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I guess you could say I'm a citizen of the world. I've traveled....and I've lived parts of my life in Iran, Lebanon, the US, and Cyprus. I am proud of my Armenian heritage. I was born in Tehran, Iran and soon after that, my family went to the States for my dad to work on his MA degree and many years later, to work on his Ed.D. I have a lot of the Middle East and the West in me, and at times....I feel confused about my identity. I do, however, cling to my Armenian roots and am outspoken about recognition by the world of the Armenian Genocide that took place over 100 years ago.

Since my parents had no common language, the language spoken in our home was English. Yes, I am most fluent in English, and I think, dream, and converse in that language, though I do speak 5 other languages to varying degrees! :)

I am melancholy/sanguine by nature and feel everything very keenly. My highs are SUPER HIGH...and my lows...SUPER LOW! I guess you could say...I'm INTENSE. I'm passionate about poetry to the point of obsession.

The events that have colored my life are the death of my mother due to MS and the war in Lebanon. As a child, it was hard for me to come to grips with the fact that my mother was ill, and to see her go from being a vibrant, well-loved teacher to a wheelchair bound, isolated woman was a very harrowing experience. I do believe, though, that there is a resurrection day and that, by His grace, I will see my Mama fully restored...free of wheelchair, able to sing, laugh, and smile again. The war in Lebanon...bombs landing all around, nights spent in bomb shelters.. has also scarred me to some degree.

What I'm most proud of? That would be my daughter...Shereen Natalie Ghali. She is the light of my life. Her name in Farsi means SWEET! :)

Currently, I teach English at Middle East University in Beirut, Lebanon. Poetry Soup has been a haven for me....most of the time! ;) I've developed amazing friendships here that are very genuine and real. My dream is to one day have my name on a volume of poetry! One can always dream....Thank you for making the effort to get acquainted. God bless!


 


OVER THE MOON! My new form.....


Blog Posted:3/20/2014 8:13:00 PM
Those of you who know me, know that poetry is my PASSION. I live, breath, dream, and LIVE it....INTENSELY!   If I don't write....I'm....unfulfilled. I'm DYING to make some sort of impact in this field. Yea, a little crazy, I know!

I've been fascinated with new forms that poets have come up with!!

Richard Lamoureux with his questionku! Good one, Richard! Proud of you!

Suzette Richards with her Suzette Prime...(I wrote a poem in that form, The Argument for Love, and she has it as a sample poem on her website!!!!)

Connie Marcus Wong with her CONSTANZA! :) What a beauty that is! Simply breathtaking! What a name! ;) 

Andrea Dietrich has new forms, but I haven't gotten to know what they are yet.

And here am I...humble little old me...trying to live the dream and come up with a NEW FORM! I had so much fun working on the swap quatrain for Andrea's contest. (Yes, the one that I forgot to enter and made such a hullabaloo about ) Well, it somehow got me working, and I came up with a form that is similar in some respects. I'm tickled pink that some poets have already used it with some variations. It has been used by F J Thomas, Richard Lamoureux, Jared Pickette, and now....Craig Cornish!

Craig has been a mentor to me. He has helped me with my sonnet form, which I have totally fallen in LOVE with...No, not the modern form but the good old fashioned variety!! I asked him to give me his opinion on my form...which was originally to be comprised of 3 stanzas of quatrains, each with a tagged on fifth line which was a combination of the ENDINGS of the following lines:

Stanza 1: fifth line ENDINGS of lines 1 & 2 of THAT stanza.
Stanza 2: fifth line ENDINGS of lines 2 & 3 of THAT stanza. 
Stanza 3: fifth line ENDINGS of lines 4 & 1 of THAT stanza.

Each stanza was to have a mono-rhyme for that stanza...and the theme of the poem was to be a reversal of what was presented in stanza one...something like the concept of a diamante. Start somewhere...end in the opposite place. I wrote one called Revenge's Reward. The twist? She starts by saying how she is exacting her revenge, and in the last line, we see that she is suffering because her heart is torn.

