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04/18/2017 Week 3 - Brian's Poet Of Notice - 'Richard Wilbur Part 2' 44 Free verse
04/18/2017 Week 3 - Brian's Poet Of Notice - 'Richard Wilbur Part 1' 48 Free verse
04/15/2017 The Chosen One 98 Rhyme
04/12/2017 He Loves Her, He Loves Her Not - An Echo Poem 62 Quatrain
04/08/2017 When You Write a Poem 81 Quatrain
04/03/2017 Week 2 - Stages by Herman Hesse - A Second Translation Revised 88 Verse
04/03/2017 Week 2 - Stages by Herman Hesse - First Translation 65 Free verse
04/02/2017 Taking it in the Shorts 71 Quatrain
04/01/2017 Week 2 - Brian's Poet of Note - 'Herman Hesse' 118 Didactic
03/30/2017 Week 1 - Brian's Poet of Note - 'Jack Gilbert' 79 Free verse
03/27/2017 Universal Haiku 87 Haiku
03/23/2017 Am I Channeling God's Love - An Echo Poem 98 Rhyme
03/23/2017 In Praise of Praise 103 Rhyme
03/19/2017 Resurrecting Emotions 160 Quatrain
03/14/2017 Unforgettable Places - Acts 279 Quatrain
03/11/2017 I Hate It That I Love Your Poem - An Echo Poem 155 Rhyme
03/10/2017 I am who I aspire to be 128 Rhyme
03/09/2017 Real Choices 134 Quatrain
03/03/2017 The Truth Is Here Somewhere :2: Echo Poem 123 Bio
03/01/2017 If I Kissed It 132 Quatrain
03/01/2017 Haiku - iKu - Number 62 Thru 67 Revised 195 Haiku
02/27/2017 Haiku Number 61 106 Haiku
02/26/2017 The Truth Is Here Somewhere:1: Echo Poem 178 Rhyme
02/22/2017 Do You Remember 166 Quatrain
02/16/2017 Dinosaur's Rules 138 Quatrain
02/12/2017 You Are --- 121 Quatrain
02/11/2017 An Evening's Rose - Dining Out 155 Quatrain
02/07/2017 Ode to a Missing Beer 131 Quatrain
01/18/2017 Favorite Recurring Nightmares Part 2 Final 160 Quatrain
01/13/2017 Favorite Recurring Nightmares Part 1 328 Quatrain
01/10/2017 Missing Frankenstein's Monster 324 Quatrain
01/07/2017 Perchance to Dream 197 Free verse
01/05/2017 In the Market for Love 144 Quatrain
12/25/2016 Awakening 183 Quatrain
12/25/2016 No One 133 Rhyme
12/19/2016 Each New Day Is a Gift 137 Rhyme
12/15/2016 Telescopic Dreams 254 Quatrain
12/11/2016 Lost Treasure 166 Rhyme
12/02/2016 A Man Must Curse 180 Rhyme
11/29/2016 Morning Traces of Love 161 Rhyme
10/24/2016 Tapped Out At Four - Rev 2 271 Rhyme
10/17/2016 Tiny Ships In A Bottle - With Variations 184 Rhyme
10/10/2016 Infinite Passes Into Heaven 215 Rhyme
10/06/2016 The Joys Of Sleeping In 177 Rhyme
09/26/2016 Understanding Human Limitations 212 Quatrain
09/11/2016 How I Would Love You 227 Rhyme
09/05/2016 Surviving Your Own Life 528 Ballad
08/12/2016 SciFiKu: Number 1 162 Senryu
08/09/2016 Winning Olympic Gold In Love 292 Rhyme
08/06/2016 Haiku Number 60 208 Haiku
08/04/2016 Remembering Atari - Part 1 226 Rhyme
08/02/2016 Sometimes When I Wake 218 Rhyme
07/28/2016 Haiku Number 59 403 Haiku
07/21/2016 Haiku: Conventional War 338 Haiku
07/20/2016 The Man That He Was, And Still Is 333 Rhyme
07/14/2016 Remembering Neethu Panicker - Chapter 5 219 Verse
07/12/2016 Remembering Neethu Panicker - Chapter 4 212 Verse
07/12/2016 Haiku Inspired By Video Games 300 Haiku
07/10/2016 Remembering Neethu Panicker - Chapter 3 238 Verse
07/10/2016 Remembering Neethu Panicker - Chapter 2 252 Verse
07/08/2016 Remembering Neethu Panicker - Chapter 1 333 Verse
07/02/2016 Poetry in the Forecast 247 Senryu
06/26/2016 Just Mosquitos and Squirrels 283 Rhyme
06/25/2016 Haiku: Global Warming Montage 379 Haiku
06/21/2016 Disappointing Friends 340 Rhyme
06/20/2016 Haiku by Escher 397 Haiku
06/18/2016 Please Stretch My Heart 292 Rhyme
06/16/2016 Gestapokuku: Hitler Youth Haikus 488 Free verse
06/14/2016 Haiku: Traditional 57 460 Haiku
06/14/2016 Haiku: Traditional 58 354 Haiku
06/13/2016 Why Can't I 417 Rhyme
06/07/2016 Haikus Parody Haiku 581 Haiku
06/07/2016 Haiku: Traditional 56 360 Haiku
06/03/2016 Haiku: Traditional 55 395 Haiku
05/31/2016 Echo Poem: When Pain Seduces Good People 372 Rhyme
05/31/2016 A Shakespearian Sonnet For Gos 298 Sonnet
05/28/2016 Faithku: Haiku of the Heart 301 Free verse
05/23/2016 Haiku: Traditional 54 369 Haiku
05/17/2016 Haiku: Traditional 53 347 Haiku
05/10/2016 Rosemary's Bliss 389 Rhyme
05/05/2016 Shooting Blanks 355 Rhyme
05/04/2016 Skin In The Game 333 Rhyme
05/01/2016 Haiku: Traditional 52 427 Haiku
05/01/2016 Haiku: Traditional 51 495 Haiku
