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Two New Poetry Book Reviews And Sierra Club Radio
April 10, 2008
Hello Poets and Poetry Lovers

I've posted two brand new poetry book reviews this week and have added a couple of things to the poetry toolbar. Speaking of which, people are downloading the toolbar in droves! And that's good because the more people I can help with poetic content then the better I feel.

I am writing this issue of Hyperbole even as I plan to celebrate National Poetry Month by organizing a tribute to religious poetry. The even is to take place this Sunday evening in Enola, Pa. At 6 p.m., Carol Clark Williams, the poet laureate of York, Pa., will begin by reading some of her own poems then we will have an open mic reading to follow. I just love poetry readings!And I hope you enjoy this issue of Hyperbole.

Table of Contents

  1. New Toolbar Features
  2. New World Class Poetry Pages
  3. World Class Poetry Updates
  4. American Life in Poetry
  5. Poetry Book Of The Week
  6. New World Class Poetry Blog Posts
  7. Are You Subscribed?
  8. World Class Poetry Networking
  9. Call For Submissions!

New WCP Toolbar Features

This week's new features on the World Class Poetry Toolbar include Ron Silliman's Blog and Sierra Club Radio.

Ron Silliman writes the most popular poetry blog on the Internet. Now, you can read it every day right from your own toolbar. And the Sierra Club, of course, is the environmental agency that is well known around the world. This week's featured guest on the Sierra Club Radio program is former U.S. poet laureate Robert Hass, who recently won a Pulitzer Prize. You won't want to miss this interview.

If you already subscribe to the toolbar and you want to access these new features, you'll have to refresh your toolbar. To do that, click on the red WCP on the top left of your toolbar and scroll down to where it says Refresh Toolbar. After it refreshes, you'll be able to access the new features. Let me know what you think of them!

New World Class Poetry Pages

We've got two brand new poetry book reviews this week and I've got a feeling you are going to love them!

World Class Poetry Updates

We are continuing to update pages and adding the World Class Poetry site search and web search feature to every page. Keep looking for it at the top and bottom of all pages on the World Class Poetry website.

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American Life in Poetry: Column 158


Putting bed pillows onto the grass to freshen, it's a pretty humble subject for a poem, but look how Kentucky poet, Frank Steele, deftly uses a sun-warmed pillow to bring back the comfort and security of childhood.

Part of a Legacy

I take pillows outdoors to sun them
as my mother did. "Keeps bedding fresh,"
she said. It was April then, too--
buttercups fluffing their frail sails,
one striped bee humming grudges, a crinkle
of jonquils. Weeds reclaimed bare ground.
All of these leaked somehow
into the pillows, looking odd where they
simmered all day, the size of hams, out of place
on grass. And at night I could feel
some part of my mother still with me
in the warmth of my face as I dreamed
baseball and honeysuckle, sleeping
on sunlight.

American Life in Poetry is made possible by The Poetry Foundation (, publisher of Poetry magazine. It is also supported by the Department of English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Poem copyright (c) 2000 by Frank Steele, whose most recent book of poetry is "Singing into That Fresh Light," co-authored with Peggy Steele, ed. Robert Bly, Blue Sofa Press, 2001. Reprinted from "Blue Sofa Review," Vol. II, no. 1, Spring 2000, by permission of Frank Steele. Introduction copyright (c) 2008 by The Poetry Foundation. The introduction's author, Ted Kooser, served as United States Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress from 2004-2006. We do not accept unsolicited manuscripts.

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Poetry Book Of The Week

This week's featured poetry book is Thirst by Patrick Carrington.

You can read a review of Thirst here.

Get more poetry books at the World Class Poetry Bookstore.

New World Class Poetry Blog Posts

Every day in the month of April we will publish a new religious poem! Some days will be a classic and other days will be a contemporary religious poem. Check out these latest poems:

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Call For Submissions!

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Allen Taylor
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