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BIG POETRY GIVEAWAY 2014 ~ and the winners are….


(inter)National Poetry Month
April  2014

and the winners are…

after a random drawing  { i put everyone’s email addresses into a bowl and (with my eyes closed) mixed them up then selected two  six } the winners of the books are:

Becca   won  “Three-Note Howl: The Wild Hunt” by Shay Caroline Simmons,  Kelli Simpson and Joy Ann Jones

Evelyn   won  “My Mad Love: poems out in the noonday sun”  by Shay Caroline Simmons

i have sent them each an email notification and to obtain their mailing addresses.

Allyson won the e-book “The Road Not Taken and Other Poems [Illustrated]”  by Robert Frost

Rodney won the e-book  “Leaves of  Grass [Illustrated]”  by Walt Whitman

Margo won the e-book  “100 Best-Loved Poems

Marianne won the e-book  “Love Poem Collection — The Greatest Love Poems and Quotes of  All Time [Illustrated]

i have sent them each an email notification and ordered the e-books from

thank you to everyone who participated and congratulations to the winners!

the giveaway is now closed


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divine poems ~ classical poetry (inter)national poetry month April 2014

(inter)national poetry month
April 2014

encore  presentation

2012  featured poets
at my heart’s love songs

Divine Poems
by classic poets

i thought i might include a post of  classical poetry  by famous poets of  the past,  though i must admit that i much prefer  “modern”  poetry…  with the exception of  the final poem,  which is my favorite of  all poems.



No Man is an Island

John Donne

No man is an island entire of  itself;
every man is a piece of  the continent, a part of  the main;
if  a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less,
as well as if  a promontory were,
as well as a manor of  thy friends or of  thine own were;
any man’s death diminishes me,  because I am involved in mankind.
And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls;
it tolls for thee.

this is actually just a portion of  a longer piece by John Donne  “Devotions upon Emergent Occasions”  which is a series of reflections that were written as Donne recovered from a serious illness.  the work consists of twenty-three parts  (‘devotions’) describing each stage of the sickness.  each part is further divided into a Meditation,  an Expostulation,  and a Prayer.  this piece is  Meditation XVII,  perhaps the best-known part of the work and forms part of Devotion XVII.



“I want” — it pleaded — All its life

Emily Dickinson

“I want” — it pleaded — All its life —
I want — was chief  it said
When Skill entreated it — the last —
And when so newly dead —

I could not deem it late — to hear
That single — steadfast sigh —
The lips had placed as with a “Please”
Toward Eternity —      



Bright Star

John Keats

Bright star, would I were stedfast as thou art —
Not in lone splendour hung aloft the night
And watching, with eternal lids apart,
Like nature’s patient, sleepless Eremite,
The moving waters at their priestlike task
Of pure ablution round earth’s human shores,
Or gazing on the new soft-fallen mask
Of snow upon the mountains and the moors —
No — yet still stedfast, still unchangeable,
Pillow’d upon my fair love’s ripening breast,
To feel for ever its soft fall and swell,
Awake for ever in a sweet unrest,
Still, still to hear her tender-taken breath,
And so live ever — or else swoon to death.




A Woman’s Shortcomings

Elizabeth Barrett Browning

She has laughed as softly as if she sighed,
She has counted six, and over,
Of a purse well filled, and a heart well tried -
Oh, each a worthy lover!
They “give her time”;  for her soul must slip
Where the world has set the grooving;
She will lie to none with her fair red lip:
But love seeks truer loving.

She trembles her fan in a sweetness dumb,
As her thoughts were beyond recalling;
With a glance for one, and a glance for some,
From her eyelids rising and falling;
Speaks common words with a blushful air,
Hears bold words, unreproving;
But her silence says – what she never will swear -
And love seeks better loving.

Go, lady! lean to the night-guitar,
And drop a smile to the bringer;
Then smile as sweetly, when he is far,
At the voice of an in-door singer.
Bask tenderly beneath tender eyes;
Glance lightly, on their removing;
And join new vows to old perjuries -
But dare not call it loving!

Unless you can think, when the song is done,
No other is soft in the rhythm;
Unless you can feel, when left by One,
That all men else go with him;
Unless you can know, when unpraised by his breath,
That your beauty itself wants proving;
Unless you can swear “For life, for death!” -
Oh, fear to call it loving!

