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Location: South Wales UK
Gender: Male
Born: 01/07/1941
Member: Premier Author
Joined: March 2015
I was invited to become an instructor here on FanStory at the beginning og of 2017. Since then I have offered classes in rhyme, European poetic forms, metrical poetry, free verse, tanka writing and creating unity in poetry writing. Several of these areas of study were added to my curriculum at the end of that first year, after Ray Griffin had bowed out. Both rhyme and metre classes have already been repeated this year and the European forms will be given another chance this coming July. I usually advertise upcoming classes in a posted poem on the site as well as the usual announcement in "Writing Classes".

In a moment of madness I made a New Year's resolution to write and post a tanka a day for a year throughout 2018. Unlike every previous resolution I ever made, I managed to complete this one. You can find all 365 of them them in my portfolio.

I started writing stuff back in the 1960s while serving with the Royal Marines in Aden. It was mostly humorous lyrics in those days, and I have moved on a bit since then, producing more serious poetry, although I still write the occasional song lyric.

Later I qualified as a teacher and taught in state schools in Inner London, and in private schools in the Midlands, including a year in Special Education..

I really love this site as it has given me an audience for my poetry, along with the chance of reading a very wide spectrum of poems from other members. Although I teach here, the poets on FanStory have also been my teachers. I have never stopped learning, and probably never will. I will sstill be there, attempting to think 'out of the box', when I return to haunt you all.
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FanStory wrote to Pantygynt: Congratulations! Nonet Defined won the contest "Nonet Poetry Contest"
May 16, 2020 at 12:13AM
    humpwhistle: Congratulations, Jim. I believe I called this one!
    May 16, 2020 at 7:16AM
    Pam (respa): Congratulations on the win! Well deserved.
    May 16, 2020 at 12:32PM
    LisaMay: Perfect shape, different topic - no wonder your nonet was the winner. Congratulations!
    May 16, 2020 at 2:22PM
    lyenochka: Congratulations, Jim!!!
    May 16, 2020 at 3:32PM
    judiverse: Congratulations on your win--and on a great nonet. judiverse
    May 17, 2020 at 7:19AM
    Gloria ....: Congratulations to you, Jim. :))
    May 17, 2020 at 12:14PM
    MissMerri: CONGRATULATIONS! Clever and creative nonet Jim.
    May 18, 2020 at 2:11AM

FanStory wrote to Pantygynt: Congratulations! The Test is the new Book of the Month!
October 9, 2019 at 12:13AM
    sandramitchell: Huge congratulations, my friend! So well deserved. I love this story. xxxx
    October 9, 2019 at 5:31AM
    humpwhistle: Congratulations, Jim!
    October 9, 2019 at 12:01PM
    damommy: Yayyy! Congratulations. You deserved it.
    October 9, 2019 at 12:34PM
    juliaSjames: Congratulations!
    October 9, 2019 at 12:47PM
    Gloria ....: Way to go, Jim. :))
    October 9, 2019 at 1:17PM
    lyenochka: Congratulations, Jim!!
    October 9, 2019 at 4:59PM
    Pantygynt: Thanks to all of you for your congratulations and support where this book is concerned. Your comments are appreciated.
    October 9, 2019 at 5:12PM
    JudyE: Congratulations. And very well-deserved.
    October 9, 2019 at 7:50PM
    Dolly'sPoems: Congratulations on your win, very well deserved book of the month.
    October 10, 2019 at 6:39AM
    PoemsOfDD: BIG Congratulations to you Jim! Way to go :-) ~DD
    October 17, 2019 at 12:45AM
    Alchera: Sincere Congratulations!
    October 22, 2019 at 12:45PM
    Meia (MESAYERS): Sorry, I meant well DONE...brilliant work!
    April 29, 2020 at 8:16AM

