The Joy of Poetry: Giveaway

MW-Joy-of-Poetry-Front-cover-350-highSince the start of the year the pace of life has eclipsed the slow savor of the moments. I’ve struggled to inhabit the swift-ticking revolution of the clock’s hands. This year will be remembered as a year of transition: the transition to working more hours at the hospital, to being a mother of a son off-to-school, to grieving the tapering of the writing life, to changes in this body-temple my spirit inhabits … . It’s enough to open my eyes each morning and show up for the next thing. I’m finding new ways to feed my heart in the midst of this rapid-cycling season.

One thing that slows me down? Poetry. Taking ten minutes to read a poem every day gives my soul a spirit-vitamin like nothing else.

“Poetry is a nookish sort of place,” Megan Willome says in her book The Joy of Poetry: How to Keep, Save & Make Your Life with Poems.

And it’s a nook I’ve found refuge in many times throughout these past months. Megan’s book is one I’ve been dipping into and savoring as I maneuver through this uncomfortable shift in my life. The Joy of Poetry is part memoir, part instruction manual—instructions for life and enjoying poetry.

“Poetry is my prescription for adversity,” Megan tells us, at one point in the book, as she shares bits of the story of walking with her mother through cancer and how poetry did, indeed, “save” her during that time. Megan has a gift for weaving in the perfect poem to illustrate her prose. She introduced me to many voices—some of the old tried and true poets, and some new—all aptly featured in the greater narrative.

“Good poetry reaches beyond biography to touch a reader or to talk about greater things,” she says, and then proceeds to give us poems that do just that. (You’ll even find one by yours truly in her treasury).

If you’ve ever felt the nudge to learn more about poetry, or are just looking for a good book to feed your soul, may I recommend The Joy of Poetry? I love it so much I’m giving away one copy. All you need do is leave a comment on this post to be entered for a chance to win an autographed copy sent directly to you from the author herself. If you post about this giveaway on social media, make sure to mention this in your comment and you’ll get one extra entry for each outlet on which you share.

Comments

  1. Lynn D. Morrissey says

    Oh my, Laura. Transitions. I know they’re impossible to avoid, and that they often foster new growth and new life, but oh my, how I try to avoid them (now isn’t that ridiculous? If we don’t change, then we’re not alive). But I so so empathize with your year of transition. Oh, the book sounds marvelous. I love that idea of a nookish pursuit, because surely we do have some sort of nook or cranny into which a poem will fit in order to be pulled out to encourage in the crevices of our days. Tiny tomes for this purpose are marvelous, as they fit into purses and corners of life. (In fact I am carrying a Denise Levertov tiny tome in my purse right now! 🙂 ) I love that Megan decided to weave a poem into real life….and w/ her beloved mother. and I know poems can save your life and God uses them to guide. Just this past April 10th, as I was praying over the possible decision to share my pain of my abortion with my entire church at a morning worship service. God put in my path two very powerful poems to guide me to say yes. The infused me with courage. So, yes, poems are that powerful. Thank you for sharing this resource w/ your readers.
    And may I encourage *you* never to transition out of your call to write. Your voice is needed.
    Love
    Lynn

  2. says

    Laura,
    Waves of sorrow poured over me as I read your opening phrases: “the pace of life has eclipsed the slow savor of the moments,” “struggled to inhabit the swift-ticking revolution of the clock’s hands, to grieving the tapering of the writing life, and to changes in this body-temple my spirit inhabits.”

    But then you share hope. In your new way of slowing down, you serve a treasure in poetry.

    Last year I discovered how my spirit lifts from reading poetry—perhaps that is why I am so enthralled with your beautiful writing. Lynn is right; your voice is needed.

    I haven’t purchased Megan’s book yet, but it is on my wish list. One day soon, I hope to sit in that nook where Megan feeds our souls.

  3. Theresa says

    Thanks for sharing about poetry and the ability it has to help us through hard times. Sometimes because poems are short we zip through them, but often they are meant to savor and unpack in quiet reflection for they carry more truth or meaning than a whole article. You have reminded me to get back to reading poetry again.

  4. Paula Gamble says

    Laura, you transition with such courage and grace, my friend. I see you leaning into the difficulties and finding hope and peace to fill your soul. You are a Beauty finder! Ive never read much poetry, but if I win, send my book to Kelli Woodford. She loves poetry too! Sending you so much love!

  5. says

    Sounds wonderful. I would love it if we loved closer because our lives seem to be mirroring each other in many ways. Love to you.

  6. says

    Yes, my pace the past year has eclipsed the savor of life. It did until I recently crashed. I’ve been leaning in and listening hard in the aftermath. Time to ponder is something that I’ve cut back on, but I’m discovering it is more than a want or a preference. It’s a need for my soul.

    The book sounds amazing!

    Be kind to yourself in the transition.

  7. says

    Laura, you cannot help but be lyrical, even as you mourn “the tapering of the writing life” and the natural sadness it evokes. Transitions are hard to take sometimes. Life won’t let us off the hook and time is a cruel taskmaster. But I see grace and a leaning into all that this period may yet have to teach you. Although your words may be fewer than before, I think they will still resound with the rhythms you discover and be all the more appreciated for their rarity. I love the way you write and fervently hope any stalling is temporary.
    And I love poetry too, both the writing and reading of it. I smiled when I saw the title for this lovely collection because it sounds like something I wish I could have written.. Joy speaking about the ‘joy of poetry’ feels quite apt! However, after downloading a sample on my Kindle, I soon realised that this beautiful poet/writer has riches and depths of experience I sorely lack, and the ability to touch many lives with her words. A paper copy of her work would be a great treat! With the huge advantage that it could also be passed on to others for their enjoyment. I’ve shared on Pinterest and Twitter. Just off to share on Facebook..Take good care of yourself, friend. <3

  8. says

    Laura! I’ve missed coming to this space each week — I’m subscribing so that your space will come to me!
    Your words about poetry were a blessing to me today!

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