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Poet writes of idealized love

March 22, 2009|BY CHRIS COPLEY

Some poets write about the emptiness of lovelessness, some write about the passion of love, and some write about betrayed love.

Hagerstown resident Khary Tolliver's new collection of poems is about idealized love.

"I was in relationship a long time ago. But these poems had nothing to do with that relationship, because it wasn't that great," Tolliver said. "This is what I'd like (a relationship to be) - feelings that I'm pretty sure people who are in love can relate to."

Tolliver, 36, compiled 35 love poems into his third book, "Love Always." He continued writing in his signature style - all-caps typography with almost no punctuation.

Most of the poems celebrate the joy of new love, as in this passage from "I Love You So Much."

BABY I DON'T KNOW HOW YOU HIDE YOUR WINGS

AN ANGEL IS WHAT YOU TRULY ARE

YOU DO SUCH BEAUTIFUL THINGS

AND YOU SHINE BRIGHTER THAN A STAR

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I LOVE EVERYTHING ABOUT YOU

YOU'RE VERY SEXY AND VERY WELL EDUCATED

YOU'VE MADE IT THROUGH YOUR OWN STRUGGLE TOO

TO YOU I'LL ALWAYS BE DEDICATED

Most poems follow the guidelines of rhythm and rhyme.

"I try to stick to (rhythm and rhyme). It sounds better," he said. "(About the all-caps,) I've done that since I've been typing."

Tolliver got his start in poetry by way of a high school English class assignment.

"We had to keep a poetry journal," he said. "Miss Nickel, she taught at North Hagerstown (High School). I didn't want the assignment, but once I got it, I never stopped."

Tolliver said he doesn't worry about the poems in this volume sounding the same.

"Most of my love poems are similar. They're all about love, but from different directions," he said. "A relative of mine said, 'A poem is just what you put in it.' I write what sounds good to me."

Copies of "Love Always" are available on Amazon.com for $10.

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