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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.

(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, 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.

"Trionet" Contest Finalized

Blog Posted:7/2/2021 8:38:00 AM

Thanks so much to everyone who entered my contest, "Write a Trionet For Me." All of the entries were absolutely riveting...with the exception of a couple of people who ignored the directions and who submitted poems that were not "trionets."

I enjoyed introducing the "Trionet," and I hope it will catch on, with more poets writing it. Again, thanks for your entries.

Special congratulations to the winners! --Milt

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Date: 7/3/2021 8:50:00 PM
It is a wonderful form, Milton, thank you for my placement, never thought would place... congratulations to all the other winners:
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Date: 7/3/2021 1:46:00 AM
I enjoyed the challenge of writing a Trionet, the new form of poetry that you’ve introduced Milton. Sincerest congratulations to all the amazing winners… Belle
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Date: 7/2/2021 10:33:00 PM
Congratulations to all the winners. It was a pleasure to read the entries. I will definitely try this form in the future, Milt.
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Date: 7/2/2021 9:15:00 PM
oh and congrats on your trionet as a form!! I gotta go see if mine were recognized or not!!
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Date: 7/2/2021 10:35:00 PM
Hi Andrea, You may follow the status of your form(s) submitted and also update it on your "My Poetry Forms" page under your "Member Home" page.
Date: 7/2/2021 9:14:00 PM
that was a wonderful surprise to see myself on your list. Thanks so much. Can't wait to see the other winners.
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Date: 7/2/2021 8:57:00 PM
Milt, thanks for the inspiration and the contest, I loved writing the Trionet, and thanks for my placement and congratulations to all your winners ~ peace and tranquility _Constance
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Date: 7/2/2021 3:30:00 PM
Many congratulations on having your Trionet recognised by soup in the new forms created by PS poets, well done Milton:-) hugs Jan xx
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Date: 7/2/2021 12:54:00 PM
Hi L. Milton, You held a good contest and created a great form. Congratulations to all the winners. Have a wonderful day:-) Alexis
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Date: 7/2/2021 11:27:00 AM
Thanks so much for my placements and my congrats to the winners, i hope this becomes a recognised poetry form for you:-) hugs Jan xx
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My Past Blog Posts

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A Personal Message from "Milt"
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PROS and CONS of PS Poetry Contests
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My Recent Poems

