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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:11/26/2022 1:02:00 PM

Dear Poets, I am receiving some absolutely marvelous poems in my latest contest. However, the poem must be MORE THAN MARVELOUS to have a chance of placing in the contest! It must follow the rules. Here are some reasons why four of the first five poems I've received are disqualified:

1.  This contest requires exact rhymes. Why? A poem on the subject of writing poetry should have strict poetic rules to follow. Exact rhymes is one of them, in this case! Please check your rhymes with This is what I am using.

2.  This contest requires a five-stanza Pantoum on the subject of writing poetry. If you submit an absolutely exquisite five-stanza Pantoum that has nothing to do with writing poetry, then it doesn't qualify! Surely you can understand this!

3. This contest requires a FIVE-STANZA Pantoum. Any more or any less number of stanzas will NOT qualify. Please add to or subtract from your poem so that you are submitting a five-stanza pantoum, please.

So, please go back into the contest and 1) withdraw your poem, re-write it with exact rhymes, and resubmit it, or 2) withdraw your poem and write (with exact rhymes) a five-stanza Pantoum about writing poetry, 3) withdraw your poem and add the necessary number of stanzas and resubmit, or 4) withdraw your poem, decide this contest is not for you, and make space for someone else. 

NOTE:  If you wrote a five-stanza Pantoum titled "Writing for Chuckles," disregard all of the above as your poem has moved on to Round Two!

Best regards too everyone, --Milt

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Date: 11/27/2022 11:53:00 AM
I'm off to find Writing for Chuckles.
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Date: 11/27/2022 12:40:00 PM
Date: 11/27/2022 9:16:00 AM
Milt, thanks so much for taking the time to give us these reminders, appreciate and blessings
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Date: 11/27/2022 12:40:00 PM
Thank you, Constance.

My Past Blog Posts

Date Posted: 11/26/2022 1:02:00 PM
Evaluating Poems in My Contests
Date Posted: 10/9/2022 12:31:00 PM
Date Posted: 10/2/2022 1:14:00 PM
First Person Villanelle Contest
Date Posted: 8/17/2022 5:31:00 PM
Top 100 BEST Poems of all Times List
Date Posted: 8/14/2022 1:20:00 PM
Notes for Villanelle Contest
Date Posted: 8/11/2022 4:29:00 PM
Improve Your First Person Villanelle
Date Posted: 8/6/2022 8:47:00 AM
Edward Ibeh's Poetry Book
Date Posted: 7/31/2022 1:08:00 PM
Helpful Suggestions for Terza Rima Contest
Date Posted: 7/17/2022 12:48:00 PM
My Terza Rima Contest
Date Posted: 7/15/2022 9:15:00 AM
Date Posted: 6/18/2022 7:22:00 PM
My Books Are Available
Date Posted: 6/18/2022 8:51:00 AM
Date Posted: 6/2/2022 1:50:00 PM
Date Posted: 5/5/2022 7:54:00 AM
Some Prophecies Came to Pass
Date Posted: 4/10/2022 7:31:00 PM
Villanelle Contest - Caution!
Date Posted: 2/24/2022 8:07:00 AM
A Planned Vacation - Contest Slots Open
Date Posted: 2/3/2022 1:39:00 PM
Okay, Listen up!
Date Posted: 1/23/2022 5:11:00 PM
Date Posted: 12/22/2021 1:17:00 PM
Date Posted: 11/10/2021 10:10:00 AM
Judging My Couplets Contest
Date Posted: 9/27/2021 5:55:00 PM
Date Posted: 9/24/2021 2:40:00 PM
Date Posted: 8/23/2021 1:45:00 PM
Date Posted: 8/15/2021 7:44:00 PM
"Trionet" Contest Finalized
Date Posted: 7/2/2021 8:38:00 AM

