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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:

Okay, Listen up!

Blog Posted:1/23/2022 5:11:00 PM

Folks, if you are submitting to my current (or any) contest, please heads up!

A contest sponsor's job is not to proofread for you. Theirs is not to correct your grammatical and punctuation errors. In my case, I'm inclined to throw out some really fine entries for just these reasons, but I've given you another chance!

So, pull up your poems, proofread them (and do it quickly before I toss your entry) and correct your misspellings, typos, and grammatical errors. I could, as some sponsors do, track you down and point out what's wrong, but I'm not going to. I'm a very busy man here at Poetry Soup, and as poets who enter contests, you have a responsibility to submit work that meets the requirements of good writing.

There! I've done my "grouchy old man" routine. I'm not going to do it again...unless I have to. 

You have fair warning. If your poem does not place, I am not interested in hearing what a lousy sponsor I am! I've been involved with creative writing, poetry, and forensics (including judging) for a very long time, so my decisions, as some one else said, are final!

Good luck! And yes, I'm talking to you..who submitted a perfectly fine poem, except do you mean "of" or "off?" I have no way of knowing. And yes, you, who needs to review your punctuation (or lack thereof) throughout your poem. And yes, you, who didn't appear to understand the theme, a poem about "a favorite vacation experience." Lastly, again, you, who cannot seem to understand the difference between "it" and "it's."

Good Luck!

