Poetry Friday: We have a winner! Finding poetic treasures within “Finding Treasure”…

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…

Click the cover to vote!

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!

Now, then…

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
floats free

– Kathy Mazurowski



sparks dance
and beckon
embers glow
sparks float

– Kathleen L. Armstrong



Specks of light
spark and dance
I watch them float free
when darkness deepens

– Michelle Heidenrich Barnes



darkness deepens
purple sky
sparks of starlight
way up high

sky festooned with
dancing light
colors pulsing
dazzling sight

– Cheriee Weichel


Star Collecting *

They come
When darkness deepens
A reminder to share

My own
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
Come so

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…
and watch.

– © 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!

The “Finding Treasure” Blog Tour concludes today at Jama’s Alphabet Soup!  ALSO: Be sure to check out Michelle’s brand-new poetry/literacy-focused blog!


Ordering personalized signed copies online?
Oh, yes, you can!


You can purchase personalized signed copies of Flashlight Night, (Boyds Mills Press, 2017), Don’t Ask a Dinosaur (Pow! Kids Books, 2018), and nearly ALL of the books or anthologies I’ve been part of!

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?)


Thank you to everyone for your support!


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15 thoughts on “Poetry Friday: We have a winner! Finding poetic treasures within “Finding Treasure”…

  1. Matt, congratulations on Flashlight Night, Matt. I just tweeted out the news.
    I got so caught up in going to a literacy conference with NYS Ed and hosting PF that I totally forgot to write my found poem but I shall work on it for my stop on Michelle Schaub’s Blog Tour. It will be on October 11th and I am excited. The assortment of found poems today make me smile, sparkle, and swoon at the nighttime magic wonder.


  2. lindabaie

    Wish I lived in N.H., but congratulations on the being chosen. And thanks again for the ‘win’, exciting news of the day. The found poems are delightful, aren’t they?


    1. Kay Mcgriff

      Congratulations on the Flashlight Night news! I missed the invitation to write the found poem but love the responses you shared. I’m looking forward to reading this new book even more.


  3. CONGRATULATIONS, Matt! Terrific news.
    And what lovely poems inspired by Michelle’s starry words… just lots of twinkly light all around over here. Thanks for sharing :0)
    (PS – As a radio guy, you might enjoy my post this week about my dad….)


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