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Dante Alighieri, Sirt Thomas Wyatt, and Ted Kooser Have Their Legacies
March 05, 2008
Hello Poets and Poetry Lovers

Well, I'm back, but that doesn't mean I'm better. But I do have a couple of better poets for you to read about this week and I've been writing about a topic on the World Class Poetry Blog that you will definitely NOT want to miss. If you haven't been following along, check out the series on Millennial Poetics.

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's new poets are Dante Alighieri and Sir Thomas Wyatt, known as the father of English poetry:

Coming Soon

  • Ralph Waldo Emerson

World Class Poetry Updates

This week's page updates include:

Hey, don't forget! We've been adding search boxes to some of our pages. You can now search the World Class Poetry website and blog from within both websites. Cool, huh?

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American Life in Poetry: Column 153


In this endearing short poem by Californian Trish Dugger, we can imagine "what if?" What if we had been given "a baker's dozen of hearts?" I imagine many more and various love poems would be written. Here Ms. Dugger, Poet Laureate of the City of Encinitas, makes fine use of the one patched but good heart she has.

Spare Parts

We barge out of the womb
with two of them: eyes, ears,

arms, hands, legs, feet.
Only one heart. Not a good

plan. God should know we
need at least a dozen,

a baker's dozen of hearts.
They break like Easter eggs

hidden in the grass,
stepped on and smashed.

My own heart is patched,
bandaged, taped, barely

the same shape it once was
when it beat fast for you.

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 Trish Dugger. Reprinted from "Magee Park Poets: Anthology 2007," No. 18, Friends of the Carlsbad City Library, 2006, by permission of Trish Dugger. 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

Be sure to take a look at these new blog posts at World Class Poetry Blog

These three blog posts are the first three in a nine-part series on the Millennial School of Poetics:

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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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