Unless you can muse in a crowd all day
On the absent face that fixed you;
Unless you can love, as the angels may,
With the breadth of heaven betwixt you;
Unless you can dream that his faith is fast,
Through behoving and unbehoving;
Unless you can die when the dream is past -
Oh, never call it loving!



Come, Walk With Me

Emily Brontë

Come, walk with me,
There’s only thee
To bless my spirit now –
We used to love on winter nights
To wander through the snow;
Can we not woo back old delights?
The clouds rush dark and wild
They fleck with shade our mountain heights
The same as long ago
And on the horizon rest at last
In looming masses piled;
While moonbeams flash and fly so fast
We scarce can say they smiled -

Come walk with me, come walk with me;
We were not once so few
But Death has stolen our company
As sunshine steals the dew –
He took them one by one and we
Are left the only two;
So closer would my feelings twine
Because they have no stay but thine -

‘Nay call me not – it may not be
Is human love so true?
Can Friendship’s flower droop on for years
And then revive anew?
No, though the soil be wet with tears,
How fair soe’er it grew
The vital sap once perished
Will never flow again
And surer than that dwelling dread,
The narrow dungeon of the dead
Time parts the hearts of men -‘



this is my favorite poem of  all time ~

First Fig

Edna St. Vincent Millay

My candle burns at both ends;

It will not last the night;

But ah, my foes, and oh, my friends -

It gives a lovely light!



   { 2012 featured poets encore presentation }

{ all of  the above works are in the public domain }





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just click  HERE  to go to the giveaway post ~  you’ll get all of  the information about what books are being given away and how to enter.

thanks  for  joining  in!


*the giveaway closes at midnight  (12:00am)  Pacific Standard Time USA on the night of  April 30/May 1,  2014.

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·∞ • ζ • ∞· guest post by Ainsley Allmark @DolphinDancer ·∞ • ζ • ∞·



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Deserted  Dreams

by  Ainsley  Allmark

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On an old tired landscape
Shapes lie abandoned
Like old memories
Near forgotten
From mind

Crying in the wilderness

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Water  Of  Peace

by  Ainsley  Allmark

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Talking rain
Coarse words in the darkness
No whispers
After dark
Or dreams of day
In momentary distraction
Drops scratching…..READ MORE

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“Epitaph”   King Crimson

i  know  i  recently  reblogged another of  Ainsley’s poems,  but as excellent as his writing has always been,  he has taken it to a new level this year.  the fact that “Deserted Dreams”  was inspired by two words from one of  my poems honors me.  i  hope you will follow the  “READ MORE”  links on both of  the above poems because they are truly extraordinary poetry.  you can find Ainsley’s writing at any of  the Dolphin links in the blogrolls at the bottom of  this page,  but his main blogs are  ‘Dolphin Muse‘  ‘Dolphin Ainsley‘  and  both poetry and photographs at  ‘Dolphin Visions‘ ~  you will give yourself  a gift if  you start subscribing to these blogs in a reader or via email.

thank you,  Ainsley,  for allowing me to share your writing.

artwork ~   “The Persistence of  Memory”   Salvador Dali
{  fair use }


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One Moon via Ainsley Allmark @DolphinDancer

One Moon

by  Ainsley Allmark
aka  @DolphinDancer

She played
Stirred the waters
Into a gentle whirlpool

One Moon showed
A secret face
Never seen
Except by her Lover

One Moon kissed

via  Dolphin Muse

Beethoven’s   “Moonlight  Sonata”

my gratitude to Ainsley Allmark  for allowing  me to re-blog  his poem  “One Moon”  today.  i hope it is the beginning  of  another series.  you will  find much of  Ainsley’s poetry  from  2012  at his main blog  ‘Dolphin Muse‘ and  Ainsley’s small stones from the January 2012 Mindful Writing Challenge can be found at  ‘Dolphin Ainsley‘.   you will  find links to the rest of  Ainsley’s Dolphin blogs,  including  ‘Dolphin Visions‘  which contains some of  his gorgeous photography as well as poetry,  in the blogroll at the bottom of  this page.

artwork   ~   “Autumn  flowers in  front of  full moon”    Hiroshige
{ public domain }


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BIG POETRY GIVEAWAY ~ and the winners are….


