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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:

Top 100 BEST Poems of all Times List

Blog Posted:8/14/2022 1:20:00 PM

The Top 100 Poems of all Times List is sadly outdated! Some of the poets on this list are now deceased. Almost one-third of the poets named have been in absentia for at least two years! We have some outstanding currently-active poets who write exceptional poetry, whose names are NOT on the list. Something should be done about this!  Where are Jenna Logan, Edward Ibeh, Evelyn Buehler, Maurice Rigoler, Tania Kitchin, Regina McIntosh, Ilene Bauer, Jeff Kyser, Kim Rodrigues, and a host of other fine poets who have made outstanding contributions over the past few years? 

The introductory material says that poets on the list are "chosen by Poetry Soup members," but most of the currently active members certainly did NOT vote for some of these poets or their poems!

I admit that some really fine poets and poems DO APPEAR on the list, but where are the following poets who have been on the list for years? I have listed several names with the number of years they have been absent from Poetry Soup. They should either become actively involved with (and submitting to) the site or space on the list should be made for currently active poets and poems:

Linda Marie Sweetheart (9 yrs), Madison, Marie (9), Elizabeth Wesley (8), Lucilla Carillo (8), Joanna Smith (8), SKAT-A (7), Bob Quigley (6), William Robinson (5), Kabuteng (4), Debbie Guzzy (4), Daver Austin (4), Howard Bull (4), and many others in the range of 2-4 years.

Please forgive me if I am overstepping my bounds, but I care a lot about this site and its success.  Please forgive me if I left out any poets' names that I should have mentioned. I call upon Administration to spend some time making sure the lists on the site are up-to-date and appropriately representing the active, paying members who contribute on a regular basis to the site. Without them, there is no Poetry Soup.

Thanks for hearing me out.  L Milton "Milt" Hankins

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Date: 8/16/2022 4:50:00 PM
Many writers have departed from us, and the unsuspected would be at a loss for words. These individuals should be recognized for their contributions over their time here at Poetry Soup, and such a list should be free of category. It is not as if they are vying for a position; therefore, this memorial list of sorts should be alphabetized. Just sayin'...
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Hilo Poet
Date: 8/18/2022 6:43:00 AM
They're interested, rummaging the suggestion...
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Hilo Poet
Date: 8/17/2022 7:27:00 PM
Well just did a c&p of it to tps, see if it'll bite--thanks I almost forgot about it Milt, Aloha
Date: 8/17/2022 7:11:00 PM
They deserve to be honored, Hilo Poet. I certainly couldn't agree more. A list of names in alphabetical orders seems right to me. Do you suppose we'll ever see this on Poetry Soup?
Date: 8/16/2022 6:50:00 AM
This link is about 'popular poems' not poets, so perhaps posted date instead of name be shown & after 17 years the top 200 such poems plus some header note on how the positions are calculated.(This latter point would apply to other lists here POTD & POTW for example.
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Date: 8/16/2022 11:03:00 AM
Brian, I appreciate your thoughts on this. I am reasonably sure, however, that most people who read and write poetry [save for a few] know the poetry forms very well. A Hall of Fame would be excellent, listing both poet and poem. I'm sure you'd make the list, Brian.
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Brian Strand
Date: 8/16/2022 7:26:00 AM
Personally ..the form of the listed poem would be of more interest.
Date: 8/16/2022 6:35:00 AM
Hi Milton, poets past ( deceased ) and present Top whatever is probably the kindest approach, as for people still on the list that haven't appeared for a period of time for whatever reasons, these said poets are/have been a part of PS's bricks and mortar, and imo it would be unfair, but whatever approach is taken if at all, I'll go with. There's far too many other important things in life, nice blog though, James :)
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Date: 8/16/2022 11:00:00 AM
Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts, James. No one advocates disappearing people, period, but the Hall of Fame idea which has come out of this blog, would be an excellent solution. Of course, Administration has already indicated they plan to do nothing! So it is all moot, now.
Date: 8/16/2022 2:32:00 AM
You should send a note to administration and see what they might do. Yes, a large number of those are deceased and could be added to another area created by the administration. Most put poems on here to be remembered after their death like famous poets of old so there should be a section for those that have gone on to their reward. Maybe contact others who are still alive . Sara
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Date: 8/16/2022 8:36:00 AM
Sara, be sure to read all of the comments below. Administration has responded here on this blog, but always failed to do so when I wrote to them through the proper channels, which is one reason I resorted to this blog. A "lifetime" membership should end with the poet's death, and, if they are to be honored it should be on a Hall of Fame. Just my opinion.
Date: 8/16/2022 12:28:00 AM
You raised some good points Milton but it seems that mankind is becoming obsessed with computers to do everything without any actual human input, not just on here but everywhere. I hadn't looked at that list in months until you mentioned it in your blog, I noticed that I'm on it but I'm a big boy and know that there are far better poets than me who aren't on it and should be. I do like the idea of having a memorial list for deceased members though. Everyone has their own opinions on lists etc and there's no need for anyone to insult another just because they don't share your views and then turn it from a discussion into a bar room brawl. Tom
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Date: 8/16/2022 8:38:00 AM
You are so right, Tom. I agree with absolutely everything you said. You summed the whole thing up admirably! I like the idea of a memorial list or a Hall of Fame. You have a very deserved place on the list, Tom. As to those who chose to insult, may a flea fly up their noses. (chuckling)
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Tom Cunningham
Date: 8/16/2022 8:38:00 AM
There's a few plots ready on boot hill lol
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Jenna Logan
Date: 8/16/2022 8:27:00 AM
You put it all in proper perspective, Tom. I was hoping we'd not have to call in the sheriff, or worse... have you perform your undertaking duties on a couple of fire breathing mean old hombre's who came into town firing their six-shooters.
