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10/01/2022 In a Split Second 19 Other
10/01/2022 Movin' On Up 17 Bio
10/01/2022 Hurricane Blues 19 Haiku
10/01/2022 Almost Baking a Cake 15 Terza Rima
10/01/2022 A Choice of Paths 18 Quatrain
10/01/2022 The Farthest Star 16 Sonnet
09/30/2022 Blasts from the North Unappealing 44 Rhyme
09/30/2022 Allow Me Time to Reminisce 30 Monorhyme
09/30/2022 Dancing in the Street 25 Triolet
09/29/2022 Falling in Love 24 Villanelle
09/29/2022 Measuring with Metrics 39 Light Verse
09/29/2022 October Sighs 23 Couplet
09/29/2022 Try to Be Understanding 33 Quatrain
09/28/2022 Rambling About Punctuation 66 Quatrain
09/28/2022 I Long for a Warm June Day 43 Rhyme
09/28/2022 Empathy 62 Monoku
09/28/2022 Pushing the Boundaries 60 Quatern
09/28/2022 Halloween Acrostic 39 Acrostic
09/28/2022 Preparing for Winter 32 Senryu
09/28/2022 Hayride 26 Villanelle
09/27/2022 fall's friend 27 Haiku
09/27/2022 Cold Weather 57 Quintain (English)
09/27/2022 Election Day Blues 54 Senryu
09/27/2022 Remembering Good Times 41 Rondeau Redouble
09/27/2022 Connie 42 Free verse
09/26/2022 Hurricane Ian 94 Haiku
09/25/2022 Moon River 62 Acrostic
09/25/2022 No Sympathy for Termites 56 Quintilla
09/25/2022 Gotter Be Water 34 Couplet
09/25/2022 Merlin the Magic Cat 56 Couplet
09/25/2022 What We Must Do 57 Quatorzain
09/25/2022 No Peace in Perfidy 54 Rhyme
09/24/2022 A Brief Word on Punctuation in Poetry 78 Free verse
09/24/2022 Because Ignorance Is Bliss 59 Rondeau Redouble
09/24/2022 Autumn's Reminder 32 Quatrain
09/24/2022 On My Last Nerve 79 Couplet
09/24/2022 Fanning the Flames 55 Quatrain
09/24/2022 Embrace the Night 45 Quatrain
09/23/2022 Empty Nest 35 Triolet
09/23/2022 Sunrise 32 Tanka
09/23/2022 Desire and Aversion 56 Didactic
09/23/2022 A Little Verse 24 Rhyme
09/23/2022 Connie Marcum-Wong 40 Rhyme
09/23/2022 A Note on Mortality 32 Quatrain
09/23/2022 Tribute to Connie Marcum Wong 58 Rhyme
09/22/2022 The Greater Treasure 39 Rhyme
09/22/2022 The Musing Well 41 Triolet
09/21/2022 autumn leaves 57 Haiku
09/21/2022 Dangers of Drink 49 Epitaph
09/21/2022 A Word on Love 50 Rhyme
09/21/2022 Spectrum of Ignorance 60 Sonnet
09/21/2022 Such Good Results 51 Narrative
09/21/2022 Musing on Myself 61 Rhyme
09/21/2022 Enough Already 73 Couplet
09/21/2022 Loose Lips 74 Ottava rima
09/20/2022 This Worn Cliche 58 Monorhyme
09/20/2022 Mystical Message 85 Narrative
09/20/2022 Why Is Love So Often Shadow 46 Dizain
09/20/2022 That Evening Star 66 Free verse
09/20/2022 Old Tower Clock 33 Rhyme
09/19/2022 Seasonal Love 77 Triolet
09/19/2022 Transparent Hearts 61 Pantoum
09/19/2022 cloud collection 75 Haiku
09/19/2022 I Wandered Lonely As a Swan 175 Lyric
09/19/2022 Road Trip 63 Pantoum
09/13/2022 The Human Spirit 133 Quatern
09/12/2022 Backhanded Apology 289 Light Verse
09/12/2022 A Fool's Game 115 Villanelle
09/12/2022 When the Cannas Droop 69 Sedoka
09/12/2022 Wish For an Ordinary Day 74 Free verse
09/11/2022 Who Knows 77 Quintain (Sicilian)
09/11/2022 Communication with God 83 Tanka
09/11/2022 Food Supply Shortage 99 Haiku
09/11/2022 Give a Royal Flip 99 Rhyme
09/11/2022 Repressed Desire 71 Pantoum
09/11/2022 27 Club Rockers 98 Quatrain
09/11/2022 Wonder Woman 98 Couplet
09/11/2022 Ten Days I Remember 105 List
09/11/2022 Two Memorable Days 81 Couplet
09/10/2022 Changing Our Attitude 124 Triolet
09/10/2022 Searching for the Facts 101 Rhyme
09/10/2022 Arthritis Is Back 79 Light Verse
09/09/2022 BIRTHDAY 69 Acrostic
09/09/2022 The Ever-Swelling Tide 52 Villanelle
09/09/2022 This Metaphor of Life 116 Blank verse
09/08/2022 Thoughts on Back to School 101 Couplet
09/08/2022 The Undertaker 70 Light Verse
09/08/2022 Clouds in Autumn 88 Haiku
09/08/2022 Better Living Through Chemistry 74 Tanka
09/08/2022 Pin Oaks in Autumn 52 Terza Rima
09/08/2022 Junk Mail 67 Light Verse
09/07/2022 Rik Mayall 89 Clerihew
09/07/2022 High Water Dangers 90 Haiku
09/07/2022 Halloween in the West Virginia Hills 77 Free verse
09/07/2022 Wants vs Needs 94 Quatern
09/07/2022 Avoiding Conflict 81 Rhyme
09/07/2022 The Challenge of Poetry Forms 94 Pantoum
09/06/2022 HEAVENLY 80 Verse
09/06/2022 Today Is a Repeat of Yesterday 113 Rondeau Redouble
09/06/2022 Autumn Blues 75 Shadorma


