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Taking a Sick Day

I don’t have new content today, at least not in the way of “Hey, come check out my new post on [PS]!”

I got pretty sick this week, and I have been trying to prepare things at work should I have to suddenly leave when my wife goes into labor. As such, I haven’t had much time to write.  I have several pieces and thoughts in the works, but I am only about half way through all of it. I know, I know: “excuses, excuses…”

I would like to take today’s space to share a few things with you:

If you haven’t been over to Popgun Chao$, you really should stop by.  I greatly enjoy Cody’s analysis of comics and sub-pop culture.  I don’t even think you would have to be a comic expert to enjoy his articles; if you’ve ever heard of any major super-hero, there’s something here for you.  If you’re not in to comics, there’s something here for you.  In fact, you could start here.

You should also go by Andrew Eaton’s blog.  He’s begun a discussion on a pretty interesting article about reading the Bible from a literary perspective.  Go over and get involved.

This is a really cool website: In Bb 2.0

Currently I am reading Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton.  If you are unfamiliar, it’s a novel about South Africa under Apartheid rule during WWII. The prose is brilliant and poetic; I’m only about half-way through, and it has already brought me to tears. Swing over to your library or book store and pick up a copy if you’re looking for a good summer read.

Recently, my school’s TSA chapter raised over $2,000 for the American Cancer Society.  I pledged to shave my head if they raised over $2,000.  I will be donating my hair to Locks of Love, and the event will take place late next week.  I am impressed at the level of giving and the spirit of generosity that was displayed by our students, faculty, and community during the course of this fundraiser.  I am proud to work among such people.

Lastly, here is the plug for guest writers.  I don’t want to have to say it again, but I will; please don’t make me beg you to send in submissions.

Thanks, and I love you all.  I am enjoying myself as I write for this blog, and all of the encouragement and positive feed back has truly been a blessing.

God is good.

Please come back on Tuesday, as I expect regular content to resume once I finish up this week.  Thanks, as always, for reading.

-Mike

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April is Full of Blessings

It’s National Poetry Month, so today I have decided to put up some things I would like to share with you. Today’s post is a bit long, but I hope it will be worthwhile.

To begin with, I would like to recommend a few poets and books of poetry you should check out.  The first is my absolute favorite collection of poetry, Sailing Alone Around the Room by Billy Collins.

This a great introduction to poetry. If you have struggled with poetry in the past, this is the book for you.  Billy Collins has a way of starting out a poem in a way that is light and humorous, often times irreverent, and by the end of the poem turning the tone around on the reader, plunging suddenly into sorrow, beauty, and, yes, even love.  Sailing Alone Around the Room is a collection of poems from Collins’s previous volumes, sort of a “best of,” if you will.  I highly recommend this book for someone who is dabbling with poetry as either a reader or a writer.  To see the man in action follow this link. He has also just released a new book, Horoscopes for the Dead (Make sure to read the news story below).

Another book I really appreciate is Frost: Collected Poems, Prose, & Plays.

This is a general collection of the works of the late Robert Frost, who is famous for the poems “The Road Not Taken,” and “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening,” two of the most celebrated poems in the American canon. Robert Frost is probably a poet you have heard from before, whether you realize it or not.

One final book I would like to recommend is Sinners Welcome by Mary Karr.

This book may be for the less-novice poetry fan, but I don’t think it is terribly dense linguistically.  What it is thick with is imagery and commentary on faith, and beautifully, beautifully expressed reflections on growing up, making mistakes, and finding Grace. My favorite poem from the book is titled “Disgraceland,” and I can barely get through the last three stanzas without tearing up. A good friend of mine loaned me this book, and it took me a while…most of a year…to return it.  Thanks, Andy.

Because it is National Poetry Month, there has been a lot in the news concerning poetry.  Here are a few stories that have appeared this week, in case you are interested:

Poetry has the Power to Inspire, to Foster Community

I really enjoyed this editorial because it gave me a good idea.  I wondered, after reading it, how I could share poetry this way in my apartment community.  I then realized that there are bulletin boards over the mailboxes and in the laundry facilities.  Now that I have had this realization, I find that it is my neighborly duty to plaster them with my favorite poems…

Poetry’s Role in Literacy Development

The English teacher in me couldn’t resist putting up this link.  It makes sense to me that learning short, repetitive verses would help foster in children’s minds patterns for sounds and the feel of language. My daughter’s favorite books, the ones she chooses for herself, are typically the ones that she can “recite” along with us.  Typically these are the ones that are written in some form of verse.

Collins Values Approachable Poetry, Not Pretension

This is why I appreciate this man so very, very much.  He has worked to grow an awareness and appreciation of poetry in America.  He used his post as Poet Laureate to promote poetry and literacy programs in public schools and libraries across the U. S.  I cannot wait to get his new book, Horoscopes for the Dead.

Okay, I’m done cramming things into this post.  I’ll finish up with a few housekeeping items.

I am working on adding a “submissions” page to the site. It would be a place for anyone who would like to contribute something to Poor Scribbler to submit their writing.  More to come.

As always, I am looking for feedback on the page. If there is something you would like to see or something you would like me to write about, please let me know.  If you have any complaints about the site, I want to know that, too.  I really want this to be a place to come enjoy, so I need to hear from you! Sign up, comment, and enjoy!

Lastly, thank you to everyone who has helped to make my first week doing this a successful one.  I’ve had a lot of traffic, and it humbles me to no end.  Thank you.  It has been uplifting.

See you on Tuesday. Blessings.

-Mike