Tuesday, February 26, 2013

PFAMS Book Give-Away

Send us your favorite quote about poetry (50 words or less) for a chance to receive a free copy of The Poetry Friday Anthology for Middle School (PFAMS). Here are a few poetry quotes we already love (so they’re off limits!):

Poetry teaches us the power of a few words.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Poetry is the journal of a sea animal living on land, wanting to fly in the air. 

Carl Sandburg

If I feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off, I know that is poetry.

Emily Dickinson

In looking at some apparently small object, one feels the swirl of great events.
William Carlos Williams

For what is a poem but a hazardous attempt at self-understanding: it is the deepest part of autobiography.
Robert Penn Warren

Poetry is most poetry when it makes noise.
Donald Hall

When power corrupts, poetry cleanses. For art establishes the basic human truth which must serve as the touchstone of our judgment.
John F. Kennedy

Poetry—the best words in their best order.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Poetry is not only dream and vision; it is the skeleton architecture of our lives. It lays the foundations for a future of change, a bridge across our fears of what has never been before. 

Audre Lorde

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We challenge you to send us your favorite, most unique and pithy poetry quotes.
Send your name, mailing address, and email address along with your poetry quote to:

Deadline: March 21, 2013 (11:59pm CST)

Winners will be notified via email.


  1. Poetry is a deal of joy and pain and wonder, with a dash of the dictionary. ~Kahlil Gibran

  2. I know many know this, but not only do I love it, it's a poetry lesson for middle schoolers too. They so often love the idea too, perhaps because they're growing & eating & eating... Ink runs from the corners of my mouth
    There is no happiness like mine.
    I have been eating poetry.
    ~Mark Strand, "Eating Poetry," Thanks for the marvelous anthology out so fast. I know it'll be good, like the first!

  3. "“Poetry is what gets lost in translation.” - Robert Frost

  4. Poetry is a packsack of invisible keepsakes. ~Carl Sandburg

  5. “Everywhere I go I find a poet has been there before me.”
    ― Sigmund Freud

  6. "To pay attention, this is our endless and proper work." Mary Oliver

  7. A poet can survive anything but a misprint. — Oscar Wilde

  8. "A poet is, before anything else, a person who is passionately in love with language." W. H. Auden

  9. "Poetry adds music to our ideas and words."

    ~Rebecca Fyfe

  10. "Poetry lifts the veil from the hidden beauty of the world, and makes familiar objects be as if they were not familiar" Percy Bysshe Shelley

    B.J. Lee

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  13. "Poetry is the rhythmical creation of beauty in words." Edgar Allan Poe

    (sorry about the 2 deletes. I didn't think the first one went through so I duplicated it and then mistakenly deleted both...)

  14. "A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness." - Robert Frost

  15. The poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese. -Gilbert K. Chesterton

  16. "A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness." ~Robert Frost

  17. Poetry is plucking at the heartstrings, and making music with them. Dennis Gabor.

  18. Reading these quotes has been so inspiring!

    We also received terrific quotes at our info AT PomeloBooks.com address from Robyn Campbell, Dana Carey, Rebecca Colby, Joanne Durham, Rosi Hollinbeck, Stephanie Jeppson, Diane Mayr, Alexandra Palmer, Jill Proctor, Terry Roper, Donna Sadd, Margaret Simon, Maria Cristina Villarreal, Christie Wright Wild, and Bridget Wilson. Thank you for sending such gems of quotes (which we hope to add soon to the great selection already posted here).

    If you provided us with your snail mail address, we hope to send a book to you next week.

    If you'd rather have an e-book than a paperback copy, please let us know.

    And if we don't have your snail mail address (or email address--and, in some cases, we need your name, too!)--will you send us an email at info AT PomeloBooks.com?

    Thanks so much for joining us in this quote-gathering fun!!

  19. Just to clarify: everyone who posted a quote here is a winner, not just the names I listed in my last comment . . . so, from LJ Moz to Tracy Campbell, please send me your snail-mail addresses (or let me know if you'd rather have an e-book)!

  20. Dear Ms. Vardell and Ms. Wong,
    I just received my copy of The Poetry Friday Anthology for Middle School, and I'm excited to read it. Thank you very much!- Donna Sadd