Roses Are Red, Violets Are Blue, If You Like My Records, Read My Poetry, Too

Critics savaged it, but folksy singer Jewel's 1998 poetry collection, A Night Without Armor, proved Americans will buy books of verse--if they're written by a bard with a tour bus. Now a new crop of m

BILLY CORGAN THE BOOK: Blinking with Fists, released Oct. 1 THE BUZZ: Former poet laureate Robert Pinsky's publisher is pushing the collection by this alt rocker, who packed rage and rhythm into his lyrics for the Smashing Pumpkins CRINGEWORTHY VERSE: Atwixt the twine and flowers divine/ Devise the deign in this copper wane THE AUDIENCE: Art-school dropouts

ALICIA KEYS THE BOOK: Tears for Water, due Nov. 8 THE BUZZ: The Grammy-winning singer-songwriter shares 27 poems from her personal journals CRINGEWORTHY VERSE: Golden sunshine's/ peeking through the grayness of the sky/ Soon it will be in full view/ And rain won't stain...

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