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U.S. Poet Laureate Kay Ryan and The LitMixx Literary Social Community
July 31, 2008
Hello Poets and Poetry Lovers

It's been a busy week. I've got a new addition to the toolbar that will just knock your socks off. I've still got a book review to write, but I haven't loaded it yet so you'll have to wait until next week for that one. But I do have some cool resources to point you to. Meanwhile, enjoy this week's Hyperbole.

Table of Contents

  1. Poetry Video Of The Week - Kay Ryan, newly appointed U.S. poet laureate
  2. New WCP Toolbar Features
  3. New World Class Poetry Blog Posts
  4. American Life in Poetry by Ted Kooser
  5. Poetry Book Of The Week
  6. Duotrope's Daily Market - New!
  7. What's On The Gypsy Art Show? - New!
  8. Are You Subscribed?
  9. World Class Poetry Networking

Poetry Video Of The Week -
U.S. Poet Laureate Kay Ryan

California poet Kay Ryan was recently appointed to be the U.S. poet laureate. Enjoy this video of Kay Ryan reading a short selection of poems. If you can't watch the video in its current format then click here to watch.

New WCP Toolbar Features

This week's new toolbar feature is one-click access to LitMixx, a social bookmarking community just for poetry and literary lovers. If you have a blog or a website dedicated to poetry or literature then you'll want to join this community and get involved. The community is a part of the Mixx social bookmarking site and after joining Mixx you can then click on "Community" and "Find A Niche." Click on "L" and scroll through to find LitMixx. Or ...

Let's make this simple: If you've downloaded the WCP toolbar then click on "Coffee Shop" and look for "LitMixx." Click on "LitMixx" and voila! You're there. Don't see it? Refresh your toolbar and you will!

To refresh your WCP toolbar, click on the red WCP and find "Refresh Toolbar." It takes about five seconds and then you can find LitMixx under the Coffee Shop tab. Easy as pie!

If you haven't downloaded the WCP toolbar yet then I suggest you do that right now. Enjoy the coffee!

New World Class Poetry Blog Posts

Last week, I introduced you to my introduction by Hanover, Pa. Poet Laureate Michael Hoover. This week, Mike published my column in The Hanover Evening Sun.

American Life in Poetry: Column 174


I'd guess you've all seen a toddler hold something over the edge of a high-chair and then let it drop, just for the fun of it. Here's a lovely picture of a small child learning the laws of physics. The poet, Joelle Biele, lives in Maryland.

To Katharine: At Fourteen Months

All morning, you've studied the laws
of spoons, the rules of books, the dynamics
of the occasional plate, observed the principles
governing objects in motion and objects
at rest. To see if it will fall, and if it does,
how far, if it will rage like a lost penny
or ring like a Chinese gong--because
it doesn't have to--you lean from your chair
and hold your cup over the floor.
It curves in your hand, it weighs in your palm,
it arches like a wave, it is a dipper
full of stars, and you're the wind timing
the pull of the moon, you're the water
measuring the distance from which we fall.

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 Joelle Biele, whose most recent book of poetry is "White Summer," Southern Illinois University Press, 2002. Poem reprinted from "West Branch," Fall/Winter, 2007, by permission of Joelle Biele. 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

Kay Ryan has been appointed the new poet laureate of the U.S. How appropriate it is to introduce her latest book, The Niagara River: Poems, as the book of the week..

Duotrope's Daily Market

Duotrope's Digest provides a daily update list to its markets that I think is really interesting. The following list is a sampling of market updates from Duotrope's latest update and I've organized it in such a way that you can examine a different market every day of the week. If this is well received then it will become a regular feature of Hyperbole. So here it is, Monday through Sunday:

To see more market update listings from Duotrope's Digest, visit their website or click here and download the free toolbar.

What's On The Gypsy Art Show?

This week I'd like to point you to a couple of interviews with Belinda Subraman, who hosts The Gypsy Art Show podcast.

First, is an interview with David Biespiel, who is a poet, writer-in-residence, and editor of Poetry Northwest. Belinda and David have a very interesting discussion about MFA programs and if you are wondering whether you should enter one then you should listen to this interview and hear what David has to say about that.

The second interview I'd like to introduce you to is with Judy Kronenfeld, an author, poet, and scholar.

Both interviews can be heard through the World Class Poetry Toolbar, a free download where you'll also have access to over 30 poetry and literary blogs and a host of other resources for poets and aspiring poets.

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