I'm thinking of sponsoring a contest in this NEW FORM! It needs a name. F J has suggested the Eileenesque. :) Some have suggest my last name. If you have read my BLOG As our Shadows Lengthen, you will understand why I want my first name or my maiden name instead of my married name there in the form name.

Would you kindly visit Craig's poem and give it a read? He has given an alternate type of rhyme pattern, and I'm SO curious to know what you all think and if this form has merit.

OH...if I have a new form..that becomes KNOWN...with my name on it...I THINK I WILL JUST FAINT AWAY WITH JOY AND HAPPINESS. It will be a DREAM COME TRUE FOR ME!!!! Oh....I wish...I wish...I wish....I W I S H!!!!

Will you visit Craig's poem? Here is he link:

http://www.poetrysoup.com/poems_poets/poem_detail.aspx?ID=551662

He gives a good explanation of the form, though he has made some variations. CRAIG...if you are reading this....I'm FLOORED!!! Thank you..thank you...thank you. A great big THANKS to the other poets who have tried it as well. LOVE YOU GUYS!

The rest of you? Get cracking and give me your opinions....Pretty please???? Help me live the DREAM!!!!



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  1. Date: 3/25/2014 10:43:00 AM
    Hey...I found the blog...yeah...I'm so not into this computer stuff..you should see my throw away phone....you'd certainly laugh!!..anyway..need to read examples for direction...still trying..:-) :-) :-)

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  1. Date: 3/22/2014 5:41:00 AM
    EILEENESQUE, In honour of Eileen Ghali .... please check out the poem I wrote in fun. More mail to you :-)

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    Richards Avatar Suzette Richards Date: 3/24/2014 1:46:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    lol... It was very close to the PS rules of it being a "Family site".....
    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian Date: 3/23/2014 1:53:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    WHERE? WHY did you remove it, Suzette. I tried to find it, but I couldn't! Why did you remove it???? BOO HOO HOO
    Richards Avatar Suzette Richards Date: 3/22/2014 10:58:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Poem now removed.... ;-)
  1. Date: 3/22/2014 4:25:00 AM
    Tail rhyme (translated from the French rime couée or Latin rhythmus caudatus, also called caudate rhyme): A unit of verse in which a shorter line, followed by a longer line or section of longer lines, rhymes with a preceding short line. It may also use rhyming couplets or triplets, followed by a tail or much shorter line, where the tails rhyme with one another. Usually the same metre (eg as applicable to a couplet) is employed throughout the poem. Spenserian sonnet: A variant on the English form is the Spenserian sonnet, named after Edmund

