Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Welcome to National Poetry Month 2015!

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As we celebrate National Poetry Month, be sure to check out this official National Poetry Month poster, from the Academy of American Poets, designed by National Book Award finalist Roz Chast and inspired by Mark Strand.
National Poetry Month Poster, Mark Strand, Ros Chast
Join us each day during National Poetry Month for a featured "Daily Poem!"

Friday, March 27, 2015

Your Daily Poems during National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month. Each day, throughout the month of April, we will feature a poem by a famous poet. We have a few more open slots available for extra Indie poets, even if you are not on the famous global list. If you would like to have your poem considered for one of our daily features, please send us the following information, by Monday March 30, 2015:

  1. Your full name
  2. The title of your poem
  3. Include your poem in the body of the email
  4. Send a clear JPEG or PNG headshot of you
  5. The name of your book of poetry
  6. Your personal website

Email this information to teaandpoetrybookclub@kymgmoore.com. Please note that since we have a considerable amount of children who also read this forum, we ask that your poem is family-friendly and non-offensive. Also, you must indicate that the poem you are submitting is one you authored and have the copyrights to. You will be notified if your poem is selected and the day it will be featured.

We will post our daily poems on our Facebook page, Twitter and Google+ sites. If you follow us on these sites, we will reciprocate and tag you on those posts.

Thank you so much for your attention in this regard and we look forward to reading your poetry and sharing it with our audience.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Happy Birthday Robert Lee Frost

Today we celebrate the life of a great American poet, Robert Lee Frost (March 26, 1874 – January 29, 1963). One hundred forty-one years ago Robert Frost was born in San Francisco, California, to journalist William Prescott Frost, Jr., and Isabelle Moodie.

His work was initially published in England, before it was published in America. Frost is highly regarded for his realistic depictions of rural life and his command of American colloquial speech. He received four Pulitzer Prizes for Poetry and was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal in 1960 for his poetical works. Frost was named Poet Laureate of Vermont on July 22, 1961. At the age of 86, he read his well-known poem "The Gift Outright" at the inauguration of President John F. Kennedy on January 20, 1961.

In celebration of Robert Lee Frost, we would like to share one of his famous poems, "The Road Not Taken."

The Road Not Taken
By Robert Lee Frost

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that, the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Author Patricia Neely-Dorsey Campaigns for Mississippi's State Poem

In January we reported that Patricia Neely-Dorsey received an Official Resolution from the State of Mississippi, naming her the state's Goodwill Ambassador, which was also adopted by the House of Representatives. Now, we are delighted to announce that Patricia's poem Meet My Mississippi is being considered as the official state poem. We are so excited that one of our very own members has a poem that can quite possibly be adopted as Mississippi's official state poem.

Currently, Patricia is in the process of getting signatures that will support her campaign to show Mississippi Legislators a list of people who are rallying behind her petition. Below, we've shared her poem that is up for consideration. Enjoy!
Click here if you would like to sign the petition to have Patricia's poem, Meet My Mississippi considered and accepted as the official poem for the State of Mississippi. She would certainly appreciate your support.

Friday, March 20, 2015

The Debut of The Pinnacle of Pleasure, by Thomas Muriuki

The fantasy to love, to dream of passion, and to desire intimacy is captured in erotic poems. While erotic poems contain material that is designed for mature audiences, it does not necessarily mean that sensuality and sexuality are sleazy or sexually explicit.

Thomas Muriuki, a self-trained web programmer and a literature enthusiast announces the debut of his book of poetry, The Pinnacle of Pleasure. His love for poetry and inspiration for The pinnacle of Pleasure-Volume 1, was triggered by two appearances, in which he wrote and presented two inspirational and two love poems for a students' association at Kenyatta University. Thomas' love for poetry, writing and performing continued to intensify and made him come alive through his passion for words. He admits that the works of Plato, especially in The Phaedrus, released the ion and symposium which are largely to blame for his unending inspiration. In the book Philosophies of Art & Beauty, edited by Albert Hofstadter and Richard Kuhns, these selected readings in aesthetics, from Plato to Heidegger introduced Muriuki to the great literary artists.

