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American Album of Poetry Shut-The-Boox™

Like most games, we consider shut-the-box a drinking game. Why put a drinking game like Shut-The-Boox™ in a former book on poetry? Well, some of the greatest poets were also the greatest drinkers, that’s why. Folks like Dylan Thomas, Edgar Allen Poe, Dorothy Parker, and Charles Bukowski to name a few.

Ted Malone is the pseudonym for Frank Alden Russell. Frank was a radio announcer and ukulele soloist. One day Frank was asked to fill time by reading poetry when scheduled performers didn’t show up on time. Now check this out, he thought “poetry was sissy stuff” and insisted on using a pseudonym. Ted Malone was born and went on to have a long and successful broadcasting career, as well as being called “The Voice of Poetry” by the Library of Congress. I wonder if it bothered him being most famous for “sissy stuff”? I don’t necessarily agree with his opinion, especially considering gangsta rap, for instance. Call one of those poets sissy, go ahead.

This book is stylish; just what you’d expect from a time when men wore suits to the movies. Deep maroon cloth cover with gold accents and lettering on black for optimum pop.

Published 1942

Compartment Size: 4″ x 7″ x 1 1/4″

Book Size: 6 1/4″ x 9″ x 1 5/8″

Weight1.375 lbs
Dimensions11.25 × 8.75 × 6 in


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