FanStory wrote to Pantygynt: Congratulations! The Tylwyth Teg is the new Book of the Month!
August 6, 2019 at 12:13AM
    sandramitchell: CONGRATULATIONS, JIM!!!! I'm so pleased you won this month's BoM you thoroughly deserve it. Your story is unique and lovely. Biggest hugs! xxxx
    August 6, 2019 at 1:57AM
    Pantygynt: What a surprise to wake up to! I have led the field equally before, but, in the past, have always been pipped at the post. My commiserations to you for being so close and my thanks for your generous comments here.
    August 6, 2019 at 2:47AM
    Pantygynt: My birthday month too. Many thanks to all who voted for it.
    August 6, 2019 at 5:07AM
    Sugarray77: Well done, Jim. I am so happy you won with this fantastical, well-written book. Congratulations!!!

    August 6, 2019 at 10:44AM
    Mystic Angel 7777: WooHoo! Congratulations! I knew you would win.
    August 6, 2019 at 11:16AM
    juliaSjames: Congratulations!
    August 6, 2019 at 12:03PM
    Gloria ....: Congrats to you, Jim. :)
    August 6, 2019 at 12:23PM
    lyenochka: Congratulations, Jim!
    August 6, 2019 at 1:13PM
    C. Gale Burnett: CONGRATULATIONS, Jim, and Happy Birthday!
    Book of the Month ? wow! ? a well deserved win.
    August 6, 2019 at 8:22PM
    damommy: I am so happy for you! Well deserved!
    August 7, 2019 at 4:13PM
    ciliverde: Congrats, this is so well deserved!! I'm truly happy for you and excited to see how the story evolves.
    August 7, 2019 at 10:13PM
    Pantygynt: Thank you everyone for these lovely comments, your votes and support. Most of all though, for reading this and the other episodes in this book.
    August 8, 2019 at 2:34AM
    Dean Kuch: Congratulations, Jim.
    Well done!
    August 8, 2019 at 4:13AM
    PoemsOfDD: Way to go Jim! I certainly enjoyed your story. Happy Birthday too : -) ~DD
    August 8, 2019 at 7:27AM
    joycetreasures: Congratulations!!! Happy Birthday. It's my birthday month, also.
    August 10, 2019 at 3:57PM
    ciliverde: Congratulations, I am so pleased that your book is getting the attention in deserves!
    September 4, 2019 at 10:09PM

FanStory wrote to Pantygynt: A Drowning finished first in the contest "Create your own meter "
May 23, 2019 at 12:10AM
    sandramitchell: Huge congratulations, it was thoroughly deserved, it is a brilliant poem. :))
    May 23, 2019 at 3:21AM
    Pantygynt: Thank you, Sandra. I rarely do contests but this one intrigued me, especially as I had just finished teaching a class on the subject of metre. I guess I just like living dangerously.
    May 23, 2019 at 6:24AM
    Sugarray77: Excellent verse and a well-deserved win, Jim.

    May 24, 2019 at 10:04AM
    Alchera: Congratulations!
    December 7, 2019 at 10:15AM
    Meia (MESAYERS): amazing well done well deserved!m x
    April 13, 2020 at 10:27AM

FanStory wrote to Pantygynt: A Creature of Habit finished third in the contest "Rhyming Poem"
April 8, 2019 at 12:13AM
    Irish Rain: Congratulations!!
    April 8, 2019 at 12:49AM
    Sugarray77: Congrats, Jim!!

    April 8, 2019 at 2:57PM
    PoemsOfDD: Jim, Congratulations on your placing. ~DD
    April 10, 2019 at 7:30PM

FanStory wrote to Pantygynt: Congratulations! Honorable mention in the reviewing contest!
March 1, 2019 at 8:18AM
    phill doran: A well-deserved Horrible mention! well done Jim, your reviews are excellent...
    March 1, 2019 at 9:28AM
    rama devi: Congratulations!
    March 1, 2019 at 11:15AM
    Pam (respa): Congratulations on the honorable mention for reviewing!
    March 1, 2019 at 1:52PM
    C. Gale Burnett: Your reviews, dear Sir, have tremendous value to me. Thank you and CONGRATULATIONS!
    March 3, 2019 at 6:53AM
    lyenochka: Congratulations, Jim!
    March 3, 2019 at 12:37PM

