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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

I've been working on questions for an interview, and one of them asks if I'd ever be interested in writing a fantasy novel or a paranormal one.

The short answer: Yes, I would!

The longer answer is still Yes, I would! but the question got me thinking about something else I'd love to write but know I'll never be able to. And that's poetry. I like reading poetry but the ability to write something like Mary Jo Bang's*:

You were. You are
The brightest thing in the shop window
And the most beautiful seldom I ever saw.

Well, let's just say that if I could, I would.

Anyway, all this thinking about poetry gave me an idea for this week's contest, and it's pretty simple. Tell me the title and author of one poem you like--and if you do it by midnight EST this Friday, February 20th, you could win a free book! One entry per person (and don't forget to leave a way for me to contact you!) but you can enter if you live overseas and/or if you've won something from me before.

The books--two are verse, and two have a very lyrical feel that make me think of poetry--are:

Far From You by Lisa Schroeder
Everything is Fine by Ann Dee Ellis
Kissing Annabel by Steven Herrick
Headlong by Kathe Koja

*From Mary Jo Bang's "You Were You Are Elegy" in Elegy

Oh! And congrats to Leslie, who won a copy of The Hunger Games for emailing me about William Henry Harrison--"famous" for the shortest presidency...and the longest inaugural address.


Blogger Ariel said...

I've always loved Robert Frost, personally. Particularly 'Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening' and 'The Road Not Taken.'

February 18, 2009 11:21 AM  
Blogger Erika Lynn said...

Its really silly but I love the Ladybug poem by Lois Simmie. Here is a link to it


February 18, 2009 11:40 AM  
Blogger Brigita said...

One of my favorite poems is Whispers from the Pier by Patrick Carrington. You can read it here: http://www.autumnskypoetry.com/number8/Patrick_Carrington.html.

brizitka2001 (at) yahoo.com

February 18, 2009 12:21 PM  
Blogger the epic rat said...

The Bells by Edgar Allan Poe. We read it out loud in class one day, and it is sooo much better when read aloud.

Also, I have a fondness for The Charge of the Light Brigade by Alfred, Lord Tennyson.

cecilia | cecpham(at)gmail.com

February 18, 2009 12:31 PM  
Blogger donnas said...

I have always loved The Lady of Shalott by Alfred Lord Tennyson.

bacchus76 at myself dot com

February 18, 2009 12:50 PM  
OpenID runforamsterdam said...

i have three favorite poets.
Sylvia Plath,
Anne Sexton,
and ee cummings.

one of my favorite poems is By Candlelight, by Sylvia Plath.


February 18, 2009 12:57 PM  
Blogger H said...

I can't really get into poetry that much. I have no soul =) BUT, I have to say I would be really really interested in any fantasy book written by Ms Scott. =D So do it, please!

February 18, 2009 3:38 PM  
Blogger yarelis said...

This is going to seem really silly, but I love this poem that was on Boy Meets World. Yes, the television show. It was actually written and performed by the actor who played Shawn. Here it is:

You don’t know it, but
Sometimes, I go to a hill that overlooks
the landscape’s mask of city lights
For a sip of momentary grace.
On this brink of everything I know, I can gain
An eyeful of the lost Atlantis in the human soul,
And a breath that fills my lungs with the air between two stars
If right now, you
Were to capture this elation
In the framework of your mind,
Or find transcendence through these words,
Then at most you would know
Of the beauty your existence throws to me.
For mine has become a love no experience,
No thought, no measure, no words
Could ever degrade into reality by virtue of degree.

February 18, 2009 4:11 PM  
Blogger Paradox said...

I wanted to put a beautiful, deep poem here, but I couldn't think of any. So this came to mind:

Haikus are easy
But sometimes they don't make sense

-Author Unknown

I have a shirt with that poem on it!

paradoxrevealed (at) aim (dot) com

February 18, 2009 4:21 PM  
OpenID trudeau1031 said...

I like the poem They Flee From That Sometime Did me seek by Wyatt i had to write a paper on it for school.


February 18, 2009 4:52 PM  
Blogger prophecygirl said...

My favourite poem is Fire and Ice by Robert Frost. It's amazing.


February 18, 2009 5:47 PM  
Blogger bmad said...

impossible to name a favorite poem but i'm going to go with a Greek theme and suggest THE GOD FORSAKES ANTONY by CP Cavafy and THE POMEGRANATE by Eavan Boland...



February 18, 2009 6:38 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

strange fruit by billy holiday. It's haunting, but beautiful.

February 18, 2009 6:47 PM  
Blogger Diana Dang said...

