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Location: South Wales UK
Gender: Male
Born: 01/07/1941
Member: Premier Author
Joined: March 2015
It is over a year now since I became an instructor on FanStory offering classes in rhyme, European poetic forms and free verse. Other areas were later added added to this curriculum, including metre by the end of the first year after Ray had bowed out. Classes continue this year and I usually advertise upcoming classes with 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. Unlike every previous resolution ever made this one is still going strong as we go into March. You can find them in my portfolio.

I started writing stuff back in the 1960s 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 both Inner London and the Midlands.

I really love this site as it has given me a new audience for my poetry along with the chance of reading a very wide spectrum of poems.
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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 I was surprised to be so well placed with this as it was topical and political and perhaps by now out of date.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 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    So, out of date is simply a matter of one's personal opinion, is it not?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 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 at 6:20PM
    joycetreasures: You are welcome. Take care and God bless you.
    February 6 at 2:30PM

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

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

FanStory wrote to Pantygynt: Congratulations! Tanka 06/19 (prior to sunrise) won the contest "Tanka Poetry Contest"
July 3 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 at 1:05AM
    rama devi: I hoped this one would win. Contrapuntal branches...stroke of genius line! Bravo.
    July 3 at 6:22AM
    Mrs. KT: Perfection, Jim!


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

    July 3 at 11:25AM
    Gloria ....: Woohoo, Jim. Excellent work. :)
    July 3 at 12:31PM
    ciliverde: Congrats on the win!! Well-deserved, this is one of your best that I have seen.
    July 3 at 2:07PM
    Dean Kuch: Congrats, Jim.
    July 3 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 at 4:44PM
    MissMerri: This is a great win for the Titan of Tanka!! Congratulations Jim! I?m truly delighted. MM
    July 4 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 at 9:47AM
    aryr: Congratulations, a great piece of writing, well done.
    July 4 at 2:14PM
    judiverse: Congratulations on your Tanka contest win. Much deserved. judiverse
    July 4 at 4:17PM
    dejohnsrld (Debbie): Hey, Jim, all of your tanka-writing has paid off. Way to go!!!
    July 4 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 at 4:26AM
    Dolly'sPoems: Congratulations on your win, very well deserved, love Dolly x
    August 16 at 2:19PM

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

FanStory wrote to Pantygynt: Congratulations! Honorable mention in the reviewing contest!
May 1 at 8:06AM
    PoemsOfDD: I?m a bit behind but a BIG Congratulations to you :-) ~DD
    June 4 at 1:35AM

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

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

FanStory wrote to Pantygynt: Congratulations! September Recognized Writer!
September 10 at 2:08PM
    Drew Delaney: Congratulations on being the September Recognized writer. Happy for you. Drew
    September 10 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 at 2:48PM
    giraffmang: Congratulations.
    September 10 at 3:40PM
    Dean Kuch:
    Way to go, Jim.
    So well deserved.

    September 10 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 at 4:07PM
    I am Cat: Congratulations, Gynt. Very well deserved, my friend. ❤️
    September 10 at 4:20PM
    nancyjam: Congratulations. Well deserved!
    September 10 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 at 4:39PM
    Irish Rain: Congratulations!!
    September 10 at 5:40PM
    evesayshi: Congratulations!
    September 10 at 6:21PM
    damommy: Hurray! You got the attention you deserve. I'm so proud for you. Congratulations! 8-)
    September 10 at 6:31PM
    Gloria ....: Hey, way to go Jim! Couldn't happen to a more deserving gent. :))
    September 10 at 8:58PM
    Mustang Patty: A hearty congratulations!! I love your poetry and your reviews!
    September 10 at 9:46PM
    IndianaIrish: Congratulations on this amazing honor!
    September 10 at 9:53PM
    Jay Squires: A worthy choice. Congratulations, you deserve this, Jim.

    September 10 at 10:49PM
    kiwigirl2821: Congratulations Jim. So happy and so well deserved. :)
    September 10 at 11:30PM
    rama devi: Yay! Much deserved. Kudos. :-))
    September 11 at 1:48AM
    tfawcus: Long overdue! Congratulations!
    September 11 at 6:48AM
    Rasmine : Congrats!!!!
    September 11 at 3:32PM
    zanya: Congratulations zanya
    September 11 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 at 6:29AM
    Dorothy Farrell: Congratulations! Well deserved - you're an asset to the site!
    September 12 at 9:46AM
    robyn corum: so well deserved! congrats, Jim!
    September 12 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 at 8:21AM
    humpwhistle: Food poisoning and an award? Don't get much better than that, Jim. Congrats!
    September 13 at 9:41AM
    Poetic Friend: Congratulations! Well deserved, Pantygynt.
    September 15 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 at 10:04PM
    Octavia: Well deserved!! Congrats!!
    November 3 at 12:02AM
    DR DIP: well deserved as always JIm

    November 29 at 11:51PM

FanStory wrote to Pantygynt: The Wreck of the SS Samtampa finished first in the contest "Brett West Songwriting Contest"
August 19 at 12:13AM
    Jannypan (Jan) : WOO HOO! WE HAVE A WINNER.

