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Bloggers PhotoI've always wanted to title my "Bio", "Highlights of a Low-Life" and I'll be damned if I didn't Google that title and it has already been used by someone  else. Figures!

So, here's a bit about me: my name is Chan Hurst. I've been writing poetry,  short-stories, essays and memoirs for 24 years. My forte, though, is "Rhyme"  and I consider it to be the only "true" form of poetry. I know: quite a  debatable, controversial and fascist belief, but this is my fervent conviction,  for which I am unapologetic and shall never waver.

My greatest poetic  influences include Poe, Shelley, Keats and Dickinson. If you are looking for  "odes to nature" or "grandma" or some other mundane topic, I am definitely NOT  the poet to read. I write what's in my Soul, and stay true to my  aesthetic.

I'm 34, gay, partnered for the past 5 years and married in my  own mind and heart. I have 5 children: 2 dogs and 3 cats. I am physically and  mentally disabled, suffer from numerous mental illnesses, am an addict/alcoholic  who also suffers with chronic pain. I'm a highly opinionated introvert with a  staggering IQ (I'm not modest when it comes to intelligence). What you are about  to read now is a paper I wrote as an introduction about myself to my fellow  classmates in one of my many failed attempts at higher  education:

    I am of the opinion that unless you are  some kind of celebrity, no one wants to hear your life story.  Since I find  99.9% of the human race utterly uninteresting, I have no desire to hear about  your plights or triumphs so I don’t expect you to want to hear mine. I’m a  misanthropist, damn it. A jaded Cynic. Would you expect anything less?

 Ok, OK! You asked for it. You want to know so badly? Well, then, I’ll  tell you. I’m a self-professed geek. Yes, I acknowledge as much. It seems that  in today’s age, being a geek is much more chic and “in” than it used to be.  Thank goodness media expands our limits and perceptions of “coolness”. I mean,  hats off to such influences as “Big Bang Theory”, right? You remember all those  reasons you made fun of nerds and geeks in school? Yeah, well, apply them to me.  And may the Force be with you as you live long and prosper. Insert “smiley face”  emoticon.

 Now I will cryptically and enigmatically tell you how un-exactly deep  my well of coolness allegedly is. This will all sound pretty flakyy so feel free  to roll your eyes or LOL wherever you see fit.  Ok, you ready? Thought not,  but here we go anyway: I am that person, that friend of a friend of a friend,  who has seen and experienced the most indescribably incredible things your mind  can fathom on dark and stormy nights.  I’ve had the kind of close  encounters that those weird people on TV swear and attest are true. I’ve  underwent the kind of mind-blowing revelations that those levitating Tibetan  monks or jungle medicine men have probably known for eons. A hit of Timothy  Leary on the end of your tongue on a bright and sunny spring day brings the  universe and life into perspective. But so does walking in the Shoes of  Insanity!

 What else? Hmmmmm. Ok, well, like many of you, I’ve had a number of  adventures in my 34 years on earth. Like what? Patience, young Padawan; I’m  getting to that. For example: I lived overseas with the Kiwis for a time in New  Zealand. I’ve lived high on the hog, but also roamed skid row (but not with  Sebastian Bach). My fashionable myriad of mental maladies have shown me the  inside of The Cuckoo’s Nest on more than one occasion. I’ve nearly died more  times than I can attempt to count. I have climbed the heights of pure Nirvana  and suffered tragedy of the Shakespearean kind. I’ve had organs removed and a  toe amputated. Loved and lost; hated and gained. I’ve been locked up, tied down  and shot at. Just to name a few...    

 I mean, so I got kicked out of a private Christian school in the tenth  grade; hasn’t that happened to everyone? Is going to class on acid really that  big of a deal in the grand scheme of things? Does it really matter that I almost  killed an up and coming country music star back in the 90’s? Or that I used to  dabble in the occult and dress like Dracula? Why are you shaking your head at  me? Who are you, Saint Peter?

 Like most of you, I’ve had various careers over the years; everything  from the educator of your children (I know, someone did indeed drop the ball  when they hired me) and street pharmacist (the money was good!). Years ago, I  enjoyed being the night manager at a hotel (so what if I routinely fell asleep  and slept with the guests?). Once, I had the distinct displeasure of working for  UPS as a truck loader (if any of your packages got smashed or were lost, I  apologize). I’ve been a cashier one too many times (my bad if you got  short-changed). Flipped my share of burgers (what do you mean yours was “raw”?).  In 2006 I worked with the criminally insane (I know, right up my alley!) but  quit two weeks later after I was nearly choked to death. Yeah, I’ve done a  little of everything. What am I doing now you ask? Wouldn’t you like to  know!

