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June 05, 2008
Hello Poets and Poetry Lovers

If you like to read, but you find that print literary journals cost too much to subscribe to (honestly, can you subscribe to all of them?) then you might find online literary journals a little more affordable.

In this issue of Hyperbole I'll turn you on to several online literary journals that you absolutely MUST read. And be sure to read about my incarnation as Edgar Allan Poe (HINT: You'll have to read my blog - keep reading, the link is near the bottom of this newsletter).

Oh, and Ted Kooser's column this week, American Life In Poetry, has a fabulous poem that mocks "Pied Beauty" by Gerard Manley Hopkins. It's a must read!

Table of Contents

  1. Poetry Video Of The Week - Lush Life
  2. World Class Poetry Toolbar Updates
  3. Updated World Class Poetry Pages
  4. American Life in Poetry by Ted Kooser
  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 - Lush Lifeby Kim Addonizio

Kim Addonizio's "Lush Life" is one great poem. Watch this animated poetry video. You'll love it.

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

World Class Poetry Toolbar Updates

This week's major addition to the World Class Poetry Toolbar is a brand new section called Publications. This section of the toolbar features online poetry journals and literary magazines. These are online magazines that you can read right from your toolbar and you'll have immediate access to poetry, reviews, podcasts, fiction, flash fiction, essays, interviews, creative nonfiction, and anything that can be included in an online literary magazine. So far, we've added six literary journals that you have access to with a single click:

  • 3:AM Magazine
  • Mad Hatters' Review
  • The Adirondack Review
  • The Kenyon Review Online
  • The New Verse News
  • Webdelsol

New blogs this week include:

  • The Best American Poetry Blog
  • Buzzwords - the 3:AM Magazine Blog
  • Issa's Untidy Hut
  • Diane Lockwood
  • Debbie Yee
  • Harriet (The Poetry Foundation)
  • NewPages Blog
The World Class Poetry Toolbar is the only literary toolbar on the planet where you can read your favorite blogs, listen to poetry and great literature while you browse, search the Internet, and read your favorite literary magazines all with one click. You can download the World Class Poetry Toolbar and join the ranks of the digital literati.

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Updated World Class Poetry Pages

The World Class Poetry Toolbar page has been updated to reflect our latest offerings. I do mean this is one great toolbar!

American Life in Poetry: Column 166


Texas poet R. S. Gwynn is a master of the light touch. Here he picks up on Gerard Manley Hopkins' sonnet "Pied Beauty," which many of you will remember from school, and offers us a picnic instead of a sermon. I hope you enjoy the feast!

Fried Beauty

Glory be to God for breaded things--
 Catfish, steak finger, pork chop, chicken thigh,
   Sliced green tomatoes, pots full to the brim
With french fries, fritters, life-float onion rings,
 Hushpuppies, okra golden to the eye,
   That in all oils, corn or canola, swim
Toward mastication's maw (O molared mouth!);
 Whatever browns, is dumped to drain and dry
   On paper towels' sleek translucent scrim,
These greasy, battered bounties of the South:
                        Eat them.

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) 2005 by R. S. Gwynn, whose most recent book of poetry is "No Word of Farewell: Poems 1970-2000," Story Line Press, 2001. Poem reprinted from "Light: A Quarterly of Light Verse," No. 50, Autumn, 2005, by permission of R. S. Gwynn. 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.

Poetry Book Of The Week

The poetry book of the week this week is Tell Me by Kim Addonizio.

Kim Addonizio is like the punk rock version of poetry. If you like Annie Lennox you'll love Kim Addonizio. Her confessional style and narrative use of forms is astounding. She is a craftswoman of the highest order.

Buy your favorite poetry books at the World Class Poetry Bookstore.

New World Class Poetry Blog Posts

Be sure to check out this week's awesome blog posts!

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