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Poetry Book Review Pages Get A New Look
July 17, 2008
Hello Poets and Poetry Lovers

Well, this week is a little different at World Class Poetry. We've given our book review section an entirely new look. Check it out!

I'm not just talking about one page here. I'm talking about the entire section. Every single book review page has this new web design. I'd be interested in hearing your thoughts on it. Do you like it? Hate it? What can I do to make it better?

Please take a few minutes this week to look over the new design of the book review section at WCP and then let me know what you think by posting your feedback on the World Class Poetry Blog. Be honest, please. I'm looking for real valuable feedback. What can I do to make WCP better? I'll be taking your comments and rolling out my new design across the entire site so any feedback you can give will help. Thanks!

Table of Contents

  1. Poetry Video Of The Week - Rumi Sufi Poem
  2. American Life in Poetry by Ted Kooser
  3. New World Class Poetry Blog Posts
  4. Are You Subscribed?
  5. World Class Poetry Networking


Poetry Video Of The Week

I found a great poetry video this week of Rumi. If you like Rumi then you'll love this Sufi poem on video:

If you can't see the video then click this link to watch it here.

American Life in Poetry: Column 172

BY TED KOOSER, U.S. POET LAUREATE, 2004-2006

I don't often talk about poetic forms in this column, thinking that most of my readers aren't interested in how the clock works and would rather be given the time. But the following poem by Veronica Patterson of Colorado has a subtitle referring to a form, the senryu, and I thought it might be helpful to mention that the senryu is a Japanese form similar to haiku but dealing with people rather than nature. There; enough said. Now you can forget the form and enjoy the poem, which is a beautiful sketch of a marriage.

Marry Me

     a senryu sequence
when I come late to bed
I move your leg flung over my side--
that warm gate
nights you're not here
I inch toward the middle
of this boat, balancing
when I turn over in sleep
you turn, I turn, you turn,
I turn, you
some nights you tug the edge
of my pillow under your cheek,
look in my dream
pulling the white sheet
over your bare shoulder
I marry you again

American Life in Poetry is made possible by The Poetry Foundation (www.poetryfoundation.org), publisher of Poetry magazine. It is also supported by the Department of English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Poem copyright (c) 2000 by Veronica Patterson, whose most recent book of poetry is "This Is the Strange Part," Pudding House Publications, 2002. Poem reprinted from "Swan, What Shores?" New York University Press, 2000, by permission of Veronica Patterson and New York University Press. 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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