Free ebook: Passage To Valhalla: NaPoWriMo 2017

Greetings and happy Tuesday to you!

So once again I managed to complete the NaPoWriMo challenge from last month and once again, I’ve got a free ebook for you to download. This year my NaPoWriMo poetry ebook’s titled Passage To Valhalla: NaPoWriMo 2017. Feast your eyes on the cover:

The ebook will be free forever and is available for free download on Smashwords and Barnes and Noble. I hope you enjoy!

April’s National Poetry Month!

Hope you had a great weekend! A new month has started and with it comes a couple of special celebrations, such as National Poetry Month.

According to Poets.org, National Poetry Month began in 1996 after the successful celebrations of Black History Month (February) and Women’s History Month (March).  The purpose of the event is to:

You can participate in the celebration of poetry in many ways.  Some of which includes:

  • Follow the thousands of National Poetry Month celebrations taking place using #npm17 and follow the Academy of American Poets on Twitter @POETSorg.

  • Use the National Poetry Month logo to promote your events. It can be downloaded here.

  • Order a free National Poetry Month poster and display it proudly.

  • Invite K-12 students to participate in our Dear Poet project by writing letters in response to poems shared by the award-winning poets serving on our Board of Chancellors.

  • Attend Poetry & the Creative Mind, a celebration of poetry from the reader’s perspective featuring leading and luminary actors, artists, and public figures, on April 19, 2017, in New York City.

  • Participate in National Poem in Your Pocket Day on April 27, 2017.

  • Sign up for Poem-a-Day.

  • Join the Academy of American Poets and show your support year-round for poets and poetry.

  • Share your photos and feedback about your National Poetry Month celebrations with the Academy of American Poets by emailing npm@poets.org.

You can find more info about over at Poets.org.  Request your own National Poetry Month poster from the site here.

National Poetry Month Infographic: 10 Celebrity Poets

In celebration of National Poetry Month here’s an infographic I made last year for Uncanny Pop (via Piktochart.com) that features 10 Celebrities who are also poets. Which ones did you know about and which ones surprised you?

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Book Review: That Which Lives Within

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That Which Lives Within is a full-length poetry collection by first time author eLPY that it is beautifully written. The 189 page collection features not only poetry, but also poepics, and poetry-infused pictures.

Throughout, the author’s myriad of experiences and emotions are displayed in every poem. The topics of death and loss are touched upon in the poems such as Beyond the Grave, and the poem Left With Memories which is dedicated to her brother who passed away. There are poems about life and love which are just as raw and filled with emotion.

The author’s hopes and dreams as well as fears, frustrations, and self-doubt are also poetically expressed. In the poem “Here’s To My Blossom” at the beginning of the book, eLPY questions her ability to share her writing with others and as the book progresses she grows ever more confident. She also expresses her journey of finding herself, being confident in who she is. It’s a journey of growth that includes joy and despair.

The poepics and infused pictures of poetry are beautiful visuals. It was a little hard to read the font on a few of the pictures because of the color scheme. I thought it was a cool and unique idea to have mixed media and variations of writing within this book. In poems such as “History Rewritten” and “Hypocrisy”, eLPY offers social commentary in her poems on issues such as the genocide in Dafur, the Jena 6, slavery, the exotic pet trade and the slaughter of dolphins in Japan.

The book tells the story of metamorphosis. It’s about going on a journey and growing and not running away from the storms of life. It’s learning from the past and looking forward to what the future will bring. Everyone can relate and can take something valuable and essential from this collection.