Brian Johnston

[An Apprentice Poet, Mentor, & Commenter] (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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  • Abekah Emmanuel (7/27/2014 9:01:00 AM)

    Wonderfully composed........... Indeed it is always a wonder as to why they cross the road. All their paramount features captured into this nice poem.......... Bravo!

  • Abekah Emmanuel (7/22/2014 4:08:00 PM)

    TO LOVE WE BELONG...... yes we all belong to love- the magic that makes you feel like you can do anything... well composed sir. keep it up.

  • Abekah Emmanuel (7/22/2014 4:04:00 PM)

    I LOVE YOU BECAUSE....... indeed love poems have always fascinated meas it is one of the most wonderful gift offered to us by our creator. Mr. Johnston has simply elaborated his feelings about it in simple and comprehensible diction. Like Langston Hughes, he has employed short lines to put across his message. Well done great poet!

  • Howard 'the motivational poet' Simon (6/3/2014 1:04:00 PM)

    Brian Johnson is one of the most gifted, honest and knowledgeable poets alive today. I am bountifully blessed and highly honored to have him as a poetic mentor and friend!

  • Brian Johnston (5/30/2014 10:14:00 AM)

    There has been another passing of note besides the poet Maya Angelou who, though grievously wounded by life, bounced back to assert her place in Poetry's Hall of Fame and in the hearts of us all. The poet Beauteous Victory, who graced Poemhunter with her passion and her pain has also vanished from our lives, but far more grievously. We do not know her real name, can not commiserate personally with her anymore, or speak to her shared heart by writing poems to her poems. The only part of her that lives now on Poemhunter for any of us now are the 3 poems that she shared with Neethu Panicker and myself that she was not able to erase, and did not ask us to take down.

    Beauteous Victory too was a black woman with great heart, a poet who achieved the upper echelons of Poemhunter's popularity poll. Though we may never know her fate, her voice abides in our hearts. She is now and will be missed. She is now and will be still loved for many years by her friends on Poemhunter.

  • Richard Beevor (5/5/2014 3:57:00 PM)

    love advice to young poets, great work

  • 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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