James P. Roberts

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Born in Waterloo, Iowa on March 22,1960. Graduated B.A. English from the University of Northern Iowa in 1988. Currently lives in Madison, Wisconsin where he operates The Seven Seas Word Factory, a publishing consultancy. more »

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  • Warren Falcón Warren Falcón (9/25/2012 1:33:00 PM)

    Refreshing to read these poems on this site. If only all were required to read, In Judging 424 Hungry Poems, He Comes To Understand The Term 'Obvious Dog'! ! ! one of the bestest titles ever. Am going over my own zoomitositous poems to amend, rather, in 12 step fashion, MAKE AMENDS, guided the Ten Step Program in your poem. I would add a First Step: I admit that I am helpless over gratuitous commas.

    Keep going til Ooohaohma allows some restful sleep.

    Warren Falcon

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Best Poem of James P. Roberts

August Derleth At 100

How many more books
would you have written
granted an extra thirty-eight years?
The thought is staggering.
One hundred? Two hundred?
For you never could have
stopped, fingers
ceaselessly twitching
at a computer keyboard.
Instant delete, no more carbon
paper. E-books up the wazoo -
who could have kept up with you?
You would have needed an extra coffin,
an adjacent plot just for the books.

Or would your brain
have awakened one morning,
completely empty,
proving that words are finite
and worlds can become
as extinct as memory.

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