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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.

(More recently) I obtained my master's and doctoral degee 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, including Christian Century, Biblical Illustrator, and the renowned Pulpit Digest. In 1992-1993 I was elected to Who's Who in Religion. I was also elected to the international poetry society, Escambi Y 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.

I have been interviewed on both radio and television.

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. 

I continue my work as a public speaker and freelance writer.


Blog Posted:4/21/2021 1:53:00 PM


The villanelle poems highlighting major world problems in my current contest have been so exceptional, I am increasing the number of placements from six (6) to ten (10) or more.  There will be First Place, Second Place, Third Place, and the remain-der will have the remaining places.

Thanks so much to everyone who has entered the contest so far. There are still some spots available, so read the instructions, take pen (or keyboard) in hand and submits your villanelle soon.   --MILT



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Date: 4/21/2021 10:39:00 PM
That is a great gesture, Milt!!
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Date: 4/24/2021 9:59:00 AM
See my note to Constance. I never expected to see this many really well-deserving villanelles on this subject! The system only allows me to pick ten for final placement.
Date: 4/21/2021 2:37:00 PM
Milt, thanks for doing that, now less people will get the dreaded NA , love _Constance
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Date: 4/24/2021 9:58:00 AM
Constance, the system is telling me I can only pick ten winners! I have at least fourteen that should place, so I'm sort of stymied.
Date: 4/21/2021 4:25:00 PM
Constance, the entries are really top-notch. So, I couldn't be restrictive.

My Past Blog Posts

Date Posted: 4/21/2021 1:53:00 PM
PROS and CONS of PS Poetry Contests
Date Posted: 4/17/2021 3:13:00 PM

