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The Ten-Digit Poet
by Robert E Blackwell   

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Publisher:  PublishAmerica ISBN-10:  1413737536


Copyright:  August 16, 2004

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"One finger times eight plus one thumb times two” is the premise of "The Ten-Digit Poet," a collection of poems that looks at many slices of life, ten syllables at a time.

The Ten-Digit Poet

I have a most peculiar obsession
That plays out when I set forth words in rhyme;
Each and every topic and impression
Conforms to ten syllables every time.

I’ve tried to write other forms of fashion,
But somehow, it just never seems to fit;
It seems I can only keep my passion
When I count off ten syllables, then quit.

Have mercy on the Ten-Digit Poet…
Addicted to decasyllabic rhyme,
So one-dimensional…yes, I know it…
But don’t rescue me, ‘cause it feels sublime.

Imagine my maddening circumstance…
If you can while keeping your sanity;
Try to fit all music with the same dance,
Or whatever else suits your vanity.

If I’d budget wealth like I do each line,
I’d have a bank account fit for a king;
Yet, my verse is all that is truly mine
To laugh, cry, dance, or make music to sing.

Thus, the tale of the Ten-Digit Poet
Is done, and I’ve kept my obsession true:
This gift I share, as only I know it…
One finger times eight plus one thumb times two.

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Reader Reviews for "The Ten-Digit Poet"

Reviewed by Frank Koerner 7/7/2007

I, too, have a similar passion,
To its finish, am often dashin'.
Sometimes when I arrive at the rhyme,
I am short a word and stop at nine.

This is a very clever piece. A great way to plug your book. I may steal the technique.
Reviewed by Poetess of The Soul Sheila G 7/5/2007
Love this and the book sounds like it will be a thrill a minute!
WArmly, WArrior "Spirit" Lady Sheee
COngratulations - on another book Ten-Digit Robert!
WRite on!
- Namaste -
Reviewed by Veronica Hosking 4/23/2006
Interesting format for poetry.
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 4/23/2006
Sounds like a wonderful read; congrats!! I have been busy working (and writing), and you are busy putting out books! WOW! Great news, my friend! :)
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton 4/22/2006
Interesting and well-written promotion for your book, Robert.

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