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Tom Smith publishes “Poet Steals Headlines,” a book of poems inspired by outlandish headlines

A Vermont poet dishes verses full of humor, irony, and satire that not only reflect the beauty of language and the creativity of poets.

Castleton, VT, USA – WEBWIRE

Tom Smith does not just steal headlines with his subjects – he steals attention with the playfulness of his poems.

What other way to make use of the outrageous stories that appeared on tabloids and occasionally on renowned broadsheets than just read them? Make poems. Retired literature and writing professor Tom Smith did just that with his poetry book “Poet Steals Headlines: Sentenced to Life” (ReadersMagnet; 2018).
Regular readers of newspapers or tabloids will be startled and delighted by Smith’s poems as they will be able to recall certain news and stories.
Smith’s poems are derived from various tabloids, broadsheets, and new media such as the National Enquirer, Weekly World News, The Sun (United Kingdom), New York Daily News, New York Times, and Associated Press. The poems are downright humorous, satirical, and whimsical but, in a crude way, are also insightful, having underlying meanings.
Examples of original poems inspired by outrageous stories and sensational news items include “Fish Talks and the Whole World Buzzes” (derived from a March 15, 2003 article in New York Times titled “Miracle? Dream? Prank? Fish Talks, Town Buzzes”), “Human-Mouse Hybrid Experiments Stimulate Debate” (from a Nov. 27, 2002 article in New York Times titled “Stem Cell Mixing May Form A Human-Mouse Hybrid”), and “3000-Year-Old Mummy Pregnant” (from October 8, 2002 article in Weekly World News article titled “3,000-Year-Old To Be A Mom”).
For poetry readers who want to read about subjects other than love and nature, grab Tom Smith’s “Poet Steals Headlines: Sentenced to Life.”
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Watch out for the exhibit of “Poet Steals Headlines: Sentenced to Life” at the upcoming 2018 Guadalajara International Book Fair on November 24 to December 2, 2018, in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Poet Steals Headlines: Sentenced to Life
Written by Tom Smith
Published by ReadersMagnet LLC
Published date: September 6, 2018
Paperback price: $7.10
About the Author
Professor emeritus Tom Smith taught literature and writing at Vermont’s Castleton University until retiring in 1995. He and his wife Virginia continue to dwell in Vermont where they enjoy frequent visits from their sons and grandchildren. Tom has been publishing poems since 1959 in many literary magazines as well as book-length collections.

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