Happy Poetry Friday! Welcome, everyone! (Wondering what Poetry Friday is? Click here.)
I’m thrilled to be hosting today, as it’s almost my birthday, and I’m awaiting the arrival of The Poetry of US, J. Patrick Lewis’ newest anthology with National Geographic. It features poems about or set in diverse spaces around our country, and I have four poems in it! Whee! Both of Pat’s two prior NatGeo anthologies are among my favorite books ever–I was thrilled to be able to put a copy of his Book of Animal Poetry in my newly installed Little Free Library when I stocked it last weekend!
You’ve probably seen this book mentioned a zillion times recently as proud contributors showed off their copies. Well, due to a knucklehead move by me (not telling NatGeo about my recent move), I haven’t received my copy yet. It’s coming today, in fact! But I did get a quick peek when Joyce Sidman brought a copy to our critique group meeting earlier this week.
AND Matt Forrest Esenwine was kind enough to scan my poems and send them to me–thank you, Matt! So I wanted to share one with you today (and will share the others in coming weeks).
Northern Minnesota is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen. When Pat requested a Minnesota poem, I had a delightful time writing several, but I was so glad he chose this one. It captures my feelings of being in nature, in the woods particularly (though seldom in a canoe, actually). Thank you, Pat! It’s an honor to be in this book, which I can’t wait to read! I look forward to reading contributions from so many poets whose work I just love.
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