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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


In Praise of Our Older Poems

Blog Posted:12/4/2021 1:11:00 AM

Hi All

I'll cut to the chase:

Do any of you republish any of your older PS poems that - although still visible much further down on your listings - have, in effect, disappeared into the PS ether never to be read or seen again?

I ask because (I think) many fellow poets / visitors tend to read the poem sitting currently at the top of a poet's list and miss many excellent poems that have fallen by the wayside; pages and pages of poems that are lost, missed, ignored etc etc.

I often read a poem further down a poet's listing just for the heck of it and have been so glad that I have done so. Many 'forgotten' poems are deserving of further viewing.

Is there an etiquette for republishing poems here?

How about republishing an old poem for a limited time while keeping the original up too?

Just a thought.

Cheers - Gary


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Date: 12/8/2021 2:32:00 PM
Hi Gary, This is a good thought and suggestion. I will go take a look at some of my older poems and repost them. Have a great day:-) Alexis
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Alexis Y.
Date: 12/11/2021 8:37:00 AM
Hi Gary, After reading an old poem by Milt, he told me about your blog. I posted an old poem I wrote almost three years ago entitled “ Uncertainties “. It got p.o.t.d back then and it just p.o.t.d. today. It caught me total surprise, I had no idea that it would get the p.o.t.d. twice. Thanks for the suggestion of reposting old poems.Have a great day and weekend:-) Alexis
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Gary Radice
Date: 12/9/2021 7:55:00 AM
Thank you Alexis. I look forward to reading your poems. Cheers - Gary
Date: 12/5/2021 6:27:00 AM
Absolutely agree, Gary. I really don’t like reposting a poem that has received even one comment, out of respect and gratitude for the commenter(s). Normally I’ll do that as a revised/edited version. So yes, the ability to have a ‘this weeks special’ or a simple ‘move to top’ option would be wonderful. I’m yet to work out the best time of day to post in order to catch people before I slip too far down the ‘new’ list. So a second chance wouldn’t go amiss. Good idea. Terry
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Gary Radice
Date: 12/5/2021 11:10:00 AM
Thank you Terry. Your point (and James' point below) is a moot one. If we amend poems then we should respect the fact that the original comments may no longer be valid. Also I'm sure you are not the only poet who choses when to post a poem but as PS does have a Top table for most poems published the idea of a 'move to top' option is just one idea to keep all sides happy. Cheers - Gary
Date: 12/4/2021 7:13:00 PM
Although I rather frequently edit poems I have posted earlier, I haven't "reposted" (i.e. repeated) them in order to move them up the published listings, but I do agree that that certainly would be one way to redirect attention to those which we deem worthy that perhaps have not attracted as many readers as they have deserved. Good suggestion.
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Gary Radice
Date: 12/5/2021 2:10:00 AM
Hi Larry. Thanks for your response. It's very much appreciated. I've often said that hits and comments are a bonus when a poem is published but I have read many brilliant poems that just lie buried and I wonder if anyone reads them at all. It must suit the business model of PS to carry 1000s of poems and I understand that. As I said to Constance just that ability to amend the order of your own listing may go some way to solving what I feel is an issue. That said not everyone will see it as an issue and I understand that too. Cheers - Gary
Date: 12/4/2021 4:04:00 PM
Gary, I guess I am lucky because a lot of poets go to my old poems and give comments, I love it because I get to read the poem again. I have edited many old poems and have seen my growth as a writer over the years and have reposted them perhaps in a different form, a different layout, changed some words, even improved the title. in general improved the poem, I see nothing wrong with that, when people say that they have writers block they should try to do this because it works ~ peace and tranquility _Constance
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James Marshall Goff
Date: 12/5/2021 3:42:00 AM
I see edits needed like you all do, when a Souper comments on earlier poems!
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Gary Radice
Date: 12/5/2021 2:01:00 AM
Hi Constance. Yes, I often add / amend / change titles etc with my work sometimes 1) because the obsessive comes out in me and 2) as you say, to keep the poetic juices flowing. I think an idea would be - and yes, it's one I keep coming back to - is that it would be better if poems could be arranged in the listings as how best the poet sees fit. Cheers - Gary
Date: 12/4/2021 2:22:00 PM
I sometimes check the older poems and find some goodies. Reposting assures that more might see.
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Gary Radice
Date: 12/4/2021 2:35:00 PM
Totally agree Kim. Cheers - Gary
Date: 12/4/2021 9:34:00 AM
Gary, I wholeheartedly endorse your suggestion. In fact, I am thinking of republishing ten of my favorites from the past. What I plan to do is note in the "Notes" section that it is a re-publish, which I feel is worthy of a second round. I think I'll search through my poems and pick out ten to do this with. Think that'll be okay? If so, maybe others will do the same.
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Gary Radice
Date: 12/4/2021 9:46:00 AM
Thanks for your response Milt! I think that would certainly be okay; in fact I'll follow suit. I may add 'republished' or 'rewritten' in the titles. I was unsure if there was an etiquette / rule for republishing on PS. but there doesn't appear to be one written down. Cheers - Gary
Date: 12/4/2021 7:35:00 AM
Hi Gary, yes sometimes I will rewrite and repost older poems, and you make a good point about the value of viewing older poems too, will have to do that more often! Thank you for the suggestion-
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Gary Radice
Date: 12/4/2021 8:30:00 AM
Hi Michelle. Thanks for your valued comments. Cheers - Gary
Date: 12/4/2021 5:47:00 AM
It’s a great thought, Gary. I think I will choose a few of mine and intersperse them with new writes. We all have a Phoenix or two that can rise again.
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Lin Lane
Date: 12/4/2021 8:28:00 AM
It's good to be back among friends. It seems to be a much friendlier atmosphere than when I left. Thanks for the welcome, Gary.
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Gary Radice
Date: 12/4/2021 6:50:00 AM
Hi Lin! Welcome back to The Soup. I'll keep an eye out for your poems. Cheers - Gary

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