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Tabloid headlines inspire Tom Smith to publish poetry book “Poet Steals Headlines”

A prolific Vermont poet found poetic inspiration in the most unlikely of places: tabloids such as the World Weekly News and National Enquirer.

Castleton, VT, USA – WEBWIRE

Tom Smith shocks and awes poetry lovers while his tabloid-esque rhymes.

Tom Smith loves to write poetry. In fact, he has published 11 book-length collections of poems to date, the latest of which is “Poet Steals Headlines: Sentenced to Life” (Readersmagnet; 2018). His inspiration for his recent work came from the headlines of infamous tabloid publications.
“Poet Steals Headlines” contains 41 original poems, the titles of which are slight variations of the funny and weird tabloid headlines. For example, one poem: “Dwarf Stuck in Toilet Two Hours Tragedy at 20,000 Feet” was inspired by the headline of the story that appeared in World Weekly News.
But the unfortunate dwarf stuck in an airplane toilet is not the only entity to be at the receiving end of Smith’s wit. There is the flying nun (“Flying Nun Vanishes Over Bermuda Triangle”), a flatulent sheep (“Flatulent Sheep Are Destroying the Earth”), and even the late King of Pop Michael Jackson (“Michael Jackson to Become a Priest”). But not all his poems are humorous. Readers will weep and even cringe at poems such as “Boy Who Escaped Mass Grave Tells His Story” and “Back By Popular Demand / World’s Greatest Disasters”.
Order a copy of Tom Smith’s “Poet Steals Headlines: Sentenced to Life” today through Amazon ( and Barnes & Noble (
Poetry lovers should watch out for the public display of this book at the upcoming Los Angeles Times Festival of Books on April 13-24, 2019 at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, CA.
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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 Sentenced to Life
 Tom Smith

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