Pantygynt: Thank you for you congratulations. I was surprised to be so well placed with this as it was topical and political and perhaps by now out of date.
December 16, 2018 at 3:25AM
    Dean Kuch: Poe is still one of the most beloved American Poets all these years later and read more often than Maya Angelou and Robert Frost, Jim.
    So, out of date is simply a matter of one's personal opinion, is it not?
    December 17, 2018 at 9:47PM
    ciliverde: Congrats on your #7 place in the poetry ranking! Of course you know I'm a big fan of your work. Looking forward to more poetry, and pints, and maybe a gin drink or two, in the new year!
    January 2, 2019 at 6:20PM
    joycetreasures: You are welcome. Take care and God bless you.
    February 6, 2019 at 2:30PM

FanStory wrote to Pantygynt: Tanka11/04(curvaceous barbed wire) finished third in the contest "Tanka Poetry Contest"
December 15, 2018 at 12:13AM
    Irish Rain: Congratulations!!
    December 15, 2018 at 12:34AM
    PoemsOfDD: Congratulations! ~DD
    December 15, 2018 at 6:38AM
    krys123: Congratulations, Mr. G and take care and have a good one.
    December 15, 2018 at 11:10AM
    rama devi: Congrats!
    December 15, 2018 at 11:22AM
    Dean Kuch: Congrats, Teach...
    December 15, 2018 at 12:25PM
    Gloria ....: Way to go, Jim. :))
    December 16, 2018 at 10:02AM

FanStory wrote to Pantygynt: Congratulations on your honorable mention finish in the reviewing contest!
November 1, 2018 at 9:33AM
    giraffmang: nice one
    November 1, 2018 at 10:12AM
    rama devi: Congratulations!!!
    November 1, 2018 at 12:46PM
    Lady Jane: Congratulations, dear. You definitely earned it ;-)
    November 1, 2018 at 4:44PM
    PoemsOfDD: Great job pantygynt :-) ~DD
    November 1, 2018 at 6:51PM
    His Grayness: Congratulations INDEED!! HIS GRAYNESS; Vance
    December 7, 2018 at 1:23PM

FanStory wrote to Pantygynt: Congratulations! Tanka 06/19 (prior to sunrise) won the contest "Tanka Poetry Contest"
July 3, 2018 at 12:13AM
    Pantygynt: Thank you committee for this award in the tanka contest and to you, Jan for being the first to take it up here. This is the first time I have won a site contest and I am thrilled.
    July 3, 2018 at 1:05AM
    rama devi: I hoped this one would win. Contrapuntal branches...stroke of genius line! Bravo.
    July 3, 2018 at 6:22AM
    Mrs. KT: Perfection, Jim!


    July 3, 2018 at 8:16AM
    krys123: Congratulations
    July 3, 2018 at 10:43AM
    rspoet: Congratulations! Well done. Enjoy the concerti.

