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by Dean Blehert - $19.95 from Amazon.com
Dean Blehert is unquestionably America's premiere satiric poet. In this book he skewers every sacred cow from American and English poetry, hilariously and with formidable wit and panache. If you were ever forced to read Longfellow or Poe and pretend to admire them to get a good grade, you'll howl at his rendition of "Song of Hiawatha" and "The Raven." This book could well be the text book for a college course in English Lit, but academic America is unlikely to pick it up because... well, he flays them, too, exposing the rotten core beneath the lifeless exterior of the literature of academia.
As Dean says, his poetry won't save you, but it may locate you until a rescue party can be sent out.
Here's a sample where Dean tries to sell his soul to the Devil in exchange for fame and glory.
by Jere Matlock - $12.95 softcover (plus $3.00 shipping and handling) from Words in a Row. Over 100 poems, 93 pages.
A collection of poetry from the 70's to present time, mostly about love and family. Understandable poems that make a good gift for someone you love, someone who has had trouble in love (who hasn't?!) or someone who just likes poetry.
From the preface: "It occurred to me at an early age that it is not enough to mirror reality in descriptions of it, or to set down impressions of the way people behave, or the look of a thing -- even if it has never been said before. That kind of pointless commentatorism can go on endlessly. In my view, poetry ought to pull the attention out -- make someone more alive for having shared it with the poet. It should show, wherever possible, how we are at cause and leave one reminded, in some way, that we can be at cause over this world we're in, even in matters of love. We have enough messages already concerning the beautiful sadness of things, and we do not need more poets selling us on hopelessness, apathy, futility and the like. I've made an effort not to do that; whether that effort was successful I leave to you."
To see some sample poems from the book, click here.