My Recent Poems

Date PostedPoemTitleFormCategories
12/11/2022 I Need a Vacation Light Versevacation,
12/11/2022 moonlight in winter Haikulight,moon,snow,winter,
12/11/2022 A Trip to the Doctor Rhymehow i feel,humor,perspect
12/11/2022 Reliability Is Hard to Come By Pantoumbusiness,perspective,sati
12/11/2022 Credit Where Credit Is Due Light Verseanxiety,christmas,
12/10/2022 Once in Your Life Light Versedrink,humor,senses,
12/10/2022 Around the US on a Greyhound Bus - Part One Narrativeadventure,america,places,
12/10/2022 Follow the Fire Rhymespiritual,uplifting,
12/10/2022 Sandy Beaches - a parody Lyricbeach,christmas,parody,
12/10/2022 Putin's Predicament Limerickfun,humor,satire,
12/10/2022 Love Finds a Way Trioletlove,true love,uplifting,
12/10/2022 Pathway to Peace Villanellehow i feel,peace,society,
12/9/2022 Santa is NOT Jesus's Name Rhymechristmas,jesus,
12/9/2022 I Resolve Monorhymeme,perspective,proposal,
12/9/2022 Autumn Still-Life Free verseautumn,bird,flower,
12/8/2022 Living in the Country Quintain (English)city,snow,weather,winter,
12/8/2022 All Things Change Coupletchange,
12/8/2022 Another Wintry Day Trioletweather,winter,
12/8/2022 On Looking at a Dali Terzanelleappreciation,art,perspect
12/8/2022 On Bullying Coupletanti bullying,bullying,pe
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,
11/27/2022 My Final Word Quintain (Sicilian)fun,word play,
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
11/26/2022 Looking for Gems Quintain (Sicilian)how i feel,poetry,
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

