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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


Coming Clean
Blog Posted:12/17/2013 5:01:00 PM

 

It's time to come clean, to own up and admit to my mistakes, misbehavior, and machinations. I joked about "plotting" and "ousting" people, and the joke went way too far because it was taken literally and seriously, as if I actually possessed the power to exile someone from the site. You know what? That was wrong, and in the process, I hurt a lot of people and I have been responsible and at the center of much of the drama that has plagued the site for the past week or so. My behavior helped to warp our haven, and I have been wrong on so many levels; I admit it. 

I am taking responsibility for my actions. I've talked smack about people behind their back; a lot of us have; let's just admit it: it DOES go on. I am guilty of it. The feuding must stop for the sake of peace and harmony. We don't have to all hold hands and sing kumbaya, but we can stand united beside one another and put our differences aside. I'm airing out all my dirty laundry here. I am owning my fault and guilt and apologizing to the people I hurt; to make amends is the only thing I know, and one thing that AA has taught me.

It would make me happy if we all come clean, admit our mistakes and make amends. I am just as guilty as some others; I'm curious if they, too, will come clean.

I've been wrong on so many levels it's not funny, literally. I'm not a bad person, but I have made big mistakes and I am here to apologize, sincerely. No more fighting or bad-mouthing. Let's all concentrate on producing great poetry instead of feuding. All I want is peace and serenity.

Again, I take full responsibility for my wrongful actions. I ask for your forgiveness and for your patience. This is a most trying and taxing time in my life. I battle addiction and the symptoms of my mental illnesses, all day, everyday. I have Borderline Disorder; look it up. It's a terrible affliction. I'm not going to blame my errors and poor decisions on my illnesses or my father's kidney cancer. They were just catalysts that brought out the worst emotions in me and I took my fear and anger out on mostly undeserving people (some deserved to be verbally eviscerated, though, and I make no apologies for that). But I do apologize for all my mistakes and bad behavior.

Again, let's all just put our differences aside and focus on our artistry. The Soup is about poetry and fellowship, not feuding and fighting. Let's have peace and harmony, for the sake of all. Thanks for listening. ~ Chan
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  1. Date: 1/17/2014 9:26:00 AM
    I am proud of you mate. =)

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  1. Date: 12/18/2013 1:16:00 PM
    Said it before and I'll say it again Chan, you are a man of honor.

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    That Archaic Poet Avatar Just That Archaic Poet Date: 12/18/2013 1:33:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Many thanks, Craig. You know I have naught but total respect and admiration for you as a person, poet and friend, as I told you earlier. Thanks for everything, my friend :)
  1. Date: 12/18/2013 11:59:00 AM
    blessed be, arc.. huggs to you!

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    That Archaic Poet Avatar Just That Archaic Poet Date: 12/18/2013 1:33:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks so much, and hugs to you as well, Nette :)
  1. Date: 12/18/2013 10:05:00 AM
    I learn so much from qoutes.Somewhere I read this quote-One of the keys to happiness is a bad memory.. So yes We all have our differences..But Yes everyone can ask to be forgiven cause we re all eligible to hurt one another in the heat of the moment..We ask to be forgiven..We forgive and even forget..So sometimes this qoute above helps me a great deal to find happiness within.. : ) amen

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    That Archaic Poet Avatar Just That Archaic Poet Date: 12/18/2013 1:34:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you for the thoughtful reply, Charm; you always have something wise to say :)
  1. Date: 12/18/2013 8:06:00 AM
    Hi, Chan, Just stopped by to say hello and Merry Christmas. The New Year is a good time to put aside differences and sing Kumbaya. haha.

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    That Archaic Poet Avatar Just That Archaic Poet Date: 12/18/2013 1:35:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Merry Christmas to you too, Andrea. Thanks for dropping by and for reading. It's time to turn over a new leaf :)
    Chircop Avatar Charmaine Chircop Date: 12/18/2013 10:06:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Hi andrea dear lady : )
  1. Date: 12/18/2013 8:06:00 AM
    Is anyone else noticing this? Whenever I try to put through comments on blogs now, it doesn't work until I hilight my comment!!!

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    That Archaic Poet Avatar Just That Archaic Poet Date: 12/18/2013 1:36:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Mine is working fine as well. Wonder what's up? Hope it clears up for you! :)
    Chircop Avatar Charmaine Chircop Date: 12/18/2013 10:07:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    mine is working fine dear
  1. Date: 12/17/2013 11:34:00 PM
    8 ) It must be the spirit of Christmas! ; ) Thanks for being here, Archaic! You rock! And you know what? You're my new Fav Poet! Congratulations! : D

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    That Archaic Poet Avatar Just That Archaic Poet Date: 12/18/2013 1:38:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    lol Ruben you're making me blush; quit it! ;) I definitely think it's the Christmas Spirit and the fact that the good Lord got my dad through his surgery without any complications and now he is cancer free and a HUGE load has been lifted from my heart. You rock too, Ruben; always have and always will. Thanks, my friend :)
  1. Date: 12/17/2013 10:53:00 PM
    I don't know what to say. :) Cheers & Thanks. ~SKAT~

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    That Archaic Poet Avatar Just That Archaic Poet Date: 12/18/2013 1:54:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    You are welcome, Skat. Congratulations on the birth of your new baby. Love the name you picked. I wish you and your family well :)
  1. Date: 12/17/2013 7:34:00 PM
    Hey I like to sing kumbaya! I like Down by the River Side too!& the Cat Came Back! ut oh I'm slipping back into Girl Scout Camp!

