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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.


Bogus Entries in Contests


Blog Posted:7/19/2014 6:46:00 AM

Every contest I sponsor, I get two or three bogus entries, usually shortly after the contest is opened.
I'm curious if these folks are entering their poem in multiple contests, possibly without reading the rules?
Here are the titles and first line:

Girls, flowers, and rivers - Mohammad Abedin

Form: Light Poetry

Every girl is like a flower

The scent of WATER - Madhavi Suyog Pagare

Form: Classicism

Beating the Rhythm against my Eyes,

How many of you hosting a contest have received these entries also?

BTW, I wish PS would not allow you to put the same poem in multiple open contests.

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  1. Date: 8/15/2014 4:36:00 PM
    I find I get 5 or so in each contest Roy that have nothing to do with the contest subject and are never dated hugs

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  1. Date: 7/22/2014 12:47:00 PM
    Dear Roy, Sometimes we all received poems that are "off topic" for contests. It's a shame, because I've actually received some beautifully-written poems that didn't meet any of the contest requirements. Don't know why this happens. Take care, Carolyn

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  1. Date: 7/19/2014 8:47:00 PM
    I don't think there has ever been a rule about using 1 poem in more than 1 contest? What would be wrong with that if it fulfilled the rules for both contests.

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    Jerden Avatar Roy Jerden Date: 7/19/2014 8:51:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Point already conceded below.
  1. Date: 7/19/2014 2:50:00 PM
    Roy it is a constant problem, but I do not agree with you about entering the same poem into multiple contests, if the poem fits the requirements then go ahead....It is also very interesting how one judge may love your work and the next one does not like it as much...

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    Jerden Avatar Roy Jerden Date: 7/19/2014 6:39:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I see your point, but it's something I personally never do, as I almost always write a new poem specifically for each contest. Some folks are trying to get input from other judges, so that's good. I wish there were an online judging form that could be used as part of the judging process. Subjectivity cannot be eliminated, but it could be reduced.
  1. Date: 7/19/2014 10:44:00 AM
    I always get at least one or two totally unrelated to the theme. It's small enough number that I don't sweat it. Just click the not accept key.

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  1. Date: 7/19/2014 8:08:00 AM
    PS. Those same people put unrelated poetry in my contests too. If it doesn't fit I ignore it... Perhaps there is a language barrier or they are desperate for some one to read their work... That's why I put up the first contest about your favorite poems... So the newer members (and older) could find a place to show their work. Since many write but the contests have become too VERY narrow for most entrees. My poems never fit any where either. I know the feeling. A few more open contests would help the newer members.

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  1. Date: 7/19/2014 7:58:00 AM
    In my contests I have received explicit sexual abuse poems. Usually 3 very offensive poems each time. They of course have nothing to do with childrens and fun upbeat poems. I would like to have a way to block these or have them labeled as what they are... Three people need more therapy... and their poems are offensive to read.

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    Fraser Avatar James Fraser Date: 7/19/2014 10:07:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I agree with Roy, we simply don't need these people!
    Jerden Avatar Roy Jerden Date: 7/19/2014 8:23:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    You could shame them in a blog...
  1. Date: 7/19/2014 7:22:00 AM
    I will be blogging about contests soon, too, Roy. I have no idea why this is done. I think, personally, they need to get rid of the stupid points system. Some want those "points" Uh? A-wa? Some just think that they have written the best thing under the sun and believe it is worthy of scholarly study. What is your contest, again, and is there anyway that in some "minute" fashion these poems might meet even one of your criteria?

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    Jerden Avatar Roy Jerden Date: 7/19/2014 8:16:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I agree with removing the points system. I think it drives unhealthy behavior, at least to some small degree.
    Jerden Avatar Roy Jerden Date: 7/19/2014 8:15:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    My contest is for iambic pentameter poems only and must include a scansion of the poem. Not even in the ballpark.
  1. Date: 7/19/2014 7:22:00 AM
    In my dream Soup, there would be a reply button to the contests entrants. We get a poem, we get to send back a "blind" reply. We don't know who sent the poem, just we get to acknowledge receipt of the poem and attach a note, say of 100 characters max? Something like: Please check spelling or Thank you. Received for the haiku contest but it is a sonnet. Or, Thank you for supporting my contest. Or, Please check syllables. Or, you have posted this to the wrong contest. Please check the contest board and your poem. etc etc...

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    Dietrich Avatar Andrea Dietrich Date: 7/19/2014 10:44:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I LOVE this proposed system, Cyndi!!!
    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian Date: 7/19/2014 8:49:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Cyndi...you are so smart! :)
    Jerden Avatar Roy Jerden Date: 7/19/2014 8:18:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I agree fully!
    cornish Avatar craig cornish Date: 7/19/2014 8:15:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Excellent idea!

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