The subtitle of this volume of verses is “814 Couplets About Hot Sauce,” and these are not rhyming couplets because the author, Stephen Cramer, is writing free verse, which is unrhymed poetry with no particular meter. Other poets using this style are T. S. Eliot and e.e. cummings. Stephen sent me a PDF of the book back in August and I was very impressed with it. I wrote him, “In my official capacity, I am designating you to be ‘The Poet Laureate of Peppers.’ I have taught poetry on the college level, so I know what I’m talking about. I love the book and your clever word play.” Other chilehead critics agreed with me. Jennifer Trainer Thompson, author of The Great Hot Sauce Book, commented: “This book is an utter delight to savor,” and Denver Nicks, author of Hot Sauce Nation, wrote that “Stephen Cramer has breathed fire and life into the story of hot sauce the way only a poet can.” See for yourself in the following two excerpts:
The book is available in paperback only from Amazon for $15.95, and the link to it is here.
It would make an excellent Christmas gift for your chile- and poetry-loving relative or friend. People who want an autographed copy can go here: https://stephencramer.wordpress.com/books/