Steven Withrow (founder of PACYA and creator of Library of the Early Mind) has a newly revised’digital poetry collection called Crackles of Speech. I don’t see it on Amazon.com, and as far as I can tell, he’s giving it away as a pdf free! Which is ironic, because this poetry?is actually worth paying for.
I’m only a fifth of the way through it, but I love it! I love his sonnets and sophisticated rhyming poems–very muscular and full of great, strong language–and his free verse, too.
Here’s one of my favorites so far (maybe because I’ve shared a rough draft of a poem about a spelling loss myself?):
BEST OF A BAD SPELL
Losing the Williams Junior High School
spelling bee, on ?eleemosynary,?
was, I now see, an act of charity.
Knowing the Latin root for ?alms?
(could you use it in a sentence?)
guarantees no one a varsity letter.
Although it burned me that I flubbed
the double e’s, entreating the floor
for the proper etymology
before retreating to my seat
to small applause, conciliatory
Worse by far would have been
the booming backlash in homeroom
next morning, hearing my name
among the roster of brainiacs,
?loo-zer? in any language, certain
I’d perish (part of speech?) a virgin.
–Steven Withrow, all rights reserved
Ha!?Isn’t that great? Now, if I’ve misunderstood and it’s not free, then I assume Steven will correct me here and I’ll pass along the purchase information.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got some more wonderful poems to read.
Karissa at The Iris Chronicles?has the Poetry Friday Roundup today!