Prose Verse Babel 12 – Some Book Spine Poetry

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Part of how we can celebrate National Poetry Month is by “writing” book spine poetry. Here on A Life Among the Pages I have a series called Prose Verse Babel. It’s dedicated to sharing book spine poems “written” by myself and other readers.

There hasn’t been a new PVB post in a long time, but today I’m trying to resurrect it. I’d love to do at least one more PVB post this month. Hopefully some of you’d like to be part of it. If so, you can find more details at the end of the post.

For now, here are a few I threw together just now!

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In the unlikely event
the husband’s
secret love walked in,
nobody’s safe!

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Woman at point zero,
cold sassy embers
under Plum Lake,
New York.

Everything is illuminated.
Paper moon, barefoot

The Ten-Year Nap.
Beautiful Ruins.

Shovel ready?
Bring up
the bodies!


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If you’d like to send in some of your own book spine poetry, you can find out how to do that on the main Prose Verse Babel page. I’m always happy to share with my readers. They love this stuff!

Story Time Friday: A poem from My Chapbook

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Have you read my chapbook Winter’s Homecoming and other poems yet? It’s been out for a few years, so you may have gotten it already. But if you haven’t, I have a treat for you this month. It’s FREE in honor of National Poetry Month and to help spread poetry as far as I can.

I’m using this Story Time Friday to give you a sample from the book. It’s a short collection of only eight poems. So here’s an eighth of the collection to read! I hope that you enjoy this one and follow up with getting a copy of the full book. Again, it’s FREE. Kind of hard to pass up, right?

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Notes from a Guitar

by Robert Zimmermann

A single tear
descends his
skin in rivulets.

Collecting just above
the jaw line,
a tiny trickle
takes a doomed flight
toward Earth.

Fingers move slowly,

Notes from a guitar
through the hills
and valleys,

with sadness.

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You can get a FREE copy of my chapbook Winter’s Homecoming and other poems all month from:

(with coupon code: XC33X)

Or you can buy it for only $0.99 through that link or any of these store links:

Amazon | Kobo | B&N | iBooks

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How to Submit:

For those who wish to be part of Story Time Friday in the near future, you can send submissions to the email address that I formerly used for review requests (but don’t anymore since I’m retired . . . don’t try to be clever and slip one in 😛 ): Be sure to use the subject “Story Time Friday Submission” and send your piece as an attachment (.doc/.docx would be best). Any other questions, feel free to comment here or contact me through the blog’s contact form.

Hope to hear from some writers soon!

Free Chapbook for #NationalPoetryMonth

As usual, with National Poetry Month chugging along, I would like to share some of my work for free. Most of the time I make From Where I Stand the month’s freebie. But I think most people have that at this point. This time around, Winter’s Homecoming and Other Poems is free if you head over to Smashwords. All month. No cost. Though, if anyone still needs From Where I Stand and can’t afford a copy right now, please let me know. I’m sure I could be persuaded to send you a coupon code for it, too.

I hope to share more deals from other poets throughout the month. So, if you’re a poet with something you’d like me to share on the blog in April, message me through the contact form. We’re here to celebrate poetry in all its forms for the next few weeks!

If you grab a copy of the book, as all authors like to say, and you’d like to leave an honest review (positive, negative, long, short, whatever) when you’re done…I’d greatly appreciate it. But no review is also perfectly fine. I don’t review most of what I read lately, to be honest. Especially poetry. I have a hard time reviewing that stuff, so I don’t expect anyone to beat themselves up trying to write reviews for it.

Ok, enough of that. You want the link to that chapbook don’t you? Here it is, and a little about it.

Winter’s Homecoming and Other Poems is an eight poem chapbook by Robert Zimmermann. In this insightful new collection, Zimmermann shares his love and appreciation for the beauty of nature and the changing of seasons, as well as the endless search for happiness.

Grab your copy, in all formats, buy clicking below.


(To get this free, there’s a coupon code by the buy button on the Smashwords page. Just copy and past it into the box provided on the cart page to get it reduced to $0.00, or buy it for the $0.99 if you’d like to. And if you run into any trouble, let me know. I’ll do my best to help.)

#NationalPoetryMonth has begun!

April is here again and so is National Poetry Month!

That’s right! An entire month filled with poetry. Whether you write it, read it, sing it, recite it, live it: It’ll be a great month.

If you’ve been around A Life Among the Pages for the last few years, you’ll remember that NPM means the blog will be even more focused on poetry than it normally is. Fiction and other books aren’t going to go away. There are some new releases I’d like to tell you about this month and I’m sure a few reviews will pop up here and there. But I’m going to attempt to throw poetry right in you face.

In the past I’ve taken a more organized approach to it all by recruiting other poets and poetry readers to share poetry, sales, new releases, and what poetry has meant for them. I didn’t get organized well enough to do that in advance this time around.

That doesn’t mean you can’t be part of the fun this year, though! If you are a poet. If you read poetry. If you DON’T read poetry, but maybe want to or want to share why you don’t. I’m looking for you! Send me a message on the contact form, message me on Twitter or Facebook, or email me if we’ve worked together in the past. Let me know what you’d like to do on the blog this month (again, sorry to make this short notice).

Types of posts I’ve had in the past (past years’ posts)

  • New Release of a collection
  • Promotion of a collection (cover, description, and tell us a bit about it or other personal touch).
  • Story Time Friday post to share a poem or a few (more details here)
  • Share poetry on days other than Friday, if enough poets send stuff in.
  • A Prose Verse Babel post. That’s book spine poetry!
    • Stack books, use the titles as words for a poem. Fun and easy.
    • Can be done word for word, or just use the titles as a basis. Again, FUN, and easy. No rules!
  • What’s your favorite poem, poet, or both?
  • Why do you love (or not love) poetry?
  • Other guest post topics focused on poetry. There are so many things to write.

