Call Me Fool

Call Me Fool

by William Trowbridge
Call Me Fool

Call Me Fool

by William Trowbridge


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Trowbridge’s Fool is based on an archetype that runs from the beginnings of storytelling up to modern films (silent and sound), fiction, poetry, and stand-up comedy. He is combination schlemiel and shlimazel, alternately the spiller and the spilled-on. Often the scapegoat, he is, as St. Chrysostom put it, “he who gets slapped.” Trowbridge’s Fool, after blundering into hell with Lucifer and company, is reincarnated in various historical times, with occasional unplanned visits back to the heavenly realm, operated as a mega-corporation by its Enron-style CEO. Trowbridge thought he was through with his not-so-distant relative after his collection came out, but the Fool is back again, none the wiser.

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ISBN-13: 9781636280462
Publisher: Red Hen Press
Publication date: 09/06/2022
Pages: 80
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Call Me Fool is William Trowbridge’s ninth poetry collection. His poems have appeared in more than forty-five anthologies and textbooks, as well as on The Writer's Almanac and American Life in Poetry, and in such periodicals as Poetry, The Gettysburg Review, The Georgia Review, The Southern Review, Plume, Rattle, The Iowa Review, Prairie Schooner, Epoch, and New Letters. He lives in the Kansas City area and teaches in the University of Nebraska Low-residency MFA in Writing Program. He was Poet Laureate of Missouri from 2012 to 2016.

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