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May 07, 2009
Hello Poets and Poetry Lovers

Now that National Poetry Month is behind us we can move on, right? But that doesn't mean that poetry is any less important. If anything, it's even more important, if for any reason because I've got 4 great chapbooks for you to download and they're all free.

In this issue of Hyperbole we'll start off with some Twitter poems. Last month I announced that I would be writing one poem per day and posting it at the microblogging site called Twitter. In a moment you'll get to a read some of those.

Table of Contents

  1. Twitter Poems
  2. Hardwood / Softwood
  3. American Life In Poetry - A Mother's Day Poem
  4. More About Chapbooks
  5. New World Class Poetry Blog Posts
  6. Poetry Books Of The Month
  7. Are You Subscribed?
  8. World Class Poetry Networking

Twitter Poems

30 poems. All under 140 characters. You know how long that is? Not very. In fact, you can fit a haiku in there. Many have. But my poems aren't haiku. I don't know what you'd call them other than Twitter poems.

Reprinted below are 3 out of 30 Twitter poems. Taste them for yourself:

Twitpoem #3
What's that?
Her cat.
What's this
A kiss.
Whose, these
Or those?
Red shoes.
Twitpoem #18
Nina eats gummy worms
Says she likes red best
I prefer yellow
We sit and munch
Till blue in the face;
Nina pines: Sweet, mellow
Twitpoem #22
We are broken
like crackers in a bowl of soup
or a blue perhaps purple and crisp
Fruit Loop
split in two

I hope you'll experience the other 27 Twitter poems. Download the Twitter Poem chapbook free with the World Class Poetry Toolbar.

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Hardwood / Softwood

Gary B. Fitzgerald is the author of two books, Hardwood and Softwood. He has graciously given me permission to reprint several poems from each book and offer them as a free download.

Both Hardwood and Softwood, the chapbooks, are available for free with the World Class Poetry Toolbar, but I wouldn't expect you to download either one without a taste first. Below are two poems by Gary B. Fitzgerald, one from Hardwood and one from Softwood. Enjoy, then download the World Class Poetry Toolbar and get your free chapbooks.

I’ve lived my life so reckless wild
and paid the cost for such,
though mostly borrowed from those I loved
who for their trouble paid too much.
When I fell I asked for help back up,
this they never failed to do.
So many times I needed help and they
to my rescue always came.
It's not that I was a demanding child.
I lived far away and free.
I tried to never burden them,
remembered to call, sent them letters often.
I tried never to cause them shame.
It's just that I was never there
when it was they who needed me.
People, people, people, people, people,
birds, people, people, people, people,
people, deer, people, people, people,
people, people, trees, people, people,
people, people, people, land, people,
people, people, people, people, people
people Earth.
So many people. So many dead.

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American Life In Poetry: Column 215


To commemorate Mother's Day, here's a lovely poem by David Wojahn of Virginia, remembering his mother after forty years.

Walking to School, 1964

Blurring the window, the snowflakes' numb white lanterns.
She's brewed her coffee, in the bathroom sprays cologne
And sets her lipstick upright on the sink.
The door ajar, I glimpse the yellow slip,
The rose-colored birthmark on her shoulder.
Then she's dressed—the pillbox hat and ersatz fur,
And I'm dressed too, mummified in stocking cap
And scarves, and I walk her to the bus stop
Where she'll leave me for my own walk to school,
Where she'll board the bus that zigzags to St. Paul
As I watch her at the window, the paperback
Romance already open on her lap,
The bus laboring off into snow, her good-bye kiss
Still startling my cheek with lipstick trace. 

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 ©1990 by David Wojahn, whose most recent book of poems is "Interrogation Palace: New and Selected Poems 1982-2004," University of Pittsburgh Press, 2006. "Walking to School, 1964" is from the longer poem "White Lanterns," printed in "Poetry," Vol. 157, 1990, by permission of David Wojahn and the publisher. Introduction copyright © 2009 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.

More About Chapbooks

World Class Poetry is starting to take submissions for chapbooks. If you may be interested in submitting a book of poems then sign up for our mailing list and we'll make sure you get the information you need. Learn more about the WCP Poetry Chapbook Series' and get updates.

New World Class Poetry Blog Posts

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Poetry Books Of The Month

Every now and then I like to promote two books as the poetry book of the month. This is such a time. The previously mentioned books Hardwood and Softwood by Gary B. Fitzgerald are this month's poetry books of the month. I think you'll like Gary's Blakean metaphysics and romantic naturalism. Beautiful imagery, terse language, and humanitarian insight are Gary's chief assets, but just to name a few. You'll have to check them out yourself.

Buy Hardwood and Softwood by Gary B. Fitzgerald.

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