Serena’s Poetry Challenge January: Farewell by Alice Dunbar-Nelson

As part of Serena’s Poetry Reading Challenge I will be sharing the poem I enjoyed the most that month on the last Tuesday of each month.

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One of the easiest, and possibly most difficult, will be getting people to sign up to read a poem-a-day through the Academy of American Poets Poem-a-Day service. The challenge is to read a poem-a-day for a week once per month and write about which poems were your favorite and why. You can write up a short blurb on your Facebook page, Twitter, Instagram, or your blog. I’d love for you to share your experience in the comments each month.

After reading a poem a day for a week in January, the one I enjoyed most was: Farewell Alice by Dunbar-Nelson. This is not a poet I’d read before and I found her poem to be beautiful and bittersweet. I wonder if she wrote this about someone she personally could not be with and I wonder who that was. On reading more about the poet here, I found she led an interesting life and that she campaigned for the women’s suffrage movement.

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Farewell by Alice Dunbar-Nelson

Farewell, sweetheart, and again farewell;
To day we part, and who can tell
If we shall e’er again
Meet, and with clasped hands
Renew our vows of love, and forget
The sad, dull pain.

Dear heart, ’tis bitter thus to lose thee
And think mayhap, you will forget me;
And yet, I thrill
As I remember long and happy days
Fraught with sweet love and pleasant memories
That linger still

You go to loved ones who will smile
And clasp you in their arms, and all the while
I stay and moan
For you, my love, my heart and strive
To gather up life’s dull, gray thread
And walk alone……..

You can read the rest of the poem here. What do you think of this one?

You can sign up for a Poem A Day over @ Poets.org

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Take Control of Your TBR Pile Challenge March 2018

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Welcome to the Sixth annual Take Control of Your TBR Pile Challenge!

The rules are simple: for the entire month of March, you focus on reading/listening to books in your TBR pile released before March 1, 2018. They can be eBooks, physical books or audiobooks. Let’s clean off those shelves and finish those series and trilogies!

This is one of my favorite events as my to-be-read pile is often neglected. For those with a backlist of ARCs have no fear, as long as they have already published you can count them!

Kim is hosting the Take Control of Your TBR Pile Challenge and since I’ve been trying to make a dent into my TBR/for review pile since late last year, I figured this would be a good motivator to continue doing so.

Here is the stack of books I will be reading from. Even if I get at least two read that will be great.

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Bout of Books January 2018

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I’ve been wanting to participate in Bout of Books for a few years now but I never seem to get my butt in gear and I nearly missed it this time again. Literally, I got home from work today, let the dogs out, tidied up the living room while my daughter told me all about her day and am now sitting at my computer typing my post up while the baked ziti I prepared is in the oven. I didn’t want to miss out.

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I like reading challenges because I find them a great way to get motivated to read more plus it is a nice way to discover new book blogs.

Here are the read-a-thon details…

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Readers Imbibing Peril X

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The awesome Carl over @ Stainless Steel Droppings hosts R.I.P. which is in its tenth year now. This is one of the reading events I have participated in since I began blogging years ago. Now with my new blog I knew I would be taking part again because along with my favorite time of year, comes my favorite reading challenge.
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