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“I tremble with gratitude
for my children and their children…”

This opening from a Wendell Berry poem brought to mind the heart full of thankfulness I felt at our recent family reunion. Though we don’t often think of summer as the time to read poetry, I do believe anytime is a time for poetry. It lifts the heart and soul.

So, now in the center of summer, readeatlive.com/blog is giving away five books of poetry. All have been used by this poetry reader and there are occasional notations. Still, they are gifts to be enjoyed. You could be one of the lucky winners.

Enter by commenting on this post. Click on the word “Replies” at the top of the post under the title. Finish this sentence: I would like to win a book of poetry because…..
Or say anything you would like to say. Entries will close at midnight on Friday, June 10 and poetry volumes for the winners will be mailed early the next week.

Among the poets whose work you could win are Mary Oliver, Wendell Berry and Pulitzer winner Louise Gluck, as well as others.

From Mary Oliver – “Take your busy heart to the art museum and the chamber of commerce but take it also to the forest.” That’s what a poem can do for you.

Good luck. Thanks for entering the contest.



Aren’t we all looking for a special Christmas gift? When you give a slender new volume of poems, the person who receives it is likely to hold it close, then gaze at the cover, and before long turn randomly to a page and take a taste by trying out a line or two. Recently, a good friend sent me a link concerning new releases in poetry.

New releases in poetry, hmmmmm, the perfect way for poetry to grace the home page of this blog. Some suggestions on this list are published by Knopf Doubleday, but I have added others as well. All of the poetry listed here is written by poets I have read and enjoyed, or by poets I would like to explore further. All are recently published. One of them might be the special gift of poetry you are looking to find.

Aimless Love: New and Selected Poems by Billy Collins.
This poet has broad appeal and this volume is said to include some of his best work.

April Twilights and Other Poems by Willa Cather
This new edition reproduces her early poems and some previously unpublished poems along with a selection of newly released letters. Lyrical poems, ballad, and sonnets were forms she used to communicate her sensitivity to the landscapes in the West that later became such an important part of her prose.

The Crooked Inheritance by Marge Piercy.
Subjects of the poems in this collection range from current events to the poet’s childhood in Detroit. I have always found her poems very accessible and would expect these to especially speak to those familiar with Detroit and those interested in the news of our times.

Poems 1962-2012 by Louise Gluck
This volume includes poems from her book A Village Life (my favorite) spoken in the voices of the people in a Mediterranean town, as well as many of her finest poems from a long and distinguished career.

A Walk with Thomas Jefferson by Philip Levine.
This author is well known for poems about working class life in Detroit. The inspiration for the title poem is an African American living in a run-down area of industrial Detroit.
This poet is a favorite of many readers and a Pulitzer Prize winner.

I encourage you to search for a gift of poetry. What a good excuse to go to your favorite book store. Peruse the shelves. You may well find something that appeals to you more than any of the titles suggested here. Happy hunting. Joy for you and the recipient.