#PoetryMonth – Poetry from #Youtube

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I think you realize by now that I’m not giving up on Poetry Month. I’m going to milk the shit out of it on this 30th day of April. There’s only so much poetry I’ve shared and even more poetry I can continue to share after that.

In this post, the third of the day, I’d like to throw together a small playlist of my favorite poetry videos from Youtube. I’ve shared many of them on Facebook and Twitter, multiple times over the years. Despite this, I’m sure some of you are seeing at least one or two of them for the first time. Even if only one person is seeing one of these videos for the first time, it’ll be a good day.

The poets I’m sharing are poets I want everyone to know. Sarah Kay may be one of my favorites. B, the poem she’s reading in that first video, is a poem I’ll never get tired of reading or listening to. Phil Kaye, her friend (and as you’ll see, not relative in any way) is another great poet to check out. Not just his work with Sarah, either. Nathalie Handal is a pleasure to listen to and the poet who introduced me to Lora. I’m still discovering work from Shane Koyczan, and I haven’t found anything bad in it. It’s all amazing work. Taylor Mali, what can I say about him? There’s really nothing. His works speak volumes for him already. Listen to the one here and go listen to them all! Lastly, Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz. One of my favorite collections I read in the last few years what her book Dear Future Boyfriend. Listening to her read is an experience I’d like to share with all of you. But the collection is full of even more great poems to shove into your brain space.

Remember what I keep droning on about this month: Poetry isn’t only to be read. It’s to be listened to, felt, experienced in every way possible in our lives, daily.

Don’t stop enjoying poetry one the clock strikes midnight, May 1st. This is only a month to be hyper aware of poetry. The rest of the year is the time to enjoy it…without me shoving it down your throats daily 😉

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#PoetryMonth – Free and Cheap Poetry

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Poetry Month ends today, right? Yes, it does. But that doesn’t mean the fun has to end before the month does!

As a bonus post, I want to give you another opportunity to fill up your ereaders will poetry…and for very little money! Sounds good, doesn’t it?

I’m not going to let this message get too long and in the way of the list of books. I’m just here to provide links to FREE and CHEAP (under $5) ebooks of poetry you may like. I’ve read some of them. I own some others. And if you look closely, you can get ALL of my poetry for free. Those coupons last until tomorrow, though, so HURRY! DON’T MISS OUT! From Where I Stand has been free all month, so I’m sure you’ve grabbed a copy already.

And if any poets out there would like to promote a free/cheap collection to go along with this post, let me know. I’ll add it. But today only, so there’s not really much time. I hope you let me know though, or just for the future. I can do a promo if you’d like.

Now, without further distraction, here are the book!

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#PoetryMonth – This is the End…

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This is the end…or is it? Is that just me quoting one of my favorite poets in the music industry, Jim Morrison? Well, both, I think. It is the end. It is the end of April and with that National Poetry Month.

But what does this mean? Do we go back to our regularly scheduled lives and read fiction until April comes around again? Do we forget about all the poetry surrounding us in our every day lives? I hope not.

I had a few hopes for the outcome of this year’s Poetry Month celebration. One hope was that I’d be able to have at least one post for each of the 30 days in April. Another, to build off that, was for more people to come to the blog and discover some new poetry. And ultimately, I hope those who stopped by will keep discovering poetry, reading poetry, and stepping out of their comfort zone if they’re still not sure about letting poetry in to their lives.

Were my hopes realized? Well, today’s post is number 30. I need to thank all my guests for that accomplishment. I wouldn’t have been able to come up with enough content to fill 30 days without all of you. I also have to acknowledge that my daily view count has gone up. This month I’m averaging about 20 views a day. Ok, all you seasoned bloggers out there, I know that’s barely a blip on the “great stats” radar. But this is what blogging seems to have come to. At least on A Life Among the Pages. These are great numbers for me in the last year. The only thing lacking, still, is interaction. There’s been only a handful of comments for all 30 posts. I get some interaction through RTs in Twitter and sharing on Facebook. I’d just like to make sure my readers are enjoying what they read. So maybe consider interacting in the future? I know I’m kind of bad at it myself. Let’s all improve.

As for people reading more poetry and discovering poets, etc. I do think this has happened. Even I discovered new poets this month. Some are poets featured on the blog. Some I found in other places. This is something I’ll keep doing. It’s a thrill to discover new writers.

On a more personal level, I think I’ve finally figured out that I can, and should continue, read an entire poetry collection in a short period of time. It used to take me months because I’d skip around collections finding gems here and there. Doing that, I wouldn’t finish nor appreciate collections as much. I’m glad that’s changed.

So, what now? The month is over. What shall we do now? I know what I’m going to do. I’m going to read some of the collections I’ve borrowed from the library. Read more that I have on hold. And I’m going to keep reading poetry until I can’t any longer. I’m really enjoying this reading mood I’m in, even if it means I’ve barely read novels this year.

Before I leave you to go on your merry way, I have a question. Maybe a few. Did you enjoy Poetry Month? Would you like to see it again in 2017? If so, please let me know if there’s anything I can do to improve upon it. Also, if there’s anything else you’d like to see on the blog in general, let me know. I hope you’ll continue coming to the blog, even if I’m not posting daily.

Thanks again to all the poets, readers, and everyone else who made this NPM a great month!