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Monday, December 3, 2018

The Poetry of US Blog Tour and Giveaway

We're a stop on the blog tour for The Poetry of US book. You can try to win a copy of the book here or at any of the other stops on the tour. And, the giveaway is open to residents of the US and Canada. Finally, something open to Canada, too. Good luck and enjoy the poem below.

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!

Old Vogal

Told me I was lucky
When I went to cut his hay
A bloom or two means lots of leaves 
‘Course it’s best that way.
He assured me I was lucky
That my bales were done up tight
 Lucky that I caught the dew 
And chanced to bale it right. 

Oh yes, and I was lucky
When the storm clouds came around
All my hay was in a stack
Not layin’ on the ground.

I clenched my jaw and held my tongue 
Red anger ‘round me swirled
If I was a man, he’d say I was good.
But “lucky” ‘cuz I’m a girl.
-Peggy Godfrey


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

“ expansive gathering, with dazzling visuals” - Kirkus

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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.

About the Author: 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.


  • One (1) winner will receive a copy of The Poetry of Us
  • US/Canada only
  • Ends 12/16/18 at 11:59pm EST

Disclosure: Java John Z's did not receive compensation for this post and is not responsible for prize fulfillment.
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  1. I'm a published poet so I enjoy poetry very much.

  2. I used to write poetry and I still read it quite a lot. Thanks for the chance to win this nice collection.

  3. i love poetry, i read it when i can

  4. I do love poetry very beautiful