December 5, 2018

The Poetry of US Blog Tour: Excerpt + Giveaway

Welcome to The Poetry of US Blog Tour!

To celebrate the release of The Poetry of US edited by former U.S. Children's Poet Laureate J. Patrick Lewis, blogs across the web are featuring selected poems from The Poetry of US plus 8 chances to win a copy! Follow along on this road trip across the U.S. through poems and pictures!

Eréndiro Cruz Pérez

How pretty the sunrise of the valley
While the sun of the little morning comes up
I started to whistle, to sing. Orange sun, reminds me of the oranges
We cut in the fields, I remember my family, I remember my country,
El Salvador

We pick white onions, red onions, yellow onions
How delicious are onions, but they are so heavy
Little radishes shining on my hands, I kneel to pick up from the earth
I think of the eyes of my children, four girls and two boys
And such a wonderful woman

Under the shadow of the lemon tree I hear the birds singing
 The sky is a little blue piece
It reminds me of the lagoons of my homeland 
By the furrows of corn

There is a worm on top of a rock
It reminds me of the worms of Fresno, Monterey, Kern, Tulare,
o de Ventura
Also of the beast, the train I travel whistling through Mexico.
- Jorge Argueta

Que bonito el amancer del valle
Mientras va saliendo el sol de la mañanita
Me pongo a silvar, a cantar. Sol naranja de las que cortamos
En los campos, recuerdo a mi familia, recuerdo mi país, El Salvador

Cebolla que pizcamos, blanca, colorada, amarilla
Ayyy que sabrosa, pero como pesa
Rabanito que se en enciende en mis manos de rodillas te saco de la tierra
Pienso en los ojitos de mis hijos, cuatro vichas y dos vichos y una mujer bien tallada

Bajo la sombra de un limonero escucho los pájaros cantar
El cielo es un pedacito azul,
Se parece a las lagunitas de mi tierra
Por los zurcos donde crece el maíz

Hay un gusanito trepado en una piedra
Me recuerdan a los gusanos de
Fresno, Monterey, Kern, Tulare, o de Ventura
y al tren la bestia que me trajo silvando por todo México

- Translated by Jorge Argueta

Blog Tour Schedule:

November 26th — Chat with Vera
November 27th — Beach Bound Books
November 28th — Christy's Cozy Corners
November 29th — Bookhounds
November 30th — YA and Kids Books Central
December 3rd — Java John Z's
December 4th — Word Spelunking
December 5th — A Dream Within a Dream

It's all about us! Join former U.S. Children's Poet Laureate J. Patrick Lewis on a lyrical journey through the United States to experience the wonders of America's people and places through 200+ inspiring poems and stunning photographs.

Celebrate the gift of language and the vibrant culture of the United States with this collection of classic and never-before-published poetry. Poems are arranged by region, from coast to coast, and among them you'll find works by Langston Hughes, Dorothy Parker, Robert Frost, Naomi Shihab Nye, Walt Whitman, and more. From the familiar to the surprising, subjects include people, places, landmarks, monuments, nature, and celebrations. Designed for sharing, but geared to younger readers, this beautifully illustrated treasury is a must-have for the whole family. 

“ expansive gathering, with dazzling visuals” - Kirkus

J. PATRICK LEWIS is a former U.S. Children's Poet Laureate. He earned a B.A. at Saint Joseph's College, an M.A. at Indiana University, and a Ph.D. in economics at the Ohio State University. Lewis taught in the department of Business, Accounting and Economics at Otterbein College until 1998, when he became a full-time writer. He is the author of more than 50 books of poetry for children, including Spot the Plot: A Riddle Book of Book Riddles (2009, illustrated by Lynn Munsinger); New York Times Best Illustrated Book The Last Resort (2002); The Shoe Tree of Chagrin (2001) which won the Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators' Golden Kite Award; A Hippopotamusn't: And Other Animal Poems (1990); and he has collaborated with other poets on several collections.

His children's poetry has been widely anthologized, and his contributions to children's literature have been recognized with the 2011 Poetry Award from the National Council of Teachers of English and the Ohioana Awards' 2004 Alice Louise Wood Memorial Prize. His poetry for adults includes the collection Gulls Hold Up the Sky: Poems 1983-2010.

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One (1) winner will receive a copy of The Poetry of Us
US/Canada only
To enter, leave a meaningful comment on this post along with a way for me to contact you if you're selected as the winner!


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