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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.

 

 


So Mad I Can't See Straight!!!!! : Seeing Stars


Blog Posted:2/20/2014 11:35:00 AM
HAHA! Fooled You! Thought this was gonna be Juicy! So while you're here, what do you think?

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  1. Date: 2/24/2014 9:38:00 PM
    I love these kinds of geometric designs. The colors are so bold and bright. This is beautiful, Chan!...Do you remember those "Magic Eye" books from the 90's? You would stare at these designs and a 3-D image would pop out at you. Most people could not see the images, but it always worked for me. :)

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    That Archaic Poet Avatar Just That Archaic Poet Date: 3/9/2014 1:02:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    LOL! I so remember those, Kelly. If I tried hard enough, I could see them, also. Thanks for taking a look and for the kind comments <3
  1. Date: 2/23/2014 7:56:00 PM
    Cool stars. Looks like a shirt, or book cover, or CD cover (does anyone else still keep their music on CDs?).

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    That Archaic Poet Avatar Just That Archaic Poet Date: 2/24/2014 11:45:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    lol I keep mine on burned CD's. I only have a few left I saved for posterity, even though they are hopelessly warped and scratched. Thanks for looking, Scott :)
    Valentina Avatar Sophia Valentina Date: 2/24/2014 8:44:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I have all my cds from way back when in a huge plastic tub. I think one day they may be collectible, like vinyl is now :). Anyway, I love my cds...especially the old cover art and fold outs :)
  1. Date: 2/22/2014 2:34:00 PM
    When I played football Chan, I saw twinklin' stars frequently during games! This is much better! As I watch your art, with much movement, from my easy-chair! Jimbo

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    That Archaic Poet Avatar Just That Archaic Poet Date: 2/23/2014 11:18:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Many thanks as always, Jimbo! :)
  1. Date: 2/21/2014 6:34:00 PM
    This has a 3-D Escher-like quality. As you stare at it, parts seem to stick out and then a little shift in your focus changes everything. Very Mellow Yellow, that's right...

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    That Archaic Poet Avatar Just That Archaic Poet Date: 2/22/2014 11:43:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks, Roy. I don't like for my pieces to be flat; I always aim for depth and illusion. I appreciate you having a look and for the thoughtful reply :)
  1. Date: 2/21/2014 2:13:00 PM
    I love it..Yes as Ruben said..I can see it as part if a stained glass window.The colors transmit fun and when it was done you must have been in a joyful mood..Yes?No? Yes? Well done!!

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    That Archaic Poet Avatar Just That Archaic Poet Date: 2/22/2014 11:45:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks, Charm. Yes, I would say I was in a jovial mood when I made this. It's not dark or brooding but actually celebratory. Thanks for the look and reply :)
    Chircop Avatar Charmaine Chircop Date: 2/21/2014 2:14:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    as part of i meant : )
  1. Date: 2/21/2014 10:36:00 AM
    title did the trick :) slick move

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    That Archaic Poet Avatar Just That Archaic Poet Date: 2/21/2014 11:06:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks. I know how to reach the peoples! ;)
  1. Date: 2/21/2014 10:30:00 AM
    wow so colorful & balanced symmetrically! Keep up the good work Chan!

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    That Archaic Poet Avatar Just That Archaic Poet Date: 2/21/2014 11:05:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks, Debbie :)
  1. Date: 2/21/2014 8:26:00 AM
    Chan The Man OOOOHHHHH !!!!! This is pretty and colorful. Me likes it. LOL Very beautiful and could be put on a window, card, t-shirt, etc. Nice job my friend. HHHMM Next one you do, make it shaped like a butterfly under a rainbow. HEE HEE Hugs and Love Sweet Pea

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    That Archaic Poet Avatar Just That Archaic Poet Date: 2/21/2014 11:06:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks, Sweet Pea :)
  1. Date: 2/20/2014 10:03:00 PM
    Chan, this is trippy. I think Cyndi's Beatle-esque interpretation is a valid one. I find this to be a Rainbow Lucifer meets Purple Haze sort of thing. It is quite meditative for me. Couple this with flashbacks and I zone out pondering things such as: who created Satan? In Christian mythology, if God created Lucem Ferre, who eventually fell from the heavens as the "Ancient Dragon", did God know beforehand that Lucifer would become Satan? And if so, did God create Lucifer anyway, to help reinforce his vision of free will? And so forth. That's wot this piece does to my mind. See wot you've done now....

