Monday, June 11, 2012

Poetry, Secrets, and the Cure for Bloggorrhea

In the hope of not committing severe bloggorrhea, I shall try to keep this post succinct. And I shall fail. Ahem.

First, I'm in a poetry anthology that just got published! Whee! First, a little backstory.

*sigh* Isn't it pretty?
In early 2011, Angela Felsted asked me to join a Facebook group called the Poetry Pact. The goal was to try to write a poem regularly, daily if possible, but us lesser humans were allowed to choose a looser schedule. I chose one poem a week; I failed. But I still ended up posting almost 20 poems that year and got to read countless others from some amazing poets.

This year, Angela and another poet, Richard Merril, selected poems and edited the compilation for this anthology. It is amazing to see so much talent (my stuff is amateurish in comparison) put together in a real, solid book.

One of the best parts? The proceeds to purchasing the anthology goes to Direct Relief International, a non-profit organization committed to helping those suffering from poverty, civil unrest, and disasters.  

The lovely authors in this anthology are: Angela Felsted (Author), Jessica Bell (Author), Jim Murdoch (Author), Laurel Garver (Author), Lydia Kang (Author), Madeline Sharples (Author), Richard Merrill (Author), Kerala Varma (Author), Glynis Smy (Author), Alaine Benard (Author), Artemis Grey (Author), Roslyn Ross (Author), Angie Ledbetter (Author), Caleb Mannan (Author), Emily Kruse (Author), February Grace (Author), Janice Marie Phelps (Author), J.R. McRae.

The paperback is available at Amazon for $4.50 and the Kindle version for $2.99. That is some bargain priced art, people.

AND...We are giving away three copies of the paperback version on Goodreads! Contest ends July 6th, and it's open internationally, so enter now!

Okay! That was happy blog item #1. On to #2.

Angela is also hosting a Poetry Pact Blog Hop between June 27-29th. All you do is post a story about a secret pact you've made with friends in the past, or a hush-hush group that may have brought you through hard times. No poetry need be involved!

Angela is offering some amazing prizes for those joining the blog hop.
  • A copy of Madeliene Sharples Leaving the Hall Light On
  • Stephen King's On Writing
  • Blake Snyder's Save the Cat
  • 3 copies of Angela's poetry chapbook, Cleave 

Okay, the bloggorrhea is ending now. You know what the cure is? Not Pepto Bismol. Not Imodium, or tincture of opium! No indeedy. For the love of babbling, it's to stop talking about your new poetry book.

So. Have you ever written poetry? If you do, why? If you don't, why not?



Shelley Munro said...

Congratulations! I have to admit - a poet, I'm not! I think it's a form of rebellion on my part, because I have memories of being forced to read and write poems at school. I always preferred something longer.

I admire those who write poems though. It's not easy with all the rhyming and special forms required for the different types.

Congrats again :)

J.C. Martin said...

Blogorrhea! LOL! Congrats on your publication! I'm no poet either, the only ones I appreciate being the rhyming ones in picture books and Hallmark cards. :P My hats off to anyone who can write poetry.

I've nominated you for a blog award:

Natalie Aguirre said...

Congrats Lydia! That's so awesome that your poem got published. I totally admire people who can write poetry. I can't sadly.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

That is so awesome on the Poetry Pact book. I know a lot of those authors. Never tried poetry. Sure I'd fail miserably though.

Shelly said...

Happy congratulations on the poetry anthology! As much as I love to teach poetry, I've never written much of it beyond classroom applications.

As much of a stretch as it has been for me to write even in a blog, it would be more of a stretch for me to write poetry, although I never say never. I will definitely check out your anthology.

Nick Wilford said...

Congrats on your inclusion in the anthology! It is a really hard thing to do well, so I admire anyone who can, and I know there is more to it than clever rhymes. I used to write song lyrics which taken on their own would fall into the category of bad teen angst poetry. I haven't looked at them for years - I think it'll stay that way!

Karen Baldwin said...

LOve the term, 'bloggorrhea. What's the antonym? Blogstipation? And congrats on being included in the anthology. Me? I do write poetry, but they're dark and moody. Not something that'll brighten anyone's day.

S.A. Larsenッ said...

YAY for Angela's anthology! I hadn't seen the cover yet. Many, many congrats!

Jessica Bell said...

So glad to be a part of this with you. :o)

Karen Lange said...

The last bit of poetry I wrote was a limerick with a 7th grader I was tutoring. I'm not one to write poetry but it was actually fun. I need to try my hand at other types just to stretch my writing muscles, I'm thinking. Congrats on the anthology! :)

Anonymous said...

Hi Lydia. I can't explain why I write poetry. All I can say is that it's a bit of a mystery. I can't imagine what it would be like to have a tune/melody start forming in my mind - and yet words and themes just seem to reveal themselves and it's a joy to put them down on paper.
I saw a documentary once where Sting was undergoing an MRI/CT Scan procedure, and he was asked to think of a tune he had never heard before. Apparently an area in his brain became activated and the scientists and interviewer became quite excited about this. When this was pointed out to Sting he responded in this way - he didn't want to delve into the mechanics of what occurred as he was fearful if he understood why it took place, he may well lose the ability to continue to do so. Perhaps some abilities are gifts and their source and purpose are better left as beautiful unknowns? Best wishes. Jeff.

storyqueen said...

