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The First Hundred Years of Childhood are the Hardest.

Announcing my new chapbook!

As a novelist, I consider myself to be primarily a protégé of Calliope (the Muse of Epic Poetry), but sometimes her sister Euterpe (the Muse of Lyric Poetry) demands my attention. The First Hundred Years… is a collection of free-verse inspirational aphorisms illustrated by vibrant splashes of color, and is appropriate for adults and children.

I hope you enjoyed having a Poem in Your Pocket from my first chapbook, Heart, Head, Hand: A Writer’s Soul in Verse.

If you had an opportunity to share a poem on April 26 (mine or anybody else’s), I’d like to hear about it (post your comment in Light a Fire Here, below). Most of my books (including both chapbooks) are available at Lulu Press at a 10-25% discount from list price.

As National Poetry Month draws to a close, I want to thank Robert Okaji for the poetic inspiration he has provided by posting his adaptations of classical Chinese poetry at his blog O at the Edges. Most of my concrete verse poems published in Heart, Head, Hand… were inspired by the transliterated Chinese poems that Robert frequently quotes at his blog. (You can download his free micro-chapbook of some adapted transliterations from the Chinese.) A widely published poet, Robert has been following my blog for four years, and I appreciate having his encouragement. 🙂

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Pocket Poem #4.

Today’s Pocket Poem  is the first of several examples of concrete verse:

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Pocket Poem #3.

Pocket Poem #1 is a distich, and Poem #2 is haiku. Today’s Pocket Poem is a quatrain with a cadence, but it doesn’t have a strong rhyme to it (only the similarity of “-st” at the ends of lines 1 and 2, and an internal rhyme in line 3), so it’s free verse.

You can get the complete illustrated chapbook at Lulu.com (and Amazon)!

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