Last month, Old Musty Books held two giveaways. One was in recognition of National Poetry Month and one was in recognition of Earth Day. I was extremely pleased with the turnout, and the all the new things I learned.
For the National Poetry Month Giveaway, I was so happy those of you that didn’t find landmarks listed for your states and those that lived in Canada took it upon yourselves to teach the rest of us something. I knew when I posted the link to poets.org there would be some issues; but I had faith in all possible participants to overcome – you all tend to be a pretty smart group of people. *smile*
There is one particular entry I want you all to make a note of. This one is from Mel K:
“On April 17, 2007, the poet Nikki Giovanni closed a ceremony commemorating the April 16 Virginia Tech massacre by leading the crowd through a chant poem, stating “We are sad today, and we will be sad for quite a while. We are not moving on. We are embracing our mourning. We are Virginia Tech – We do not understand this tragedy – No one deserves a tragedy.”
Thank you Mel for sharing this with us. Even if one doesn’t “get” poetry, there is always at least one moment in our lives when poetry can move each and every one of us. While this one is simple and has no need for analysis, I am positive for a large group of young people who were a part of something so tragic, this chanted poem will be remembered for the rest of their lives. And that is what makes poetry great.
Obviously, Mel is one of the winners. The other four winners for the poetry month giveaway are Annie, Nely, tynlyd and Burton Review.
The Earth Day Giveaway was filled with just as many unique entries as the Poetry Giveaway. I was particularly partial to those which included children. Nancy, NotNessie and Gwendolyn all talked about what they do with children. Teaching future generations about how to preserve our planet is so important.
Most of could name two or three companies that are environmentally friendly, but getting to the specifics is not something we could easily rattle off. I enjoy hearing about what specifically companies do behind the scenes and not just in their marketing. Chris gave us this exact information. Hannah is a disabled senior citizen. It would be quite easy for her and her husband to not pay as much attention to the environment as they appear to (and they do a lot).
Congratulations to each and every one of you from both contests! Please check your email for an announcement email (if its not in your inbox, check your junk/bulk folder). I will need to have a mailing address to have your respective set sent to you.