Congratulations on the poetry anthology! And I love the new look of the blog. It's very "light" and "clean".



Angela said...

Yay Lydia! I do so love your bog. Yes, it's light and clean. Also, your poetry is not amateurish! Are you flippin' kidding me?

Old Kitty said...

Awww wonderful!! Yay for you! AND I hope Angela reads this comment here too (she did a blog post where she sang and I just want to say - WHAT A VOICE!!!! WOW!! Totally awesome voice!!! And I liked her youtube clip! Yay!).

Awww but Lydia!! You are a poet!! You are wonderful! Yay!!

I write very bad poetry! LOL! Take care

Connie Keller said...


I've always wanted to be a poet, but I wasn't blessed with that particular gene.

Barbara Watson said...

Exciting, Lydia!

I adore poetry, especially when I find a poem, or even a line of a poem, that says what I'm trying to say but can't find the words for.

Roland D. Yeomans said...

I wrote several haiku's for two of my novels with Oriental-style aliens in them. The most liked was:

Dreams drift like clouds,
I reach to touch the moon,
I grasp but empty night.

I am so happy you were chosen for the anthology. Have a great week, Roland

Unknown said...

Really cool. I wish I knew more about poetry and I would have joined it. Thanks for letting me know about the blog hop. I'll give it some thought.

Precy Larkins said...

Cool beans! Congrats!!

LTM said...

I love love LOVE! This. I love the cover of the book, the idea of the poetry pact, and that so many of my good bleeps are taking part! And it's for a great cause. What could be better? :o) <3

Matthew MacNish said...

That post wasn't that long. Congrats on getting your poetry published, Lydia!

LD Masterson said...

Congratulations on being published in the anthology. That's great. I play with poetry now and then but nothing worth publishing.

LD Masterson said...

Congratulations on being published in the anthology. That's great. I play with poetry now and then but nothing worth publishing.

Carol Kilgore said...


If you've ever read my poetry, you'll know why I don't write it. Bad limericks mostly. That said, I truly admire those of you who contribute to the form.

Ghenet Myrthil said...

Congrats! I've never tried writing poetry (at least not since I was a kid) but I went to a SCBWI New Jersey conference this weekend, and there was a session on using poetry (reading and writing it) to improve your prose writing. I loved the session and plan to read more poetry.

Coleen Patrick said...

Congats Lydia!!
I like to write poetry, but haven't done much since I was a young adult. Except haiku, I like to do that for fun--it even showed up in a story of mine.
Love the look to your site!

Liza said...

The first "real" writing I ever did was poetry. I wrote a lot of it in college...not necessarily well, but I enjoyed it and made it into the school literary magazine a few times. I do think the eye for detail required, and the poetry's rhythms help me in my prose.

Golden Eagle said...

Congratulations on the anthology!

I don't write much poetry. I just don't think I'm very good at it--prose requires precise word choice, but poetry even more so.

Ciara said...

Congratulations with the anthology!! I haven't written poetry since my self-brooding teen years.

Colin Smith said...

Cool, Lydia--you're a published poet! I'm neither published, nor a poet, so I'm totally impressed. :D

Caryn Caldwell said...

How cool! Congratulations on having your poem picked to be published, and for a good cause, too! I used to write and read poetry, but I haven't for years. This post just might inspire me to get back to it, though. It's a wonderful thing to do.

Anonymous said...

I wrote a lot of poetry as a teen, and then again in my mid-20s when my boyfriend at the time wrote me poetry. It was just a great way for me to get my feelings out at times of extreme emotional turmoil.

Good luck with the Poetry Pact!


Alleged Author said...


I tried writing poetry but it turned out ghastly on paper. Ah well!

alexia said...

Congrats! Very exciting.

I wrote a bunch of poetry in my teens and early twenties, but haven't for the last few years. Just focusing on my novels, I guess.

Crystal Pistol said...

Great job!! I think Angela is very talented. You are in good company. :)

I write awful poety because I can't seem to help myself. :) It just feels good.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Lydia .. congratulations on your entry and the anthology includes some great bloggers/authors .. I hope to get it soon.

Poetry is something I need to understand .. so reading this anthology and others will help enormously towards that learning environment ..

Thanks - Hilary

Jenny Woolf said...

Well done! I like poetry although I can't write it for toffee.

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Talli Roland said...

Congrats on the poetry anthology! It looks like such a great read, with some great writers.

Anonymous said...

Super. Awesome!

Jennifer Hillier said...

Congratulations! I WISH I could write poetry, but I have no talent for it at all. :(

Wendy Lu said...

The Poetry Pact sounds awesome! What a great idea. I am actually planning to host a haiku blogfest for my birthday on June 22. :) Will post about that on TRA later on this week!

I'm not a very good poet either (being the very wordy writer that I am) and really admire individuals who can convey a lot of meaning in a small amount of words.

~Wendy Lu

The Red Angel Blog

Wendy Lu said...

By the way, I am totally going to join in on the blog hop! I know just the pact that I am going to talk about. :) I'm excited! Thanks for posting about it, Lydia!

Elizabeth Varadan, Author said...

Congratulations on having your poem in the collection. Happy for you. Yes, I do write poetry from time to time. And read it too. It's a refreshing change from fiction, writing straight from the heart, trying to capture that response, instead of working in plot. And I think everything enriches everything.

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