Edmund Conti has been writing poetry (okay, verse) for over 70 years, which is a long time for a young man. He got off on the wrong foot (an iamb, maybe) by trying to rhyme ignite and lignite. He didn’t realize this for another 20 years, so he just kept on writing. So what hath Ed wrought? Well, when he was counting there were at least 500 published poems. There seemed to be fewer poems when he stopped counting. (Moral: never stop counting.) He has poems published in Light, Lighten-up Online, Abbey, Bogg, The Lyric, Sow’s Ear, Asses of Parnassus, and others modesty prevents him from mentioning. (Oh, all right, Slapdash Hackery Factory, Folly, Rotary Dial, Cat’s Eye, Z Miscellaneous, Hobo Stew Review (There, are you satisfied?))
Conti is also the author of Just So You Know from Kelsay Books. Among his other chapbooks—Quiblets, The Ed C. Scrolls, Eddies, Hic Haiku Hoc, Greatest Hits, O Fractal Day, Words and Music by Edmund Conti, Wax and Wayne (with Wayne Hogan), Eb and Flo (with Wayne Hogan). Don’t worry, none are available except for Just So You Know. Just so you know.
Conti was once a featured poet for Light Magazine. He won the first Willard Espy Foundation Prize for Light Verse in 2001. He read at the Waterloo Poetry Festival in New Jersey, mostly because he lived in the area. Location pays.
Paperback: 128 pages
Publisher: Kelsay Books (September 9, 2021)