Friday, April 30, 2010


Eating Poetry
by Mark Strand

Ink runs from the corners of my mouth.
There is no happiness like mine.
I have been eating poetry.

rest of poem here

And that's exactly how I feel after this wonderful poetry-filled month! Pure happiness. Especially as I achieved my goal of a poem a day. They're not all great poems, but some of them are on their way. And even on my worst day when I wrote a poem called "Thirteen Reasons Why I am Unable to Write a Poem Today," I still managed to eke out a likable line or two. And it was fun!

Also, I came up with a new (brilliant) name for my next collection. And I made an important decision about the direction of my poetry career. More on this later.

Meanwhile, I do believe I promised one last giveaway in celebration of National Poetry Month 2010. Here's what the lucky winner will receive (and the volume with CD where the above Mark Strand poem can be found):

Leave me a comment, and you're entered to win! I'll announce a winner Friday, May 7. And don't miss today's Roundup over at Great Kids Books!


  1. I'd love to hear more about your poetry!

  2. Oooh, I can't wait to hear more! And I love Mark Strand.

  3. A well deserved congrats on completing your goal of 30 poems in 30 days!!! Truly amazing! All we need are a few good lines as seed to grow a great poem. Nothing is wasted in poetry. Sometimes even bad poems need to be written to clear the way for good poems to emerge.

    I'm looking forward to hearing about your poetry career decisions.

    Laura Evans

  4. I love poetry! I'd really like to read this book.

    I can't wait to hear about your career plans :)

  5. Hi Irene,

    Congrats on making your goal!

    I love to read the poetry-
    singing words, splashing rhyme.
    But when it comes to writing it-
    I never seem to have the time!

    (And I'd read Mark Strand if I won! :-)

  6. don't put me in drawing because I write poetry like this

    There once was a Granny from Zip City
    Who liked to ride a filly
    Through creeks and fields
    Her love never yields
    She faces the end of the day with a grin
    Knowing tomorrow she'll do it again

  7. Interesting tantalizing tidbits.
    You tease.
    Put my name into your contest.

  8. Enter me please, too. Love that Mark Strand poem. Great that you achieved your goal of writing a poem a day.

  9. I already own this book, so don't enter me in the contest -- just dropped in to say some congratulations on all the good things that Poetry Month 2010 brought your way!

  10. Yippee!! Good for you and your daily practice, Irene.

  11. Congratulations on a great month of poetry and creation! Glad to hear you are inspired. Can't wait to see what comes next!


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