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Get Pistol Whipped and See What I See
November 13, 2008
Hello Poets and Poetry Lovers

Two new poetry book reviews: Pistol Whipped and See What I See. I'm slowly slogging through my pile of readings. But there are some exciting things for World Class Poetry on the horizon. Stay tuned!

Table of Contents

  1. New Book Reviews
  2. WCP Toolbar Update
  3. American Life in Poetry by Ted Kooser
  4. Poetry Book Of The Week
  5. Hyperbole Call For Submissions
  6. Are You Subscribed?
  7. World Class Poetry Networking

New Poetry Book Reviews

Two new poetry book reviews this week:

  • Pistol Whipped by Eric David Lough
  • See What I See by Susie McCray

This is Lough's second book review at World Class Poetry. Here are the first paragraphs of the new reviews. I hope you like:

Eric David Lough is back, but he's not any better. His second book Pistol Whipped, like Lassoed With A Decorative Tongue, is both a blessing and a curse, but I think the blessings may be fewer and the curses slightly increased too.

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Susie McCray has lived a life of pain. And joy. And she's captured it all in her debut book of poems See What I See. That's the problem. We learn more than we should.

Read the rest of the review

WCP Toolbar Update

The World Class Poetry Toolbar just keeps getting better. That's why I'm up to 63 installs and it just keeps going up!

This week I've added a new poetry podcast - The Rose & Thorn. Plus, The Rose & Thorn literary e-zine has been added to the list of online publications you can read from the toolbar. Don't miss it!

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American Life in Poetry: Column 189


In celebration of Veteran's Day, here is a telling poem by Gary Dop, a Minnesota poet. The veterans of World War II, now old, are dying by the thousands. Here's one still with us, standing at Normandy, remembering.

On Swearing
In Normandy, at Point Du Hoc,
where some Rangers died,
Dad pointed to an old man
20 feet closer to the edge than us,
asking if I could see
the medal the man held
like a rosary.
As we approached the cliff
the man's swearing, each bulleted
syllable, sifted back
toward us in the ocean wind.
I turned away,
but my shoulder was held still
by my father's hand,
and I looked up at him
as he looked at the man.

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 Gary Dop. Reprinted from "Whistling Shade," Summer, 2007, by permission of Gary Dop. 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

I love the cover of Pistol Whipped. That's great cover art.

Eric David Lough brings his characteristic surrealism to another book of poetry and readers are sure to get whipped when they read the latest product by this master of words.

Read the review of Pistol Whipped.

Hyperbole Call For Submissions

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