Thanks, Milt 

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My Recent Poems

Date PostedPoemTitleFormCategories
5/18/2022 In the Far Beyond Sonnetdream,lost love,
5/17/2022 Death in the Forest Free verseanimal,death,life,nature,
5/17/2022 I Am So Blessed Free verselife,
5/17/2022 Spare Me Disaffected Trolls Quatrainanti bullying,feelings,pe
5/16/2022 What Fascinates Me Free versewomen,
5/16/2022 I Do Like Poems Pantoumpoems,poetry,writing,
5/16/2022 Competition Monokuphilosophy,relationship,
5/15/2022 Since God Made Us All - repost Rhymecreation,humanity,perspec
5/15/2022 Red Moon Rising Trioletloneliness,moon,mountains
5/15/2022 I Talk to the Trees Rhymenature,tree,voice,
5/15/2022 Shape-Shifting Light Versefantasy,fun,silly,
5/15/2022 To Be Avoided Epigramfeelings,
5/15/2022 Sights and Sounds of a Simple Life Quatrainanimal,bird,flower,nature
5/14/2022 A Basic Economic Reality Rhymeintegrity,perspective,phi
5/14/2022 Beware the Tenderness Rubaiyatfriendship,perspective,
5/14/2022 Melodies of My Own Making Villanelledeath,music,perspective,s
5/14/2022 Lay Me Gently Down Rondeau Redoubledeath,feelings,memorial,p
5/14/2022 On the Meaning of Life Free versedeath,life,nature,
5/14/2022 AILMENTS Footlebody,
5/13/2022 Not so Friendly Discussions Abecedarianfriendship,humorous,
5/13/2022 Hector O Swift Epitaphhumorous,
5/13/2022 Divine Intervention Coupletspiritual,strength,
5/13/2022 Friday the Thirteenth Trioletangst,destiny,feelings,ma
5/13/2022 Beware Coupletperspective,
5/13/2022 Notions of the Poet-Sage Villanellepoetry,poets,writing,
5/13/2022 Skyscape Haikunature,peace,sky,
5/13/2022 Folly of Anger Quatrainanger,feelings,
5/10/2022 On Ownership Quintain (Sicilian)perspective,philosophy,
5/10/2022 Misfortune Monokufate,life,perspective,
5/10/2022 A Fragile World Divided Pantoumpeace,perspective,war,wor
5/9/2022 And That's the Story Narrativecar,science,water,
5/9/2022 Walk Through the Meadow Free verseadventure,bird,flower,nat
5/9/2022 Smiling Versehumorous,perspective,smil
5/9/2022 Not a Piece of Cake Rhymefood,humorous,sports,
5/9/2022 The Brain--Your Personal Computer Pantoumbody,computer,
5/8/2022 Slow Down, Little Sailor Man Terza Rimaboy,good night,nursery rh
5/8/2022 Bubble of Illusion Rhymefuture,inspirational,life
5/8/2022 Captain America Rhymeadventure,america,hero,
5/8/2022 Come in from the Rain Pantoumme,perspective,rain,sick,
5/8/2022 Here At Poetry Soup Coupletappreciation,poems,poetry
5/7/2022 Unexpected Treasures - Repost Free versehappiness,joy,uplifting,
5/7/2022 Dew Covered Grass Free versedance,flower,me,self,soun
5/7/2022 Whispers of the Wind Haikunature,tree,wind,
5/7/2022 Perfect Day Haikubird,flying,nature,sky,
5/7/2022 A Changing Day Epitaphhumorous,
5/7/2022 Value of Earnest Effort Quatrainperspective,success,uplif
5/6/2022 Pollen Count Up Haikunature,senses,sick,spring
5/6/2022 Spring Fairy Dust Light Versenature,pollution,spring,
