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Epitaphs for the Poets

Wesli Court

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  • Paperback: 86 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.00" x 9.00"
  • ISBN: 978-1-938144-01-1
  • Publication Date: 2012-03-01
  • BrickHouse Books, Inc.

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Epitaphs for the Poets

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Wesli Court’s Epitaphs for the Poets consists of 100+ very short poems (in various forms including the limerick) encapsulating the lives (and often the manner of death) of poets ranging from the extremely well known, such as Christopher Marlowe--whose handsome and touchingly youthful portrait appears on the cover-- to the gifted-but-obscure. Not all the poets included are quite ready for their tombstones to be carved; some are alive and well. But not a one of them is exempt from the mordant wit of Wesli Court, aka Lewis Turco, author of The Books of Forms (revised edition just out) and many collections of his own poetry.

“This wonderful catalogue of witty and sometimes poignant, sometimes caustic observations on the ‘lives of the poets’ entertains and provokes us as its pithy barbs penetrate the crusty surface of literature—I loved them all!”—Clay Reynolds, Ars Poetica

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Wesli Court

Lewis Turco (alias “Wesli Court”) is author of the newly published revised and expanded fourth edition of The Book of Forms: A Handbook of Poetics, Including Odd and Invented Forms, and two companion volumes, The Book of Literary Terms, and The Book of Dialogue, all issued by the University Press of New England, plus fifty other books, another of which, also just published by BrickHouse Books of Baltimore, appeared this spring. He was founder in 1962 of the Cleveland State University Poetry Center, and in 1968 of the Department of Creative Writing at S.U.N.Y. Oswego. Dr. Turco lives in retirement in Dresden Mills, Maine.