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(Jan.20,1943 / Shattuck, OK)

Brian Johnston
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I started writing poetry my Senior year in High School and the Muse still strikes on occasion. I also wrote some short stories in college but poetry is my ongoing interest. I enjoy tennis, swimming and backpacking and have become a YMCA member in recent years. My short term memory has taken a hit but I'm physically stronger than I have ever been! It's nice to be able to see improvement in at least one area of my life.
I was in the US Peace Corps twice. The first time was from 1964 to 1966 in Tanzania, East Africa where I supervised the installation of small bridges and culverts on feeder roads in an attempt to encourage local farmers to produce more. I also did some survey work and ... more »

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  • Beauteous Victory (4/8/2014 8:55:00 PM)

    To Brian Johnston,

    Thanks for your endless support and your kind friendship. I really do mean every word from the bottom of my very heart. You are an amazing poet with so much wisdom and warmth. You give me advice like no other. And for that, I respect you darling. So keep penning and don't ever stop. You know, you keep me writing along with so many other poets I admire. Inspiration is a powerful thing. Words have power, but when someone stops listening, then words lose their power. Your words shall be immortal. You are a breath of sunshine and so much more. Poets with real passion succeed immensely. And that's you, Brian. God bless.

  • Brian Johnston (2/3/2014 12:38:00 PM)

    To my friends and visitors,
    I have reluctantly blocked the rating system for my poems because there are a few who do not think much of my poetry and whose low ratings attack my poem's more general popularity. I have given up trying to shame them into more civil behavior. Name calling just lowers me to their level. But other poets have also suffered from such attacks. I am not the only one.

    Please give my poems any rating you please along justifying comments if you find a poem that you like particularly or dislike especially. I will allow all ratings with comments that justify the rating to stand with my poem if I believe the rating and comment are intended to help support me as a poet and a human being and not just meant to be mean spirited or misleading. I welcome constructive criticism from any serious commentator. Non-constructive comments in my judgement will be removed as quickly as they are noticed.

    I ask all who were disappointed in my earlier attacks on the then unknown denigrator of my site, to forgive my excesses in the defense of my poems and to consider that I am no longer engaging with this person (or persons) . I am not naming names or attempting to trash them on my website. I sincerely hope that my restraint will be an example they too can perhaps adopt in the future.

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