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    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian Date: 3/23/2014 1:52:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks, Suzette. I may do a new blog, with your suggestions for the title, and include this link there. :) Thanks ever so much!!! You have accomplished wonderful things! You...my dear...are sitting pretty!
    Richards Avatar Suzette Richards Date: 3/22/2014 5:39:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    www.suzette-poet-author.webs.com and my new website www.suzettepoet.webs.com
    Richards Avatar Suzette Richards Date: 3/22/2014 5:37:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Sure, you may give the link to my site in your blog here or elsewhere. I am honoured. :-)
    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian Date: 3/22/2014 5:04:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I'd love everyone here to have a look see what you have accomplished and are doing! That's is...those who will check my BLOG! :) WOW! So wonderful that you shared with me!!! Please, if you don't mind...give me the link and I will put it both in the content of my blog and in a separate comment! :) HUGS...I have so much to do, Suzette. How will I EVER shine???? :( TOO FAR TO GO...SO MUCH TO LEARN....
    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian Date: 3/22/2014 5:03:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    MY DEAR SUZETTE!!!!! I am a SIMPLETON!!!! OH...what a wealth of information! I am simply in awe of what you have shared! First..that you would even bother, second...that you know so much...third...that you have gifted me with this knowledge. Oh!! THANK YOU! :) I find it intriguing. I really do!!! Suzette, may I give the link of your site here on this BLOG??? You have everything laid out SO beautifully and such detailed descriptions? MAY I? Pretty PLEASE!!!
    Richards Avatar Suzette Richards Date: 3/22/2014 4:57:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    BTW I don't (and never will) like poetry forms which call for metre. There had been too many "discussions" aound syllable counts: eg "every"- one or two... etc. Also, the emphasis of certain words used in the USA, falls differenlty in SA (making it difficult for me to track metre). So, please: no poetry form where metre is a strict rule of the form..... :-)
    Richards Avatar Suzette Richards Date: 3/22/2014 4:36:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I hope these notes, from my website, are of help to clarify and gel your thoughts around your proposed poetry form. As far as the topic of the poetry form is conscerned, I think that it is covered by the Romantism. It is not unusual to have a particular subject which you wish to express in a sonnet, eg Ekphrasis. Love, Su
    Richards Avatar Suzette Richards Date: 3/22/2014 4:30:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Hybronette: The form name is derived from hybrid and sonnet. This form is an offspring of a sonnet; that is to say that it must consist of fourteen lines; each line must be octal syllabic (ie 8 syllables per line), does not necessarily have to be iambic although it can be if desired, and the rhyme scheme can be ABABCDCDEFEFGG, couplet rhyme, or other acceptable schemes, allowing the poet more latitude to work with, and finally, the end rhyme can be a combination of rhymes (masculine, feminine, slant, etc.) or used anyway the poet deems appropriate.
    Richards Avatar Suzette Richards Date: 3/22/2014 4:28:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    A quatorzain (from French quatorze, fourteen) is a poem of fourteen lines. Historically the term has often been used interchangeably with the term 'sonnet'. Various writers have tried to draw distinctions between 'true' sonnets, and quatorzains. Nowadays the term is seldom used, and when it is, it usually is used to distinguish fourteen line poems that do not follow the various rules that describe the sonnet. A Fourteener, in poetry, is a line consisting of 14 syllables, usually having 7 iambic heptametric feet, most commonly found in English poetry produced in the 16th and 17th centuries. Fourteeners often appear as rhymed couplets, in which case they may be seen as ballad stanza or common metre hymn quatrains in two rather than four lines. The term may also be used as a synonym for quatorzain, a 14-line poem, such as a sonnet.
    Richards Avatar Suzette Richards Date: 3/22/2014 4:27:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Spenserian sonnet: A variant on the English form is the Spenserian sonnet, named after Edmund Spenser (c.1552-1599), in which the rhyme scheme is abab, bcbc, cdcd, ee. A Spenserian sonnet does not appear to require that the initial octave set up a problem that the closing sestet answers, as with a Petrarchan sonnet. Instead, the form is treated as three quatrains connected by the interlocking rhyme scheme and closed by a couplet. The linked rhymes of his quatrains suggest the linked rhymes of such Italian forms as terza rima. {From Wikipedia} - Also, see Quatorzain/Fourteener under the Gallery here
  1. Date: 3/22/2014 1:48:00 AM
    Thank you for the mention, Eileen. Yes, your poem is featured on the blog on my website: Suzette - Poet & Author. It made its debut on my fb page, Let's Talk Poetry & Prose. It is a fine example of Suzette Prime. I will have a look at the poem mentioned and comment directly on there. Love, Su

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    Richards Avatar Suzette Richards Date: 3/22/2014 2:57:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    BTW What your proposed form reminds me of is a variant of tail-rhyme. X
    Richards Avatar Suzette Richards Date: 3/22/2014 2:15:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you, Eileen. Have a nice weekend. I will soup mail you my comments. Nothing to hide, but I love writing letters instead of commenting. :-)
    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian Date: 3/22/2014 1:50:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    You know how highly I think of you, Suzette. That was a highlight in my life when that happened! :) I was and am honored. I'm so sorry I haven't been more active...I found it hard to be two places at once! I will come back now and again...You do have a lovely group, my dear! HUGS!
  1. Date: 3/21/2014 11:48:00 PM
    This is wonderful Craig. I really thought the repeating lines added more depth to the poem and I think she may decide to do as you suggest in having alternate rhyme schemes. It was creative the way you have written it. This is what I wrote Craig about the poem he created Eileen. I wish you all the luck in the world for your dream to come true. I think it is beautiful. Hugs, C

