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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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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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Requiem for Iron Man Vasquez

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

1. Skeleton Tree

From the time I was five, I been big—meat
and bone and concrete clumps instead of hands.
My Ma, she did her damndest not to beat
me.  Even when, most times, I couldn’t stand

the sight of her, and like the little punk
I always knew I was, I swatted her
thin, pale thighs with my hands—they were tree trunks
then, even at that age. I painted her

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