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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.


Some Contest Ideas - Feedback Requested


Blog Posted:3/15/2014 7:05:00 PM
I've been thinking about some ideas for my next contest. I want to describe them
and then hopefully get some input from you, not just which idea you like (or hate),
but perhaps some expansion or variations on the theme, rules or whatever. I have
some ideas already, but don't want to influence your responses.

Idea # 1:
Write me a Dr. Seuss poem.

Idea # 2:
Rickroll me. (imbed some of the words from Rick Astley's "Never Gonna Give You Up"
in the poem)

Idea # 3: 
Write a poem in the style of a different poet, a tribute, not a parody.

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  1. Date: 3/17/2014 11:43:00 AM
    Hmm...good ideas...I like the Dr. Seuss idea best.

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  1. Date: 3/16/2014 8:01:00 PM
    I like the parody idea, Roy. Let me Google it ... it's a "satiric imitation created to mock or trivialize an original work." I would NOT suggest writing a parody based on any Souper's work. NOT everyone has a "strong" sense of humor. However, I would love to have my write parodied ... I think it's a "funny" way to (constructively) criticize. What about a song? A parody of a romantic song ... any old corny hit?

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    Jerden Avatar Roy Jerden Date: 3/16/2014 8:19:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I hear you Ruben! If it were a Poetry Soup parody contest, a rule would request permission be granted by the poet parodied, just like Weird Al Yankovich does for his song parodies. But I think many people would get a kick out of a parody, me included. However, there are some micro-thin skins, it's true.
  1. Date: 3/16/2014 6:03:00 PM
    it's a toss between 2 and 3, roy... for no. 3 , are we saying that if the poet writes in sonnet form, the entry should be a sonnet as well?... i'm brain dead right now, lol... huggs

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    Jerden Avatar Roy Jerden Date: 3/16/2014 7:48:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Well, I guess the main idea is that the poem ideally looks as if it could have been written by the chosen poet, so it should be a form the poet uses/used a lot, don't you think?
  1. Date: 3/16/2014 3:44:00 PM
    Hi Roy....RICKROLL....I used to LOVE that guy! Even one of his later songs...MOVE ON OUT...is amazing. He has a great voice...I'd go for 2...I love music!

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  1. Date: 3/16/2014 3:11:00 PM
    I like the idea of writing a tribute!

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    Jerden Avatar Roy Jerden Date: 3/19/2014 8:47:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Hmmm... I just looked back at that contest and it only got 12 entries...
    Jerden Avatar Roy Jerden Date: 3/19/2014 8:43:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I just remembered that the first contest I ever hosted was a tribute to Rudyard Kipling. It was called "A Poem in the Kipling Manner" as I recall...
    Jerden Avatar Roy Jerden Date: 3/19/2014 8:37:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks, Cyndi. I didn't realize you added more comments until just now. Good ideas!
    MacMillan Avatar Cyndi MacMillan Date: 3/17/2014 10:50:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    For this type of contest, I would think it would be based on both the overall composure of the piece, how well the poem is constructed, all those little nuances, balanced against how well the poem has captured the voice and style of the poem being paid a tribute. ie... someone writing in the fashion of Olgen Nash. Wouldn't be easy to judge...but none are... :)
    MacMillan Avatar Cyndi MacMillan Date: 3/17/2014 10:43:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Judging criteria... you know, I was thinking of writing a blog, sometime, detailing how I judge, what moves me, what I consider stellar poetry... then I'd copy and paste a link to that for every contest I'd host.
    MacMillan Avatar Cyndi MacMillan Date: 3/17/2014 10:41:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Hmmm... well, you could pick five to ten poets, a full range of styles, forms... different eras. Soup has a list of famous poets. You could provide links on your contest page to the poems you choose. I would love some soupers' tributes to HOWL.. can you IMAGINE?!
    Jerden Avatar Roy Jerden Date: 3/16/2014 7:44:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Famous poets, dead poets, Poetry Soup poets? Might need permission for the last one... Judging criteria?
  1. Date: 3/16/2014 1:24:00 PM
    Hi Roy, idea #2 oh dear me-- this is your fault o_O Now I am going to have Rick Astley rickrolling me in my sleep-- hoo boy, oh my... but those Rickroll thingies are annoying in a funny way, haha. Gee. Oh no, him singing is still there. As for idea#1, I think somebody hosted something along those lines before, inspired by Dr. Seuss, as well as #3-- but it would be interesting what poems you can get from those :)... I do remember hosting a contest somewhat inspired by Dr. Seuss' Green Eggs and Ham, wherein I took off from the idea of just using a certain # of different words (29 in my contest)- his Green Eggs only used 50 different words....

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    Jerden Avatar Roy Jerden Date: 3/16/2014 7:53:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Yeah, I kind of remember yours now. What I was hoping to focus on was getting some poems for kids that are fun and easy to read, but that contain a moral lesson, like so many of Dr. Seuss. Of course, we could never duplicate his illustrations, which were so much a part of the fun.
  1. Date: 3/16/2014 11:04:00 AM
    by the way, parody means to make fun of, right? I don't think poets might enjoy us parodying their style . Maybe I need to review definition of the word. Maybe I don't understand exactly what you mean, but i think it would be fun to write a parody OF a famous poem.

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    Jerden Avatar Roy Jerden Date: 3/16/2014 2:04:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    A good famous poem to parody might be "Song of Hiawatha" by Longfellow. The trochaic tetrameter lends itself well to parody, methinks.
    Jerden Avatar Roy Jerden Date: 3/16/2014 11:28:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    You are absolutely right, and that was not my intention. I was thinking about more of a tribute to the style of the poet. I don't know the right word for this, but it's not parody. I'm editing the blog to reflect this. Thanks. BTW, it could be fun to do a parody of a famous poet, really more of a caricature than anything else, an exaggeration of their vocabulary, themes and style..
  1. Date: 3/16/2014 11:02:00 AM
    my favorite is the third one. One is ok, but it's been done here before. Well, parody has been done a few times too, but you have to be more specific what you mean. Parody of a famous poet? could it be parody of a songwriter? they are like poets too and I love to parody songs. Second one you mentioned, not so sure about.

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    Jerden Avatar Roy Jerden Date: 3/16/2014 4:55:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    The idea of a song parody is pretty cool. Kind of a Wierd Al Yankovich contest.
    Jerden Avatar Roy Jerden Date: 3/16/2014 11:34:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Google Rickrolling. It's usually a link which takes you to Rick's video on YouTube, but another form imbeds the words in an unrelated text document. It's a kind of prank, really.
  1. Date: 3/16/2014 8:53:00 AM
    Hi Roy :) I like number 3 because it gives us another reason to read and search out those often overlooked poets who may get little recognition. I enjoy that. hugs, Catie :)

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  1. Date: 3/15/2014 7:26:00 PM
    Tell me what you mean by a parody? I really hate contests where our imagination is stifled by the directions, like using someone else's words.

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    Jerden Avatar Roy Jerden Date: 3/15/2014 7:42:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Well, I was hoping to leave that open for discussion, but by style I didn't mean the vocabulary, unless it can't be separated from the style because it is so much of it. In addition, I wasn't thinking of a parody in a humorous sense, more of a tribute parody, but it's all up for grabs, depending on how the discussion goes. Nothing is set in stone at this point. Suggestions?

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