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Why Social Media Is The Poet's Best Friend
November 27, 2008
Hello Poets and Poetry Lovers

I'm sad to say I don't have a lot of new things to share this week, but I do have a few interesting things. First, Happy Thanksgiving!

As many of you know, due to changes in my personal life and my business demanding more of my time, I have had to scale back on the number of blog posts that I write. I feel that to be a great loss, though a necessity. By the same token, I'm afraid I'm going to have to do the same with Hyperbole, regrettably. It's too bad because I don't like to commit to a certain direction only to have to retract and withdraw later. But I have given this some thought and see no other way.

My goal from here forward is to share my updates with you twice a month. I appreciate the feedback many of you gave in the Hyperbole survey a few weeks ago. It was very helpful. I am going to aim for a publication date of first and third Thursday of each month from here forward, though I may have to adjust this schedule at certain times to arrange for holidays and such. I hope you understand. When my situation changes in the future, as I'm sure it will, I will begin to publish both blog posts and the newsletter more often again. Meanwhile, I'm calling this issue of Hyperbole the Social Media Issue and I'm sure you'll soon see why. Enjoy!

Table of Contents

  1. New World Class Poetry Blog Posts
  2. American Life in Poetry by Ted Kooser
  3. Join The Social Media Blog Carnival
  4. Are You Subscribed?
  5. World Class Poetry Networking

New World Class Poetry Blog Posts

Two of this week's WCP blog posts are about social media. Many of you may have a Facebook account. Those of you who don't will wonder why after you've read "Why Facebook Is The Poet's Best Friend."

If you've never heard of Twitter then you're missing out. If you have and you don't have a Twitter account then you're still missing out. Find out the "23 Things Poets Can Do With Twitter."

Then I had the nerve to ask, "How Many Books Must One Read To Win The Pushcart Prize?" Well, how many do you think?

American Life in Poetry: Column 191


Class, status, privilege; despite all our talk about equality, they're with us wherever we go. In this poem, Pat Mora, who grew up in a Spanish speaking home in El Paso, Texas, contrasts the lives of rich tourists with the less fortunate people who serve them. The titles of poems are often among the most important elements, and this one is loaded with implication.

Mouths full of laughter,
the turistas come to the tall hotel
with suitcases full of dollars.
Every morning my brother makes
the cool beach new for them.
With a wooden board he smooths
away all footprints.
I peek through the cactus fence
and watch the women rub oil
sweeter than honey into their arms and legs
while their children jump waves
or sip drinks from long straws,
coconut white, mango yellow.
Once my little sister
ran barefoot across the hot sand
for a taste.
My mother roared like the ocean,
"No. No. It's their beach.
It's their beach."

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) 1991 by Pat Mora, whose most recent book of poetry is "Adobe Odes," University of Arizona Press, 2007. Poem reprinted from "Communion," Arte Publico Press, University of Houston, 1991, by permission of the writer and publisher. 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.

Join The Social Media Blog Carnival

I'm a big fan of blog carnivals. I've never hosted one, but I've participated in a few. The idea is to interest new readers by sending in links to blog posts about a particular topic. You visit the links of other bloggers who have done so and they visit your site. You then comment on each other's sites and that's supposed to deliver new traffic to your blog. Cool idea, huh?

Well, there is a blog carnival coming up in January called the Social Media Blog Carnival. You're supposed to share your experiences with social media - and it doesn't matter what kind of blog your write. Write more than one blog? Enter twice, or thrice. Or fource.

Ahem, pardon me. How'd that Bushism slip in there?

Well, now I've proven my idiot side, how about I tell you who's hosting the carnival? His name is Danny Brown and you can find the details here.

And that's about it for this week. If you'll scroll down a little ways you'll find a few different places you can network with me in social media circles. Add me as a friend, shoot me the bird, or just slip in the back door and goose me. What else are poets going to do with social media?

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