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I'm a married 60 year old Brit who lives near Liverpool, UK. 

I started writing poetry as a hobby after taking retirement from my role as a Registered Mental Health Nurse working in the field of Brain Injury Rehabilitation.

Themes of the seaside, railways and the naivety of childhood crop up often in my poems and I like to write (usually in rhyme) just what I see, no matter how trivial that may be.

Although some of my work is based on my own personal experiences, I try to focus on imagery and places in time that are identifiable to the reader as well.

I also enjoy 'weaving' stories through my work and occasionally put my own spin on the classics.

Other than at school, the only poems I have ever written are those that you can read here at Poetry Soup.

If you have the time to view and comment on any of my work here then I would really appreciate it. I'm always open to constructive criticism.

Thank you


My Two Years on Soup Street

Blog Posted:7/24/2021 3:54:00 AM

Hi All

As it’s nearly my 2nd anniversary here on Soup Street I thought I would share some of my very random thoughts with anyone who has the time to read. 


1: It has been a very positive experience. I’ve learnt so much about the different forms of poems although I belong to that school that believes the less rules the better. It’s probably my way of covering up for my overall lack of poetry knowledge in all fairness but I was brought up with rhymes as a way to learn and memorise as a child – and I always got a Rupert Annual every Christmas. (Older Brits may remember the rhymes under the pictures from these very politically incorrect annuals)  I digress. I like poems that rhyme.


2: There are times at The Soup that I feel I’m playing a game I don’t know the rules of. I’ve been very lucky to have three of my poems chosen as Poem Of The Day but for the life of me I don’t know what magic buttons I pressed in order to be awarded the honour. I’ve also looked at poems of the week and likewise cannot work out the rules. It’s not always the poem that gets the most posts of faves (or is it??)  so I can only assume there is a form of weighting when people comment. That said, I actually like the not knowing. If I knew the rules I would probably end up shoehorning my work to fit the criteria. I'd hate that.


3: Here’s something I learnt when it comes to 400 words maximum in comments: If you are over the 400 words just cut what you have written and paste back and voila! You can carry on writing. Yeah!..That’s me – Rebel with a Lenovo Laptop...actually rebels learn the rules better than the rule-makers themselves sometimes in order to manipulate or break them..a bit like lawyers..and I really don't know where I'm going with this..


4: A big shout out for thousands of poems and poets that hardly get read. I’d like to recommend all or anyone to click the unread link on the left hand side (Under Member Poems click Poems - Unread) Best  scroll down a few pages on each visit to read some absolute gems. I have come across many great poets and poems. The Great Unread.


5: Has anyone googled the title of their own poems at all? No, me neither. I’m not vain enough to do such a terribly vain thing.. it must have just been my hands slipping on the keyboard by accident when I googled “A poem about Carnforth Station” and then several other of my poems along with my name..but..hey, it happened and lo and behold..I had a couple at the top of the google page..I mention this because I know several people over time have felt disappointed that their poems have had many hits but hardly any comments. Could it be that people read your work straight from Google etc and cannot comment as they are not part of PS? ...(I also mentioned this because I wanted to let people know I have a PS poem at the top of Google list.)  :) 


6: I would love to be able to pin my poems to the top of my own poetry list – the ones I personally like at that particular time or those poems I feel best represents my own body of work. Sometimes visitors to our boards tend to read only the poem at the top of the list or the one with the most hits. Not always the best choice.


7: I’m fascinated by what has been deemed "The Best (Insert own name here) poems" - as chosen by PoetrySoup members..(Link found on your Cover page) These I believe are based on the number of faves but again I'm unsure. Strangely, in my case, I agree with PS on all my top 5 poems!  Weird!!  


8: The Competitions. We’ve all been there..the pride at a top placing, the fustration of receiving an impersonal Not Applicable (N/A) and the scratching of head / biting of lip etc etc regarding the winner's entry. But do you know what? I just honestly LOVE the ride. While I’m at it too a very big Kudos to Brian Strand for his sponsoring of over 1000 contests! Fantastic sir! Better than that actually..absolutely fantastic...... Although if I don’t get a placing in your next contest I will remove all these kind comments!  :)  


9: I'm still trying to work out how a poem that took me twenty seconds to write has the second highest number of hits (on my own personal list of about 80 poems or so) when the one poem that took me a weekend and several wake ups during a third night to write - scribbling down some ideas in between making an early morning drink and tripping over Mabel our cat in the process - languishes near the bottom of the list when it comes to number of hits. Is my poetry trying to tell me something? 


