats. These new emo-kids are so urban and gentrified, they are like dress-up hamsters living in a cage called: Hipsturbia. Their rhetoric role-playing is the assassin of the very things they supposedly stand for and against, until all that is left, is meaningless social climbing, metrosexuality and mass-consumerism just like everyone else.

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    That Archaic Poet Avatar Just That Archaic Poet Date: 2/17/2014 11:45:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    AGREED! :D Wait, is that too "mainstream" to be agreeing with you? LOL! ;) ~Chan

My Past Blog Posts

The Pedicure Virgin - Roy Jerden
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
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,
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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