Friday, December 20, 2013


Can it really be the last Poetry Friday before Christmas?! Indeed. And then just one more Roundup before 2014. Wowza. Be sure to visit Buffy's Blog for the festivities!

It's been a busy week 'round these parts... and I've had the crud. Improving now, but feeling very behind! So I am going to use this opportunity to share some poetic goodness I'm more than grateful for:

1. I recently wrote poems on the topic of "what makes a good book." One called "Fishing for a Reader" was accepted for inclusion in a textbook, and the other entitled "Recipe for a Good Book" appears in the Utah Journal of Literacy.  Thank you, Terry!

2. Enter to win an autographed copy of THE SKY BETWEEN US:

Goodreads Book Giveaway

The Sky Between Us by Irene Latham

The Sky Between Us

by Irene Latham

Giveaway ends December 23, 2013.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
Enter to win

3. My poem "Coming to Terms" appeared at Womens' Voices for Change. This is a fantastic site. Do check it out!

4. My favorite pic from this week's visit to Forest Oaks Elementary in Chelsea, Alabama (taken by one of my favorite fellas):

Talk to the hand.... :)

5. I've written poems recently about Harriet Tubman and Barbara Johns. (Will share when they appear in the magazines!) Writing about history presents a unique challenge... how to stay true to the facts, but also include a surprise for the reader? For these two, I leaned heavily on metaphor. Hope it works. :)


  1. Sorry you've been ill, and hope it's soon totally over, Irene. Congratulations on all your coming publications-just wonderful to hear. I entered the contest & am always hopeful, but your book is pre-ordered, so know I'll have a copy soon! Happy Solstice tomorrow!

  2. Congratulations on all your good news--you have been busy! Hope you feel better soon.

  3. Wow, you have been busy. So sorry for the crud. Be well!

  4. Love hearing your good news!! Hoping to hear more in 2014 :-)

  5. I know what you mean about this season being extra hectic than usual. :( Congratulations on so many lovely publications, Irene! The Sky Between Us looks great. :)

  6. So glad to hear about all this great writing you've been doing, and that you've found good homes for so much of it... including that beauty you wrote for Linda. Looking forward to reading The Sky Between Us, and keep that good news coming!

  7. Lots of great news! Hope you continue to feel better and better!


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