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    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian Date: 3/22/2014 1:14:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Connie! I'm so glad you passed by. SO sweet of you! Thanks ever so much! I really do like your form...It is just lovely and I enjoyed writing for that contest. I did get second place! :) I'm glad you liked Craig's poem. It is lovely...Thanks for your encouragement. I do want to have a form named after me....SO BADLY. Perhaps this is a little too complicated. Maybe I can come up with something else. I'll keep trying! HUGS! :)
  1. Date: 3/21/2014 11:38:00 PM
    Thank you so much for mentioning my Constanza form Eileen. I am off to check out Craig's poem at the link you provided. Hugs, Connie Marcum Wong

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    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian Date: 3/22/2014 1:15:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Oh...the pleasure is all mine, Connie. It is such a beautiful form! :)
  1. Date: 3/21/2014 12:02:00 PM
    hi eileen.. i created a new form for my first contest here.. needless to say, i'm excited to see what this style is all about.. let me go over at craig's to check this on out... thrilled!.. huggs

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    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian Date: 3/22/2014 1:16:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    OH, did you? How lovely. Did you get PS to add it to the forms here? If not, why not? You should! Thanks for dropping by, my dear. You are always a joy to visit with!
  1. Date: 3/21/2014 11:18:00 AM
    Hmmm...I'll have to look into this when I have some more time. Sounds interesting...I'll let ya know. Take care, hon!

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    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian Date: 3/22/2014 1:18:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Hi, Caleb! :) How are you, hunter man??? ;) Do have a look at it when you have time. Did you read my response to your post on my poem? I sure hope so! Take care...
  1. Date: 3/21/2014 10:04:00 AM
    Hi sweet Eileen...Eileenesque is a wonderful name for your new form..I read Craig's romantic poem inspired by your newly introduced form yesterday,dear..You are so Eileenesquely manassan ghali Wonderful.So happy to see you 'happy'..Im proud of you : )

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    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian Date: 3/22/2014 1:19:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Elieenesquelly Manassian Ghali! HA HA! How adorable is that. Yes, I am happy, Charmaine. When I am...I try to make it last as long as possible. You are a sweetie pie to visit. Love you!
  1. Date: 3/21/2014 8:24:00 AM
    It was fun Eilee ;) Going to work on another one.

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    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian Date: 3/22/2014 1:20:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Oh....you are sweetheart to do that! Woman....YOU ROCK! Love ya!!! If guys can have bromances....can we have sistamances??? HA HA HA HA! HA HA HA HA! Oh, FJ...I'm a silly silly goose!
  1. Date: 3/20/2014 9:54:00 PM
    Eilleen, Your blog got me curious to check my two created forms and I was surprised to see five workshops on the Hexsonneta. Gosh I only wrote one or two of them myself and there are all kinds of them on the internet as well as that 7/5 trochee, which is not quite an invention, just my putting a name to a common type of meter and putting a rule to it for a type of poem. So fun looking at examples on it online! Soon that will be you, seeing your form on google. One of my friends, who did Wrapped refrain and Trijan refrain, has tons of poets using her forms. She invented like TEN!!!

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    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian Date: 3/21/2014 7:29:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Oh oh oh oh......Isn't that just the pinnacle of pleasure??? I'm SO proud of you!!! Hexsonneta....lovely name!!! Must check it out and try it. Oh....if I can't get a book of poetry out...THIS ...THIS will be my consolation...a form I've cteated!!! Imagine! I'm ecstatic. Thanks for letting us know your forms. You are s poetess with finesse.
  1. Date: 3/20/2014 8:36:00 PM
    Hey, Eileen. this is so cool. I just saw Craig's poem that you directed us too. He sure has you described well! The romantic poet. It's a very cool form and I love the name F.J. suggested for you. It sounds very elegant. By the way, I only have two forms: Hexsonneta, which I have never promoted here, and the 7/5 Trochee, which I have done a few contests for. Hope you will check that one out sometime!!