(inter)National Poetry Month
April  2013

and the winners are…

after a random drawing  { i put everyone’s email address into a bowl and (with my eyes closed) mixed them up then selected two } the winners of the books are:

comment #4 – Ivy   won  “Gemini/Scorpio/Capricorn

comment #13 – Angela   won  “100 Best-Loved Poems

i will be sending them each an email notification and to obtain their mailing addresses.

thank you to everyone who participated and congratulations to Ivy and Angela!

hello,  all you poetry lovin’  girls and boys out there!  have i got a treat for you?  why,  yes,  i do!  i’m participating in the fourth annual  BIG POETRY GIVEAWAY   in celebration of  (inter)National Poetry Month 2013.  the giveaway is being guest curated this year by  Susan Rich  at her blog  THE ALCHEMIST’S KITCHEN.

what  is  the  BIG POETRY GIVEAWAY  you ask?  any blogger who wants to can join in and give away a poetry book to TWO,  count them TWO,  people  ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD FOR FREE,  SHIPPING INCLUDED.  { i think they really should change the name officially to INTERnational Poetry Month given the number of  poets all over the world who participate in one way or another. }  so i get to choose the book each winner will receive.  i’ll tell you below how you can enter to win a book and how to sign up as a blogger wanting to give away two books.  right now,  let’s get to the books,  shall we?

the first book i am going to give away is by three extremely talented contemporary poets,  two of  whom i know in this corner of  the online poetry community,  Kelli Simpson  aka  Mama Zen and  Joy Ann Jones  aka  hedgewitch;  and the third,  Shay Caroline  aka  Fireblossom,  who dubbed me her  ‘Sista Poet’  which i deem to be one of  the greatest honors of  my life.  i will NEVER,  EVER,  EVER  be able to write anywhere close to the level of  these three women.  their brand new book is titled  “Gemini/Scorpio/Capricorn”  and can be purchased on Amazon in the Kindle version  HERE  or as a paperback  HERE.

their description is ~
“A rippling triple vision through the heart’s crystal, both light and dark; riddles of needles and glass, demons and gypsies, love for men, love for other women, love for our children, love that damns and love that redeems, all of these motifs and more twine like scarlet threads through a little black dress in this triad of women building alternate universes with words.”

{ having already read the Kindle edition }  i say ~
Gemini/Scorpio/Capricorn is written by three women who are probably the best contemporary poets I’ve ever read.  You will want to read this book over and over again because it’s just SO. DAMN. GOOD. I can’t give you a list of my favorite poems because as I read them, I feel the one in front of me is the best one yet… until i go on to the next… or back to the first. They are all superb!  This is a book for people who want to be amazed and surprised and enchanted by three supremely talented storytellers.

you can find these truly unique and amazing poets at their poetry blogs ~
Shay Caroline aka Fireblossom  blogs at  ‘Shay’s Word Garden
Kelli Simson aka Mama Zen blogs her poetry at  ‘another damn poetry blog  Motherhood After Dark
Joy Ann Jones aka hedgewitch blogs at ‘Verse Escape

the second book i am going to give away is titled  “100 Best-Loved Poems”  which is,  in their words  ~
“Popular, well-known poetry: “The Passionate Shepherd to His Love,” “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?” “Death, be not proud,” “The Raven,” “The Road Not Taken,” plus works by Wordsworth, Byron, Coleridge, Sandburg, Pound, Auden, Thomas,  and many others…”

in my opinion,  it has an absolutely wonderful variety of  poetry from poets such as  Elizabeth Barrett BrowningWilliam Blake,  George Gordon Byron Emily Dickinson, e. e. cummings,  Ralph Waldo Emerson,  Robert Frost,  John Keats,  Rudyard Kipling,  Edna St. Vincent Millay,  Edgar Allan Poe,  William Shakespeare,  Percy Bysshe Shelley and the list goes on.  there are sonnets and other form poetry,  and love poems,  and SHAKESPEARE,  for god’s sake!  i don’t know who determined that these are the “100 Best-Loved Poems” but i promise that not only will you find at least some poetry you enjoy,  you will learn a thing or two about writing great poetry.  i don’t believe i will ever attain the level of  excellence the poets in this book achieved.  it can be purchased on Amazon in paperback  HERE  and the Kindle version  HERE.

the giveaway is now closed

happy spring!


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