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Robert Frosts Answering Machine
Book Photo   Shortly after college, in 1982, Daniel Waters began writing four-line verses for the Vineyard Gazette. Martha's Vineyard's weekly newspaper for more than a century, the Gazette still clung to the old-fashioned notion that poetry and journalism were not so incompatible that they could not at least be roommates. By tradition, old-time newspaper poems were signed only with initials; hence, Daniel Waters became the "mysterious" D.A.W.

 This book is the first volume in a long-awaited collection of the short humorous verse Mr. Waters wrote for the Vineyard Gazette (and eventually for Yankee Magazine and NPR Radio). Each spread features a black-and-white linoleum-block illustration culled from hundreds of hand-carved blockprints Mr. Waters made over the years for his line of greeting cards. The result is an entertaining journey through the seasons and life on the Vineyard: fleeting moments captured in line and verse, and brought together after decades of neglect.

 "The slim, softbound book shows off Mr. Waters's distinct and humorous take on Vineyard life that readers have enjoyed since 1982. (...) While rhymed verse has fallen out of fashion in modern poetry, Mr. Waters brings it back to life with his ingenious ability to find the appropriate rhyme and his often mordant upending of solemnity. (...) Skillfully designed and illustrated with the poet's linoleum-block prints, 'Robert Frost's Answering Machine' is a gem." - Brooks Robards, Martha's Vineyard Times
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 Robert Frost's Answering Machine was offset-printed on acid-free Mohawk Superfine paper. Typographical design and illustrations are by the author; printing was done by the Tisbury Printer in Vineyard Haven. Size: 5.5 x 8.5 inches vertical. Thirty-five pages of text. Indian Hill Press, 2008.
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