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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:


Blog Posted:10/2/2022 1:14:00 PM


1 original, newly-written MONORHYME, subject of your choosing. Only one MONORHYME with a MINIMUM OF EIGHT LINES and a MAXIMUM OF SIXTEEN LINES will be read.  The same rhyme must be carried throughout your poem! Can be serious or funny, meaningful, or silly. All other poetry formats will be disqualified. I've written several monorhymes, so you might want to check those listed below. For this contest, I will be accepting ONLY EXACT RHYMES...NO NEAR RHYMES! I expect the rhymes to be EXACT, as found in I do not consider "ing" on the end of the word a rhyme with all other "ing"-ending words, or "ly" to rhyme with all other "ly"-ending words, period! Best to check your rhymes with Rhyme NO SYLLABLE COUNTS ARE REQUIRED! 

My examples are "A Hidden Message"; "Another Way of Saying It"; and "This Craft Called Poetry."

PLEASE READ ALL OF THE CONTEST INSTRUCTIONS TO THE END if you expect to do well in the contest.


First Prize, Trophy Winner
Second Prize, Podium Position
Third Prize, Podium Position
4th-10th Places, Notable Entries

Preparing Your Entry

Submit one copy of your poem online. Format your poem. Please make your entry easy to read. Put the date your MONORHYME was written. It must have been written on or after October 2, 2022. Only new poems, please! I do check copyright dates at the bottom of the entries. Please do not re-date and submit a poem that has been a previous contest winner!

English Language

Poems MUST be in English. Poems translated from other languages are not eligible. 

A Note to Poetry Contestants

You are welcome to enter this contest, whether or not you won a prize in one of my previous contests. I DO judge my contests blind, so do not identify yourself in any way on your entry. DO NOT PUT YOUR NAME ON THE ENTRY. Under no circumstance will I discuss your entry with you via Soup Mail. If you have any questions about what a Monorhyme is, consult "Types of Poetry" on Poetry Soup. If I find an obvious grammar, spelling, punctuation, or lack of proofreading error, your entry may be eliminated. I am very strict about this! Proofreading is absolutely essential when submitting poems for publication or contests.

NOTE: Until my contest is over, I will NOT be reading any Monorhymes in the New Poems listing.  The Monorhyme is a fairly easy poetry form allowing much latitude and creativity. I will be looking for rhyme (obviously), rhythm, subject matter, imagery, precision in execution, and proper word usage. Let's write some fine Monorhymes. This is an easy contest, so do your best and, hopefully, find yourself on the placement list. Best wishes to everyone! 


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Date: 10/4/2022 12:07:00 PM
Thanks Milt. Monorhymes are such fun to create! Looking forward to the challenge!
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Date: 10/3/2022 7:58:00 AM
Milt, thanks for the contest and I am looking forward to writing for it and I think the instructions are very clear and easy to understand, Constance
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Date: 10/3/2022 8:31:00 AM
Thanks, Constance. Andrea could read the contest instructions, but I don't know what the problem was. It seems to have been fixed.
Date: 10/2/2022 11:17:00 PM
I wonder if I am the only one who had problems. Anyway, thanks for this blog, Milt and the cool challenge.
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Date: 10/3/2022 8:30:00 AM
So far, Andrea, no one else has let me know of a problem, so you may be the only one. Anyway, I hope you have the directions now.