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    Dietrich Avatar Andrea Dietrich Date: 3/20/2014 11:31:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I'll have to see theirs. Just came back to check a few things and Now have to get off again!
    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian Date: 3/20/2014 8:43:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    ;) Andrea! You are here! How sweet is that? Thanks, my dear. Yes, I'm glad you read Craig's latest. It is a lovely write. Richard has done a lovely one too....Beneath the Tree...and Flo and Jared. Each has done their own twist...I think Craig came closest to my original idea, though he did change some of the line endings. I will check yours out, my dear. It's almost 4:00 am. Will catch you in the PM....Hugs
  1. Date: 3/20/2014 8:26:00 PM
    Hi Eileen, I read a poem today, and the form on the note was **Eileenesque :) Now, I know why I thought of you, when I ran across the new introduced form. I want you to make it happen. YEAH! Invent and ask the soup to add the form in the list. Great blog... LINDA

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    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian Date: 3/20/2014 8:31:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    OH!!! Hi, PD! :) Thanks for the support. I really appreciate it. I want to see what people think of Craig's poem as well, because he did give an explanation on it...as did FLO. I want to see what people think of having mono-rhyme or a different rhyme pattern. We will see how this blog goes...and then...THEN...maybe! :) Thanks for the vote of support.

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FEELINGS Epigramimagination,introspection
The Mirror is a Liar Rhymededication,metaphor,
The Wedding Ring Quatrainangst,marriage,night,
The Perfect Womens Club Free versewomen,change,
IF I WERE ASKED Epigramgirlfriend,love,wife,
SNOWFLAKES Epigramangel,grief,love,
THE DREAM I LIVE Epigramdevotion,dream,love,dream
Cliches Debunked Quatrainhappiness,humorous,old,bi
Space Rhymedream,space,
Forever Demands Nonetlove,
Beyond Infinity Free verseintrospection,
Walk a Mile Free versephilosophy,
In Your Poems Free versededication,words,
Super Soupers Prosefantasy,writing,girl,me,p
Powerless Villanellelove,me,dream,dream,magic
Love Returned Senryulove,
The Real You Senryudevotion,
Fireflies Haibunlove,nature,me,light,ligh
Locked in a Jar Terzanellelove,heart,dark,dark,hear
What is this Space Quatrainblue,inspirational,
Paint Your Dreams On a Canvas Free verseart,beautiful,inspiration
Friend Free versefriendship,
Every now and then Lyriclove,miss you,
Hurricane Eileen - The Storm I do not know?dedication,
Five Stars Quatraindedication,poems,
Hidden Key Free versecreation,dance,dream,
Ghost Guitar Coupletlove,
A Thousand Dark Secrets Dramatic Verseanger,angst,bereavement,p
Lifegivers Response Free versebible,celebration,drink,j
Red is the colour of passion Free verselove,lust,passion,
HAIKU VERSUS RHYTHM AND RHYME Haikuon writing and words
MIRAGE Free verselife,lost,love,
She Whispered Light Poetryinspirational,life,women,
Little Star Light Poetrylove,memory,
Fire Rises Rhymepassion,passion,
Cinder Girl Rhyme 
The Teacher Free verseteacher,
Marhaba Light Poetryheaven,history,mystery,
THE QUESTION MARK Light Poetrylife,success,
A PLACID LAKE Epigramintrospection,philosophy,
Articulation of Tears Free versehope,life,sad,
Delicate Versefire,love,memory,
I Touch Your Existence Light Poetrylove,
Jesus, Our Savior Shapelife,religion,
May The Force Be With You Blank versegrief,life,mystery,
That's Good Enough For Me Rhymefamily,marriage,
True Hearts Beating Terzanellededication,love,beautiful
A Quivering Heart Rhymelove,life,