10: I've read many of the Top 100 all time best poems and very good they are too..but where have many of the poets gone? Some featured poems, too, are by poets who appear to have left the Soup some time ago. So what? I hear you ask....I really don't know..just an observation..and because I am now asking AND answering my own questions I think it's about time to call it quits on this Blog.


I’ve loved every minute of my last 2 years here. PS is a microcosm of life itself. Stay safe everyone and thanks for reading.

Cheers! - Gary

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Date: 7/26/2021 1:18:00 AM
I rejoice with you for your second anniversary in the PS... Likewise, thanks for the ten substantial points you raised in your blog... Moreover, thanks for your friendship. God bless you.
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Gary Radice
Date: 7/26/2021 1:44:00 AM
..and thank you Beata for your lovely words. Cheers - Gary
Date: 7/25/2021 7:02:00 AM
Gary, wonderful blog, I enjoyed reading it very much ! Congratulations on your 2 year anniversary. (I have been on soup, I think since 2008- about 18 years, though I left for about a year when I was very sick in 2011 deleting all my poetry, never do that, and returned in 2012 and here I am) ~ peace and tranquility _Constance
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Date: 7/25/2021 8:06:00 AM
Hi Constance. It's such a shame you deleted all your poetry. Did you have any of them written down anywhere? I was thinking of 'downsizing' my list of about 80 or so poems and reintroducing them in blocks again but I thought against it as I would lose the really encouraging comments too. Glad you liked the blog. Thanks for your comments. Cheers - Gary
Date: 7/25/2021 6:42:00 AM
- Thumbs up for your blog, Gary ... (I have a 10 year anniversary this year :) - // Anne-Lise :)
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Gary Radice
Date: 7/25/2021 6:48:00 AM
Thank you Anne-Lise :) Although a few poets have disappeared from P.S. since I joined, it's great to read that many have been here for such a long time. P.S. is doing a lot right. :) Cheers -Gary
Date: 7/24/2021 7:39:00 PM
Hello Gary, I enjoy reading your blog. And please allow me to write a poem of how I envision your ride. it's been a lot of fun~ basking in the sun~ for my two year run~ fun as pigs in a bun~ to a smoking gun~ my poetry's been spun~ from rhyme to pun~ to poems that won~ to poems that stun~ glory be to everyone~ that their lifes be a homerun~ for what was once begun~ the first page number one~ the second outdone~ the yellow orb do shine on~
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Date: 7/25/2021 12:01:00 AM
Thank you Connie. Well, that's a first for me: a poem in response to my thoughts :) Much appreciated...would I be right to say it was written in rap form? Hopefully the yellow orb will shine for everyone from now. Cheers - Gary
Date: 7/24/2021 3:15:00 PM
I liked reading your blog today and you have voiced many of my own questions in re I agree that it is a worthwhile site and I, too, have (mostly) liked having many of my poems here, although many of them have not received any comments even when there have been a reasonable number of "hits". Keep writing and posting!
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Gary Radice
Date: 7/24/2021 3:22:00 PM
Hi Leo. Thank you for your kind comments. I will take a look at your poems tomorrow and comment. I think one of the strengths of PS is also one of its weaknesses: that is to say there are so many poets and poems that it is a given that many will be missed. It always fascinates me when I come across poets I have not read before. Cheers - Gary
Date: 7/24/2021 9:50:00 AM
Gary, thanks for your blog. It is so nice to know that you are enjoying your ride on the PS train. We enjoy your poems very much, too.
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Date: 7/24/2021 3:16:00 PM
Thanks Milt. PS is one of those sites where I have met noone yet view so many as friends. I enjoy your poems too. Long may it continue. Cheers - Gary
Date: 7/24/2021 9:31:00 AM
Gary I would mention the most frequent (N)ot (A)warded in my contests is because the entry is not eligible according to what has been requested 'to submit'.Not sure why folk do this as I only judge the entries which meet the stated criteria.
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Gary Radice
Date: 7/24/2021 9:38:00 AM
I hear you Brian.. Crazy when you think the rules are there for all to read in the first place. Cheers - Gary
Date: 7/24/2021 8:42:00 AM
This was a fun blog. Oh the crazy ride that is PoetrySoup!! Happy second anniversary to you. Yeah, the thing about long comments, you figured it out!!! Hurrah for you. There are things that make absolutely no sense here, and yet many of us keep hanging around. That is part of being a Super Souper!!
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Date: 7/24/2021 8:50:00 AM
