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‘Tis that time of year once again to shift into gift-giving mode. Here are some lovely and fun ideas for the poetry lovers on your list, or for adding to your personal holiday Wish List. Click on each image for descriptions and prices.

shakespearetea

Shakespeare’s English Breakfast Tea by Steep Show Teas (Emily Dickinson Garden Jasmine and Poe’s Midnight Blend also available)

craftypoet

Superb poetry tutorial by Diane Lockward (model poems, prompts, tips, interviews)

dickinsonbookpendant

Emily Dickinson “Not in Vain” Poetry Book Pendant by Red Quadrant

cummingsbowl

Handmade letter-stamped poetry quote large serving dish (can be personalized) by LoveArtWorks

emilybrooch

Emily Brooch (oil painting on wood OOAK) by Mrs. Peggotty Arts

frostdoll

Robert Frost Miniature Doll by Uneek Doll Designs (many other literary figures available)

bookends

Poetry Text Steel Book Ends by Knob Creek Metal Arts

poekadottote

Poe-ka Dots Tote by Out of Print

rumisign

Rumi Quote Stoneware Clay and Ice Agate Sign in Gilders Paste by Hidden Fire Pottery

poetsgiftpack

Poets Gift Pack (notecards, bookmark, magnet) by artsyletters

shewalks

Shelley Gold-filled Pendant by Pangaea Designs

william_shakespeare_action_figure__84622

Shakespeare Action Figure at Annie’s Tea Time (on sale!)

sara

Fleetwood Mac “Sara” Glass Tile Pendant by Lyrical Lady

shakespearepurse

Shakespeare Book Purse by Novel Creations

quotetag

Handmade Cummings ceramic quote tag by Kylie Johnson

scarf

Romeo and Juliet Infinity Book Scarf by storiarts

poesoupjpg

Edgar Allan Poe Porcelain Soup Bowl by More Than Porcelain

hopependant

Emily “Hope is the Thing with Feathers” Gold-plated Pewter Necklace by Heart Felt by Foxy

Shakespeare Insults

Shakespeare Insult T-shirt at Unemployed Philosophers Guild

haiku

Haiku 2015 Calendar (Art Gallery of Greater Victoria)

poetryonrecord

Poetry on Record 4-disc Box Set – Grammy-nominated collection featuring rare recordings of poets like Whitman, Cummings, Tennyson, Yeats, Ginsberg, Stafford, Plath, Frost, and Bukowski reading their own work.

 

Do you have any other gift suggestions for poetry lovers? Please share in the comments!

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poetryfriday180Becky is hosting this week’s Roundup at Tapestry of Words. Click through to check out the full menu of poetic goodness being served up in the blogosphere today. Enjoy your weekend!

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Copyright © 2014 Jama Rattigan of Jama’s Alphabet Soup. All rights reserved.

 

“Girls always make passes at guys with mustaches.” (Unknown hairy person)

Good Morning!

I mustache you a question, but I’ll shave it for later. :)

Happy Movember (a tad late)! Time once again to help raise awareness of men’s health issues by sprouting a dapper cookie duster.

I, for one, have always been mad for staches.

“Really?”

You bet. Who was it that said “A man without a mustache is a man without a soul”? When I was growing up, I noticed the smartest, funniest, hottest men all had staches: Albert Einstein, Clark Gable, Charlie Chaplin, Tom Selleck, David Crosby, Mark Twain, Teddy Roosevelt, Kurt Vonnegut, Edgar Allan Poe, Santa Claus, The Monopoly Man, did I mention Tom Selleck?

And have you noticed the best lines from movies are all about staches?

Nobody puts Mustache in a corner.

and

You can’t handle the mustache!

and

Say hello to my leetle mustache.

Or what about that incredibly incisive TV question:

Where is your mustache, Jake from State Farm?

Positively hair raising! :D

What’s that? You say you can’t grow your own? Your upper lip is as smooth, soft and hairless as a baby’s . . .

Not to worry, cause today we’re gonna help you get your mighty mo on by serving up four fanstashtic picture books and a delicious cache of chocolaty cookies. Read ‘em and eat!

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“The best way to make pie is to learn how to trust yourself and follow your nose — and the rest of your senses. That’s a poet’s advice too.” ~ Kate Lebo

Some of you may remember when Seattle pie poet Kate Lebo visited Alphabet Soup back in January to talk about A Commonplace Book of Pie (Chin Music Press, 2014) — a delightfully quirky collection of prose poems, recipes, baking tips and ephemera. *licks lips*

In essence a fantasy zodiac that upends our assumptions about what poetry is and can be, her pie poems invited us to look at ourselves, face our fears, and articulate our desires.

Now we can delve even further into our tantalizing pie obsessions with Kate’s brand new cookbook, Pie School: Lessons in Fruit, Flour, and Butter (Sasquatch Books, 2014), a between-the-covers sampling of her popular Pie School pastry academy classes. Oh, what a beauty it is!

Sure, there are many good pie cookbooks out there with tasty recipes and advice about how to fashion the perfectly tender flaky crust. But how many of these contain chapter intros and recipe header notes that read like prose poems? How many that serve up pie making process, social history, personal anecdotes, gorgeous photos, vintage chic, sass and class with such verve and heart?

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Today I’m thinking about my mom and favorite veteran, Margaret Yang Kim.

These photos were found in her files after she passed away in April. She served in the Women’s Army Corps during WWII.

Click here to read a first person account of her time in the military.

HAPPY VETERANS DAY!

THANKS TO ALL WHO SERVE.

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Copyright © 2014 Jama Rattigan of Jama’s Alphabet Soup. All rights reserved.

Pad Pad Paddington!

I can’t begin to tell you how happy this photo of Hugh Bonneville and his Paddington statue makes me.

“The Journey of Marmalade” by Hugh Bonneville

I mean seriously. It’s Paddington Bear AND Downton Abbey rolled into one! *swoons*

The London Trail officially opened last week, with 50 Paddington statues scattered around the city. It’s fun to see all the different designs, the many “possibilities” of our favorite bear from darkest Peru.

I think “The Journey of Marmalade” is my fave, but here are a few others I especially love:

“Sherlock Bear” by Benedict Cumberbatch

“The Bear of London” by Boris Johnson

“Paddington Who?” by Peter Capaldi

“Shakesbear” by Michael Sheen

Visit the Paddington Trail website to see all the bear statues, notes about their designers, and a map of where the statues can be found. At the end of December, all the statues will be auctioned off for charity. How cool is that?!

Have a chunky marmalade kind of week!

(Tip your hat whenever possible.) :) :) :)

ETA: Today’s Hugh’s Birthday!

Hugh with other “Paddington” cast members

Now we must definitely have marmalade sandwiches today in his honor! Happy Birthday, Hugh!

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Copyright © 2014 Jama Rattigan of Jama’s Alphabet Soup. All rights reserved.

 

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