My Photos

Fav Poems

VERSE FREED to couplet Coupletnostalgia,word play,
Spring Rhymeflower,spring,summer,sun,
A Song of Three - Favorite Rhymefun,
Statues In The Park Rhymehistory,
A Man Called Leo Quatrainanxiety,emotions,father s
The Last Supper Limerickjesus,
It Was a Good Morning until Free versedad,fun,kid,
Q Tipping Political Verseabuse,america,angst,discr
It Was A Good Morning Until Rhymehumor,
The Holy Road Free versewar,
Baxter Bug and the Purple Orb Rhymeinsect,
Another Lifetime Versework,
this old building Versehome,
Lazy Bones Rhymework,
This Beautiful Brown Eyed Boy Narrativeblack african american,bo
I Won't Try Again I Quit Limerick2nd grade,3rd grade,4th g
My Government Tis of Thee Rhymedeath,humor,
silence Free versechild,conflict,death,phil
Charlies Boarder Rhymeanimal,
I REMEMBER SMOKEY Quatraincat,childhood,
Don't Go To L Rhyme10th grade,
Miss Amelia Havisham's Garden Shed Rhymedeath,garden,literature,
Cowboy Shooters On Motor Scooters Rhymehumorous,native american,
To The Temptations Free versemusic,tribute,
In Sandy On A Sundy Rhymehumor,
ILL REPUTE Rhymehumorous,lust,sin,
Again Verselove,snow,
The Legs Are Last To Go Rhymefamily,fun,humorous,life,
Friday Friday Friday Friday Friday Rhymeday,
I Want To Be A Poet Rhymefun,funny,poetry,words,
PS - IT'S POETRY Rhymehow i feel,poetry,writing
That's When the Fight Began Coupletfun,funny,humor,humorous,
Stand in a Field and Scream Villanelleanxiety,betrayal,depressi
I Felt An Ache Inside Rondeau Redouble11th grade,12th grade,ang
Crazy Animal Poem Monorhyme1st grade,2nd grade,3rd g
Majesty of Fall Verseautumn,beauty,
Huskey Mountain Ode Rhymehome,
M A X I M I Z E Acrosticinspirational,
As Free as the Long Grasses Free verseself,wind,
Howling Good Night for Pumpkin Fight Monorhymecat,halloween,
Overexposure Free versechildren,education,growth
Winter's Fantasies Free versefantasy,snow,winter,
The Virginia Hermaphrodite Dramatic Monologuehistory,
Try Me Sometime Personificationfantasy,humanity,technolo
An Hour Glass Spirit Free versecelebration,
My Whiskey Was Dumped Into the Well Rhymedrink,water,
Flagpole Fannie -- POTD Rhymegrandmother,humor,humorou
Blue Ridge Nights Free versepoetry,
Heaven On Earth Free versehumor,
Worries For Another Day Rhymehappy,how i feel,inspirat
Joy in the Emptiness Free verseeaster,
The American Indian Rhymeappreciation,beauty,histo
The Big, Fat Fairy Rhymecheer up,fairy,fantasy,
Shh, I'll Make It Go Away Rhymechildhood,how i feel,love
Old Women of Southside Knew How to Sing Rhymeage,women,
HOT,HOT,HOT Rhymefunny,hilarious,humor,hum
The Hymns and I Rhymechildhood,religion,school
Cutting Ties Rhymehurt,
Greener Rhymeanimal,metaphor,
Lend Me Your Ear Rhymecharacter,integrity,peopl
bard's-eye view Iambic Pentameteranalogy,metaphor,poetry,w
I Almost Pooed My Pants Rhymefishing,
In July Rhymejuly,
Talking to the Storm Prose Poetrystorm,
Making a Hillbilly Jacuzzi Rhyme10th grade,11th grade,12t
Clear, Cool Musings Terzanelleearth,inspiration,moon,mu
Nobody Knows the Rubble I Have Seen Light Verse2nd grade,3rd grade,4th g
Together in This Prose Poetryscience fiction,
Where Daffodils Grow By The Sea Rhymebeauty,daffodils,sea,
Summer Lace Rhymebeauty,day,love,morning,n
Give Me Some Space Rhymemusic,
Dead to Me Means More Alive than Ever Narrativegrandchild,grandmother,
The Winter Maker Rhymewinter,
I Chose The Life That Was Chosen For Me Rhyme9th grade,angst,appreciat
always books Free versebooks,imagination,inspira
Crumb Coupletsuicide,
Better Choice at the End Rhymehumor,
Bat and Gat: Unwelcome Picnic Guest Limerickanimal,hero,silly,
Man's Enduring Gift Rhymecreation,humanity,power,
Petites And Faeries Rhymehope,love,magic,together,
Speaking with Shakespeare Rhymehilarious,
Some With Faces Rhymeappreciation,friend,frien
The Bus Stop Rhymelonely,lost,mystery,silen
Shadows of Somber Skies Alliterationangel,dark,
Contemplation Free verse10th grade,11th grade,12t
On Wings of Imagination Verseimagination,
B U L L I E S Acrosticabuse,anti bullying,
Yes Yes Yes to Space Travel Light Verse10th grade,11th grade,12t
Gertie Reports Glory of Lazy Eye Rhymehumorous,
Jazz My Puppy Dog Enclosed Rhymeanimal,dog,
An Endless Spring Versenature,
Millie Brindle Light Versedark,humor,
I Am But a Grain of Sand Rhymecharacter,how i feel,phil
Universal Holidays Rhymeappreciation,chanukah,chr
How Do You Like Them Apples Rhymehumorous,
Survivors Guilt Narrativedeath,grief,how i feel,
Vultures Circling - Part One Narrativeamerica,death,girl,horse,
I am Childlike Not Childish Free verseme,
WE ARE BROTHERS III Free versepeace,war,world,
Keep An Open Mind Rhymefuture,

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Janis Thompson United States Flag United States Read
Sandra Haight United States Flag United States Read
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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
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
Sheriff 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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Michelle Faulkner United States Flag United States Read
Ann Foster United States Flag United States Read
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