Date PostedPoemTitleFormCategories
9/21/2021 Stinger Dodoitsuangst,humorous,love,
9/21/2021 Summer's End Haikuautumn,rain,september,
9/21/2021 Quick on the Draw Limerickhumorous,
9/21/2021 Our First Pledge Monorhymeparents,perspective,remem
9/20/2021 Last Moments Nonetangst,change,scary,self,s
9/20/2021 I Write Love Poems Sedokaloneliness,love,love hurt
9/20/2021 A Dismal Christmas Free versechristmas,humorous,mother
9/19/2021 Truth of the Matter Monokuperspective,truth,
9/19/2021 Lone Dandelion Haikuautumn,flower,metaphor,
9/19/2021 Goldenrod Haikuautumn,flower,nature,
9/19/2021 Lost Voices of Reason Free versesound,spoken word,voice,w
9/19/2021 Toothache Quatrainhealth,
9/19/2021 Indian Summer Haikuseptember,summer,weather,
9/19/2021 Nightfall Nonetnight,
9/19/2021 Dear Milt Coupletme,
9/16/2021 My Notebook Rhymehow i feel,
9/16/2021 Plight of the Elderly Rispettoage,care,sad,
9/16/2021 Sometimes Light Versehow i feel,humorous,persp
9/16/2021 Icicles Haikuimagery,nature,water,
9/15/2021 Future's Mysteries Verselonging,lost love,
9/15/2021 When Dark Clouds Overshadowed the Sun's Ray Villanelleautumn,nature,seasons,
9/15/2021 Face Masks Quatrainhealth,
9/15/2021 Shanghai Carpenter Limerickhumorous,
9/14/2021 Response to Rude Darts Rhymeanti bullying,endurance,g
9/12/2021 Being a Liberal Rhymeanti bullying,how i feel,
9/12/2021 Narcissistic Boors Quatrainpeople,psychological,
9/12/2021 Fog Is Rising Free versenature,river,sports,
9/12/2021 The Appalachians Free verseadventure,money,mountains
9/12/2021 Longing to Be Free Sonnetage,city,home,life,memory
9/12/2021 Before the First Snow Free versenature,seasons,
9/12/2021 Where Does the Green Go Rhymeseasons,
9/11/2021 Feather Senryubird,nature,symbolism,
9/11/2021 Journey Free versejourney,
9/11/2021 Poem Epigramchange,life,poems,write,
9/11/2021 The Fawn Trioletanimal,nature,
9/11/2021 Purpose in Nature Tankaappreciation,autumn,natur
9/11/2021 Memory of 9-11-2001 Coupletanxiety,change,confusion,
9/11/2021 Red Cannas Haikuautumn,flower,garden,sad,
9/11/2021 I Am Mesmerized Free verseallusion,beach,how i feel
9/10/2021 Last Sigh Haikusummer,
9/10/2021 Time of Unrest Free verseangst,conflict,confusion,
9/10/2021 How Do I Write Rhymewriting,
9/10/2021 Indian Summer Haikunature,summer,weather,win
9/10/2021 Grandma's Prediction Rispettograndmother,religious,wis
9/10/2021 The Buzzard Free versebird,death,nature,
9/9/2021 On Being Blocked Quatrainhow i feel,
9/9/2021 Naked As a Jailbird Limerickhumorous,
9/9/2021 Hurtin' Songs Rhymeblue,love hurts,music,sad
9/9/2021 Illusion Quatraindream,imagery,
9/9/2021 In a Hurting World Diminished Hexaverseamerica,angst,anxiety,con
9/9/2021 Degradation Rhymehistory,holocaust,horror,
9/8/2021 Arrested for Tossing Diamonds Free versefun,humorous,
9/8/2021 Hosting Jeopardy Light Versefun,games,how i feel,humo
9/8/2021 Victims of War Tankaveterans day,war,
9/8/2021 Morning Shadows Haikumorning,sun,
9/8/2021 Conspiracies Tetractysconfusion,voice,words,
9/8/2021 Early Morning Shadows Free versepoverty,
9/8/2021 Sighs Free verseperspective,
9/7/2021 Love Blooms in Early Age Dizainlove,youth,
9/7/2021 This Disgruntled Troll Quatrainconflict,feelings,how i f
9/7/2021 The Screw Light Verseangst,humorous,
9/6/2021 Listen to Me Free versehow i feel,
9/6/2021 Morning Joe Rhymenonsense,poetry,
9/6/2021 Color Me - The Future Is Coming Free versecolor,future,perspective,
9/6/2021 Sundown Acrosticeve,sky,sunset,
9/6/2021 To a Former Friend Political Verseanxiety,betrayal,conflict
9/6/2021 Worthy of Consideration Free versehow i feel,people,perspec
9/6/2021 Arguments Quatrainhow i feel,spoken word,
9/6/2021 Some Unsolicited Advice Monorhymehumor,perspective,
9/6/2021 Echo Tetractyssound,voice,
9/5/2021 Lawn Flowers Haikuflower,nature,sleep,winte
9/5/2021 Long Range Weather Forecast Free versememory,seasons,snow,weath
9/5/2021 Coming Storm Trioletnature,rain,sky,storm,
9/5/2021 SNAFU at the Met Quintillamusic,song,
9/5/2021 Mexican Memory Limerickhumorous,
9/5/2021 I Breathe Again Rhymelove,romantic love,words,
9/5/2021 Harmony Rhymeflower,garden,song,
9/4/2021 Random Rhymes Footlehumorous,
9/4/2021 Hummingbird Rhymebird,flying,nature,
9/4/2021 A Hard Rain Fell Trioletenvironment,garden,night,
9/4/2021 Mind Over Matter Diamanteperspective,
9/4/2021 Loneliness at Dusk Nonetfeelings,how i feel,lonel
9/4/2021 Success With Words Kimosuccess,words,writing,
9/4/2021 She Touched My Heart Quatrainaddiction,child,child abu
9/3/2021 I Remember When Quatrainchange,childhood,life,mot
9/3/2021 Autumn Gold Verseautumn,color,nature,
9/3/2021 Weeding the Garden Haikugarden,
9/2/2021 Morning on the Farm Idyll (Idyl)farm,morning,peace,places
9/2/2021 Autumn Acrosticautumn,seasons,weather,
9/2/2021 Clinical Tests Light Versehow i feel,humorous,me,
9/2/2021 Your Finest Hour Monokuhope,inspirational,
9/2/2021 USPS-Approved Light Versehumorous,
9/2/2021 Self-Evaluation Light Versehow i feel,humorous,me,se
9/1/2021 Autumn Job Tankaautumn,jobs,work,
9/1/2021 Caught in the Act - BAWDY Limerick5th grade,boy,humorous,na
9/1/2021 Couldn't Think of Gardenia Limerickcrazy,dance,flower,humoro
9/1/2021 Apt Apology Light Versefeelings,sorry,words,
9/1/2021 Two's Company, Three's a Crowd Rhymehumorous,
9/1/2021 Wasted Words Coupletpoems,poetess,words,
9/1/2021 Swirling Oak Leaves Quintain (Sicilian)autumn,motivation,nature,