Oh, lest I forget, can I get an “AMEN!” if you, too, have perpetrated  embarrassing acts that made your father wince and your mother cry? Can I get a  “HELL YEAH!” if you’ve partied too much and wound up in the slammer or  slept with someone who looked much better when you were drunk? Can I get a fist  bump from all my fellow “He-Whores” and “Jessebels”? No? What a bunch of prudish  pansies! Like I’m the only one who’s gotten too loaded and told everybody I  could play the bongos with my feet? Don’t act like you’ve never passed out in  public or urinated on the side of a church!

 Like everybody else, I could go on and on, yadda yadda yadda with some  blah blah blah, but I think you get the gist of it. I'm a weirdo; a freak and  geek, but damn proud of it. I am unconventional, controversial, unorthodox and  fascist. Hope that's not a problem for you lol.




Most Recent Blog Post


Rhythm Lost
Blog Posted:10/23/2013 3:04:00 PM

 

Rhyme. RHYME! I'm a rhymer; an old rhymer. It's what I do; it's my forte...and, my preference. Why? Because of the rhythm, that's why. I understand the freedom that "free-verse" and its ilk provide, but...more oft than not, I feel no rhythm in those forms; the drumbeat that stirs, thrills and excites my Soul is absent. Does not most art revolve around rhythm? Imagine music sans rhythm, or dance for that matter. Even drawing and painting has a certain rhythm (not always, but usually; same with dance).

I just don't understand this modern fascination, almost fanaticism concerning non-rhyming poetry. It seems to be the most preferred style, and I cannot fathom or comprehend why. Again, I understand the lure of freedom; I've written free-verse pieces, albeit very, very few.

Rhyme, if executed correctly, is clearly superior. Words should roll effortlessly off the tongue and the rhythm should flow like a stream upon which my emotions float, being carried with sound and beat. Free-verse rarely accomplishes this feat.

Do modern poets flock to this form because of the freedom, or because it is much easier to master? Perhaps my opinion is unpopular, but I fervently believe anyone can write free-verse and slap the label of "poetry" upon it.

A true poet is a master of words and commands the form of rhyme much the same way as a conductor to an orchestra. Free-verse, haiku, etc. DO have their merits, but they do not excite or entice me. Rhythm, rhyme and reason all go hand in hand. I just wish more people would appreciate rhyme and write more of it. Enough of the other; bring back the classic form. I know; I know: I am hopelessly Archaic...
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  1. Date: 10/25/2013 7:55:00 AM
    Wow. I had no idea anyone had read this blog entry let alone commented on it. I am biased; I admit it. I agree with most of you: write however it comes out, despite the form it takes. I just feel like rhyme is a dying art form. I blame the beatnik poets for ruining poetry and lowering the bar, but that's just a personal opinion. I admit, I have read some fantastic free-verse pieces on this site, and I also agree with Andrea: there is good and bad rhyme and non-rhyme. I just do not appreciate the non-rhyming styles; they very rarely move me or stir my Soul. When I write my rhymes, they almost never feel forced, but that may be because it comes naturally to me. Hope I didn't offend anyone :)

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  1. Date: 10/25/2013 12:57:00 AM
    Sometimes I'm in a mood to rhyme..Other times I' m in a mood for free verse.I think what is most important is to write what comes natirally to you.For me its not important which is the most difficult or easy to imply but which comes naturally for me to write. Re rhyme being degraded..Its true sometimes it is.Few yrs ago I found a card company who where in search for greetings.One of the rules was to avoid rhyme and I saw that in a magazine publishing as well ..so i get your point.I just say to you..Stick to what you believe is best for you : )..Charma

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  1. Date: 10/24/2013 8:34:00 PM
    If you are able to write poems that rhyme, then go for it. I have tried it and it sounds forced. So none of my poems rhyme.

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  1. Date: 10/24/2013 1:45:00 PM
    JTAP....if rhyme best speaks your art....good 0n yer, mate... I dig a good couplet meself! and haiku....and tanka...and lanterne, yea, especially lanterne....sometimes sonnets make me snore....dig the "outlaws" from the '60's.....and... schneikies! ...Deb's "Celtic" Storie's in poetry are "spine-tinglin! .... yimbo

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  1. Date: 10/24/2013 10:04:00 AM
    I am with Charlotte on this one......free verse for me, expresses more intensity, can bring me to tears, if done well.... It is (for me) a better way to express deep emotion without forcing my words,.....however I also agree with Andrea, when she said it must focus on the sounds of the words..... I will try to include some rhyme, alliteration, etc. without it being a rhymed poem. But both forms I do appreciate, when they are done well. Both forms can be a work of art......or poorly done.....but no...I disagree that free verse is the easy way out. I almost think it can be more difficult to do it well.