The Pinnacle of Pleasure is a classic collection of romantic and erotic poetry that brings the emotional aspect of love, then marries it with our sensual appeals in a vivid and provocative style. The book awakens the emotions of endless love in a sizzling twist that leaves readers with mind-blowing imagery of suspense and amusement. Pick up your copy of The Pinnacle of Pleasure in paperback and eBook format, on Amazon http://www.amazon.com/The-Pinnacle-Pleasure-Volume-1/dp/1508508380, Createspace https://www.createspace.com/5308471 and Smashwords https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/506071. This collection of poetry is also available in Kindle Edition http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00TKPAQGY/ref=kics_dp_shop_now_box

Thomas is an avid reader and Twitter addict. Currently, he is pursuing a BA Degree in English Literature, at Kenyatta University in Nairobi, Kenya. He writes because he is possessed by infinite inspiration. His love of continued learning and having the courage to beat the odds of life whenever and wherever they may appear is the type of energy that keeps him striving for greatness in his literary and lifelong pursuits.

Be sure to follow Thomas Muriuki on his social media channels listed below:
Twitter
https://twitter.com/klenstert
Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Thomas-Muriuki/1487828258142018
GoodReads
http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/35772884-thomas-muriuki

Enjoy a cup of Tazo Passion Herbal Tea, while reading The Pinnacle of Pleasure. This exuberant herbal infusion of hibiscus, orange peel, rose hips and passion fruit flavors will transport you on a delightful journey into Muriuki's erotic poetry.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

St. Patrick's Day poetry by Thomas Frederick Young


St. Patrick's Day
By Thomas Frederick Young

The chilly days of March are here,
The raw, cold winds are blowing;
All nature now, is bleak and drear,
But piercing winds and frosts are going.

But frosts nor snows, nor biting blast,
Can chill the warmth within each heart,
When comes around the day at last,
To sainted mem'ry set apart.

For many centuries thy name,
St. Patrick, has been warmly bless'd,
And many more thy righteous fame
Shall animate each Christian breast.

Each Christian, and each patriot, too,
Shall celebrate for years, the day,
And show the world that they are true
To virtuous worth, long pass'd away.

Oh, Ireland! for many years
Unhappy thou hast been, and sore,
But long, we're thankful thro' our tears,
Sweet songs have sounded from thy shore.

While other lands in bitter strife
Fought wildly for kingship or gold,
The words of peace, the way of life,
Within fair Ireland were told.

The Druid priests their rites forbore,
And listen'd to the words that fell
From Patrick's pious lips, as o'er
The land he told his story well.

His lips told of the way of life;
His self-denying actions, too,
Enforc'd the truth, where all was rife
With wrongful rites of darken'd hue.

The people listen'd to his voice,
And learn'd to love the faith he taught;
When fruits arose in after years,
They bless'd the name of him who wrought.

Who wrought successfully to place
Religion's fight within the land - 
A benefit to all his race,
At home, or on a foreign strand.

Religion's flight shone clear and bright,
And then the lesser lights appear'd;
Learning arose with quiet might,
And simple minds it rais'd and cheer'd.

*This poem is found in public domain. Why not have a cup of green tea with your slice of poetry today?

Monday, March 16, 2015

Deep in the Quiet Wood, a poem by James Weldon Johnson

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Deep in the Quiet Wood
By James Weldon Johnson

Are you bowed down in heart?
Do you but hear the clashing discords and the din of life?
Then come away, come to the peaceful wood,
Here bathe your soul in silence. Listen! Now,
From out the palpitating solitude
Do you not catch, yet faint, elusive strains?
They are above, around, within you, everywhere.
Silently listen! Clear, and still more clear, they come.
They bubble up in rippling notes, and swell in singing tones.
Now let your soul run the whole gamut of the wondrous scale
Until, responsive to the tonic chord,
It touches the diapason of God’s grand cathedral organ,
Filling earth for you with heavenly peace
And holy harmonies.

James Weldon Johnson (1871-1938) was an American author, educator, lawyer, diplomat, songwriter, and civil rights activist. Johnson is best remembered for his leadership of the NAACP, where he started working with the organization in 1917. In 1920 he was the first black to be chosen as executive secretary of the association, effectively the operating officer. Johnson was known for his poems, novels, and anthologies collecting both poems and spirituals of black culture, during the Harlem Renaissance.

"Lift Every Voice and Sing" dubbed the Negro National Anthem and often referred to as "Black American National Anthem" is a song written as a poem by James Weldon Johnson. His poem was set to music by his brother John Rosamond Johnson in 1900. Lift Every Voice and Sing is also the name of one of the authorized hymnals in the Episcopal church.

* This poem is found in public domain.