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Retired technologist — eschewing cubicles; observer extraordinaire; perpetual student; philosopher; poet; essayist; advocate for nature and wilderness.

When people post in online forums or in comments on blogs or at Facebook or other social media, they often fail to realize that when their postings are replete with misspellings, errors in diction, and semantic inconsistencies, they are declaring a lack of respect for their readers.

This makes their viewpoint (regardless of how brilliant and compelling the author believes it to be) subject to being immediately disdained, discredited and dismissed as the ramblings of an uneducated Bubba. It is hard to give muddled and poorly articulated thoughts any credence.

Spontaneity should be relished, and I realize that people are…

Writing Challenge

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Challenge Rationale

I have written several pieces in which I offer my observations about poetry and opine on the characteristics of a compelling poem:

From my journal:

Good poetry is characterized by conjured mental images via compelling and engaging language.


These are my published comments on poetry. I have more thoughts percolating in my head, but before I attempt to capture them here, I would like to hear from all you Medium poets (at least the ones who are among my followers) your thoughts on the subject.

So I offer this challenge: What makes for good poetry? Your analysis can be captured…

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