Hi Andrea! Thanks for the read and comments. Agreed - It's a great site OK and there's something crazy about The Soup that is totally endearing. Right, I'm off to find the bug that allows a poem to get to the top of all the PS charts at the same time and stay there. LOL! Cheers - Gary
Date: 7/24/2021 7:32:00 AM
A delightful blog. Thanks for sharing. I agree with al your point for I feel the same. I absolutely love this place as I find many like-minded people around. Like yours my best poems are those that spring from within and are done instantly. Have a wonderful weekend friend. Thanks.
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Date: 7/24/2021 8:04:00 AM
Thank you Rama! Sometimes I think too much when putting a poem together and start tripping over my well as Mabel our cat. :) You have a wonderful weekend too Rama. read you soon. Cheers - Gary
Date: 7/24/2021 7:04:00 AM
Happy 2nd Anniversary, Gary! I've enjoyed reading your blog. I can surely relate to much of what you've said. There is still so much I don't understand about the site i.e. how POTD and POTW works. Never the less, in the ten years I've been on P.S. I have learned so much about poetry and have made many friends. Poetry Soup is a great place to be!
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Date: 7/24/2021 8:00:00 AM
Hi Kim! Thank you! :) I think it's the not knowing that adds to the site's charm for me. I couldn't agree more with you regarding learning about poetry. PS is choc full of top poetry knowledge and talent. Cheers - Gary
Date: 7/24/2021 6:30:00 AM
Just to say Gary,I judge my contests blind so ..if you get a '( N)ot (A)warded ..a place.. in my contest you are not a "winner " & it indicates I did not enjoy it,which could be for a number of reasons,but like our Queen I never explain/discuss you just have to read my profile,blogs ,blog comments,poem postings etc most of my regulars & longtimers here have 'worked ' me out in that regard & so appear regularly on my frequent contest winner listings
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Date: 7/24/2021 7:52:00 AM
Hi Brian. Ah! That's what N/A means! :) Not Awarded!! I seriously didn't know that! :) I thought it meant Not Applicable! LOL! It all makes sense now! Brian, yourself or any judge for that matter doesn't have to justify why you give an N/A or not - that is entirely the sponsor's perogative and I respect you all for it. I couldn't personally sponsor a contest - I don't think picking a winner from so many diverse poems would be an easy job at all. I will add that it was entering your competitions when I first started at PS Brian that really helped my confidence grow. Cheers - Gary
Date: 7/24/2021 5:54:00 AM
I also think your point no 6 should be considered by TPS. It has been mentioned before, but got lost in the traffic. Maybe dedicate a blog solely for this request, and see how much support we can garner for this good idea? It is a slow Saturday and I enjoyed this reminiscing ...
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Suzette Richards
Date: 7/24/2021 10:02:00 AM
Thanks for the feedback, Gary.
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Gary Radice
Date: 7/24/2021 7:35:00 AM
Hi Suzette. Yes, it was me that brought up the pinning of posts and an idea for mini e anthologies of our poems. I did get a reply from PS who said they will look into things but there is not the capability for pinning as of yet. Thanks for the read and comments. Cheers - Gary
Date: 7/24/2021 5:54:00 AM
I found this to be the most interesting blog I have read in a while...though you could add another thought I have had poems in contests that received N/A only to find them on the best 100 poems list for quite a while...just goes to show
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Date: 7/24/2021 7:32:00 AM
Hi Frederic - Thanks for your comments. It just goes to show, doesn't it, that poems that win don't always prove to be the most popular anyway. All part of the conundrum that is Poetry Soup. If it goes on number of comments then it's going to take many years to get to the number one slot :) Cheers - Gary

My Past Blog Posts

A Big Thank You to Line Gauthier!
Date Posted: 2/12/2022 8:30:00 AM
In Praise of Our Older Poems
Date Posted: 12/4/2021 1:11:00 AM
A Poem Deleted in Error
Date Posted: 10/28/2021 2:53:00 PM
My Two Years on Soup Street
Date Posted: 7/24/2021 3:54:00 AM
Lending A Voice - Thank you Line!
Date Posted: 6/13/2021 2:07:00 PM
Some Interesting Facts about Poets and Poetry
Date Posted: 4/12/2021 6:52:00 AM
PS Poems With Sound Effects
Date Posted: 2/18/2021 3:43:00 AM
Poets' Quotes About Poetry
Date Posted: 2/2/2021 3:19:00 AM
The Judging Process
Date Posted: 10/28/2020 8:21:00 AM
Poetry Soup: One Year In
Date Posted: 9/10/2020 3:35:00 AM
The Importance of the Title
Date Posted: 8/12/2020 12:47:00 PM
Does anyone agree with these tips?
Date Posted: 5/3/2020 9:26:00 AM
Poetry Power
Date Posted: 4/6/2020 4:06:00 AM

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