    July 3, 2018 at 11:25AM
    Gloria ....: Woohoo, Jim. Excellent work. :)
    July 3, 2018 at 12:31PM
    ciliverde: Congrats on the win!! Well-deserved, this is one of your best that I have seen.
    July 3, 2018 at 2:07PM
    Dean Kuch: Congrats, Jim.
    July 3, 2018 at 2:11PM
    Ginnygray: A well deserved win for the tanka master, I salute and happily congratulate! Now off on vacation, celebrate a worthy accomplishment! I like the hint of contrapuntal wit!
    July 3, 2018 at 4:44PM
    MissMerri: This is a great win for the Titan of Tanka!! Congratulations Jim! I?m truly delighted. MM
    July 4, 2018 at 9:43AM
    MissMerri: I AM delighted. No question about it. (Too bad we cannot write on an iPad without apostrophes and quotes turning into questions we do not intend to ask.) grrrrrrr.
    July 4, 2018 at 9:47AM
    aryr: Congratulations, a great piece of writing, well done.
    July 4, 2018 at 2:14PM
    judiverse: Congratulations on your Tanka contest win. Much deserved. judiverse
    July 4, 2018 at 4:17PM
    dejohnsrld (Debbie): Hey, Jim, all of your tanka-writing has paid off. Way to go!!!
    July 4, 2018 at 8:58PM
    Pantygynt: Many thanks to all of you for your good wishes below not only for the contest win but for your loyal support for my underfunded contributions to my tanka-a-day resolution.
    July 8, 2018 at 4:26AM
    Dolly'sPoems: Congratulations on your win, very well deserved, love Dolly x
    August 16, 2018 at 2:19PM

FanStory wrote to Pantygynt: Mezuzah finished second in the contest "Write a Crown of Heroic Sonnets"
June 4, 2018 at 12:13AM

FanStory wrote to Pantygynt: Congratulations! Honorable mention in the reviewing contest!
May 1, 2018 at 8:06AM
    Irish Rain: Congratulations!!
    May 1, 2018 at 9:47AM
    rama devi: Congrats!
    May 1, 2018 at 10:34AM
    PoemsOfDD: I?m a bit behind but a BIG Congratulations to you :-) ~DD
    June 4, 2018 at 1:35AM

FanStory wrote to Pantygynt: Congratulations! Second place finish in the reviewing contest!
April 1, 2018 at 9:31AM
    Pantygynt: Thank you FanStory and all those of you who nominated me for this.
    April 1, 2018 at 9:48AM
    rama devi: CONGRATS! :-))
    April 1, 2018 at 10:01AM
    Octavia: Congratulations! Well deserved.
    April 1, 2018 at 11:01AM
    damommy: Yayyy! You certainly deserve it.
    April 1, 2018 at 6:52PM
    kiwigirl2821: Well done Jim. Well deserved too! xoxo deborah
    April 3, 2018 at 12:13AM
    Dean Kuch: Congratulations, Jim. Well deserved!
    April 6, 2018 at 1:38AM
    ~Dovey: Congrats!!
    April 6, 2018 at 3:00AM
    Tootie: Congratulations!
    April 12, 2018 at 7:57PM
    joycetreasures: So cool. Congratulations Jim!!
    April 24, 2018 at 10:10AM
    PoemsOfDD: Congratulations Pantygynt. You deserve it! ~DD
    June 4, 2018 at 1:35AM
    ciliverde: Congrats on this honor!
    June 29, 2018 at 4:52PM

FanStory wrote to Pantygynt: Congratulations! Honorable mention finish in the reviewing contest!
March 1, 2018 at 9:06AM
    giraffmang: nice one. congrats
    March 1, 2018 at 10:29AM
    damommy: Wonderful. It's about time you got more recognition. 8-)
    March 1, 2018 at 1:18PM
    rama devi: Congrats!
    March 1, 2018 at 1:47PM
    Octavia: Congrats and thanks for a great service to us all.
    March 1, 2018 at 1:53PM
    Pantygynt: Sincere thanks to everyone who nominated me for this one.
    March 2, 2018 at 9:16AM
    tony bronk: My Golden Rule is : "Life Ain't Fair", Dummy!
    March 18, 2018 at 11:21AM

FanStory wrote to Pantygynt: Congratulations! September Recognized Writer!
September 10, 2017 at 2:08PM
    Drew Delaney: Congratulations on being the September Recognized writer. Happy for you. Drew
    September 10, 2017 at 2:19PM
    RGstar: Very well deserved, and good choice. To contribute to the site in a postive and giving way deserves recognition. In review, as well standard of output, not to mention the course you lead, of which I remember encouraging you to.... a good asset to all here. Enjoy your award, author. Continue the good work. RGstar
    September 10, 2017 at 2:48PM
    giraffmang: Congratulations.
    September 10, 2017 at 3:40PM
    Dean Kuch:
    Way to go, Jim.
    So well deserved.