5/6/2022 Bitterness Quintain (English)character,
5/6/2022 Smell of Poo Than-Baukhumorous,
5/6/2022 Lavender Is Blooming Trioletbird,flower,nature,
5/6/2022 Make the World a Better Place Quatrainanti bullying,encouraging
5/6/2022 Individual Rights Rhymeconflict,perspective,poli
5/5/2022 A Sad Tale of Woe Narrativebetrayal,love,marriage,
5/5/2022 Old Memories Quaternfuture,memory,
5/5/2022 Reflections Epigramimage,mirror,self,
5/5/2022 Glory Days of Golden Youth Villanelleboy,growing up,youth,
5/5/2022 When Poppies Bloom Trioletflower,memorial,memorial
5/5/2022 Cycling in the Summertime Pantoumfun,race,sports,
5/4/2022 Dutiful Diligence Monokuwork,
5/4/2022 Monster Rodeo Senryuadventure,
5/4/2022 Shootout on Main Street Limerickhumorous,
5/4/2022 Farmer's Market Light Verseadventure,weather,
5/2/2022 NAOMI JUDD Epitaphdeath,depression,sorrow,
5/2/2022 Exceptional Times, Exceptional Measures Rhymegrowth,life,perspective,
5/2/2022 A Day in May Rhymelove,may,spring,
5/1/2022 Sweet Breath of Spring Trioletspring,
5/1/2022 Your Sweet Kisses Consoled Sonnetfeelings,how i feel,kiss,
5/1/2022 Near Death Experience Terza Rimadeath,destiny,perspective
5/1/2022 Along a Life Path Terzanelleextended metaphor,life,me
4/30/2022 A Waste of Ink Epigramanti bullying,poems,writi
4/30/2022 Return to Thee Kyrielleprayer,spiritual,
4/29/2022 On Waves of Sorrow Terzanelledeath,grief,lost love,sor
4/28/2022 Ode to the Hummingbird Odebird,nature,
4/28/2022 Catch the Wind Epigramnature,wind,
4/27/2022 Forsooth Quintain (Sicilian)fun,words,writing,
4/26/2022 Unnecessary Roughness Epitaphhumorous,
4/26/2022 Key Lime Pie Lentofood,
4/26/2022 Unfettered Thoughts Quintain (English)feelings,introspection,me
4/26/2022 If the World Should End Tomorrow Villanelleearth,future,world,
4/26/2022 Weak and Weary Epigramsick,
4/26/2022 Lack of Concern for Life Terzanelleanimal,anti bullying,life
4/25/2022 Season of Rebirth Trioletspring,uplifting,
4/25/2022 Consider the Finer Things Rhymebeauty,inspirational,
4/24/2022 On Absorbing Truth Rhymehow i feel,philosophy,spi
4/24/2022 Unresolved Anger Monorhymedepression,feelings,how i
4/24/2022 Nature's Rebirth Rhymeflower,growth,spring,
4/24/2022 Internal Inhibition Sonnetfeelings,how i feel,self,
4/23/2022 A Spiritual Relief Rhymesin,spiritual,uplifting,
4/22/2022 On Getting a Second Opinion Villanellehow i feel,perspective,
4/22/2022 Break of Day Terzanellehow i feel,morning,night,
4/21/2022 Guestimate Rhymehow i feel,
4/21/2022 Racing to the Top Free versecelebration,how i feel,se
4/21/2022 Poetry Soup Quintain (Sicilian)poems,poetry,poets,writin
4/21/2022 In the Red - BAWDY Limerickhumor,
4/21/2022 Enough Already Light Versecity,feelings,me,
4/21/2022 Upbeat Stuff Trioletfeelings,how i feel,writi
4/21/2022 Consider the Lilies Quintain (English)flower,uplifting,
4/20/2022 Thoughts of Dying Rhymedeath,life,
4/19/2022 Your Twilight Years Quatrainage,cheer up,encouraging,