Bliss Free versedesire,life,longing,lust,
Initiative Free versefriendship,life,longing,l
Fool the world Light Poetryphilosophy,poetry,
King Sun and Goddess Sea Coupletsea,summer,
Figment Free versebeautiful,
Lost in the World of Lonely Lyriclost love,
Stardust Drench me Versehope,imagination,
Warrior Princess Terzanellefantasy,
In the Absence of Moonlight Quatrainlove,
Bengal Personificationnature,
Half Of A Heart Concretehealth,heart,
My Mind A Ship In Darkness Free verseadventure,
Flower Song Free versebeauty,love,romance,
Ugly Acrosticbeautiful,image,
BEAUTY ABIDES Blank versebeautiful,desire,dream,em
Lace Acrosticsensual,
Betty Boop From Beirut Quatraindedication,love,
away Rictameterlife,
A Dream Weaved Free versebeautiful,celebration,for
My insolent heart ABCaddiction
Shabbat Shalom Free versebeautiful,devotion,love,r
Lately I've Been Feeling Like: Free verserelationship,
The Big Bang Free versebeautiful,creation,love,s
Opened Book Free versebooks,emotions,metaphor,
Rainbow Symphony Free versecolor,
I Want to Leave Light Poetryheart,lost,love,
James Bond the Poet Light Poetryhumorous,life,love,romanc
Dampened Sheets Free versebeauty,love,lust,sexy,
Paper Lion Quatrainfantasy,
AROUSE ME Imagismlove,lust,senses,
Eileen And I Quatrainlove,peace,
Woman Quatrainwoman,
Wild Rose Free verseallegory,
How I Miss You Free versepassion,romantic,
Kiss the Wind Light Poetrybeauty,cry,desire,love,
The Mourning After Narrativeloss,
Another Man's Clothes Free verseintrospection,
The Ghost of You, a love letter Free versebeautiful,loneliness,love
Lament of My Life Kyrielledestiny,sad,
Clerihew Soup Clerihewtribute,
warm solar love Free verselove,moon,romance,romanti
All I Want For Christmas Coupletchristmas,
rosebuds Free verseromance,rose,
Simple Words For Simple People Proseanalogy,beach,beautiful,b
That Exquisite Moment Narrativelove,romance,
Unlimited Narrativelove,
In Search Free versebeautiful,bible,god,
bewitched by beauty Free versedream,romance,romantic,
Dream of You Free versefor her,how i feel,i love
The Lives We Choose Free versefreedom,
To Be With You - Balladdesire,
A beautiful truth I do not know?poetry,

Fav Poets

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Richard Lamoureux Canada Flag Canada Read
ilene bauer United States Flag United States Read
Demetrios Trifiatis Greece Flag Greece Read
Donna Jones United States Flag United States Read
harry horsman United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom Read
Heather Ober Canada Flag Canada Read
Richard D Seal United States Flag United States Read
Painted Hunter United States Flag United States Read
Andrea Dietrich United States Flag United States Read
Drake Eszes United States Flag United States Read
kash poet India Flag India Read
Ken Carroll United States Flag United States Read
Jack Ellison Canada Flag Canada Read
arthur vaso Canada Flag Canada Read
liam mcdaid Ireland Flag Ireland Read
FJ Thomas United States Flag United States Read
Charmaine Chircop Malta Flag Malta Read
Tim Ryerson United States Flag United States Read
Paul Callus Malta Flag Malta Read
Mel Merrill United States Flag United States Read
Justin Bordner United States Flag United States Read
Tim Smith United States Flag United States Read
The LYRIC United States Flag United States Read
Maurice Yvonne Canada Flag Canada Read
David Meade United States Flag United States Read
Martin Lynch Ireland Flag Ireland Read
Emile Pinet Canada Flag Canada Read
Adam W. Hunter United States Flag United States Read
Silent One United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom Read
KP Nunez Philippines Flag Philippines Read
Laura Breidenthal United States Flag United States Read
Lin Lane United States Flag United States Read