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I'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 25 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 35, 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.

 

 


An Attitude of Gratitude :)


Blog Posted:10/31/2013 12:18:00 PM

For me, it is extremely important that I thank my audience for reviewing my work and posting feedback and comments. If someone has taken the time to read, review and
comment on one of my pieces, it’s imperative that they be thanked for their
endeavor. I make sure to thank each and every person who leaves me replies on
my poetry. I think it’s the proper, correct and respectful thing to do. I
cannot begin to fathom not being gracious enough to say, at the very least, “thank you”. I don’t pretend to understand why anyone would not be grateful enough to convey appreciation for the audience taking time to read, review and comment. The idea or prospect of not doing this is utterly lost on me.

I realize and understand a lot of people struggle with time constraints; perhaps someone is unable to say a quick “thanks” at that very moment and maybe it takes a few days to get back to the reviewer. I, myself, due to illness, have been unable to thank someone in a timely manner, but I always go back and state my appreciation at some point, because I feel it is the right thing to do. Even if someone is unable to thank every person
individually, I think it’s important to at least write a quick note on the poem, thanking everyone for commenting in one encompassing post. And if this is somehow inefficient, then I hope it is being accomplished via SoupMail and/or in comments back so someone.

Reading and reviewing is the lifeblood of this site, I think. Without it, The Soup would be very dull, indeed. The point I am making (and I hope my message does not get misconstrued) is that I think it’s important to be gracious, and be verbal about it. It doesn’t take long to say “thanks”. I appreciate people who appreciate their audience. I hope to never lose this sense of gratitude.

I am not picking on anyone; it’s every poet’s prerogative whether or not they feel this is an important aspect and experience of The Soup. I am not assigning blame or guilt or pointing fingers. Just because I believe it is important and imperative does not mandate or require anyone else to follow this example or practice and believe the same thing. It’s just the right thing for me, and I hope it’s also important to many of you out there as
well.

Even though I have done so individually, I want to personally thank every single person who has read and/or reviewed my work. I deeply appreciate it. I hope this blog isn’t perceived as offensive; if you find it to be such, let me apologize well in advance. Thank you for reading.



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  1. Date: 10/31/2013 11:28:00 PM
    hey, here is a blog I can totally agree with!! When I first came here, I was so intent on getting to know the site, I wrote down the names of every single person I'd commented to, just to get a feel for the place and who were the friendly ones. I think about half replied to me. It says a lot about human nature! In numerology I'm a five. That's the addictive personality that likes to have fun, and also the one most likely to thank anyone for just about anything. So a lot of it has to do with personality, my friend. That's just how it is, whether we like it or not! (not to mention, our upbringing)

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    That Archaic Poet Avatar Just That Archaic Poet Date: 11/1/2013 9:00:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Glad that so many of you agree; thanks for reading and replying, Andrea :)
  1. Date: 10/31/2013 8:06:00 PM
    I agree, Chan...my feeling is...most of all...poets should be encouraged to "keep writing"

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    That Archaic Poet Avatar Just That Archaic Poet Date: 11/1/2013 9:00:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks for reading, Jimbo :)
  1. Date: 10/31/2013 4:55:00 PM
    Many times i leave my thanks for viewing my posts when I visit that persona 's post..cause yes of course every comment needs appreciation..I just dnt leave it in the reply box..Yes appreciation is important.

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    That Archaic Poet Avatar Just That Archaic Poet Date: 11/1/2013 8:59:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I think so, too; thanks, Charm :)
  1. Date: 10/31/2013 1:07:00 PM
    I'm glad you're not mad at me after reading my comment. : D I was testing you, the "acidity" of my comment was on purpose. There are not many Soupers who accept the "I don't like it" ... feel free to visit my humble poems, BUT ... just to say what you dont like. : D

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    That Archaic Poet Avatar Just That Archaic Poet Date: 10/31/2013 1:22:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Of course I'm not mad, Ruben; I can't be angry for getting what I was asking for. I appreciate what you did, and I will definitely check out your poems when I get back from grocery shopping :)
  1. Date: 10/31/2013 12:37:00 PM
    It is important to note than the only bad critique [also] is NO critique. There are comments such as I can identify with what you have written, which is nice, but won't help you become a better writer, some folks want only comments [and nice ones] and with all the folks on the site it is hard to know who's here just for fun & want only 'comments' and who's here to grow in the art of poetry & would like serious critiques. I give both & TRY to remember who wants what BUT sometimes I'm not careful enough!