My Recent Poems

Date PostedPoemTitleFormCategories
4/30/2021 The Way You Look At Me Monokulove,passion,romantic lov
4/30/2021 Unfairness Versehumor,word play,
4/29/2021 Mistaken Identity Limerickhumorous,
4/29/2021 I Must Move On Roundelheartbreak,hurt,lost love
4/29/2021 Coming or Going Diamantetravel,
4/29/2021 A Naturalist Living in Perth Limerickanimal,humor,
4/29/2021 I Traced Her Steps Free verselost love,sorrow,suicide,
4/28/2021 Black and White Diamantecolor,word play,
4/28/2021 Beware of Biased Journalism Terzanelleangst,conflict,confusion,
4/28/2021 Freeloader Haikubird,food,nature,work,
4/28/2021 Debit or Credit Diamantebusiness,money,
4/28/2021 Two Tips on Titles Free versewriting,
4/27/2021 Our Daddy Rhymedad,father,home,
4/27/2021 May He Rest In Peace Blank verseabuse,death,farewell,fath
4/27/2021 Life and Death Rondeau Redoublefear,horror,
4/27/2021 In Tune With My Flowers Dizainflower,garden,music,
4/27/2021 When We Met Verselove,
4/27/2021 Consolation Rhymedeath,faith,
4/27/2021 Reconsidered Approach Limerickhumor,humorous,
4/26/2021 Love or Lust Diamantecrush,love,lust,meaningfu
4/26/2021 My First Yoga Lesson Rhymehealth,irony,moving on,pa
4/26/2021 Letter to My Son Quaternlove,son,
4/26/2021 Just Wonderin' Ninetteself,
4/26/2021 To My Dying Companion Italian Sonnetdevotion,loss,love,wife,
4/25/2021 Teenagers Verseclass,student,teacher,tee
4/25/2021 On the Outer Edges of Space Terza Rimagod,space,travel,universe
4/25/2021 Seedtime Diamantefood,garden,spring,
4/25/2021 Friend or Foe Diamantefriend,friendship,identit
4/25/2021 I Shall Write of It Rondeau Redoubledeath,grief,missing you,m
4/25/2021 Eventually Monokutime,
4/24/2021 Our Last Thoughts Rhymedark,death,spoken word,
4/24/2021 Tarnished Dreams Villanelleimagination,mental illnes
4/24/2021 Parting Thoughts Coupletangst,death,feelings,
4/24/2021 Last Words Ottava rimadeath,goodbye,words,
4/23/2021 Unrequited Infatuation Ghazalcrush,imagination,longing
4/23/2021 Thoughts on a Lifetime of Travel Sonnetadventure,age,travel,
4/23/2021 The Bitter End Coupletbreak up,marriage,
4/23/2021 Stash Limerickhumor,money,
4/23/2021 Of Men and Ships Versemetaphor,ocean,sea,
4/22/2021 A Sestina on Judging Sestinajudgement,poems,poetry,
4/22/2021 Tell Me, Who Do You Say That I Am Free versechristian,religion,religi
4/22/2021 Danger Zone Ottava rimaculture,dance,youth,
4/22/2021 Great Questions Terzanellephilosophy,
4/21/2021 Heart Ache Blank verseheartbreak,heartbroken,lo
4/21/2021 Breakfast Epulaeryufood,good morning,grandmo
4/21/2021 More Guns on the Street Rhymeheartbreak,irony,satire,s
4/20/2021 Birth in Storm Blank verseanimal,birth,cat,storm,
4/20/2021 Speak Out Fibonaccicare,rights,spoken word,
4/20/2021 Soliloquy Versespoken word,
4/20/2021 The Kiss Rhymehumorous,kiss,love,youth,
4/20/2021 Puppy Love Rhymelove,youth,
4/19/2021 Helping Daddy Understand Nursery Rhyme Rhymekindergarten,nursery rhym
4/19/2021 Rare Moments Sublime Sonnetlost love,memory,remember
4/18/2021 When Neighbor's Came Around Rhymenostalgia,remember,world
4/18/2021 Who Am I Roundelperspective,philosophy,
4/17/2021 Agape Love Free versegod,love,religious,
4/17/2021 Tragic Times Free versewar,
4/17/2021 Early Spring Dawning Roundelemotions,hope,morning,spr
4/16/2021 Magical Haikunature,spring,water,
4/16/2021 Pleasantries of Spring Haikunature,senses,spring,
4/16/2021 First Spring Mowing Haikunature,spring,
4/16/2021 Embers Free verselost love,
4/16/2021 An Angelic Visit Hybronnetangel,dream,inspiration,v
4/15/2021 Just Stating the Obvious Poetry Contest Rhymeprayer,religious,
4/15/2021 Words Better Left Unsaid Rhymeirony,peace,spoken word,w
4/15/2021 A Word of Advice Dizaingrowing up,identity,life,
4/15/2021 What Wind Cannot Respect Rhymeautumn,grief,metaphor,nat
4/14/2021 Revelation Free versegospel,peace,religious,
4/13/2021 The Seminal Decision Free versedestiny,future,growth,lif
4/13/2021 Night Across the Pond Free versedark,night,
4/12/2021 Ode to an Elementary School Teacher Odeclass,education,school,te
4/12/2021 Sign of Splendor Rhymeadventure,courage,motivat
4/11/2021 Forest of My Dreams Suzette Primedream,lost love,marriage,
4/11/2021 The Eagle's Realm Free versebird,flying,nature,sky,
4/11/2021 A Far Cry Villanelleafrica,children,death,hur
4/11/2021 April Flirts With Spring Free verseapril,spring,
4/10/2021 Miss Kentucky April Quatrainapril,cheer up,weather,
4/10/2021 Do It Again Nursery Rhyme Rhymenursery rhyme,
4/10/2021 Poetry Soup Acrosticpoetry,
4/10/2021 Untitled Free versebeauty,time,
4/10/2021 Beauty and the Poet Free versebeauty,poetry,poets,
4/10/2021 Immortal Words Rhymepassion,poetry,writing,
4/10/2021 Lessons I Have Learned in Eighty Years Didacticlife,
4/9/2021 Whence Passed the Verse Rhymeirony,poems,poetry,words,
4/9/2021 The Old Red Barn Pastoralamerica,farm,memory,
4/9/2021 A Pet Minichu Rhymedog,loss,pets,
4/9/2021 The Shine in My Life Free versechildhood,father son,ligh
4/8/2021 The Marlboro Man and Me Villanelledesire,recovery from,
4/8/2021 Immortal Rose Rhymenature,rose,
4/8/2021 Rods of Steel Will Bend Rhymedream,patriotic,war,
4/8/2021 Finicky Drinkers Free versedrink,humor,
4/7/2021 Puppies Versecare,dog,
4/7/2021 Rave Notice Rhymemusic,passion,
4/7/2021 We Took the Bridge Balladpatriotic,war,world war i
4/7/2021 My Treasure Lives Sonnetseasons,
4/6/2021 Matt Gaetz Acrosticcharacter,conflict,how i
4/6/2021 These Are Tragic Times Free versepeace,war,
4/6/2021 Justice For All Fibonaccijudgement,racism,
4/6/2021 Random Quatrains Quatrainhumorous,self,
4/5/2021 Smarmy Lady Limerickhumor,humorous,

