Poems don't just happen.
They are luckily or stealthily related to a readiness
within ourselves. . . when you find you
do have a response [to a poem]—trust it. It has a meaning.
~ William Stafford*
I thank everyone who participated in National Poetry Month and in particular in my give-away book promotion and poetry challenge to celebrate the event.
The first give-away, for which participants had only to leave a comment on my April 1 post, is the collection Best New Poets 2009: 50 Poems from Emerging Writers. The winner of that lovely book is Susan Etole.
The second give-away, 19 Varieties of Gazelle: Poems of the Middle East by Naomi Shihab Nye, is awarded to the first person who correctly answered one set of 10 poetry-related questions in my April 30 post. The lucky recipient is Nancy Davis Rosback.
Each of these books will be mailed to the awardees at my cost. Congratulations! I know you'll enjoy the collection of poetry you've won.
Joining the community of blogging poets who participated in National Poetry Month was a lot of fun, sometimes surprising, and a great way to learn about new and emerging poets. I look forward to participating again next April. In the meantime, I'm still writing my "Monday Muse" column, which introduces state Poets Laureate, and invite you to continue reading with me.
* Introduction to Since Feeling Is First in Writing the Australian Crawl: Views on the Writer's Vocation by William Stafford