…your gifts many

December 18, 2021


With gratitude and best wishes.
May your heart be full © j.i. kleinberg 2021

good news

June 3, 2019

Sometimes we just have to share some good news. The kind of restores-your-faith-in-humanity news we’d like to see more often, even when it’s not right in our neighborhood. The Kennedy Foundation, Inc., has pledged $1 million to the University of Chattanooga Foundation for the benefit of students studying poetry at UTC. The money will be used to fund scholarships as well as endow a professorship to teach poetry. A million bucks for poetry. Yes!

Read all about it.

the gift of poetry

May 21, 2019

The Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest has numerous reasons to be grateful to George F. Drake. Here are two:

  • In 1976, as a member of the Bellingham City Council, George organized a ceremony to honor those who served in elective office. A highlight of the event, held at Western Washington University, was the presence of Sue C. Boynton, then 95. George escorted her to the podium where she read a poem of her own followed by a message sent for the occasion by President Gerald Ford. In 2005, George approached Sue Boynton’s daughter, Ethel Boynton Crook, to propose naming a community poetry contest to honor Sue C. Boynton. She agreed, and the first Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest and Poetry Walk was held in 2006 with the enthusiastic support of the extended Boynton family.
  • A stalwart champion of the Contest through the intervening years, George Drake took the podium at the May 16, 2019, awards ceremony, where he presented the above photo of himself with Sue C. Boynton taken by Tore Ofteness at that 1976 event. He then presented the contest committee with an exceedingly generous surprise: a check for $10,000 to express his belief in the importance of this community poetry contest and to assure its continuation in the years to come.

Beyond the evening’s raucous and prolonged applause, the Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest and all the past, present, and future poets of Whatcom County, and their fans, owe George Drake a huge THANK YOU.

last minute

December 21, 2015

The Qwerkywriter Bluetooth Keyboard
The Qwerkywriter Bluetooth Keyboard at GadgetFlow

Buddy Wakefield Poem Pens
Buddy Wakefield Poem Pens

The Poet Tarot
The Poet Tarot and Guidebook from Two Sylvias Press

Emily Dickinson tights
All manner of homemade poetry swag on Etsy including Emily Dickinson tights

Noisy Water
Noisy Water: Poetry from Whatcom County, Washington – available at Village Books

Emily Dickinson Tarot
The Emily Dickinson Tarot Deck from Factory Hollow Press

How to gift a poem…

December 2, 2014

cootie catcher

  • Tweet it a line at a time.
  • Post it on Facebook.
  • Hand-write or print it and put it in a frame.
  • Stamp it into a paver.
  • Stitch it like an old-fashioned sampler.
  • Transfer it onto a t-shirt, mug, bowl, etc.
  • Make a collage out of it.
  • Make a chapbook out of it.
  • Put it in an envelope and mail it.
  • Tuck each line behind a little window, like an Advent calendar.
  • Seal it in a bottle and toss it in the sea with a forwarding address.
  • Laminate it and hang it as a holiday ornament.
  • Write it in lipstick on the mirror
    or chalk on the sidewalk.
  • Blog it.
  • YouTube it.
  • Record it and MP3 it.
  • Geo-cache it.
  • Origami it.
  • Roll it like a scroll and put it in a Christmas stocking, basket, candy box, saucepan, pillowcase, jacket pocket.
  • Inscribe it in something weatherproof and stake it in the garden.
  • Write it in sand and take a picture from above.
  • Memorize it and say it aloud.
  • Etc.

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give words!

November 28, 2014

Banned Book Socks
Whether you’re shopping for a poet, a poetry lover or someone who doesn’t think about poetry very much, there are plenty of wonderfully poetic ways to give gifts this holiday season. So if you plan to shop, put your money where your heart is.

Here are a few ideas to get you started…

We aren’t suggesting you should a) shop or b) spend a bunch of money. But if you DO give holiday (or other) gifts, we hope this little list might launch your creativity. (We’d love to hear your other ideas. Leave a comment!)
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Banned Book Socks

on poetry…

March 31, 2013

David Kirby

“Remember that the poem is a gift. You’re not writing it for yourself; you’re writing it so you can give it to someone else. So what are you going to give them, a handful of wadded up tissues from your trash can or a bright, shiny jewel box you’ve spent weeks making?” David Kirby

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David Kirby photo

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