Date: 8/15/2022 10:48:00 PM
Thank you for mentioning me, Friend... Appreciate your kindness and hope they listen to your thoughts. God bless you. Love, Gina
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Date: 8/16/2022 8:39:00 AM
Thank you, Gina, but only a few will listen and Administration will probably do nothing...which they have clearly indicated below!
Date: 8/15/2022 9:03:00 PM
Milt - I have to say you know how to get them cranked. I am impressed. Well done. Peeps can be real PITAs, but they are entertaining.
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Date: 8/15/2022 9:26:00 PM
I appreciate your thoughts, rob. Thank you.
Date: 8/15/2022 8:49:00 PM
Milt, something many know & respect about you which I always.... appreciate honesty, even when in disagreement, you are a first class, graceful individual & a credit to this poetry site, I know I can always count on you to welcome my remarks with respect, & gently nudge my thinking, I have learned a lot from you & honored to call you my friend!
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Date: 8/15/2022 9:27:00 PM
Thank you so much, James. I appreciate your thoughts and your comment.
Date: 8/15/2022 5:45:00 PM
Milt, I hope you've read the comments made by George. He is new to the site, so he has no allegiance to anyone, but he clearly saw the aggressor in this blog. I think that should wrap it up quite nicely with a curly blue bow.
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Date: 8/15/2022 7:18:00 PM
Yes, Jenna. I did, and I think he is right on target. I responded to him, and I hope I have encouraged him about Poetry Soup.
Date: 8/15/2022 5:28:00 PM
Perhaps a top 100 list for each decade? After all, poetry styles and tastes change over time and ‘all time’ does sound really far-fetched… that way if you wish to see what was considered the best in the first ten years of soup, you can have a permanent list to see and then the next 10 and so on… :)
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Date: 8/15/2022 7:18:00 PM
This certainly is an interesting idea...and viable, in my way of thinking, Susan. Thank you.
Date: 8/15/2022 2:30:00 PM
Milt, gosh, you sure stirred the soup with blogging your observation, blessings ~Constance
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Date: 8/15/2022 6:08:00 PM
Oh, it will work itself out, Constance. Maybe the soup will be a bit tastier with a few spices! Have a wonderful week!
Date: 8/15/2022 10:18:00 AM
As Milt stated the difficulties of a response, but not intentionally stealing one's thunder, my inquiry re: POTD, in particular, is based on being active (or former) member's poems only, and that their qualifications to appear under the said category is hereby clearly indicated by the immediacy of readership and other rapid attributes, whereto, be faves or commenting of sorts. If, from what I've read here, then there'd be no other determination factor other than just these. Chiming in with Milt wholeheartedly.
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Hilo Poet
Date: 8/15/2022 10:45:00 AM
Fine, thanks for the response; TPS, Aloha~William
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Date: 8/15/2022 10:31:00 AM
Being active is undoubtedly essential. Many poems are posted daily, and many get lost in the shuffle. Being active garners readers. If one enters contests, that's another way of getting the algorithm's attention.
Date: 8/15/2022 9:29:00 AM
Your reasoning for changing the All-Time List in the way you suggest is flawed. Let me explain. This is the equivalent of saying William Shakespeare’s Sonnet 29 has been on the all-time best poems list too long. It is the equivalent of saying Robert Burns, A Red Red Rose should be removed from the best poems ever list because Robert Burns is dead. Anyway, if you watch our all-time list, new poems have come and gone. It is not stagnant.
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Jenna Logan
Date: 8/16/2022 2:44:00 PM
Right, Mark. Since then, I've read quite a few poems in which 'hue' was used, which I found hilarious, but not quite as funny as Tom's new episode of Soup Creek, based on a comment from this blog.
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Mark Koplin
Date: 8/16/2022 2:36:00 PM
This same insulting and rude individual put up a blog stating that poets shouldn’t use the word hue anymore. If you notice on that blog nobody was rude and disrespectful to him. It would seem that mr Cornish sees himself above the rest of us here.
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Mark Koplin
Date: 8/15/2022 5:58:00 PM
It’s very unfortunate that Milton can’t voice his opinion without being insulted, isn’t that right mr. Cornish. There is a certain hue in your insults.
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Jenna Logan
Date: 8/15/2022 5:41:00 PM
Hi George. It certainly seems to be the way Mr. Cornish is judging Milton's opinion. The insults were not coming from Milton. In fact, Milt stated that he meant no disrespect to anyone. The disrespect was directed at Milton for offering his opinion and suggestion. George, you may be new to the site, but thank you for seeing what the blind cannot.
