First, I apologize for this late giveaway--it should have happened Monday. I've been putting out fires of both the literal and metaphorical variety (the literal: what do you get when you mix five boys, firecrackers from the gas station and a really dry white pine?). We're fine, nothing to fret about, I'm back. The chaos can sit on the back burner while I catch up here.
Now, for the WINNER of Suzanne Casamento's YA novel Fingerprints!
COMMON HOUSEHOLD MOM!!!
Congratulations, CHM! Maybe your daughter will enjoy this book, too? You know the drill, email me your mailing address and I'll mail your book to your lap. Happy reading! For those of you unfamiliar with Common Household Mom's blog, you need to leave and check her out. She's got humor of, um, Biblical proportions. Seriously funny woman.
I was in Iowa over the weekend. My children jumped off a bridge into a creek with their cousins. I sat on my MIL's porch and felt the wind in my hair, appreciating the quietness to her homestead unique to rural cornfields. The Momvan got super dusty on the dirt road. We ate hashbrowns fried in bacon grease with onions. I forgot to take a photo of the view--acres and acres of corn in every direction. It's beautiful in its own way, this undulating sea of green. And we enjoyed catching up with family and friends during our whirlwind visit (there on Saturday, back on Sunday).
Iowa has some poetry about it, nestled between the ditches filled with prairie flowers and the shabby old towns where half the buildings are shuttered and closed. Speaking of poetry, my next giveaway is a collection ...
This little collection is delicious--and don't fear, poetry-phobes! It's also accessible poetry. Nina Romano writes about regular things, like fireflies and going out to eat, but she does so in the most gorgeous language. How do I know? I helped edit this collection, so I read it intimately and well. I'm sending an autographed copy of Time's Mirrored Illusion by Nina Romano to one lucky winner. Each comment in the comment box between now and Monday is a chance to win. Whose life wouldn't benefit from a splash of poetry? Want a sampling? Nina's blog offers poetry and recipes.
I admit to being intimidated by poetry sometimes, the long stuff by guys like Walt Whitman can cause a struggle. The obscure stuff makes me feel stupid. The over-rhymed stuff can be stupid. But I've read a lot of poetry that sings to my soul and makes me feel enlightened, newly aware, even a bit awed. Guys like Pablo Neruda and Billy Collins, gals like Gwendolyn Brooks and Anne Waldman. Like blue jeans and swimsuits, you have to try on a lot of poets before you find the perfect fit.
Spill it, reader. Confess your true attitude about poetry.
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