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    That Archaic Poet Avatar Just That Archaic Poet Date: 12/17/2013 7:54:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    you have a box those de-lish peanut butter cookies? If so, you MUST share! ;)
  1. Date: 12/17/2013 7:23:00 PM
    thank you for making my day :-)...Linda

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    A  Avatar Poet Destroyer A Date: 12/18/2013 3:27:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Yes, sometimes they become the best of friends...
    That Archaic Poet Avatar Just That Archaic Poet Date: 12/18/2013 3:25:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you for being forgiving :) ~Chan
  1. Date: 12/17/2013 5:08:00 PM
    Amen Chan, beautifully written from such a courageous person. Bravo!!! Hugs and love, Gail

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    That Archaic Poet Avatar Just That Archaic Poet Date: 12/17/2013 7:26:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I may never get the opportunity to say it to her, but congratulations are in order. Love the name; very unique. I am very happy to put this behind us so we can focus on our art and be supportive of each other :)
    A  Avatar Poet Destroyer A Date: 12/17/2013 7:22:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    One more thing before I leave CHAN, my pretty sister Sidney LeeAnn M. (Aka -SKAT) had a beautiful baby boy. 6 pounds5 oz, he's already at 7lb:-)... His Name.... ~~Aven Lee M.~~
    That Archaic Poet Avatar Just That Archaic Poet Date: 12/17/2013 7:20:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I sincerely apologize to you and Skat. I was wrong and misinformed and made poor assumptions. I regret and am remorseful for everything I've said and done and for the hurt I caused. I let my anger, fear and other toxic emotions influence my actions. I can't take back what I did, but just know that I am sorry for all of it.
    A  Avatar Poet Destroyer A Date: 12/17/2013 7:18:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I agree with Gail, now lets cross our fingers and hope Gail Angel Doyle, will forgive us all and stay.. I want to hear it from her. I hope and pray she is staying....
    A  Avatar Poet Destroyer A Date: 12/17/2013 7:11:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you for the soup mail
    A  Avatar Poet Destroyer A Date: 12/17/2013 7:10:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Dear Chan, I want you to know I never had nothing against you. Your blog made me proud just to know. --To come clean, and be honest, shows you are honorable in every way. Yes we have our fall outs and mishaps. First I want to apologize, for any mix feelings. For the record, I never crossed any words about you to anyone. I was sad about your feelings towards my sister & me. But, I KNOW YOU UNDERSTAND, WHY we REACTED. I want you to know I am nothing like what they say. I am indeed fragile and wonderful in every way. I do bite sometimes :-)jk.... I'm delighted in every way! --One day I hope you see that I love this place, and I'm always looking forward to meeting the new poets. I like your new blog, you did not come with vengeance, and powerful like your past blog. I like this side of you. Nothing you said on here, was rude or offensive. The softer, and warmer side of you, filled my heart with peace right now.
    That Archaic Poet Avatar Just That Archaic Poet Date: 12/17/2013 5:32:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    *blush* Thank you, Gail; very much appreciated :)
  1. Date: 12/17/2013 5:07:00 PM
    AMEN

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    That Archaic Poet Avatar Just That Archaic Poet Date: 12/17/2013 5:32:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    :)

My Past Blog Posts

 
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
The "Myth of Equality"
Date Posted: 11/4/2013 10:04:00 AM
I Nearly Killed a Celebrity, Once Upon a Time
Date Posted: 11/3/2013 12:30:00 PM
Contemptible Humans!!!!!
Date Posted: 11/2/2013 9:45:00 AM

My Poems

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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
1/24/2014Rubicons and OubliettesRhymeemotions,feelings,
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Fav Poems

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A Beautiful LoveFree verselove,relationship,
Death Will Not Come For MeRhymedeath,evil,life,magic,
Leonardo DiCaprioRhymecelebrity,film,for him,ho
ALCOHOLFree verseaddiction,
In RealityEnclosed Rhymeloss,lost love,love,
Chaff vs Wheat - ReliefRhymeangst,goodbye,lost love,r
Fate's OccasionIambic Pentameterbeautiful,beauty,emotions
Heaven For A PoetRhymedream,fantasy,heaven,insp
NevermoreRhymehorror,poetry,tribute,wri
The Dead Of WinterQuatraindark,death,lonely,winter,
Oh Love, Fair LoveRhymeloss,lost love,lovelife,l
William part 2Balladeblack african american,gr
A Question of ConfusionFree versephilosophy,poetry,poets,
Bending BackwardBallad 
Popcorn MusicRhyme 
Rhyme MasterCouplet 
The Horde's PrayerVerseangel,
The Other SideRhymeabsence,allegory,analogy,
Let my heart be your pillowRhymebeauty,
Come Sit by My SideTail-rhymefor her,marriage,moving o
DreamingCouplethumor,humorous,poets,
Shocks Of Electrifying EmotionRhymelove,romantic,
A Dedication To The ManRhymededication,friendship,
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