04/30/2016 Haiku: Love's Essence 363 Haiku
04/29/2016 Haiku: Traditional 50 368 Haiku
04/27/2016 Haiku: Traditional 49 467 Haiku
04/22/2016 Haiku: Traditional 48 400 Haiku
04/22/2016 Haiku: Traditional 47 382 Haiku
04/22/2016 Haiku: Traditional 46 406 Haiku
04/22/2016 Haiku: Traditional 45 399 Haiku
04/20/2016 Haiku: Traditional 44 404 Haiku
04/18/2016 Atheists VS Christians 460 Rhyme
04/13/2016 Haiku: Traditional 43 389 Haiku
04/13/2016 Haiku: Traditional 42 353 Haiku
04/13/2016 Haiku: Listening to Mahler's 9th Symphony 747 Haiku
04/13/2016 Haiku: Traditional 41 451 Haiku
04/12/2016 Haiku: Traditional 40 373 Haiku
04/12/2016 Haiku: Traditional 39 421 Haiku
04/12/2016 Total Immersion 427 Free verse
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I started writing poetry my Senior year in High School and the Muse still strikes on occasion. I also wrote some short stories in college but poetry is my ongoing interest. I enjoy tennis, swimming and backpacking and have become a YMCA member in recent years. My short term memory has taken a hit but I'm physically stronger than I have ever been! It's nice to be able to see improvement in at least one area of my life.
    I was in the US Peace Corps twice. The first time was from 1964 to 1966 in Tanzania, East Africa where I supervised the installation of small bridges and culverts on feeder roads in an attempt to encourage local farmers to produce more. I also did some survey work and was lucky enough to spend nearly a month surveying future roads for tourists on the floor of Ngorongoro Crater, an extinct volcano whose rim exceeds 10,000 ft in places and is over ten miles in diameter. The crater floor is a natural game park nearly 2,000 ft. below the rim. The poem 'Venice' was written on my trip home from East Africa.
    A 2nd Peace Corps stint was in Malaysia where I taught a two year Physics syllabus to very gifted students in Kuantan, on the east coast of Malaysia from 1970 to 1972. I don't think I ever worked so hard in my life as I did teaching those kids. It was a very rewarding experience.
    I wrote a number of poems while I was at the University of Oklahoma and wound up getting a Master's in Physics before I left for Malaysia in 1970. The poems 'Venice' and 'California Montage' both won 'Honorable Mentions' in state poetry contests while I was at OU.
    My Masters in Physics specialized in Superconductivity. I was again very fortunate in working on devices used by USGS to do a study of how the earth's magnetic field has changed through time. This study revealed that the earth's magnetic field has reversed itself many times through history and now the magnetic field found in the rock enclosing fossils can actually be used to help determine a fossils age. I also the wrote the computer program that USGS used to analyze their core sample data.
    When money dried up for for scientific research under Nixon, my next job was working as one of the first video game designers using microprocessor logic. My first game, a copy of a game done completely in hardware called 'Bi-Plane' was perhaps the first commercially sold video game using  a microcomputer chip, the Intel 8080, as it's heart and an Altair Home Computer Kit that a friend and I built as a development station. I wound up spending nearly 12 years designing games for companies like Extensys, Ramtek, Atari and Warner Brothers.
    My last programming job was designing a micro-computer driven KSU for TIE Communications which was my most successful programming job. The final phone system sold over a million units and its program contained over 40,000 computer instructions. This assembly language program took me almost 4 years to write before the final version was completed.
    The remainder of my career has been in both farming and in real estate management. My father worked largely in farming related businesses and when he became ill I got heavily involved with our farms in South Dakota and Oklahoma, which gave birth to the poems 'A Walk Near Blunt, ' 'Driving Alone Through the Sand Hills of Nebraska, ' and 'Like a Farmer.'
    I am retired now and live in SF Bay Area which I have called home since moving here in 1973.