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December 18, 2008
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Welcome to the last issue of Hyperbole poetry e-zine of 2008. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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Table of Contents

  1. New Poetry Book Reviews
  2. New World Class Poetry Blog Posts
  3. American Life In Poetry
  4. Hyperbole Call For Submissions
  5. Are You Subscribed?
  6. World Class Poetry Networking


New Poetry Book Reviews

I added a new poetry review this week: A Man In Transition by K.L. The Writer ...

    The difficulty of reviewing niche literature is in maintaining a balance between the essence of the niche market it serves and the requirements of good writing. Upon first examining A Man In Transition by K.L. The Writer, one notices a certain packaging that is reflective of the work inside and one were to judge the book on the contents apart from its packaging or its intent then one would likely come away with a harsh view.

Read the rest of the review


New World Class Poetry Blog Posts

When is the last time you visited the World Class Poetry Blog? I may not be writing every day now, but the blog posts are still as good as they ever was. Be sure to check out these latest posts.


American Life In Poetry: Column 195

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

Here is a poem, much like a prayer, in which the Michigan poet Conrad Hilberry asks for no more than a little flare of light, an affirmation, at the end of a long, cold Christmas day.

Christmas Night

Let midnight gather up the wind
and the cry of tires on bitter snow.
Let midnight call the cold dogs home,
sleet in their fur--last one can blow
the streetlights out. If children sleep
after the day's unfoldings, the wheel
of gifts and griefs, may their breathing
ease the strange hollowness we feel.
Let midnight draw whoever's left
to the grate where a burnt-out log unrolls
low mutterings of smoke until
a small fire wakes in its crib of coals.
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) 2008 by Conrad Hilberry, whose most recent book of poetry is "After-Music," Wayne State University Press, 2008. Poem reprinted from "The Hudson Review," Vol. 60, no. 4, Winter 2008, by permission of Conrad Hilberry. 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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