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.)

It’s My Birthday. Here’s Your Present!

Today’s my birthday. But if you think I’m going to ask for you to get me a present, don’t. I’m here to give you all a present if you’d like one.

For the next week, you can get one or both of my poetry collections for free. You can buy one and get the other free. Buy both, get the normal freebies free. Or grab both for free along with the other permanently free titles. It’s up to you. Everything I’ve published has been discounted to $0.99 for some time now, so it’s a steal even if you’re seeing this post after the birthday period is over.

Enough rambling. I know a few of you are eager to get to the free stuff! Here are the links and coupon codes to get both From Where I Stand and Winter’s Homecoming and Other Poems for free over on Smashwords. Feel free to comment or send me a message (through here or one of my social media accounts) if you have any issue with the codes or other questions.

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At checkout use coupon code: FQ29M

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At checkout use coupon code: XM78D

#PoetryWeek – Kickoff – poet Robert Zimmermann

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Hello everyone and thank you for stopping in for the first post many posts planned for POETRY WEEK!

As you probably know, unless you’re a new fan (hello and welcome, if you are) I’m a poet before anything else. I published my debut collection, From Where I Stand, last November. And a few months later I released a chapbook called Winter’s Homecoming and Other Poems. Aside from the single poem, I Would, back in February, I haven’t really done much in the world of poetry since the first two releases. That’s about to change!

I created this event in order to showcase some great poets, and also to bring poetry into the public eye and be very upfront about it. I hope that that’s the case at least. I feel that poetry needs a little push and maybe this event is a start to that push. Aside from it being about poetry getting a little attention, it’s also a way to help push me to actually do something in the way of writing.

So what is the point of my post? I don’t know. No, no, I kind of know….

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Believe it or not, I’m in the process of writing a new collection of poetry. I even have a cover all made up and almost finalized. What’s left? Well, I actually have to write the poems for it.

But you’re all in luck!!!!! I have some poems written, and I want to give you a little taste of what the collection will have. Below you’ll find a poem that I wrote up last week and would like to include. I’ll also let you know the title (which could change at any time). I’m calling this collection A Sense of Fall. As the title suggests, fall will be a major influence and “character” in the poems. Not all the poems will deal with it, but being that I tend to find the most inspiration in this season, it only seemed right to include it a bit more. Many of the poems so far have dealt with nature and have strayed away from the feel of From Where I Stand. While that’s the case, I can’t say for sure that it won’t have a darker tone at times, but maybe you’ll actually get a cheerier read this time around. We’ll just have to see though.

Please enjoy this poem, and be on the lookout for more updates for A Sense of Fall. Also, be sure to come back tomorrow, and the next day, and the day after and so on…there’s more great poets and poetry to come ALL week long!

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Where I Am
(working title)

I don’t know exactly
where I am,
but I do know
where I am not.
I’m in a patch of land
surrounded by man,
yet, it’s a place
that man forgot.

There is wisdom here,
among the trees.
Knowledge and lessons
under the leaves.
Years of tales,
stories to be heard
It is in the wind
and in the song of a bird.

I came to be taught,
to experience.
I’ll listen to the
wind’s whisper,
the branches as the creak,
and the footfalls of
a young deer
passing by.

I know exactly
where I am,
and I know exactly
where I am not.
I’m home in nature.

– Robert Zimmermann

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This is the part of the post where a bio and links will go, but since all that is already on this blog, because it’s mine, how about I just share links to my FREE poem I WOULD…

Grab it. Read it. (Review it, if you must). And above all…go enjoy some poetry!

I Would

Amazon | Kobo | Smashwords

MY NEW RELEASE: Winter’s Homecoming and Other Poems

Through some delay and a good amount of hard work, I was able to finally release my newest book to the world. I’ve been wanting to give readers a small sampling of my poetry just for being as supportive as they are. And for future readers, who haven’t read my work, to get a glimpse into what they might expect for reading From Where I Stand or other future releases.

Winter’s Homecoming and Other Poems might not be as hard-hitting as From Where I Stand. It also might lack the personal narrative that those poems presented so strongly. But I think you won’t be disappointed in this somewhat new direction the poems take the reader. These are poems written many years ago, but with a great overhaul. Some are only slightly updated, while others took the haiku form and expanded itself to something larger.

The way I’d really like to say thank you to everyone is by letting you know that for the month of January, this chapbook will be FREE on Smashwords (and Kobo if I finally get it to publish there…still working on that. Possibly B&N as well). After this month, I’ll bring the price up to $0.99 to match what I have it for over on Amazon. So grab it while you still can!!!


Before I share more about the book, I’d like to make mention of one thing: reviews. So far I’ve gotten a great bunch of reviews for From Where I Stand on Amazon, Goodreads, and Smashwords. I’d just like to thank everyone who’s left one for my début collection.

With that said, if anyone reading Winter’s Homecoming has the time, reviews on this collection are also greatly appreciated. If you post it just on your blog, or just one other channel, that’s still great! If you can get it everywhere else, that’s even better and more than expected. Just remember that reviews help some readers choose great books that they’ll enjoy. This goes for every book, not just mine.

So again, thank you to all the reviews to date, as well as all future reviews from anyone listening 😀


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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.

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