Before we get to all the found poetry that’s been pouring in – and before we announce our winner of a free book! – I have some exciting news to share…
Thursday afternoon I was astounded to learn that Flashlight Night (Boyds Mills & Kane, 2017) has been shortlisted as a finalist for the New Hampshire Literary Awards – and voting for the Reader’s Choice Awards ends in TWO DAYS, Sat. night Sept. 28, at midnight! So if you’re a NH resident and you feel my little book is worthy, I’d appreciate you clicking THIS LINK and voting. Thank you!
It really is an honor simply to be included on a list with other Granite State authors and poets like Eric Pinder, Jessica Purdy, former NH Poet Laureate Patricia Fargnoli, and fellow BM&K author Sandra Neil Wallace. So please vote for your favorites!
Two weeks ago, I spotlighted Michelle Schaub and her brand-new poetry collection, Finding Treasure: A Collection of Collections (Charlesbridge, 2019) – and offered a PERSONALLY-SIGNED COPY to one lucky winner.
And boy, oh boy, a lot of people are hoping to be that lucky winner!
All one needed to do to enter the giveaway was share a found poem based her poem, “Collecting Stars:”
A “found poem” is simply a poem that uses the words from one source – like a magazine, newspaper, book, etc. – to create a poem. So in this case, readers took the words from Michelle’s poem and re-created them into new poems of their own. I shared several of the poems last Friday, so here are the newest ones:
Around the Yard
flashes in darkness
the dance of starlight
– Kathy Mazurowski
– Kathleen L. Armstrong
Specks of light
spark and dance
I watch them float free
when darkness deepens
– Michelle Heidenrich Barnes
sparks of starlight
way up high
sky festooned with
– Cheriee Weichel
Star Collecting *
When darkness deepens
A reminder to share
Sparks of starlight
With tender care
Absorb, release them
to the night
into morning’s light.
– Linda Trott Dickman
* (Matt’s note: while not a ‘found poem’ by definition, it still gets an “A” and an entry!)
Come fill a mason jar
To catch and watch
The darkness glow…
I know it’s hard
It’s free, though…
– © Karen Eastlund, 2019
and because this has been such a fun exercise, another one from Yours Truly…
Specks of light dance and glow;
The yard, a jar they fill.
Stars catch us…
– © 2019, Matt F. Esenwine
According to the trusty Random.org website, our completely randomly-selected winner is…
Congratulations, Linda! Thanks so much for submitting your poem last week, and I’ll be sure to get your book in the mail asap. In the meantime, if anyone is still looking for more poetry (and who isn’t?) Carol Varsalona at Beyond Literacy Link has today’s complete Poetry Friday roundup!
Ordering personalized signed copies online?
Oh, yes, you can!
Just click the cover of whichever book you want and send the good folks at MainStreet BookEnds in Warner, NH a note requesting the signature and to whom I should make it out to. (alternatively, you can log onto my website and do the same thing) They’ll contact me, I’ll stop by and sign it for you, and then they’ll ship it. Try doing that with those big online booksellers! (Plus, you’ll be helping to support local book-selling – and wouldn’t that make you feel good?)
- NY Public Library’s “100 Best Book for Kids 2017” AND “Staff Pick!”
- KIRKUS Starred review!
- Kansas NEA Reading Circle Recommended Books!
- “Best Reads of 2017,” Unleashing Readers
- Amazon “Best Books of the Month,” Sept. 2017
- Positive reviews from Horn Book, School Library Connection, Booklist, Publisher’s Weekly, and Shelf-Awareness
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