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12/8/2022 A Little Christmas Poem Rhymechristmas,fun,sports,wint
12/8/2022 Freedom Pub Quintain (Sicilian)freedom,patriotic,places,
12/7/2022 Come, Let Us Sing Lyricchristmas,song,
12/7/2022 Sing We Now a Song of Christmas Acrosticchristmas,song,
12/7/2022 What I Believe Terza Rimafaith,god,how i feel,spir
12/7/2022 Tomorrow Is Promising Villanelleencouraging,how i feel,pe
12/7/2022 Dishing Out Nasty Light Verseanti bullying,
12/7/2022 Every Day Christmas Free versechristmas,uplifting,
12/7/2022 icy crystals on grass Haikumorning,winter,
12/6/2022 On Sighing Terzanellehow i feel,perspective,
12/6/2022 No Time for Flip-Flops Senryusnow,weather,winter,
12/6/2022 Memorable Occasions Senryumemory,perspective,
12/6/2022 Christmas in Paris with Gentle Snow Falling Rhymechristmas,paris,places,wi
12/6/2022 Choir Practice Verseuplifting,voice,
12/6/2022 A December Memento Quintain (Sicilian)christmas,death,mother,re
12/6/2022 Unnecessary Words Quatrainwords,writing,
12/5/2022 Paris at Christmas Senryuchristmas,paris,
12/5/2022 A Child Is Born Acrosticbirth,christmas,jesus,
12/5/2022 On Criticizing Others Villanelleanti bullying,how i feel,
12/5/2022 Happiness Is a Cherished Memory Revisited Quaternchildhood,how i feel,memo
12/5/2022 sledding Tankachildren,sports,winter,
12/5/2022 tears of joy Haikuimagery,winter,
12/5/2022 Some Children Won't Be Around for Christmas Pantoumchildren,christmas,death,
12/4/2022 My 81st Birthday Trioletbirthday,celebration,me,
12/4/2022 time change Haikutime,
12/4/2022 A Christmas Gift Monokuchristmas,giving,
12/4/2022 Tragedy at Sea Epitaphdeath,sad,
12/4/2022 icicles - vanishing wealth Haikuimage,nature,
12/4/2022 Promoters of Hate Quatrainanti bullying,death,evil,
12/4/2022 Original Best Poet Poem Pantoumperspective,
12/4/2022 Need I Say More Quatrainpolitical,
12/3/2022 My Best Poet List Pantoumperspective,poems,poetry,
12/3/2022 Dot to Dot Pantoumchild,fun,poems,word play
12/3/2022 Anticipating Christmas Free verseangst,christmas,
12/3/2022 Talking About My Birthday Free versebirthday,family,
12/3/2022 Facial Hair Monorhymefun,hair,humor,
12/3/2022 Consider the Lilies Trioletflower,
12/3/2022 African Poinsettia Free verseafrica,flower,humor,tree,
12/3/2022 Flowery Words Monokuwords,
12/2/2022 The Last Carrot Light Versehumor,silly,
12/2/2022 POINSETTIA Acrosticchristmas,flower,
12/2/2022 On Disliking Surprises Pantoumhow i feel,
12/2/2022 Christmas Card Trioletchristmas,holiday,
12/2/2022 Christmas Afternoon Quintain (English)christmas,environment,fam
12/1/2022 Fairy Castles Quintain (Sicilian)perspective,snow,winter,
12/1/2022 Sounds of the Season Trioletchristmas,seasons,sound,
12/1/2022 December Observations Rhymecelebration,christmas,dec
12/1/2022 The New Christmas Tree Light Versechristmas,tree,
11/30/2022 Love Conquers All Trioletlove,
11/30/2022 Colors in the Sky Free versecolor,sky,sunset,
11/30/2022 Astral Travel Rhymemystery,travel,universe,
11/30/2022 Presents Under the Tree Villanellechildhood,children,christ
11/29/2022 Death by Dynamite Epitaphhumor,
11/29/2022 On Self-Sufficiency Quintillaperspective,philosophy,se
11/29/2022 Magic in the Air Trioletchristmas,magic,mother,
11/29/2022 Sleigh Ride Villanellefun,romantic,snow,winter,
11/29/2022 Sweet Smells of Christmas Rhymechristmas,senses,
11/28/2022 Politics at the Dinner Table Quintillafun,political,satire,