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    Guzzi Avatar Debbie Guzzi Date: 10/31/2013 5:27:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Hey a Hmmmmmmm isn't a bad thing, a hmmm usually means the content isn't clear and I'd like it to be so I could better enjoy it!
    Chircop Avatar Charmaine Chircop Date: 10/31/2013 5:14:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Your support helps me enjoy poetry and your constructive critiszm helps me grow..You know you were one of my best haiku tutors Deborah.So for that I'm still grateful and Ruben helped me many times through poetry too..Not now of course He is very busy but am grateful for earlier times..Have a gr8 even. : )
    O. Avatar Ruben O. Date: 10/31/2013 12:56:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    You know that I love your hmmmms. : D

My Past Blog Posts

 
What's So Phunny?
Date Posted: 8/20/2014 12:32:00 PM
In Out Up Down
Date Posted: 8/20/2014 1:11:00 AM
Salutations, my dear friends!
Date Posted: 8/9/2014 12:51:00 PM
Trouble-Makers!
Date Posted: 3/26/2014 11:19:00 AM
Through the Looking Glass
Date Posted: 3/21/2014 2:00:00 PM
I'm Ready for My Close Up, Mr. DeMille!!!!!
Date Posted: 3/18/2014 5:22:00 PM
Artpocalypse PentaStar
Date Posted: 3/3/2014 1:28:00 PM
So Mad I Can't See Straight!!!!! : Seeing Stars
Date Posted: 2/20/2014 11:35:00 AM
Inappropriate Laughter: A Series of Short but Embarrassing Memoirs
Date Posted: 2/17/2014 4:22:00 PM
New/Old Collage Art Piece :)
Date Posted: 2/12/2014 12:39:00 AM
More Pentagram/Optical Art
Date Posted: 2/8/2014 4:20:00 AM
You Wanna Know Something that Gets on My Nerves?
Date Posted: 2/3/2014 12:30:00 PM
Bionic Betty: Another True Tale from the Mental Ward!
Date Posted: 1/28/2014 10:13:00 PM
Memoir: Crashing "Women's Studies"; Feminists, BEWARE! lol
Date Posted: 1/25/2014 1:42:00 PM
My Pentagram Art; let me know what you think! :) ~Chan
Date Posted: 1/16/2014 6:08:00 AM
THE KING AND MASTER OF POETRY!!!!! KNEEL!
Date Posted: 1/7/2014 12:20:00 PM
Click for a Surprise...!?
Date Posted: 12/31/2013 10:32:00 PM
Do We, As Artists, Have The Right to Change Our Work?
Date Posted: 12/23/2013 11:12:00 AM
Coming Clean
Date Posted: 12/17/2013 5:01:00 PM
Paper-Cup Porsche: Memoir from the Mental Ward
Date Posted: 12/3/2013 8:38:00 AM
Collage Art: Warning, May Be Offensive!
Date Posted: 12/1/2013 5:13:00 AM
More Visual Poetry: Collage Art
Date Posted: 11/25/2013 7:48:00 AM
IT'S A TRAP!!!!!
Date Posted: 11/20/2013 6:21:00 AM
UP IN SMOKE! VISUAL POETRY! IN YOUR FACE, BISHES!
Date Posted: 11/12/2013 5:14:00 AM
From Great Pain Comes Great Inspiration?
Date Posted: 11/5/2013 4:54:00 PM

My Poems

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Date PostedPoem TitleFormCategories
8/9/2014Grey AreaRhymedark,truth,world,
8/9/2014The Plot ThickensRhymegod,judgement,life,truth,
8/9/2014GlossophobicLight Poetryfear,world,
8/9/2014Only God Knows and Time Will TellRhymechange,god,time,
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
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Fav Poems

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Chaff vs Wheat - ReliefRhymeangst,goodbye,lost love,r
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Heaven For A PoetRhymedream,fantasy,heaven,insp
NevermoreRhymehorror,poetry,tribute,wri
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Oh Love, Fair LoveRhymeloss,lost love,lovelife,l
William part 2Balladeblack african american,gr
Bending BackwardBallad 
Popcorn MusicRhyme 
Rhyme MasterCouplet 
The Horde's PrayerVerseangel,
Come Sit by My SideTail-rhymefor her,marriage,moving o
DreamingCouplethumor,humorous,poets,
Let my heart be your pillowRhymebeauty,
The Other SideRhymeabsence,allegory,analogy,
Shocks Of Electrifying EmotionRhymelove,romantic,
A Dedication To The ManRhymededication,friendship,
EdinburghFree versededication,hope,life,love
A Stone in the ColdSonnetpassion,
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