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Date: 8/15/2022 10:24:00 AM
@L MILTON HANKINS Isn't "Best Poetry Possible" subjective? Who should determine that? I say the members of PoetrySoup...and they do. Our algorithm uses various factors including contest winners/placements and many other factors. Obviously, we cannot read and analyze over 1 million poems and give our personal list.
Date: 8/15/2022 9:54:00 AM
I give up! I concede! My final word is that I have, as yet, to see the equivalent of a Shakespeare or Burns on Poetry Soup. And, lastly, neither of them has paid a fee to be on ANY site. The discussion is not about worthiness (never was!); it is about fairness, participation, recognition, and site development. The Hall of Fame idea is superb (and, by the way, I did not originate it, wish I had)! It is about keeping lists up-to-date, current, and reflective of member participation. Poetry Soup is the best poetry site on the net...let's keep it so! I will never stop advocating for the best poetry possible and the best recognition system possible on PS. Period. End of sentence!
Date: 8/15/2022 8:43:00 AM
For those who are concerned, the top 100 all-time list is not going anywhere. See the top 100 new poems list for current poems and poets.
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Date: 8/15/2022 4:35:00 PM
To be fair to me, and to set the record straight, I have NEVER suggested doing away with the top 100 all-time list. I would like to see it represent some of the current, active members, and that is all I suggested. I agree with someone else's opinion that you should probably set up a Hall of Fame to honor those fine poets of the past, many of them no longer with us.
Date: 8/15/2022 9:25:00 AM
By the way, it's good to be getting a response from you. Not receiving any responses to my inquiries, I had thought maybe you were a computer or something.
Date: 8/15/2022 9:20:00 AM
(chuckling) Love this response. At least you guys have a sense of humor! Being eighty years old, you might start looking for that e-mail. I'll have it drafted and my estate administrator will send it to you. Okay? Okay, seriously, the idea that a lifetime membership continues after death is the most asinine idea I've heard in a long, long time! A lifetime is a lifetime...not one minute more!
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Date: 8/15/2022 9:08:00 AM
Yes, lifetime memberships continue after your death. If you would like to transfer your membership after your death, please email us after you die.
Date: 8/15/2022 8:54:00 AM
Thanks for doing nothing, Team Poetry Soup. I suppose the Hall of Fame idea is moot, eh? Please advise whether my lifetime membership continues after I am deceased, okay? I'm supposing that it cannot be transferred to a deserving newcomer who can't afford it? And, while you're at it, how about updating the other lists so that they accurately reflect standings.
Date: 8/15/2022 7:34:00 AM
OK hoping not to start a riot, here's my opinion, Being here for over 12 years now, i believe those poets and poems at the top of the list should remain there for as long as PS is with us. There, because they deserved to be , too much history is being written off at the moment in the society i've grown up in....I do agree with Milt. on the inconsistency, there are poems there in the top 20 that have far less hits than many of my own. I once saw a poem in at 100, with 800 hits, just as an example. The fact i've none in there myself does not concern me. But seeing its a topic i thought i put my own feelings in....
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Date: 8/15/2022 4:37:00 PM
I certainly agree, harry, that "too much history is being written off at the moment," I certainly am not advocating that! I am, however, advocating for consistency, as you are.
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Andrea Dietrich
Date: 8/15/2022 8:28:00 AM
Milt, they made an All time list, and over time, many of the all-time people have vanished as the newbies took over. There is a NEW poet list that they never even used to have when I first came on here. They could simply increase the numbers on the lists. I get what you are saying, Milt, but unlike you, I rather like thinking I will be remembered for at least a few more years after my death as my name scrolls off into oblivion.
Date: 8/15/2022 8:17:00 AM
How can I make it clearer: I'M NOT FOR REMOVING ANY NAMES OF LIVING, ACTIVE POETS, period! I am for finding a new venue for deceased poets. I am for removing names of long-inactive people who are no longer, apparently, interested in PS. That would make room for some new people to be recognized for their talents!
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Andrea Dietrich
Date: 8/15/2022 7:43:00 AM
I agree with you, Harry, that too much history is being "written off" in our modern times. The inconsistency is something I do not understand! Maybe TeamPoetrySoup can explain how numbers are figured. I was once told it was a combination of things such as hits and faves. But I once knew a girl who gave hits to herself over and over again (she is no longer here) Hopefully such a thing is now regulated to not include a member doing unsavory things to get themselves noticed. In the past there have even been people using multiple accounts simply in order to give faves to themselves and their was a lot of Flak over it, which led to changes in how the Best new Poem list was chosen!
Date: 8/15/2022 5:55:00 AM
Milt, I always have admired those members who post a lot of their works and comment a lot on other members' works as well, and I'm uncertain if there is one list or if there are separate lists and/or categories. I do not follow most lists except the new poem list, which is challenging because as I finish reading one and usually comment, ten more pop up.
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Date: 8/15/2022 8:05:00 PM
Now that I received the confirmation that I feared to be so evidentiary that the basis of popularity is swept under the rug--a closeted concept, in a manner of speaking. When, in fact, it's all based on timing; upon the advent, there's a window of opportunity--readership, faves, comments, etc., takes place. A rush to the podium instants--then closes! The are no other emphasized elements such as Meritorious Achievement as a premeasured judgment, but no, MLK Jr. takes a hike here. The passionate many vs. the prejudices of a few. How many unknown potentials fell under the bus because they were not afforded present circumstances standings, their due process of popularity?