11/28/2022 On Portraiture Pantoumart,character,identity,pe
11/28/2022 Grieving at Christmas Quaternchristmas,loss,love,memor
11/27/2022 Missus Claus's Fear Limerickfun,humor,
11/27/2022 Saint Nicholas Limerickcelebration,christmas,fan
11/27/2022 Never Give Up Pantoumsuccess,
11/27/2022 Sincere Suggestions Didacticpoetry,writing,
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11/27/2022 Winter Robin Pantoumbird,winter,
11/26/2022 late birds Haikubird,flying,nature,
11/26/2022 The I-G-A-B Light Versefun,golf,humorous,satire,
11/26/2022 Identical Twins Limerickhumorous,tribute,
11/26/2022 A Page Unturned Villanellehow i feel,success,uplift
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11/26/2022 Bright Day in November Trioletday,november,sun,sunshine
11/26/2022 Be Who You Are Monokuidentity,self,
11/26/2022 Tomorrow Is Promising Pantoumfuture,hope,perspective,u
11/25/2022 Not All Change Is Good Quatrainhow i feel,perspective,
11/25/2022 As I Look Back Monorhymeage,humorous,memory,
11/24/2022 Thanksgiving Sin Light Versesin,thanksgiving day,
11/24/2022 Thanksgiving Stuffed Light Versefood,fun,thanksgiving,
11/23/2022 How Rudolph Lost His Job Quatrainanimal,christmas,fun,
11/23/2022 I Walk Through Shadow Rondeau Redoubleafrica,children,death,foo
11/23/2022 Fairies That Frolic - Nursery Rhyme Limerickfantasy,
11/23/2022 Twas the Night Before Christmas Rhymechristmas,fun,
11/22/2022 Agonistes Quintain (Sicilian)america,anti bullying,pol
11/22/2022 My Innards Squirm Rhymepoems,writing,
11/22/2022 Remembering the Death of JFK Quatraindeath,memorial,memory,pre
11/22/2022 As I Lay Sleeping Sonnetdream,happiness,love,slee
11/22/2022 Congratulations to Amy Schneider Triolettribute,
11/21/2022 Embarrassing Monokuchild,
11/21/2022 Memories in Reprise Quatrainloss,love,memory,wife,
11/21/2022 Night Sonatas Villanelledream,music,
11/21/2022 What I Had Coming Light Versehumor,
11/21/2022 The Moment Before Release Quaternemotions,passion,perspect
11/21/2022 A Tribute to Our President Pantoumamerica,patriotic,pride,t
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VERSE FREED to couplet Coupletnostalgia,word play,
Statues In The Park Rhymehistory,
A Song of Three - Favorite Rhymefun,
The Last Supper Limerickjesus,
A Man Called Leo Quatrainanxiety,emotions,father s
It Was a Good Morning until Free versedad,fun,kid,
Spring Rhymeflower,spring,summer,sun,
The Holy Road Free versewar,
It Was A Good Morning Until Rhymehumor,
Another Lifetime Versework,
this old building Versehome,
My Government Tis of Thee Rhymedeath,humor,
I Won't Try Again I Quit Limerick2nd grade,3rd grade,4th g
Miss Amelia Havisham's Garden Shed Rhymedeath,garden,literature,
Don't Go To L Rhyme10th grade,
This Beautiful Brown Eyed Boy Narrativeblack african american,bo
Charlies Boarder Rhymeanimal,
Q Tipping Political Verseabuse,america,angst,discr
Lazy Bones Rhymework,
I REMEMBER SMOKEY Quatraincat,childhood,
Cowboy Shooters On Motor Scooters Rhymehumorous,native american,
silence Free versechild,conflict,death,phil
Again Verselove,snow,
The Legs Are Last To Go Rhymefamily,fun,humorous,life,
Friday Friday Friday Friday Friday Rhymeday,
In Sandy On A Sundy Rhymehumor,
I Felt An Ache Inside Rondeau Redouble11th grade,12th grade,ang
Baxter Bug and the Purple Orb Rhymeinsect,
I Want To Be A Poet Rhymefun,funny,poetry,words,
Stand in a Field and Scream Villanelleanxiety,betrayal,depressi