Favourite poem? I don't have one in particular but I really like songs by Linkin Park which are quite "emo". Like Numb: http://lyricwiki.org/Linkin_Park:Numb

Hopefully that would be considered as a poem of sorts. Haha.

February 18, 2009 8:27 PM  
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February 18, 2009 9:05 PM  
Blogger val said...

I'm not really into poems
but i am i love with this Nursery Rhyme.

A Man of Words and not of Deeds

A man of words and not of deeds
Is like a garden full of weeds
And when the weeds begin to grow
It's like a garden full of snow
And when the snow begins to fall
It's like a bird upon the wall
And when the bird away does fly
It's like an eagle in the sky
And when the sky begins to roar
It's like a lion at the door
And when the door begins to crack
It's like a stick across your back
And when your back begins to smart
It's like a penknife in your heart
And when your heart begins to bleed
You're dead, and dead, and dead indeed.

Its so creepy and not what you would expect a nursery rhyme to be.


February 18, 2009 9:09 PM  
Blogger Kate said...

My very favorite poem is T.S. Eliot's "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock."

kate.wardwell (at) umit.maine.edu

February 18, 2009 9:15 PM  
Blogger jocelyn said...

I've always liked "The Tiger" (or alternately, "The Tyger," I'm not sure which is correct as I've seen both) by William Blake.

February 18, 2009 10:08 PM  
Blogger badreligiongoddess said...

"Alone" by Edgar Allan Poe is my favorite poem ever. It's so deep.


February 18, 2009 10:51 PM  
Blogger A Literate Musician said...

I love Walt Whitman.


February 18, 2009 10:52 PM  
Blogger Thao said...

I don't read English poems because I don't really understand them. But I do love this one : )

Introduction to Poetry

Billy Collins

I ask them to take a poem
and hold it up to the light
like a color slide

or press an ear against its hive.

I say drop a mouse into a poem
and watch him probe his way out,

or walk inside the poem's room
and feel the walls for a light switch.

I want them to waterski
across the surface of a poem
waving at the author's name on the shore.

But all they want to do
is tie the poem to a chair with rope
and torture a confession out of it.

They begin beating it with a hose
to find out what it really means.


February 19, 2009 12:12 AM  
Blogger dreaming days away said...

I happen to be a published poet... so poetry is a great love of mine. I like a lot of the poems other people mentioned.. but Emily Dickinson is one of my favorite poets. I can't really pick just one. Most of my favorite poems are written by people that I know. :)

faithfulbrowneyes at yahoo.com

February 19, 2009 12:17 AM  
OpenID biblauragraphy said...

I love Irish poetry - Yeats and Heaney and Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill. One of my favorites right now is "That the Science of Cartography is Limited" by Eavan Boland.

February 19, 2009 12:40 AM  
Blogger Purdypirate said...

I love Fire and Ice by Robert Frost. I don't know why because frankly it's kinda morbid but I still love it.


February 19, 2009 7:52 AM  
Blogger Lalaland said...

My favorite all time poem is Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout Would Not Take the Garbage Out by Shel Silverstein. It's hilarious!

ttt161 AT yahoo Dot com

February 19, 2009 2:05 PM  
Blogger Reverie said...

Poe's the Raven and emily dickinson

by: Emily Dickinson
F I should die,
And you should live,
And time should gurgle on,
And morn should beam,
And noon should burn,
As it has usual done;
If birds should build as early,
And bees as bustling go,--
One might depart at option
From enterprise below!
'Tis sweet to know that stocks will stand
When we with daisies lie,
That commerce will continue,
And trades as briskly fly.
It make the parting tranquil
And keeps the soul serene,
That gentlemen so sprightly
Conduct the pleasing scene!


February 19, 2009 11:17 PM  
Blogger Juanita said...

My favorite poem is "Because I Could Not Stop for Death" by Emily Dickinson. And "Voodoo Girl" by Tim Burton is also towards the top of my list :)

February 19, 2009 11:26 PM  
OpenID bookmoochgirl said...

My favorite poem is A.A. Milne's Spring Morning. The last 4 lines are the best.

"Where am I going? I don't quite know.
What does it matter where people go?
Down to the wood where the blue-bells grow --
Anywhere, anywhere. I don't know."

It's just beautiful.

mournfields at yahoo dot com

February 20, 2009 4:03 AM  
OpenID bbllchc125 said...

the book of poems called falling up by shel silverstein

February 20, 2009 6:14 PM  
Blogger scottsgal said...

Robert Frost paints such a vivid picture. I really like his Snowy Evening poem a lot.

February 21, 2009 12:59 AM  
Blogger Carol(ina) said...

Glad to know that my question inspired a contest! :)

February 22, 2009 1:44 AM  

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