My Photos

Fav Poems

VERSE FREED to couplet Coupletnostalgia,word play,
Vanishing Specter Terza Rimafriend,travel,truth,
A Song of Three Rhymefun,
Eloquent Epitaphs Rhymehumor,
A Man Called Leo Quatrainanxiety,emotions,father s
It Was a Good Morning until Free versedad,fun,kid,
Q Tipping Political Verseabuse,america,angst,discr
this old building Versehome,
It Was A Good Morning Until Rhymehumor,
Spring Rhymeflower,spring,summer,sun,
Baxter Bug and the Purple Orb Rhymeinsect,
The Holy Road Free versewar,
I REMEMBER SMOKEY Quatraincat,childhood,
This Beautiful Brown Eyed Boy Narrativeblack african american,bo
silence Free versechild,conflict,death,phil
To Her Son in Law Light Versehumor,
ILL REPUTE Rhymehumorous,lust,sin,
Lazy Bones Rhymework,
That's When the Fight Began Coupletfun,funny,humor,humorous,
My Whiskey Was Dumped Into the Well Rhymedrink,water,
Blue Ridge Nights Free versepoetry,
The Virginia Hermaphrodite Dramatic Monologuehistory,
The Honeymoon Light Versehumor,
To The Temptations Free versemusic,tribute,
The Nature of a Shadow Light Versesurreal,
Lend Me Your Ear Rhymecharacter,integrity,peopl
Contemplation Free verse10th grade,11th grade,12t
On Wings of Imagination Verseimagination,
A Pig Questions Light Versehumor,
Watching Amos Plowing with Horses Narrativehistory,nostalgia,
Statues In The Park Rhymehistory,
Miss Amelia Havisham's Garden Shed Rhymedeath,garden,literature,
The Last Supper Limerickjesus,
I Felt An Ache Inside Rondeau Redouble11th grade,12th grade,ang
M A X I M I Z E Acrosticinspirational,
All The Young Hymns Rhymechildhood,religion,school
Making a Hillbilly Jacuzzi Rhyme10th grade,11th grade,12t

Fav Poets

Laura Leiser United States Flag United States Read
John Hamilton Canada Flag Canada Read
Eric Ashford United States Flag United States Read
Janis Thompson United States Flag United States Read
Sandra Haight United States Flag United States Read
Suzanne Delaney United States Flag United States Read
Thomas Wells United States Flag United States Read
Linda Fowler United States Flag United States Read
Jones Muta Tanzania Flag Tanzania Read
Brian Strand United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom Read
William Tatum United States Flag United States Read
charles messina United States Flag United States Read
Maurice Rigoler United States Flag United States Read
Richard Lamoureux Canada Flag Canada Read
Stanfield Major United States Flag United States Read
Wendy Watson United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom Read
Rico Leffanta United States Flag United States Read
Caren Krutsinger United States Flag United States Read
Virginia Gelok Canada Flag Canada Read
Carolyn Devonshire United States Flag United States Read
Regina McIntosh United States Flag United States Read