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  1. Date: 10/24/2013 8:43:00 AM
    I love rhyme poetry. I love HaHa poetry and the rhyming just adds more emphasis to the fun... But some times the story poems get carried away and the story becomes more important to me than the rhyme... On occassion if I go back to make it rhyme... Then I over work it... and it loses some of it's fun... But to me... Romantic poems should always rhyme and I dearly love sonnets there...

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  1. Date: 10/23/2013 7:50:00 PM
    Just a thought from someone who writes both, free verse is like jazz, it has plenty of rhythm, all kinds of rhythm, try thinking of it like that :)

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  1. Date: 10/23/2013 6:21:00 PM
    writing free verse is not taking the easy option, believe me - it can take me days, weeks or even months of hard work to complete a single poem...I often find what I call 'sing-song' end rhyme serves as a distraction from the emotional content of a poem, but, having said that, I have read some stunning rhyming poems, and I can appreciate those...but all in all, free verse excites me and gives me a sense of endless possibility, in a way that rhyme seldom does...but always my message is: write what you would personally like to read and what comes naturally to you...

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  1. Date: 10/23/2013 6:17:00 PM
    ok, as a natural free verser let me attempt to address some of this...in fact, andrea has put it very well below...firstly, let me say I am a great believer in writing what comes most naturally to you, whether it is free verse or rhyme, because that will invariably be your best work...secondly, I am a great believer that all art forms must continually evolve and move with the times, and free verse is often able to capture modern life in a way that rhyme sometimes can't...there are many poetic devices that are used within free verse and these are what transform it from prose into poetry: alliteration, metaphor, simile, imagery, and, yes, RHYME - subtle, internal and half rhyme -

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  1. Date: 10/23/2013 3:55:00 PM
    I see many things categorized as free verse which are not really free verse! A story is not free verse. it's narrative. A poem with really long lines is often prose poetry,not free verse. A good free verse focuses not just on the message, but also on the sounds of the words (assonance, alliteration) & on line breaks. Symbolism sometimes really helps too, and always imagery is a huge plus. SOme free verse is very obscure or "over the top" for me. I don't enjoy this kind. I love it LUCID, but at the same time, cleverly done, with attention to everything I just mentioned. If free verse fits this description, I am able to love it just as much as a sonnet! all poetry should "Show" & not "tell"!!!

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  1. Date: 10/23/2013 3:46:00 PM
    This is coming from someone who does not write free verse a lot and yet I love to read GOOD free verse. So I think I am fairly unbiased as a sonneteer when I discuss this topic. first of all, to compare a form poem with free verse is like comparing apples and oranges. Some people will always like one more than the other and some love BOTH fruits! There is bad rhyme & bad free verse. There is great rhyme and great free verse. A bad rhyming poem is one that sounds trite and forced. Rhymers should use things like enjambment and figurative language, and always use the very best WAY to express EACH line of their poetry. Good meter for me usually helps too. ON to another box!!

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4/3/2014HAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHHAHaikuafrica,
4/3/2014Anti-PsychoticRhymepain,
3/22/2014Science FrictionRhymespace,stars,
3/21/2014An Exercise in VersatilityVersepoetry,self,
3/19/2014Pas de DeuxRhymelove,
3/18/2014Do Not Read and Operate Heavy Machinery or EquipmentRhymedream,heart,poems,
3/6/2014Inder the UnfluenceCoupletdrink,humor,wine,
2/20/2014PsychomanteumRhymeheart,spiritual,
2/19/2014RosettaI do not know?confusion,nonsense,
2/19/2014What's Weighing Heavy on My HeartRhymelost love,
2/17/2014She Sold Her Soul in a Bathroom MirrorRhymeevil,satire,woman,
2/12/2014The Last SonRhymeart,truth,winter,
2/11/2014What Gets On My NervesNarrativeanger,angst,how i feel,
2/10/2014Surgical BlueFree versehealth,me,satire,
2/8/2014Restless NativesSonnetboat,journey,ocean,
2/7/2014Casting CouchSonnetart,god,life,
2/5/2014Hemlock ValentineRhymedeath,fire,grave,heart,lo
2/4/2014Veracious Vainglorious Vivacious Vixen: Very Virtuous, Very ViciousRhymebeauty,woman,
2/1/2014I'm Gonna Need a TransplantRhymeabuse,addiction,drink,
1/31/2014Assault and PepperRhymehow i feel,
1/28/2014Bionic Betty: Another True Tale from the Mental WardNarrativecrazy,woman,
1/26/2014Nothing's NewRhymefun,morning,poems,sun,wom
1/25/2014Memoir: Crashing Women's Studies- Feminists, BEWARE lolNarrativeart,funny,poetry,social,w
1/25/2014Social ClimberRhymedeath,father,heaven,money
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