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Hilo Poet
Date: 8/15/2022 8:05:00 PM
It's easy to put a number to it, and the difficulty is finding those numbers attached to hearts in this pastime of Monopoly. (I had unexpected company, so I waited after TPS was kind enough to respond, which is my belated response. I apologize for its length.
Date: 8/15/2022 6:14:00 PM
Thank you, Hilo Poet, for your thoughts. I also suspect that most of us "do not follow most lists," although we are really curious when the lists do not accurately reflect participation. I've always said anyone on here can gladly have my spot on any list I'm on, and I mean that. All they have to do is simply earn it. For a long time, I didn't even know my name was on a list! ...and that's the truth!
Date: 8/15/2022 5:49:00 AM
Remember, that's the ALL-TIME list. There's a Top 100 New Poems that covers recent poems. I think we mentioned that to you. Look in the left navigation. "Poems - Top 100 New." Here's the page:
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Date: 8/15/2022 8:41:00 AM
@andrea, Don’t worry, the legacy list is not going anywhere.
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Andrea Dietrich
Date: 8/15/2022 8:18:00 AM
Always you try to accommodate the poets who bring up complaints. There are things you did in the past (in the name of compromise) that I did not like such as taking our points away, but i simply took it in stride. I thought All-time vs Top NEW was a very good compromise, but as they say: You can't satisfy everyone . . .(contrary to what a few here have commented, I actually DO like the idea of leaving behind a legacy that I worked hard to create for myself while on earth). Actually I do not read many poems on the lists, but it looks like quite a few here do, so I would assume lists must mean something to some of the poets here! Finally, so much about poetry is subjective, and contest results certainly prove that point. I do not envy you guys your job here!!
Date: 8/15/2022 5:49:00 AM
I appreciate the acknowledgement, Milt. Thank you very much indeed! I echo Tania's sentiments. I wish I had a scintilla of an idea how the order of PS lists are created in general. Trurh be told, I don't take them too seriously. I've read EVERY single poem on that "Top 100 All-Time" list, and some of the placings I don't really agree with. I guess its strictly based on popularity. For instance, there are some poems--in my opinion--that deserved higher placings on the list like "Rape", "A Poem For My Algebra Teacher", and "My Winter." "Tell The Night To Hold Me" is a top 10 poem, for me. But I realize that no list is perfect. Awesome blog!
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Date: 8/15/2022 6:18:00 PM
I agree, Edward. I think Gary Radice's poem, "Miss Amelia Havisham's Garden Shed" is one of the best poems on the site, period! I think it is on the list. We all have our opinions, and we are entitled to them. I just stand up for fairness and appropriate representation. That's it.
Date: 8/15/2022 3:55:00 AM
Milt, thank you for the recognition, very much appreciated. I have often wondered about these lists and how they are determined. it would be nice if they could change it to the top 250 poems or archive some. I also agree with what Constance said.
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michael tor
Date: 8/15/2022 9:19:00 PM
Your welcome Jenna.
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Jenna Logan
Date: 8/15/2022 7:25:00 PM
Michael, everything you just wrote is exactly the way I feel. Milt's blog was disrespected by two poets who don't contribute very much, and yet they both saw fit to attack him with sarcasm for his opinion. People like that need to take a long hard look at what they did. It was shameful. Thank you for telling it like it is.
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Date: 8/15/2022 5:22:00 PM
When someone has a suggestion like Milton has suggested. There is no reason for anyone to be sarcastic or rude toward the suggestion it is merely a suggestion. If you disagree with it do it in a civil matter, When you bring in Sarcasm, and attack the Poet, you not only look bad in front of others and you don't accomplish anything but discourse among your fellow Poets. Please respond in a civil matter this is not the WWE, World Wrestling Entertainment this is a Poetry site where we treat each other with respect even when disagreeing...
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Andrea Dietrich
Date: 8/15/2022 7:37:00 AM
250 would be nice. Many more poets could be seen!
Date: 8/15/2022 2:41:00 AM
my understanding is that the list is based on how many times a poem is 'faved' and viewed, and it is flexible and can change over time, so it is possible for new poets to get onto it..i hardly ever look at it tbh, it's not an area of the site i visit much
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Andrea Dietrich
Date: 8/15/2022 8:21:00 AM
Exactly, I have seen lots of new names appearing through the years.
Date: 8/15/2022 12:54:00 AM
It may be more fair to have a second list of those members who are deceased in order of their poem’s rating. I still visit poetry friends who have passed on to read their poetry. This would continue to honor their memory while expanding the top 100 list which could include more excellent poets. Just my thoughts on it. Thank you Milt. Blessings Connie
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Connie Marcum Wong
Date: 8/15/2022 7:30:00 PM
I do agree with you Andrea and Michael in not forgetting those dear talented poets who have passed on. Maybe the top 500 All Time would make everyone happy? These members are on the list because they deserve to be. They put in the time and effort and their poetry was recognized for their merit. The list does change as members move up. I was thinking it would be helpful to know when members pass away. Maybe put an *by their name. I know some we won’t ever know what happened to them. I have only been here since January of 2010 and I feel grateful to be on the list at all. This is a huge Poetry site to manage and Team Poetry Soup has done a marvelous job in managing it. Bravo!