    September 10, 2017 at 4:01PM
    michaelcahill: Although you do a lot of "stuff" too, I love when these awards go to TALENT. Well deserved, Jim.
    September 10, 2017 at 4:07PM
    I am Cat: Congratulations, Gynt. Very well deserved, my friend. ❤️
    September 10, 2017 at 4:20PM
    nancyjam: Congratulations. Well deserved!
    September 10, 2017 at 4:37PM
    rspoet: Congratulations! Well deserved. You contribute a great deal to this site as a writer, teacher and reviewer. Great choice!
    September 10, 2017 at 4:39PM
    Jannypan (Jan) : CONGRATULATIONS! Well-Deserved.
    September 10, 2017 at 5:00PM
    Irish Rain: Congratulations!!
    September 10, 2017 at 5:40PM
    evesayshi: Congratulations!
    September 10, 2017 at 6:21PM
    damommy: Hurray! You got the attention you deserve. I'm so proud for you. Congratulations! 8-)
    September 10, 2017 at 6:31PM
    Gloria ....: Hey, way to go Jim! Couldn't happen to a more deserving gent. :))
    September 10, 2017 at 8:58PM
    Mustang Patty: A hearty congratulations!! I love your poetry and your reviews!
    September 10, 2017 at 9:46PM
    IndianaIrish: Congratulations on this amazing honor!
    September 10, 2017 at 9:53PM
    Jay Squires: A worthy choice. Congratulations, you deserve this, Jim.

    September 10, 2017 at 10:49PM
    kiwigirl2821: Congratulations Jim. So happy and so well deserved. :)
    September 10, 2017 at 11:30PM
    rama devi: Yay! Much deserved. Kudos. :-))
    September 11, 2017 at 1:48AM
    Eternal Muse: Congrats, Gynt.
    September 11, 2017 at 6:48AM
    tfawcus: Long overdue! Congratulations!
    September 11, 2017 at 6:48AM
    Rasmine : Congrats!!!!
    September 11, 2017 at 3:32PM
    zanya: Congratulations zanya
    September 11, 2017 at 6:58PM
    DR DIP: MY MAN!!
    The panty man is recognized!
    He's the man who's idolized
    How could he be criticized?
    The Panty man can't be disguised!

    Who can make a syllable count
    Hit you with a Metaphor?
    The panty man can!
    The Panty man can 'cause he mixes it with meter
    and makes his words feel good
    September 12, 2017 at 6:29AM
    Dorothy Farrell: Congratulations! Well deserved - you're an asset to the site!
    September 12, 2017 at 9:46AM
    robyn corum: so well deserved! congrats, Jim!
    September 12, 2017 at 5:12PM
    Pantygynt: Well this is a surprise. I was away and out of of wifi range over the weekend and picked up a touch of food poisoning into the bargain. So I am a bit late picking this up. Thank you Fanstory. Thanks also to all you lovely folk who have added your congratulations here.
    September 13, 2017 at 8:21AM
    humpwhistle: Food poisoning and an award? Don't get much better than that, Jim. Congrats!
    September 13, 2017 at 9:41AM
    Poetic Friend: Congratulations! Well deserved, Pantygynt.
    September 15, 2017 at 7:42PM
    ~Dovey: Not sure how I missed this but what an awesome choice! :) I really was checked out in September! lol Congrats!!
    October 14, 2017 at 10:04PM
    Octavia: Well deserved!! Congrats!!
    November 3, 2017 at 12:02AM
    DR DIP: well deserved as always JIm

    November 29, 2017 at 11:51PM
    Meia (MESAYERS): Well done absolutely deserved! x
    December 16, 2017 at 2:48PM

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The form in self definition

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Sean entertains the miller and his daughter.

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