My Photos

Fav Poems

VERSE FREED to couplet Coupletnostalgia,word play,
Q Tipping Political Verseabuse,america,angst,discr
Spring Rhymeflower,spring,summer,sun,
Baxter Bug and the Purple Orb Rhymeinsect,
This Beautiful Brown Eyed Boy Narrativeblack african american,bo
silence Free versechild,conflict,death,phil
Lazy Bones Rhymework,
ILL REPUTE Rhymehumorous,lust,sin,
That's When the Fight Began Coupletfun,funny,humor,humorous,
My Whiskey Was Dumped Into the Well Rhymedrink,water,
To The Temptations Free versemusic,tribute,
Don't Go To L Rhyme10th grade,
The Virginia Hermaphrodite Dramatic Monologuehistory,
Blue Ridge Nights Free versepoetry,
A Song of Three - Favorite Rhymefun,
Lend Me Your Ear Rhymecharacter,integrity,peopl
Try Me Sometime Personificationfantasy,humanity,technolo
Miss Amelia Havisham's Garden Shed Rhymedeath,garden,literature,
Contemplation Free verse10th grade,11th grade,12t
Greener Rhymeanimal,metaphor,
On Wings of Imagination Verseimagination,
It Was a Good Morning until Free versedad,fun,kid,
Overexposure Free versechildren,education,growth
Howling Good Night for Pumpkin Fight Monorhymecat,halloween,
Watching Amos Plowing with Horses Narrativehistory,nostalgia,
A Man Called Leo Quatrainanxiety,emotions,father s
MOONSHINE SHUFFLE - Moderate Country Waltz Lyricmarriage,
It Was A Good Morning Until Rhymehumor,
Statues In The Park Rhymehistory,
Flagpole Fannie -- POTD Rhymegrandmother,humor,humorou
I Felt An Ache Inside Rondeau Redouble11th grade,12th grade,ang
Precious Black Night POTD Rhymebeautiful,color,dark,moon
The American Indian Rhymeappreciation,beauty,histo
Worries For Another Day Rhymehappy,how i feel,inspirat
Universal Holidays Rhymeappreciation,chanukah,chr
As Free as the Long Grasses Free verseself,wind,
The Big, Fat Fairy Rhymecheer up,fairy,fantasy,
Shh, I'll Make It Go Away Rhymechildhood,how i feel,love
Winter's Fantasies Free versefantasy,snow,winter,
Where Daffodils Grow By The Sea Rhymebeauty,daffodils,sea,
The Holy Road Free versewar,
The Last Supper Limerickjesus,
M A X I M I Z E Acrosticinspirational,
HOT,HOT,HOT Rhymefunny,hilarious,humor,hum
Nobody Knows the Rubble I Have Seen Light Verse2nd grade,3rd grade,4th g
B U L L I E S Acrosticabuse,anti bullying,
Esoteric Fox and His Wisdom Narrative10th grade,4th grade,5th
Man Child Versechild,childhood,men,
I Almost Pooed My Pants Rhymefishing,
An Hour Glass Spirit Free versecelebration,
bard's-eye view Iambic Pentameteranalogy,metaphor,poetry,w
Cowboy Shooters On Motor Scooters Rhymehumorous,native american,
Piper in the Woodlands Free versenature,
Dead to Me Means More Alive than Ever Narrativegrandchild,grandmother,
An Endless Spring Versenature,
Speaking with Shakespeare Rhymehilarious,
Crumb Coupletsuicide,
All The Young Hymns Rhymechildhood,religion,school
I Chose The Life That Was Chosen For Me Rhymeappreciation,discriminati
Some With Faces Rhymeappreciation,friend,frien
Stand in a Field and Scream Villanelleanxiety,betrayal,depressi
this old building Versehome,
Sleep Song Lyricdeath,
I am Childlike Not Childish Free verseme,
Making a Hillbilly Jacuzzi Rhyme10th grade,11th grade,12t
Jazz My Puppy Dog Enclosed Rhymeanimal,dog,
Mr So and so Light Versewife,
Bat and Gat: Unwelcome Picnic Guest Limerickanimal,hero,silly,
Gertie Reports Glory of Lazy Eye Rhymehumorous,
Friday Friday Friday Friday Friday Rhymeday,
A To-Do List Rhymeme,
Ladies and Black Clothes Light Versehumor,
Heaven On Earth Free versehumor,
I REMEMBER SMOKEY Quatraincat,childhood,
The Legs Are Last To Go Rhymefamily,fun,humorous,life,
Where Have All the Flowers Gone Free versemusic,
I Am But a Grain of Sand Rhymecharacter,how i feel,phil
My Government Tis of Thee Rhymedeath,humor,
Huskey Mountain Ode Rhymehome,
For Peace Free versepeace,
Petites And Faeries Rhymehope,love,magic,together,
In My Dreams Free verseanimal,
Cutting Ties Rhymehurt,
Timeout Rhymebeautiful,change,image,im
Survivors Guilt Narrativedeath,grief,how i feel,
Evolution of a Serious Poet Rhymelife,love,poets,
WE ARE BROTHERS III Free versepeace,war,world,
Again Verselove,snow,
Show me God Rhymegod,
Majesty of Fall Verseautumn,beauty,
PS - IT'S POETRY Rhymehow i feel,poetry,writing
Who Says You Can't Go Back In Time Rhymehow i feel,memory,nostalg
Choice Rhymehow i feel,
Crazy Animal Poem Monorhyme1st grade,2nd grade,3rd g
UTTERLY DESPICABLE Rhymeconflict,death,evil,forgi
Better Choice at the End Rhymehumor,
Not Trying Does Not Work for You Free verse10th grade,11th grade,12t
Pixie Dust Magic Free verse1st grade,2nd grade,3rd g
How Do You Like Them Apples Rhymehumorous,
Man's Enduring Gift Rhymecreation,humanity,power,

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 Alice 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
Gary Radice United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom Read
Panagiota Romios United States Flag United States Read
Bill Baker United States Flag United States Read
Mike Gentile United States Flag United States Read
Jenna Logan United States Flag United States Read
Delice Arleen Skelly Ireland Flag Ireland Read
Sotto Poet United States Flag United States Read
Sally Eslinger United States Flag United States Read
Paula Goldsmith United States Flag United States Read
Tania Kitchin United States Flag United States Read
L MILTON HANKINS United States Flag United States Read
Victor Buhagiar Malta Flag Malta Read
Valsa George India Flag India Read
Marikate Kingston United States Flag United States Read
Mark Koplin United States Flag United States Read
Lin Lane United States Flag United States Read
Avery Won United States Flag United States Read
Carolyn Marie Baatz United States Flag United States Read
Marco Chies Brazil Flag Brazil Read
Tom Cunningham United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom Read
Edward Ibeh United States Flag United States Read
Jeff Kyser United States Flag United States Read
Indiana Shaw United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom Read
Sara Etgen-Baker United States Flag United States Read
John Anderson Australia Flag Australia Read
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