    August 19 at 12:21AM
    Irish Rain: Congratulations!!
    August 19 at 12:43AM
    Sis Cat: Congratulations, Jim, on your well-deserved win. Even though I entered the contest and eventually placed third, I voted for your song. Keep up the great work.
    August 19 at 1:34AM
    Pantygynt: Thank you folks for your congratulations on this win. I seldom win anything (could that be because I seldom enter?) so this is particularly satisfying. And if you voted as well thank you so much for so doing.
    August 19 at 7:15AM
    damommy: Congratulations! It was a lovely poem and deserved to win. 8-)
    August 19 at 12:18PM

FanStory wrote to Pantygynt: Congratulations! Honorable mention in the reviewing contest!
May 1 at 8:35AM
    Pantygynt: Thanks to all for your congratulations.
    May 1 at 9:18AM
    damommy: I'm happy for you. You always give such helpful and informative reviews.
    May 1 at 12:24PM
    ~Dovey: Congrats! I always appreciate your reviews!
    May 2 at 5:07PM
    Meia (MESAYERS): well done you are always so kind to me xxx
    June 24 at 7:08PM

FanStory wrote to Pantygynt: Congratulations on your honorable mention finish in the reviewing contest!
March 1 at 8:22AM
    Selina Stambi: Good for you, Jim. Keep doing what you're doing, Sir Poet!
    March 1 at 12:20PM
    Irish Rain: Congratulations!!!
    March 1 at 7:26PM
    Sixty70: Congratulations!
    March 2 at 4:25PM
    ~Dovey: Congrats! Well deserved! :)
    March 3 at 4:09AM

FanStory wrote to Pantygynt: Congratulations! Third place finish in the reviewing contest.
January 1 at 12:00AM
    Luna: Excellent third place finish in the Reviewing Contest! I'm really happy for you.

    January 12 at 8:45AM
    Meia (MESAYERS): well done! Your reviews are always useful, firm but fair!x
    January 19 at 5:47PM
    Selina Stambi: Way to go, Jim. Congratulations and belated New Year wishes. :)
    January 19 at 8:21PM
    Irish Rain: Congratulations!!!!
    February 8 at 11:19AM

FanStory wrote to Pantygynt: Congratulations on your third place finish in the Reviewing Competition.
December 1 at 9:00AM
    ~Dovey: Your reviews are so valuable to me! Thank you for being so awesome all of the time! :) Congrats!
    December 1 at 8:43AM
    giraffmang: congratulations. everything's going really well ! superb
    December 1 at 8:59AM
    damommy: Congratulations!
    December 1 at 9:36AM
    Pantygynt: Suddenly I'm flavour of the month! Wow! Thanks to all who voted for me.
    December 1 at 9:51AM
    Irish Rain: Congratulations!!!
    December 1 at 9:52AM
    F. Wehr3: Congrats!
    December 1 at 2:08PM
    Dean Kuch: Congratulations, 'Gynt.
    Well deserved, old chap... photo goofy blacky emo_zps3jfdpud8.jpg
    December 1 at 2:50PM
    ciliverde: Congrats, mah mukker, loove ye!
    December 1 at 3:05PM
    mfowler: Top work, Jim. Congratulations.
    December 1 at 11:45PM
    Selina Stambi: Jim, congratulations! So well deserved.
    December 8 at 8:26PM
    DR DIP: well done Panty
    December 18 at 7:51AM

FanStory wrote to Pantygynt: Welcome to the school! Good luck as a new instructor!
November 30 at 3:00PM
    michaelcahill: A great choice. Congrats, Jim!
    November 30 at 2:28PM
    susanjohn: Perfect choice!!! Very patient, very knowledgeable and just a very nice person!!!
    November 30 at 2:36PM
    giraffmang: Nice one. Best of luck.
    November 30 at 3:04PM
    RGstar: Good Luck!
    I am sure you will do well. Glad you found the way forward.
    November 30 at 4:48PM
    I am Cat: I've always wanted to have a 'thing' with the instructor.... you'll do. ;) LOL
    Congrats, Gynt! Can't wait to see you shine. mwah
    November 30 at 4:58PM
    Pantygynt: Thank you all for your good wishes. My first class is on rhyme and starts 7th Jan. Any takers?
    November 30 at 5:06PM
    I am Cat: There are those who say I rhyme too much
    November 30 at 5:25PM
    Irish Rain: should be rewarding for all!
    November 30 at 6:49PM
    Gloria ....: Congratulations, Jim. I know you will be a fine instructor and rhyme is a great place to start. It's not just as straight forward as we might think. Neither is syllable count, right?
    November 30 at 11:40PM
    Dean Kuch:
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    Congrats, Jim!
    December 1 at 1:33AM
    crybry67: Congratulations!!
    December 1 at 6:30AM
    ~Dovey: What fantastic news! Good luck :) The site is lucky to have you!
    December 1 at 8:48AM
    ciliverde: You're an instructor!!! Teaching what form? This is fabulous- you've always been my favorite poet here, from the moment I read your piece about Clau.
    December 1 at 3:03PM

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