7:34 a.m. — Atlanta
listening to Christmas music [I warned you]
Hello, everyone. It’s another grey, wet day in Atlanta and the temperatures continue to climb. However I see a cold front approaching. [I like winter clothes, damn it.]
Today, I am giving you links to places with presents for writers. Many are specifically for the poets in your life — of course you are allowed to get them for yourself. Just tell someone you have something for them to give you. A couple are for writers, generally. I have been through the lists and want several things. So, spend a little time wandering. Those who don’t celebrate Christmas, well, there’s New Year’s. Start a tradition.
1] Let’s start with The Huff Post’s Blog and an article on Why You Should Buy Poetry This Holiday Season. Author Kelly Forsythe presents a good case for giving poetry: Perhaps we open our creative minds most intensely during the holidays, so, in theory, gifts which speak directly to these creative sensibilities should make it to the top of our must-have lists. Something that allows us to expand our minds just a tad further, pushing past the mundanity of office parties. Something that reminds us of the emotional connections we crave, particularly during the holidays. Enter: poetry.
Head over and read what she has to say.
2] A post titled Top Ten Gifts for the Poet has a diverse collection of suggestions. I already have the Cavallini folders marked. Don’t be fooled by what looks like the end of the article after the first suggestion. Keep going.
3] Kelli Russell Agodon, in her blog Book of Kells, has an interesting and fun Gift Guide for Poets & Writers: My Favorite Things. Who can resist Aqua Notes for the shower?!
4] One of my favourite places for gifts of any kind is Cafe Press. If you don’t know it, make sure you have plenty of time before you click the link. The writers’ gifts, at first glance, appear to be for narrative writers, but you will see quickly that many things work for poets.
5] Finally, a more personal gift. You will see this again tomorrow, but here’s an early look at We Write Poems. Their guest prompter this month is Yousei Hime who says: It is a gift giving season. Handmade gifts are the best, and what better way to share love and self than writing. Let us write and wrap a poem as a gift. Go on over and read her suggestion for a Holiday Collage.
I shall see you tomorrow for the week’s roundup of prompts; next Tuesday for something superstitious; and next Thursday for something.
Happy writing (and shopping), all.