Date: 8/15/2022 6:19:00 PM
Thank you, Connie. I like your suggestion, too.
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Andrea Dietrich
Date: 8/15/2022 7:32:00 AM
I like your idea , Connie; however, one list says "All time." Eventually Sweetheart will scroll off into oblivion. In the meantime, new members can (and DO) put in the time and sacrifice to achieve what the dead and gone were able to accomplish in THEIR lifetimes. I rarely look at the list, but I do know that newer poets putting in the time DO eventually take over and members who passed away eventually scroll off. They could make a separate list for the deceased but whatever they do, I do not want my deceased friends to be taken off a list that they got on (most of them anyway) for their hard work. It's not honorable to take away poems of poets simply because they died. Michael's idea of 1,000 (or at least 500) instead of 100 is a good idea.
Date: 8/14/2022 9:54:00 PM
Milton your point is well taken and we can always improve the List. Maybe there should be conditions in place of selection. Or instead of 100 best maybe 1000 best to include more of today's Poets. There are many ways to go about this but I tend to agree with you. Maybe a Poetry Soup blog can be established with everyones suggestions and see if the situation can be remedied. Thanks for your effort in addressing what some of us feel. Poetry Soup does a wonderful job overall, and I think they would listen and consider fresh ideas we the writers might have on this topic. Again thank you for your blog, and bringing attention to an issue we are all passionate about...
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Date: 8/14/2022 6:54:00 PM
I agree with you Milt!! I’m glad to see you put up a blog with your view on this. I’m pretty sure that the poets who are now gone wouldn’t mind if it got updated. A lifetime membership is just that, a lifetime. Once we are dead and gone we are no longer members on this site.
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Mark Massey
Date: 8/14/2022 7:44:00 PM
Thanks everyone. You are all right…some lists are not so good. I’ve been called up for jury duty in the morning and its the second time this year. I’m on somebody’s list - and its not a good one - goodnight all.
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Mark Koplin
Date: 8/14/2022 7:09:00 PM
I mean no disrespect to anyone for being blunt.
Date: 8/14/2022 7:00:00 PM
Well, that's sort of how I see it, Mark and Jenna. Thanks for your thoughts. After I'm gone, I hope my name will be deleted from all lists (if it is still on any) and I would be thrilled if my lifetime membership was given to someone who cannot otherwise afford it. That would be wonderful!
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Jenna Logan
Date: 8/14/2022 6:59:00 PM
Although their poetry remains to be read and enjoyed by everyone. It really will be a moot point since nothing is ever changed. Nice to see you, Mark.
Date: 8/14/2022 6:11:00 PM
Milt, some comments seem to indicate that you're asking for poems to be removed from the site instead of the list. I admire your stance, and also Constance's way of thinking. I've never seen a reason for lists, especially those that are outdated and never catch up on the current status. I'm not commenting to show disrespect to any poet, living or passed. Membership, whether paid or not, should not reflect on ANY poet's talent. Climb a rung or fall down ten... none of it is meaningful to the realities in our lives. I wish PS would discontinue all lists. It's bad enough contests are sometimes an issue. Differences of opinion should be fodder for discussion, not defamation or confrontation.
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Jenna Logan
Date: 8/14/2022 7:00:00 PM
Everyone has a perspective, Milt, and we don't have to agree, but we do have to disagree in a civil manner.
Date: 8/14/2022 6:47:00 PM
Amen, Jenna. I couldn't agree more. It would probably be best if the site did away with these lists, period, although I would not object to a Hall of Fame for those poets whose work is outstanding and who deserve lasting recognition. I can understand that perspective, too.
Date: 8/14/2022 3:59:00 PM
The list is made up on how many of the poets have marked "fav" on the poem and still a member of Poetry Soup. Lucilla Carillo was my cousin now deceased, but never closed down her account. Her work is still read and people are still favoring it.
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Date: 8/14/2022 6:04:00 PM
Eve, please understand I meant no respect to your cousin, Lucilla. I'm sure she was a very fine poet. My blog was primarily intended to call attention to keeping the PS lists up-to-date and to honor those whose poetry excells. I do think we should have a Hall of Fame and certainly Lucilla's name should be in it along with many others who have gone on to their reward.
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Mark Massey
Date: 8/14/2022 4:10:00 PM
If a lifetime membership never expires, maybe that is what needs to be redefined. Lucilla’s legacy lives on through her writing, as it does with any artist. Thanks Eve.
Date: 8/14/2022 3:35:00 PM
Milt, I respect you as a poet and your strong advocacy for quality and dignity pertaining to this site. Your devotion does not go unnoticed. In my opinion the greatest poems of all time should be left alone. Those achievements are well deserved, regardless of the state of the poet. It’s a “Hall of Fame” that still allows those that want to make the list to do so. Although difficult, it can be done. The category is fluid. The top poem is closing in on 400K (hopefully I’m accurate) visits and that needs to be displayed and respected. Its a number that anything I have written to date will never see. Maybe the PS team can create another method to display achievements but this category should be “hands off”. Thanks
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Date: 8/14/2022 7:07:00 PM
Oh my, it just dawned on me...I would never list any poets or poems I thought should be removed as "unworthy." That was a mean thing to say, and I apologize from the bottom of my heart. In a day or so, I will remove or re-write that comment. Maybe sooner, okay?
