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Review: Writing Metrical Poetry

Transmitted on Sunday, May, 3rd, 2009 in Reviews

Writing Metrical Poetry
William Baer
Writer’s Digest Books
2006

If you find yourself more than a little frightened by the idea of writing formal, metrical poetry, then fear no longer.  The good news is that help exists.  Published in 2006, William Baer’s Writing Metrical Poetry is a great introductory-level book for the poet interested in working within popular traditional forms.
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From Death Row, an Interview with a Wolf:

Transmitted on Monday, April, 13th, 2009 in Heroes & Myth , Poetry

From Death Row, an Interview with a Wolf:
(Interviewer’s Notes:  He stares at his hands as he speaks.  His eyes
are sunken.  Said it was insomnia, nights without peace,
that brought him to me.)
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Set, Egyptian God of Darkness and Evil, Speaks of Job Reassignment, Past Lives and Love:

Transmitted on Monday, April, 13th, 2009 in Heroes & Myth , Poetry

Set, Egyptian God of Darkness and Evil,
Speaks of Job Reassignment, Past Lives and Love:

(Interviewer’s Notes:  If he had demanded my blood, my death,
if he had demanded anything, I wouldn’t be consumed by melancholy.)

I’ve bathed in black, called up the Jackal God
for you. I’ve come as storms. I’ve ravished skies,
carved up your Nile, ate fishermen and priests,

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Benjamin “Biggers” Kane: Extortionist, Murderer, Bibliomancer.

Transmitted on Monday, April, 13th, 2009 in Heroes & Myth , Poetry

Benjamin “Biggers” Kane:
Extortionist, Murderer, Bibliomancer.

(Interviewer’s Notes:  As before, he smiles and I go cold.
But, as he speaks, his eyes are as afraid as mine.)

No one could ever know the lust I had
for hope. But Gilgamesh was dead and cold

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