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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

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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

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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.

 

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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 am honored to share a beautiful poem that was recently read aloud at the Jane Addams Peace Association Children’s Book Awards ceremony at the United Nations Plaza.

It was written by esteemed Hawaii-based author and illustrator James Rumford, and was inspired in part by a conversation he had with President Obama’s sister Maya Soetero Ng about the importance of using children’s books to promote peace. I was moved by this timeless, powerful message, words we all need to hear now more than ever.

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EACH TIME

I wonder
how could I,
so small,
just one person,
bring peace
to this fighting world.

I might as well try
to touch the clouds
or journey to the stars
or travel to the far
corners of the globe.

Yet each time I
let raindrops fall
on my upturned face,
it is the clouds
out of reach
that touch me.

Each time I
dance in the twin-
kling night
it is the stars
so far away
that have journeyed
to meet me.

Each time I
take the first step
and go where
I’ve never
gone before,
it is the world
that opens up
to me.

Each time I
smile,
so small,
just one person,
and make a friend,
it is peace
that comes
to me.

~ Copyright © 2014 James Rumford

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Happy Halloween!

No tricks here today, just a rich, spicy, scrumptious treat — parkin!

I was compelled to bake a batch of this Yorkshire gingerbread after reading Diane Wakoski’s evocative, affecting poem.

Her musings about the Brontës brought back my own fond memories of visiting Haworth – absolutely fascinating how creative genius can flourish in such a carefully circumscribed, isolated world.

Sip a cup of hot tea, have a good bite of parkin, and find comfort in the words of this generous poet. The “small things” are not so small after all.

 

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On this brisk and beautiful autumn day, a little feast for the eyes. Ladies, brace yourselves.

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THE LOOK
by Sara Teasdale

Strephon kissed me in the spring,
Robin in the fall,
But Colin only looked at me
And never kissed at all.

Strephon’s kiss was lost in jest,
Robin’s lost in play,
But the kiss in Colin’s eyes
Haunts me night and day.

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I love this little gem by Sara Teasdale. It’s light, lyrical, flirty, and touches on the essence of romance. I am reminded of Charlotte Brontë, whose primary literary theme was unrequited love. The “what might have been’s” and the fantasies surrounding an idealized love often make for a better story with its inherent longing and suspense, setting the stage for a good old-fashioned chase.

The question now is, has anyone ever given you “the look”?

While you’re pondering that, let’s look some more at Mr. Firth looking at us. Put your bibs on to catch all the drool. :)

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