PS - IT'S POETRY Rhymehow i feel,poetry,writing
Majesty of Fall Verseautumn,beauty,
M A X I M I Z E Acrosticinspirational,
To The Temptations Free versemusic,tribute,
As Free as the Long Grasses Free verseself,wind,
The American Indian Rhymeappreciation,beauty,histo
ILL REPUTE Rhymehumorous,lust,sin,
Crazy Animal Poem Monorhyme1st grade,2nd grade,3rd g
Man's Enduring Gift Rhymecreation,humanity,power,
The Hymns and I Rhymechildhood,religion,school
Lend Me Your Ear Rhymecharacter,integrity,peopl
Flagpole Fannie -- POTD Rhymegrandmother,humor,humorou
Overexposure Free versechildren,education,growth
Contemplation Free verse10th grade,11th grade,12t
An Hour Glass Spirit Free versecelebration,
Together in This Prose Poetryscience fiction,
Heaven On Earth Free versehumor,
Try Me Sometime Personificationfantasy,humanity,technolo
Huskey Mountain Ode Rhymehome,
Cutting Ties Rhymehurt,
Greener Rhymeanimal,metaphor,
Shadows of Somber Skies Alliterationangel,dark,
Shh, I'll Make It Go Away Rhymechildhood,how i feel,love
HOT,HOT,HOT Rhymefunny,hilarious,humor,hum
The Big, Fat Fairy Rhymecheer up,fairy,fantasy,
Making a Hillbilly Jacuzzi Rhyme10th grade,11th grade,12t
Worries For Another Day Rhymehappy,how i feel,inspirat
Nobody Knows the Rubble I Have Seen Light Verse2nd grade,3rd grade,4th g
Where Daffodils Grow By The Sea Rhymebeauty,daffodils,sea,
In My Dreams Free verseanimal,
bard's-eye view Iambic Pentameteranalogy,metaphor,poetry,w
Speaking with Shakespeare Rhymehilarious,
Talking to the Storm Prose Poetrystorm,
The Winter Maker Rhymewinter,
Jazz My Puppy Dog Enclosed Rhymeanimal,dog,
In July Rhymejuly,
That's When the Fight Began Coupletfun,funny,humor,humorous,
My Whiskey Was Dumped Into the Well Rhymedrink,water,
Dead to Me Means More Alive than Ever Narrativegrandchild,grandmother,
The Bus Stop Rhymelonely,lost,mystery,silen
Joy in the Emptiness Free verseeaster,
Universal Holidays Rhymeappreciation,chanukah,chr
Some With Faces Rhymeappreciation,friend,frien
always books Free versebooks,imagination,inspira
B U L L I E S Acrosticabuse,anti bullying,
Gertie Reports Glory of Lazy Eye Rhymehumorous,
Clear, Cool Musings Terzanelleearth,inspiration,moon,mu
Esoteric Fox and His Wisdom Narrative10th grade,4th grade,5th
On Wings of Imagination Verseimagination,
Winter's Fantasies Free versefantasy,snow,winter,
I Chose The Life That Was Chosen For Me Rhyme9th grade,angst,appreciat
Summer Lace Rhymebeauty,day,love,morning,n
Blue Ridge Nights Free versepoetry,
An Endless Spring Versenature,
Old Women of Southside Knew How to Sing Rhymeage,women,
Keep An Open Mind Rhymefuture,
Piper in the Woodlands Free versenature,
Where Have All the Flowers Gone Free versemusic,
OCCAM'S BUTTER KNIFE Free verseallegory,america,anger,an
Bat and Gat: Unwelcome Picnic Guest Limerickanimal,hero,silly,
I Almost Pooed My Pants Rhymefishing,
I Am But a Grain of Sand Rhymecharacter,how i feel,phil
Crumb Coupletsuicide,
Watching Amos Plowing with Horses Narrativehistory,nostalgia,
Give Me Some Space Rhymemusic,
Yes Yes Yes to Space Travel Light Verse10th grade,11th grade,12t
Petites And Faeries Rhymehope,love,magic,together,
We Who Laugh Last, Laugh Best Elegycommunity,poets,
Show me God Rhymegod,
For Peace Free versepeace,

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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
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