Hello world!

Welcome to PoetJanstie’s blog on WordPress.

Comments are welcome from anyone, anywhere (provided they are clean and not anti-social and are relevant to the blog). Your experience of poetry, poets, poems, philosopy, useful sources and sites, your affiliations, local clubs or ‘Stanzas’ as the Poetry Society calls them, good or bad…

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About PoetJanstie

As a young man, John was fit and sporting. Playing Rugby Union for over twenty years, encouraged in the early days by a school that was run on the same lines as Gordonstoun, giving shape and discipline to a sometimes precarious early life. This fitness was enhanced by working part time jobs in farming, as a leather factory packer and security guard, but probably not helped, for a short time, by selling ice cream! His professional working life was spent as a Metallurgical Engineer, Marketing Manager, Export Sales Manager, Implementation Manager and Managing Director of his own company. Thirty five years spent, apparently in a creative desert, raising a family and pursuing a career, probably enriched his experience, because his renaissance, on retirement, realised a hidden creative talent as a blogger and poet. He also enjoys music, with a piano and a forty-five year old Yamaha FG140 acoustic guitar. He sings bass in three singing groups: as a founding member of a mixed voice chamber choir, Fox Valley Voices; a member of one of the top barbershop choruses in the UK, Hallmark of Harmony (the Sheffield Barbershop Harmony Club) and a mixed barbershop quartet, Needle & Fred. He is also a would be (once upon a time) photographer with drawers full of his own history, and an occasional, but lapsed 'film' maker. In his other life, he doubles as a Husband, Father, Grandfather, Brother, Uncle, Cousin, Friend and Family man. What he writes is autobiographical and very often pins his colours to the mast. In 2013, he completed an anthology of the poetry (including his own) of an international group of nine poets, who met on Twitter. He produced, edited and steered the product of this work, "Petrichor Rising", to publication by Aquillrelle.
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3 Responses to Hello world!

  1. John Wetherell says:

    He is stronger on the science than on the religion, and if you have studied physics to any degree, you might not be challenged enough by the science to enjoy that side of it. However he does draw out some fascinating correlations.

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  2. PoetJanstie says:

    Good plug, John. I have a book list, and I shall put this on it. It sounds like it might engender some flow in my synaptic fluids in two areas of enquiry for me: religious beliefs and the universe.

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  3. John Wetherell says:

    Found your wordpress blog by following the link on Kona Macphee’s blog, where I am featured as today’s Six Things. Thanks for your comments there. This response is strictly a response to your own blog. Today I finished reading a book by Chris Clarke called ‘Weaving The Cosmos: Science, Religion & Ecology’. It was published last year. He explains quantum field and quantum state so simply that an idiot like me can feel he has almost understood. So that’s mainly why I enjoyed it. I know there have been various books about how quantum physics might link up with spirituality. But Clarke’s is the only one I have actually read. Also he is writing about the imminence of climate disaster. On the whole he writes quite well. I am definitely in tune with his intentions: so that’s why I thought I would plug his book for him!

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