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Easy-going, Diligent, Creative, and Spiritual
Brother of Stephen, Mildred, and Jeanette 
Lover of Nature, Women, and Poetry
Who feels Pain, Love, and Empathy
Who fears The Unknown, Snakes, and Heights
I would like to see The Eiffel Tower, El Castillo, and The Great Wall of China
Resident of Moravia Park Drive, Maryland

I'm currently working as a Lot Associate at The Home Depot
I'm a Navy veteran 
Born in Lima, Ohio in October 28th, 1976
Graduated from Lake Clifton Campus(formerly Lake Clifton Eastern High School), Baltimore, Maryland in 1995
Graduated from Essex Community College in 2003 and Brightwood College(formerly TESST College of Technology) in 2005
Certifications: Electronics Technology, Telecommunications, Fiber-Optics/Copper Network Cabling 

I started writing poetry in November 2006. However, after losing my poetry notebook with about 135 poems in early 2009, I lost my passion for poetry completely. I was jobless for almost a year due to the recession of 2014, during that time period, I reignited my passion for poetry to stave off boredom. I discovered Poetrysoup and started posting my poems in 2016. The first poem I posted, "Wings of A Butterfly." My poems "Sing To Me, Nightingale, Unfulfilled Dream" and "A Waxing Crescent" appeared in the first issue of Poesis Online Journal


My premiere "Pick-A-Title, Vol. 14 -Tristich- Poetry Contest is finalized!

Blog Posted:3/13/2020 4:17:00 PM
Greetings, my fellow poets

Whether you placed or not, thank you so much for participating in my first--and probably last--premiere contest. Whew, I had no idea what I was getting myself into. Judging a regular contest is difficult enough, but having to select only 10 from a vast sea of great poems is a very tall order indeed. I don't know how you guys do it!
I kid you not, I would've placed as many as 25 entries had it not been a premiere contest. Some of the entries I had to DQ for not following rules I stipulated in the contest descriptions(PLEASE, always read them top to bottom!) Some chose their own titles, which is an automatic N/A. I asked for 12-24 lines, some gave just 3 lines.
To those who followed the rules to the letter but didn't make my top 10 cut, I'm sorry. This is the toughest contest I've ever judged. I wish you all the best of luck in my next contest. Heartiest congratulations to the winners!
Hurray for Winged Warrior! As the trophy winner, you also receive a surprise cool contest prize from me! All you have to do is soupmail me your mailing address. Congratulations!
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Date: 3/16/2020 5:03:00 AM
Sir Edward, My Poet Brother - judging a premiere contest is indeed a difficult thing, and I once blogged that I would never run another premiere contest for the sake of having to cut so many wonderful pieces. That said, I have changed my mind, because premiere contests help give this site integrity. That's the real world we live in - the world of paying contests, poet laureate contests, and every other site I know, and if we can't take a bit of rejection at this level we're never going to get much further. I am going to run MOSTLY premiere contests from now on for that reason, and because the majority of contests are standard anyway. Just my perspective. Blessings, Bro!
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Date: 3/16/2020 4:23:00 PM
I appreciate your perspective, Greg:-) When tried the first time, a premiere contest is pretty difficult indeed. I'm already thinking differently, and I wholeheartedly agree that it lends some integrity to this site! Not to mention, poets are more inclined to give their very best. I definitely plan on hosting more in the future. Blessings to you, too, my poet brother!
Date: 3/14/2020 12:58:00 AM
Thank you SO much for my placement, Sir Edward, and congratulations to ALL who placed - much fun, this one! :o)
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Edward Ibeh
Date: 3/14/2020 5:38:00 AM
You're welcome, Greg:-)

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