Date: 8/14/2022 6:56:00 PM
That may be, Mark. I'm saying (perhaps not very clearly) if the site is going to have lists, they should be accurate and reflect the quality of the poetry found here. I hardly consider a few FAVES reflective "of the masses." Actually, there are some long-held standards for "exceptional" poetry. It certainly is okay to disagree with my opinion, Mark, but I believe "Excellency" in poetry is for the ages to decide...and they will!
Date: 8/14/2022 3:17:00 PM
Milt, thanks for pointing this out, I always found it odd that poets who have passed were on that list, I really do not have much faith in PS lists to be honest, blessings ~Constance
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Date: 8/14/2022 5:16:00 PM
Constance, I doubt that I will be well-received for this opinion, but it's a valid opinion. Apparently, there are those who do not see it as we do. Be that as it may...
Date: 8/14/2022 2:03:00 PM
Hey, Milt, great to note those accomplished and acknowledge the silence of many paying contributing poets and poetesses that go unrecognized. I do not include myself in their group or the noted one, but I fall in some category that deals with the numbers. The more readers of your work, you go to the front of the line, and that's in a nutshell.
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Hilo Poet
Date: 8/14/2022 5:37:00 PM
There are oodles of writers who don't fare well in that popularity contest, and thusly, we literally become farewell writers. At least we keep our integrity and not become pretentious.
Date: 8/14/2022 5:18:00 PM
As I will say many times, and in many ways, popularity is not, and should not be, an accurate judge of outstanding poetry, period.

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My Recent Poems

Date PostedPoemTitleFormCategories
9/24/2022 A Brief Word on Punctuation in Poetry Free versepoetry,writing,
9/24/2022 Because Ignorance Is Bliss Rondeau Redoubleeducation,how i feel,pers
9/24/2022 Autumn's Reminder Quatrainautumn,
9/24/2022 On My Last Nerve Coupletfeelings,how i feel,patri
9/24/2022 Fanning the Flames Quatrainanxiety,bullying,hurt,per
9/24/2022 Embrace the Night Quatrainnight,sky,stars,universe,
9/23/2022 Empty Nest Trioletbird,flying,growing up,me
9/23/2022 Sunrise Tankahope,today,
9/23/2022 Desire and Aversion Didacticcharacter,desire,feelings
9/23/2022 A Little Verse Rhymethanks,together,
9/23/2022 Connie Marcum-Wong Rhymeautumn,memorial,tribute,
9/23/2022 A Note on Mortality Quatraindeath,life,
9/23/2022 Tribute to Connie Marcum Wong Rhymememorial,poetess,tribute,
9/22/2022 The Greater Treasure Rhymehappiness,health,philosop
9/22/2022 The Musing Well Trioletinspiration,metaphor,muse
9/21/2022 autumn leaves Haikuautumn,
9/21/2022 Dangers of Drink Epitaphdrink,farewell,
9/21/2022 A Word on Love Rhymefeelings,lost love,love,l
9/21/2022 Spectrum of Ignorance Sonnetfeelings,pride,self,
9/21/2022 Such Good Results Narrativebooks,imagery,memory,plac
9/21/2022 Musing on Myself Rhymehappiness,i am,image,self
9/21/2022 Enough Already Coupletfeelings,perspective,poli
9/21/2022 Loose Lips Ottava rimatruth,
9/20/2022 This Worn Cliche Monorhymeperspective,word play,
9/20/2022 Mystical Message Narrativedeath,dream,mystery,relat
9/20/2022 Why Is Love So Often Shadow Dizainlove,perspective,
9/20/2022 That Evening Star Free versehome,journey,night,star,t
9/20/2022 Old Tower Clock Rhymedeath,nostalgia,time,
9/19/2022 Seasonal Love Trioletlove,metaphor,summer,
9/19/2022 Transparent Hearts Pantoumconfidence,friendship,hea
9/19/2022 cloud collection Haikunature,sky,
9/19/2022 I Wandered Lonely As a Swan Lyricbird,feelings,me,parody,s
9/19/2022 Road Trip Pantoumautumn,car,travel,
9/13/2022 The Human Spirit Quaterninspirational,uplifting,
9/12/2022 Backhanded Apology Light Versefeelings,humorous,irony,s
9/12/2022 A Fool's Game Villanellemoney,
9/12/2022 When the Cannas Droop Sedokaautumn,christmas,holiday,
9/12/2022 Wish For an Ordinary Day Free verseday,how i feel,peace,
9/11/2022 Who Knows Quintain (Sicilian)adventure,africa,death,ha
9/11/2022 Communication with God Tankaprayer,spiritual,
9/11/2022 Food Supply Shortage Haikuautumn,bird,food,