Quote Left "That which makes America greatest is her diversity." --from "Lady Liberty Still Stands Proud in New York Harbor" Quote Right
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Quote Left Convincing empty promises too soon delude. from Thoughts on Inevitability by L. Milton Hankins Quote Right
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Quote Left Beware the clutches of boasting entitlement. Quote Right
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Quote Left "For not being who you were always meant to be is the grossest miscarriage of justice." from a poem by L. Milton Hankins Quote Right
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Quote Left "Self-denial is the pathway to hell on this earth" from a poem by L. Milton Hankins Quote Right
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I was born and raised in the south-central West Virginia. I graduated from Nuttall High School, Lookout, WV in 1959 and went off to Berea College, Berea, Kentucky. After my freshman year, I enlisted in the United States Air Force, where I served for four years in the beautiful state of Hawaii. While there, I attended Jackson College and the University of Hawaii.

Upon my return home to West Virginia, I married and had two exceptional children, Emily and Adam Hankins. Unfortunately, that marriage ended in divorce after about seven years. During those same years, I graduated from the University of Charleston, Charleston, WV, receiving my baccalaureate degree in history.

About this time, I published my first chapbook of poetry, The Lady in the Pink Hat. It was published by Candor Press in 1969.

Between 1968 and 1981, my poems appeared in Christian Century, Writer, The Poet, Cameo, Grit, Quintessence, Author/Poet, Tangent, The American Poet, Prairie Poets, The Baptist Leader, and Parnassus. My poems appeared in the following anthologies:  Major Poets Anthology #6, Prairie Press Books, The Soul and the Singer Anthology, Young Publications, Field of Daisies, Nina Brewer Henry, Editor, Prairie Press Books, and Yearbook of Modern Poetry, 1981, Young Publications,  

Articles and short stories appeared in Hoosier Challenger, Housewife/Writer's Forum, Capper's Weekly, Vegetarian Times, Writer's Digest, Equipping Youth, The West Virginia Hillbilly, The Mountain Laurel, Christian Education Today, Leadership, Christian Leadership, The Final Draft, Writer's World, A Better Life For You, Lifeglow, The Messenger, Collector's News and the Antique Reporter, Writer's Gazette Newsletter, Animal Press, The Central Virginian, Pocket Inspirations, The Preacher's Magazine, Chips Off the Writer's Block, Huckleberry, West Virginia--Then and Now, AIM Magazine, Appalachian Heritage, Fiction Forum, and i:The First Person.

(More recently) I obtained my master's and doctoral degees in Theology at Trinity Theological Seminary. I served churches in West Virginia, Ohio, and Virginia before retiring in 1997.  A compulsive writer, my poetry, articles, short stories, and theological writings have appeared in numerous national journals and periodicals, mentioned previously, and including Biblical Illustrator and the renowned Pulpit Digest. In 1992-1993 I was selected for Who's Who in Religion. I was also elected to the international poetry society, Y Escambi Internationale. One of my poems was read into the Congressional Journal of the United States. I am also a member of Pi Gamma Mu, an honorary sociological fraternity. 

(Even More Recently) I published a book of Appalachian short stories, Ashes on the Snow, and, A Sensible Theology for Thinking People (A retired Southern Baptist minister talks candidly about the Bible, Theology and Contemporary Concerns). For about eight years I wrote a weekly column for the Huntington, WV Herald-Dispatch.

In the past couple of years, some of my poems have appeared in PS: It's Poetry, Arczis Technologies, Inc., Nursery Rhymes & Stories, Eve Roper, Compiler, Kindle Direct Publishing, and PS: It's Still Poetry, Volume II, Arczis Technologies, Inc.

My "A Sensible Look at Genesis" and my autobiograph "A Pedestal in the Closet" remain unpublished. I have edited three doctoral theses and continue to edit poetry chapbooks and short stories for family and friends. 

I have been interviewed on both radio and television. For two years (2016-2017) I published and edited my own website, "A Columnist With a View."

My wife Deborah and I moved to Catlettsburg, Kentucky to operate The Presidents' House Bed and Breakfast, where we remained until we retired a second time and moved to Ashland, Kentucky. My wife Deborah of 35 years died November 22, 2018. In the years since her death, I have been very active on the Poetry Soup and All Poetry websites. 

I continue my work as a freelance writer and editor. I am available for editing projects by contacting me at: