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May 08, 2008
Hello Poets and Poetry Lovers

As you know, some weeks are longer and some weeks are shorter. Well, this week was a short week, but the bright side is my toolbar is longer, er, bigger; I mean, it has more stuff in it. You're going to fall in love with my toolbar!

Table of Contents

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

Poetry Video Of The Week

If you can't click the link or watch the video, you can find it here.

New Toolbar Features

The World Class Poetry Toolbar just keeps getting better and better. This week I've got some great new additions for you, including a name change of two of the prominent features.

"Pay A Visit To" has been renamed "WCP Coffee Shop" and includes the following great new features:

Plus, you can still enjoy all the mainstay amenities. They will never go away!

In addition to the change in the coffee shop (isn't that a cool name for a poetry room on a toolbar?), the RSS feed menu has been changed to "Blogs," and there are a ton of great new blogs for you to read:

  • Janet Leigh - Poetmeister
  • The Truth About Lies - from Jim Murdoch, the fiction writer
  • Home-Schooled By A Cackling Jackal
  • The Kenyon Review
  • and Slate Magazine

Of course, we'll always keep improving, but don't wait until we're perfect before you download the toolbar. It's free!

Instructions for refreshing the toolbar:

  • Click the red WCP on the left side of the toolbar
  • Scroll down to where it says "Refresh Toolbar"
  • Click "Refresh Toolbar"

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World Class Poetry Updates

This week we have a new Hall of Fame page. I think you'll like the daily literary quote.

American Life in Poetry: Column 162


Though at the time it may not occur to us to call it "mentoring," there's likely to be a good deal of that sort of thing going on, wanted or unwanted, whenever a young person works for someone older. Richard Hoffman of Massachusetts does a good job of portraying one of those teaching moments in this poem.

Summer Job

"The trouble with intellectuals," Manny, my boss,
once told me, "is that they don't know nothing
till they can explain it to themselves. A guy like that,"
he said, "he gets to middle age--and by the way,
he gets there late; he's trying to be a boy until
he's forty, forty-five, and then you give him five
more years until that craziness peters out, and now
he's almost fifty--a guy like that at last explains
to himself that life is made of time, that time
is what it's all about. Aha! he says. And then
he either blows his brains out, gets religion,
or settles down to some major-league depression.
Make yourself useful. Hand me that three-eights
torque wrench--no, you moron, the other one."

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) 2006 by Richard Hoffman, and reprinted from his most recent book of poetry, "Gold Star Road," Barrow Street Press, 2007, by permission of the poet. 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 poetry book of the week is Variations on a Natural Theme: A Loon Year by Hugh Hennedy. Illustrations in the book were done by Jan Mercuri Grossman.

More than just a poetry book, Variations on a Natural Theme: A Loon Year can also be a welcoming coffee table book. Read the full review.

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