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Robert Browning: Subordinate Romantic To A Domineering Wife - Hyperbole, Issue #016 (Feb. 28, 2008)
February 28, 2008
Hello Poets and Poetry Lovers

You may have noticed. I'm back to updating pages again. This time around I'm adding search boxes above the headlines and below the AddThis buttons. But don't worry, I'm not about to bore you with links to every single update. I'm not even going to list the pages as I update them. Feel free to browse the website, though, and search the Web right from World Class Poetry. Search the WCP website, the WCP blog, or the entire Web.

Table of Contents

  1. New World Class Poetry Pages
  2. World Class Poetry Updates
  3. American Life in Poetry
  4. New World Class Poetry Blog Posts
  5. World Class Poetry Networking
  6. Call For Submissions!

New World Class Poetry Pages

This week I've got two new pages, both in honor of a man named Robert:

Be on the lookout for these future pages:

  • Sir Thomas Wyatt
  • Dante Alighieri
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson

World Class Poetry Updates

This week's page updates include:

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American Life in Poetry: Column 152


A child with a sense of the dramatic, well, many of us have been that child. Here's Carrie Shipers of Missouri reminiscing about how she once wished for a dramatic rescue by screaming ambulance, only to find she was really longing for the comfort of her mother's hands.

Medical History

I wanted it: arc of red and blue
strobing my skin, sirens singing
my praises, the cinching embrace
of the cot as the ambulance
slammed shut and steered away.
More than needle-pierce
or dragging blade, I wanted the swab
of alcohol and cotton, the promise
of gauze-covered cure.
My mother saved anyone
who asked, but never me,
never the way I wanted:
her palms skimming my limbs
for injury, her fingers finding
what hurt, her lips whispering,
I got here just in time.

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) 2007 by Carrie Shipers. Reprinted from "Mid-American Review," Vol. 27, no. 2, 2007, by permission of the author. 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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New World Class Poetry Blog Posts

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Call For Submissions!

Send me your original poetry. If it meets my strict standards then I'll publish it in Hyperbole and on the World Class Poetry Blog. Previously published poems are OK as long as you own the copyright. Use the WCP contact form.

Submit your criticism and reviews to Hyperbole. Interviews of published poets welcome. Prose about poetry - send it. Our only bias: High quality.

And when all else fails, write a poem.


Allen Taylor
the poet

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