Give Them Poetry

christmas gifts from poems-and-poetry.comWondering what to give someone for the holidays? If you”ve still get a few people left on your holiday shopping list, head down to the nearest bookstore and fill their stocking with beautiful words. Here”s a quick selection of some of the best new books of poetry from the past year to help you decide.

Thirst (Mary Oliver)
Mary Oliver”s latest book of poetry, Thirst has been hailed as a work of faith and an affirmation of love. At 71, the poet takes a long, loving look at the world around her, and reaffirms the good and the beautiful, while acknowledging that there is darkness as well. This is a powerful book for anyone who loves Oliver”s poetry, and a wonderful introduction to poems of strength, faith and nature.

Strong Is Your Hold (Galway Kinnell)
Kinnell”s first new collection of poetry in over a decade was long-awaited and met with critical praise. The Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winning poet writes luminous poetry that invites readers to view everyday objects with a poet”s vision. This book contains the entirety of Kinnell”s requiem for the Twin Towers, first published in the New Yorker, “When the Towers Fell”. It includes a CD of the poet reading his own works, with introductions and little stories about each piece as he reads. A truly thoughtful gift for anyone who loves poetry.

I Heard God Laughing (Hafiz, translated by Ladinsky)
Daniel Ladinsky”s translations have helped popularize the poetry of traditional Persian poet Hafiz in the English speaking world. Hafiz” poetry captures the essence of love in all its forms, becoming a journey in which the only constant is growth and transformation.

How to Read Poetry (Terry Eagleton)
For the student of poetry, Eagleton”s book is one of the most accessible discussions on how to read poetry with an ear to more than just “what it says”. Using examples taken from poetry throughout history, he carefully dissects each to show how the mechanics of poetry add to the meaning and feeling of a poem in a way that few others writers can approach.

Collected Poems: 1947-1997 (Allen Ginsberg)
Speaking of long-awaited… this book is an absolute must for any fan of Beat poetry. It”s the first complete collection of Ginsberg”s work. It includes the full text of the 1980 Collected Poems, and adds White Shroud (1986), Cosmopolitan Greetings (1994) and Death and Fame: Last Poems (2000)


  • Andre L. West, editor

    The Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest is open to everyone whether experienced or not. This competition welcomes anyone who loves to arrange words into beautiful art or to write a short story that is worth telling. And to all who have the ability to dream. Write your best short story or poem for a chance to win cash prizes. All works must be original. (

    (1) Write a poem, thirty lines or fewer on any subject or style or form, single or double line spacing, neatly hand printed or typed.
    (2) Write a short story five pages maximum, single or double line spacing, on any subject or theme, creative writing, fiction or non-fiction (including essay compositions, diary, journal entries and screenwriting). Must also be neatly hand printed or typed.
    Multiple poem and story entries are accepted.
    Deadline: July 31, 2007.
    Winners will be announced on August 31, 2007.
    Writing Contest First Prize: $500. Second Prize: $250. Third Prize: $100.
    Poetry Contest First Prize: $250. Second Prize: $125. Third Prize: $50.
    Entry fees:
    Writing Contest entry fee is: $10 per short story.
    Poetry Contest entry fee is: $5 per poem.
    To send entries by mail: Include title and story or poem, your name, address, phone#, email, brief biographical info. (Tell us a little about yourself) on the coversheet, add a self-addressed stamped envelope for entry confirmation. Mail entries/fees payable to:

    Dream Quest One
    Poetry & Writing Contest
    P.O. Box 3141
    Chicago, IL 60654

    Visit for further details, to print out an entry form or to enter online.

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