Word of the Month for July

Hi everyone,

If you missed the bulletin on July 1, this month’s word is WONDER. If it produces half as many good poems as SUMMER did, we’re in for some delightful reading in July!

A few weeks ago I received in the mail a beautiful book of poetry called ART AND ARTISTS, which was published in England by Alfred Knopf and edited by Emily Fragos. http://gallatin.nyu.edu/academics/faculty/ef29.html  

I wondered why someone named Julie Wright had sent it to me but was glad to own a copy. I flipped through the opening pages and spotted poems by W. H. Auden, John Keats, Ted Kooser, Richard Wilbur, Homer, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, D. H. Lawrence, William Carlos Williams, Amy Lowell, Billy Collins, Algernon Charles Swinburne, Mark Strand, Christina Rossetti, Wallace Stevens, Edith Wharton, Allen Ginsberg, Walt Whitman, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, John Donne, Thomas Hardy, Herman Melville, William Shakespeare, and so on. Clearly this is not a book to rush through so I paced myself by reading two or three poems at a sitting before putting it down each time. I have a long way to go because the book has more than 200 pages.

Yesterday I received a check in the mail from the same Julie Wright for permission to use one of my poems in ARTS AND ARTISTS. I picked up the book and flipped through ALL the pages. Sure enough, I’m in there with a poem I wrote for Jan Greenberg’s wonderful book, HEART TO HEART, which snagged some very snazzy awards when it came out in 2001.

http://www.amazon.com/Heart-Poems-Inspired-Twentieth-Century-American/dp/0810943867/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1341075902&sr=1-1&keywords=heart+to+heart+by+jan+greenberg

I finally remembered being asked for permission to include my poem in the new book but it was just long enough ago that I’d not made the connection. I mean after all, Homer and I used to send our togas to the same cleaners, and could I ever tell you stories about that guy! But I haven’t seen him in ages.

ARTS AND ARTISTS is a handsome book with lots of outstanding poems and I’m honored to be included. I recommend the book if you’re looking for a great collection. Kudos to editor Emily Fragos. http://www.amazon.com/Art-Artists-Emily-Fragos/dp/1841597937/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1341075732&sr=1-2&keywords=art+and+artists+by+emily+fragos

David

6 comments on “Word of the Month for July

    • David
      That book, ART & ARTIST, needs a review on Amazon.
      Congratulations on being included in it.
      You need a photo in a toga.
      Our Latin Class had a toga party, much fun.
      Thanks for bringing back that long forgotten memory.

  1. Wonder

    Wonder Woman jumped her plane
    Parachute no where;
    Air sailing made the day
    Amazons beware!

    We aim high! We fly fast!
    Wrists of steel we wield;
    Rescue work is our forte –
    Protect and feed and shield!

    Jeanne Poland
    7/2/12

  2. the Road to success

    The road to success is
    always under construction
    and you will have to wait in traffic.

    The road to success
    will always
    be a slow one,
    but
    it will finally come to you
    as you realize that
    your whole life,
    you have been on the road to success,
    as you realize that
    everything you’ve done
    and everywhere you’ve gone
    and everyone you’ve met has been
    leading you to what you thought was
    the end,
    but is really
    just
    the beginning.

    and Those of you
    who are destined
    to be great
    have tried
    short-cuts and detours,
    but know that you will
    always
    have to turn back,
    and will
    always
    be on the road to greatness.

    The road to success
    will not be an
    easy route to take,
    for you will be tested
    at all times,
    even when
    you do not know so.

    you will be tested
    for the patience of
    a mother of 6,
    and you
    will be tested
    for the imagination
    that will last
    in you
    until you are
    older
    but,
    while you are still an adult
    you will
    still wonder.
    and if you pass
    your own individual test,
    your success will be
    at the end of the road,
    like gold at the end of a rainbow.

    -Emma Daugherty

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