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American Poet Essays Book by Aberjhani number 1 on RANKER List                                                                    Ranker List screenshot of Best Essay Books.

Three nice bullet points (the information kind, not the killing kind) from the Quotable Poet this past National Poetry Month 2014:

1) The first was the return of Creative Thinkers International, which official word has it landed a year-long sponsorship grant from an “Angel Networker.” That would have been cool for any month but being NaPoMo just made it sweeter.

2) The second bullet point was really more of a treat than a surprise because it’s what he does, spread the good word on poets and poetry so  everybody can get some. At the beginning of the month we got Poets of the Past and Present in 2014 Spotlight Part 1 and he closed the month out with Gifts of the Poets Eugene Redmond and Coleman Barks Part 1 . If you’re a fan of the poets Jalal al-Din Rumi, Henry Dumas, Coleman Barks, or Eugene Redmond… then you especially want to miss the second post. If you want to check out why the Quotable Poet is described around the world as “a writer of conscience” then you don’t want to miss the first one.

3) The third big deal was the Quotable Poet’s book The American Poet Who Went Home Again topped the list of “Best Essay Books” on Ranker. Readers of the book know the essays range from autobiographical and historical to funny and tragic, but it also includes poetry written by other brilliant poets about Aberjhani. It’s a fair question when people ask this book or others by the Quotable Poet have never been featured in his hometown at The Savannah Book Festival and maybe he’ll write about it sometime. Right now we’re featuring Savannah Moss by Jerry P. Bolton as the May Poem of the Month because it’s from The American Poet Who Went Home Again and it talks about the man and the hometown, Savannah, Georgia:

Savannah Moss

entering Savannah I stop to stare
rich history here
writers write
poets compose
history’s prosperity
filthy lucre
and because they cannot do anything else
they sing about the town like she was a two-bit whore
Hard-Hearted Hannah…
you know the rest
to some she is molasses-and-biscuit southern belle
so I stopped to stare
if a stranger looks hard enough at a place
concentrates completely on the stare
things others don’t see come into view
like a hunchback way of looking at things
hunchbacks look at things different than you and me
so, you concentrate
when that level of awareness comes
you are hunchbacked
look around
people are laughing
downtown dandy’s and back alley girlies
laughing their collective asses off
huge oak trees
strange fruit grew there
silver tears dripping from them
fretting and whining about lost confederate glory
moss hanging like women’s tresses
like pubic hair in spots
things just ain’t the same
Mysterious city

Old Town Trolley take your coins
tell you about Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
bullshit and reality all mish-mashed together

lot of history here
people live on history
can’t do without history
history can be good
or bad
what the hell’s so grand about shit in the past
when the present is thrilling
the new Savannah
has a hero
a poet
laureate, maybe
a poet hero
they respond to this poet
awards, honors, galore
ever sat down and read Aberjhani’s stuff
mean really read it
cause the guy lays on you so damn much to mull
read and shake your head
you say
that’s some good shit
spawned something here
Johnny Mercer
ring that bell, that bell
in the tower down at the
Savannah Cotton Exchange
ring it

by Jerry Pat Bolton

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