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    That Archaic Poet Avatar Just That Archaic Poet Date: 2/21/2014 11:08:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I always hope my images will be pleasing to a psychedelic tripper, Chris. I know all about those flashbacks lol ;)
    MacMillan Avatar Cyndi MacMillan Date: 2/21/2014 7:46:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    If I were to write a novel based on the New Testament, it would be written in the POV of Judas. I would be the one crucified, honestly, if it ever got published. By the way, HELLO! Good to see you. It's horrid weather-wise today. Icy roads...hope all is well with you!
    MacMillan Avatar Cyndi MacMillan Date: 2/21/2014 7:42:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I know! I have had the same thoughts (kept to myself, til now) about Judas. I have actually felt sorry for Judas. I figure that so did Jesus. If I believe in prophesy, what choice did any have in their parts to play? Pontius Pilate, what if he had said, "No, I free this man." I loved the film, The Last Temptation of Christ.. I got that. Boycott that? Seriously?!
    Aechtner Avatar Chris D. Aechtner Date: 2/20/2014 11:31:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Hey, Chas. Thanks, it's great to see you around too, man. Yeah, I am totally digging into this "beyond good and evil" theme. You're moving the ponderings towards a deeper, Neitzsche-esque approach now.
    Henderson Avatar Charles Henderson Date: 2/20/2014 10:53:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    BTW is so good to see you comment again.
    Henderson Avatar Charles Henderson Date: 2/20/2014 10:49:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Chris, I think you hit the nail on the head about free will. There is no way you can have free will without choice. There can be no choice for good unless you have something without "good". My opinion, you don't have to be "bad" to be shut out, you merely have to be "not good". Tricky semantics but is a totally different concept.
  1. Date: 2/20/2014 9:54:00 PM
    I don't know much about art. I just know that I like bright colors that are not too surreal. So ME LIKES.

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    That Archaic Poet Avatar Just That Archaic Poet Date: 2/21/2014 11:08:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I appreciate that, Andrea :)
  1. Date: 2/20/2014 5:50:00 PM
    ROFLMAO... I came in earlier and saw your gorgeous work but was called away by the phone, then I thought, I'll have to go back tonight, after dinner... and sure enough, you changed your blog title. HA! Get 'em spiderman, sling that web! ;-) Okay, so yes I DO SEE THE STAINED GLASS but I also see... don't shoot me... the Beatles in the Yellow Submarine. I have no idea why, but instead of Lucy in the Sky, some inner voice is saying to me to say to you, Eleanor Rigby? I've been told I have a touch of the "gift." You're much younger than me, and you were into heavy metal stuff, yes? Does the song Eleanor Rigby have a special significance to you? Huh! Sometimes, I just go with the intuition!

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    That Archaic Poet Avatar Just That Archaic Poet Date: 2/21/2014 11:10:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    You know what they say about flies and honey, Miss Who lol. I'm not familiar with the Rigby song nor do I know much about the Beatles, I'm afraid. Weird, geometric art is just what I do best. Thanks for the thoughtful reply ;)
  1. Date: 2/20/2014 5:20:00 PM
    SHAME ON YOU CHAN!! I come in thinking my boy's been hurt and I'm looking at Wonder Woman's uniform!! lol I'm glad you're okay. It is quite colorful....a weed kind of mosaic you have here ;)

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    That Archaic Poet Avatar Just That Archaic Poet Date: 2/21/2014 11:12:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    lol I just figured I needed a juicy title instead of the pedestrian one I had in place. Glad you like it; it definitely has a psychedelic feel :)
  1. Date: 2/20/2014 5:18:00 PM
    Now, we're talking!! : D Awesome! I think that it could be a great stained glass in one of my Windows.

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    That Archaic Poet Avatar Just That Archaic Poet Date: 2/21/2014 11:13:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    The print is for sale, Ruben LOL! Glad you like it, my friend :)
  1. Date: 2/20/2014 2:29:00 PM
    I see a tent opened to the night sky and since seeing the tent I can't see anything else but a few stars above the horizon

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    That Archaic Poet Avatar Just That Archaic Poet Date: 2/20/2014 3:50:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    lol I hope that's a good thing, Frederic! Thanks for looking and commenting :)
  1. Date: 2/20/2014 11:40:00 AM
    This is so brilliant!!! I would love to have this printed on silk and framed on my wall. Reminds me of your 9/8/2009 quote describing the feeling one gets when listening to the Tibetan Benedictine Monks: "stare at stain glass with Jesus..." - " bathed in holy light"... :)

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    That Archaic Poet Avatar Just That Archaic Poet Date: 2/20/2014 12:08:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Glad you have these quotes because my sieve-like brain certainly doesn't remember. I have a list of quotes you gave me years ago. Remember when my sister said, "I've kicked in more doors than the LAPD"? LOL! Thanks, S.V.

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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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
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Popcorn MusicRhyme 
Rhyme MasterCouplet 
The Horde's PrayerVerseangel,
Come Sit by My SideTail-rhymefor her,marriage,moving o
DreamingCouplethumor,humorous,poets,
The Other SideRhymeabsence,allegory,analogy,
Let my heart be your pillowRhymebeauty,
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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