9/11/2022 Give a Royal Flip Rhymeanxiety,food,health,irony
9/11/2022 Repressed Desire Pantoumangst,anxiety,desire,how
9/11/2022 27 Club Rockers Quatraindark,death,memory,music,t
9/11/2022 Wonder Woman Couplethero,
9/11/2022 Ten Days I Remember Listamerica,day,history,memor
9/11/2022 Two Memorable Days Coupletamerica,history,memory,re
9/10/2022 Changing Our Attitude Trioletcaregiving,character,chee
9/10/2022 Searching for the Facts Rhymeintegrity,truth,
9/10/2022 Arthritis Is Back Light Verseage,body,health,pain,
9/9/2022 BIRTHDAY Acrosticbirthday,
9/9/2022 The Ever-Swelling Tide Villanelledestiny,fate,motivation,w
9/9/2022 This Metaphor of Life Blank verseflower,garden,life,metaph
9/8/2022 Thoughts on Back to School Coupletchildren,education,school
9/8/2022 The Undertaker Light Versehumorous,
9/8/2022 Clouds in Autumn Haikunature,sky,
9/8/2022 Better Living Through Chemistry Tankahealth,
9/8/2022 Pin Oaks in Autumn Terza Rimaautumn,september,tree,
9/8/2022 Junk Mail Light Versehumorous,
9/7/2022 Rik Mayall Clerihewdeath,farewell,
9/7/2022 High Water Dangers Haikuenvironment,nature,water,
9/7/2022 Halloween in the West Virginia Hills Free versechildhood,halloween,mount
9/7/2022 Wants vs Needs Quaternconflict,desire,judgement
9/7/2022 Avoiding Conflict Rhymeanti bullying,conflict,pe
9/7/2022 The Challenge of Poetry Forms Pantoumpoems,words,writing,
9/6/2022 HEAVENLY Versehow i feel,patriotic,trut
9/6/2022 Today Is a Repeat of Yesterday Rondeau Redoublehistory,how i feel,perspe
9/6/2022 Autumn Blues Shadormaautumn,color,holiday,how
9/6/2022 End of Summer Triolethalloween,september,summe
9/6/2022 On a Sour Note Pantoumfeelings,how i feel,humor
9/5/2022 My Computer Has Fallen and Can't Boot Up Pantoumcomputer,humorous,miracle
9/5/2022 A Wiser Generation, I Hope Free versechange,environment,nature
9/5/2022 Forever Is Much Sooner Trioletchildhood,imagination,tim
9/5/2022 Walking Along the Shore Quatrainboat,city,ocean,places,
9/4/2022 An Apple Is Always an Apple Rhymefamily,fruit,metaphor,
9/4/2022 Happy Birthday, Mom Free versebirthday,mother son,tribu
9/4/2022 Brand New Joints Light Versefun,humorous,
9/3/2022 Write the Poem You Like Terza Rimairony,poems,poetry,writin
9/3/2022 Cycles of Seasonal Changes Rhymechange,nature,seasons,
9/3/2022 Forever in My Heart Sonnetlost love,love,
9/3/2022 Laurels of a Certain Win Sonnetconfidence,encouraging,pe
9/2/2022 Watching Dog Sedokaanimal,care,dog,home,
9/2/2022 Sycamores Shadormaseasons,tree,
9/2/2022 Unmitigated Disdain Triolethow i feel,jealousy,
9/1/2022 Beyond the Sea Quatraindream,fantasy,
9/1/2022 Autumn Breeze and Burning Leaves Pantoumautumn,
9/1/2022 An Open Window Rhymechange,character,destiny,
8/31/2022 Changing My Mind Trioletchange,how i feel,
8/31/2022 On Donald Trump Pantoumhow i feel,perspective,po
8/31/2022 When the Mind Plays Tricks Villanelleanxiety,break up,memory,
8/31/2022 Seeing Is Believing Light Versesilly,
8/30/2022 The Tortured Mind Quaternanti bullying,conflict,me
8/30/2022 Getting the Job Done Light Versejobs,success,
8/29/2022 A Snarly Response to a Stupid Request Quatrainhumorous,
8/29/2022 Someday I Shall Fly Higher Pantoumadventure,future,hope,how
8/28/2022 Bittersweet Morn Free versedeath,grief,lost love,pai
8/28/2022 Triolet on Reading Between the Lines Trioletfantasy,imagination,words
8/28/2022 Final Parting Epitaphhumorous,
8/28/2022 The Creative Mind Villanelleart,culture,inspiration,m
8/28/2022 I Like Me Light Versefun,humorous,me,silly,

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Fav Poems

VERSE FREED to couplet Coupletnostalgia,word play,
A Man Called Leo Quatrainanxiety,emotions,father s
A Song of Three - Favorite Rhymefun,
Statues In The Park Rhymehistory,
The Last Supper Limerickjesus,
Q Tipping Political Verseabuse,america,angst,discr
The Holy Road Free versewar,
It Was a Good Morning until Free versedad,fun,kid,
Spring Rhymeflower,spring,summer,sun,
Don't Go To L Rhyme10th grade,
It Was A Good Morning Until Rhymehumor,
Baxter Bug and the Purple Orb Rhymeinsect,
Another Lifetime Versework,
My Government Tis of Thee Rhymedeath,humor,
this old building Versehome,
Cowboy Shooters On Motor Scooters Rhymehumorous,native american,
I Won't Try Again I Quit Limerick2nd grade,3rd grade,4th g
