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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.


Limerick Contest Update - Last chance


Blog Posted:5/27/2014 5:31:00 PM
Come on folks. I'm getting good limericks, but the syllable counts are off.
Can't you please use the  syllable counter Poetry Soup provides?
Just paste in the limerick text and click the "Count Syllables" button.
The results should look like the one below. 99669 on the right side.
The Syllable Counter is a function on the top banner on the right.


Poem Syllable Counter

 
  
(Paste text below - 1500 character maximum)

Our poem syllable counter counts the syllables for each line in a poem entered with hard returns. It is the BEST poetry syllable counter in the world. It uses a combination of a U.S. English syllable dictionary and a formula-based poem syllable counter algorithm. The syllable algorithm may not be entirely accurate due to the numerous syllabic anomalies found within the U.S. English language. As a result, we list the formula-based counter words and their syllable count so you can make any necessary corrections.

Poem Syllable Counter Results
Syllables Per Line:9 9 6 6 9
Total # Syllables:39
Total # Lines:5  (Including empty lines)
Words with (syllables) counted programmatically: N/A
Total # Words:31


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  1. Date: 6/5/2014 11:48:00 AM
    Hi Roy: When do we get the results of Bawdy Bawdy Miss Clawdy?

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    Jerden Avatar Roy Jerden Date: 6/5/2014 1:17:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Initial judging is done. I need to do a re-pass to make sure. Also to prepare a blog as I have some suggestions on how to make a limerick funnier.
  1. Date: 5/31/2014 12:17:00 PM
    Dear Roy, people pronounce words differently. In England, "necessary" does not have four syllables - it has three. Ne ce sry. I try to take this into consideration when judging contests as this is an international site. Meter is another thing that can be changed by the different pronunciations. I actually wrote five or six poems for your contest and then had to choose the bawdiest one. I learned I'm not very bawdy. LOL Good luck to all the contestants! Have a nice weekend, Carolyn

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    Jerden Avatar Roy Jerden Date: 5/31/2014 4:17:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I take these outliers into consideration when counting syllables. I'm very familiar with most pronunciations. Thanks!
  1. Date: 5/28/2014 12:17:00 AM
    roy, it is not a good counter for me. It said one of my syllables was a 0 (not counted programatically) something like that. I don't even know what that means.

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    Jerden Avatar Roy Jerden Date: 5/28/2014 5:56:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    It worked fine for all the limericks I pasted in. I verified manually. In any case, it's a good check and takes just a minute to do.
  1. Date: 5/27/2014 5:46:00 PM
    You can lead a horse to water Roy But you cannot make him drink Using a syllable counter must be harder than we think! I had fun posting my limerick - I hope you enjoy reading it and yes I used the syllable counter. hugs as ever Jan xx

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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

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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,
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7/22/2014A Brush of WingsVersebird,
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6/30/2014Ragnarok: The StormEpyllionweather,
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5/26/2014Albert EinsteinClerihewhumorous,science,
5/22/2014John Cougar MellencampClerihewbio,humorous,
5/19/2014SoupQuatrainpoetry,satire,
5/14/2014Into the SunlightHaikunature,
5/12/2014RainierHaikunature,
5/9/2014JanuariesHaikunature,
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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