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Fav Poems

ILL REPUTE Rhymehumorous,lust,sin,
Spring Rhymeflower,spring,summer,sun,
Q Tipping Political Verseabuse,america,angst,discr
Lazy Bones Rhymework,
My Whiskey Was Dumped Into the Well Rhymedrink,water,
That's When the Fight Began Coupletfun,funny,humor,humorous,
Baxter Bug and the Purple Orb Rhymeinsect,
VERSE FREED to couplet Coupletnostalgia,word play,
Don't Go To L Rhyme10th grade,
Blue Ridge Nights Free versepoetry,
To The Temptations Free versemusic,tribute,
Miss Amelia Havisham's Garden Shed Rhymedeath,garden,literature,
The Virginia Hermaphrodite Dramatic Monologuehistory,
The Legs Are Last To Go Rhymefamily,fun,humorous,life,
Stand in a Field and Scream Villanelleanxiety,betrayal,depressi
Lend Me Your Ear Rhymecharacter,integrity,peopl
I Felt An Ache Inside Rondeau Redouble11th grade,12th grade,ang
Try Me Sometime Personificationfantasy,humanity,technolo
In My Dreams Free verseanimal,
Howling Good Night for Pumpkin Fight Monorhymecat,halloween,
Flagpole Fannie - POTD Rhymegrandmother,humor,humorou
M A X I M I Z E Acrosticinspirational,
Contemplation Free verse10th grade,11th grade,12t
Overexposure Free versechildren,education,growth
MOONSHINE SHUFFLE - Moderate Country Waltz Lyricmarriage,
Greener Rhymeanimal,metaphor,
The Big, Fat Fairy Rhymecheer up,fairy,fantasy,
On Wings of Imagination Verseimagination,
Artie's Aviary Alliteration7th grade,8th grade,bird,
Precious Black Night Rhymebeautiful,color,dark,moon
A Song of Three Rhymefun,
All The Young Hymns Rhymechildhood,religion,school
Watching Amos Plowing with Horses Narrativehistory,nostalgia,
A Man Called Leo Quatrainanxiety,emotions,father s
Better Choice at the End Rhymehumor,
HOT,HOT,HOT Rhymefunny,hilarious,humor,hum
Statues In The Park Rhymehistory,
The Holy Road Free versewar,
It Was a Good Morning until Free versedad,fun,kid,
bard's-eye view Iambic Pentameteranalogy,metaphor,poetry,w
How Do You Like Them Apples Rhymehumorous,
Making a Hillbilly Jacuzzi Rhyme10th grade,11th grade,12t
The Last Supper Limerickjesus,
It Was A Good Morning Until Rhymehumor,
Lost and Found Coupletadventure,fantasy,flower,
Speaking with Shakespeare Rhymehilarious,
Man Child Versechild,childhood,men,
Jazz My Puppy Dog Enclosed Rhymeanimal,dog,
This Beautiful Brown Eyed Boy Narrativeblack african american,bo
this old building Versehome,
silence Free versechild,conflict,death,phil
Another Lifetime Versework,
Cowboy Shooters On Motor Scooters Rhymehumorous,native american,
My Government Tis of Thee Rhymedeath,humor,
I Won't Try Again I Quit Limerick2nd grade,3rd grade,4th g
I REMEMBER SMOKEY Quatraincat,childhood,
Charlies Boarder Rhymeanimal,
Again Verselove,snow,
In Sandy On A Sundy Rhymehumor,
Majesty of Fall Verseautumn,beauty,
I Want To Be A Poet Rhymefun,funny,poetry,words,
An Old Wise Fish Light Versehumor,
Crazy Animal Poem Monorhyme1st grade,2nd grade,3rd g

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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
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
Emile Pinet Canada Flag Canada Read
Chantelle Anne Cooke United States Flag United States Read
Andrea Dietrich United States Flag United States Read
Terry Miller United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom Read
Ken Rone United States Flag United States Read
David Walker United States Flag United States Read
Barry Freeman United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom Read
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