Miss Amelia Havisham's Garden Shed Rhymedeath,garden,literature,
Lazy Bones Rhymework,
This Beautiful Brown Eyed Boy Narrativeblack african american,bo
Charlies Boarder Rhymeanimal,
Friday Friday Friday Friday Friday Rhymeday,
The Legs Are Last To Go Rhymefamily,fun,humorous,life,
Again Verselove,snow,
silence Free versechild,conflict,death,phil
PS - IT'S POETRY Rhymehow i feel,poetry,writing
I REMEMBER SMOKEY Quatraincat,childhood,
Howling Good Night for Pumpkin Fight Monorhymecat,halloween,
Stand in a Field and Scream Villanelleanxiety,betrayal,depressi
In Sandy On A Sundy Rhymehumor,
I Felt An Ache Inside Rondeau Redouble11th grade,12th grade,ang
Majesty of Fall Verseautumn,beauty,
As Free as the Long Grasses Free verseself,wind,
The American Indian Rhymeappreciation,beauty,histo
Better Choice at the End Rhymehumor,
ILL REPUTE Rhymehumorous,lust,sin,
Nobody Knows the Rubble I Have Seen Light Verse2nd grade,3rd grade,4th g
Winter's Fantasies Free versefantasy,snow,winter,
I Almost Pooed My Pants Rhymefishing,
Together in This Prose Poetryscience fiction,
Crazy Animal Poem Monorhyme1st grade,2nd grade,3rd g
My Whiskey Was Dumped Into the Well Rhymedrink,water,
How Do You Like Them Apples Rhymehumorous,
To The Temptations Free versemusic,tribute,
Shh, I'll Make It Go Away Rhymechildhood,how i feel,love
Man's Enduring Gift Rhymecreation,humanity,power,
Overexposure Free versechildren,education,growth
In My Dreams Free verseanimal,
Blue Ridge Nights Free versepoetry,
Huskey Mountain Ode Rhymehome,
Crumb Coupletsuicide,
Lost and Found Coupletadventure,fantasy,flower,
Talking to the Storm Prose Poetrystorm,
Try Me Sometime Personificationfantasy,humanity,technolo
Joy in the Emptiness Free verseeaster,
HOT,HOT,HOT Rhymefunny,hilarious,humor,hum
Old Women of Southside Knew How to Sing Rhymeage,women,
The Winter Maker Rhymewinter,
Greener Rhymeanimal,metaphor,
I Want To Be A Poet Rhymefun,funny,poetry,words,
Some With Faces Rhymeappreciation,friend,frien
Shadows of Somber Skies Alliterationangel,dark,
That's When the Fight Began Coupletfun,funny,humor,humorous,
Give Me Some Space Rhymemusic,
The Virginia Hermaphrodite Dramatic Monologuehistory,
An Hour Glass Spirit Free versecelebration,
Petites And Faeries Rhymehope,love,magic,together,
Flagpole Fannie -- POTD Rhymegrandmother,humor,humorou
I am Childlike Not Childish Free verseme,
Lend Me Your Ear Rhymecharacter,integrity,peopl
always books Free versebooks,imagination,inspira
Show me God Rhymegod,
Contemplation Free verse10th grade,11th grade,12t
Worries For Another Day Rhymehappy,how i feel,inspirat
Where Daffodils Grow By The Sea Rhymebeauty,daffodils,sea,
Dead to Me Means More Alive than Ever Narrativegrandchild,grandmother,
Universal Holidays Rhymeappreciation,chanukah,chr
Heaven On Earth Free versehumor,
Gertie Reports Glory of Lazy Eye Rhymehumorous,
On Wings of Imagination Verseimagination,
The Big, Fat Fairy Rhymecheer up,fairy,fantasy,
A To-Do List Rhymeme,
I Chose The Life That Was Chosen For Me Rhyme9th grade,angst,appreciat
B U L L I E S Acrosticabuse,anti bullying,
Cutting Ties Rhymehurt,
Esoteric Fox and His Wisdom Narrative10th grade,4th grade,5th
Timeout Rhymebeautiful,change,image,im
Piper in the Woodlands Free versenature,
I Am But a Grain of Sand Rhymecharacter,how i feel,phil
In July Rhymejuly,
An Endless Spring Versenature,
Watching Amos Plowing with Horses Narrativehistory,nostalgia,
bard's-eye view Iambic Pentameteranalogy,metaphor,poetry,w
Survivors Guilt Narrativedeath,grief,how i feel,
The Bus Stop Rhymelonely,lost,mystery,silen
Where Have All the Flowers Gone Free versemusic,
MOONSHINE SHUFFLE - Moderate Country Waltz Lyricmarriage,
Clear, Cool Musings Terzanelleearth,inspiration,moon,mu
Speaking with Shakespeare Rhymehilarious,
Precious Black Night POTD Rhymebeautiful,color,dark,moon

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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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Jeff Connelly _Not Listed Flag _Not Listed Read
Michelle Faulkner United States Flag United States Read
Ann Foster United States Flag United States Read
Margarita Lillico Canada Flag Canada Read