We've got Winners!

National Poetry Month is over.

Poem in Your Pocket Day is done.

And now, our last piece of business — announcing the winners of the Big Poetry Giveaway. Congratulations to . . .

Renee Emerson - winner of Thin Skin, by Drew Myron

Lori Cooley - winner of What It Is, by Lynda Barry

A good time was had by all.

Thanks for playing & poeming.



Thankful Thursday: Poem in Your Pocket


Oh, sweet serendipity!

So many good things in a single day: Thankful Thursday, Poem in Your Pocket Day, and your last chance to enter the Big Poetry Giveaway.

As part of National Poetry Month, Poem in Your Pocket Day encourages you to carry a poem and share it with others.

You don't have to ask me twice; I revel in an opportunity to share poetry. On this Thankful Thursday, I sing the praises of poems carried, clutched, and shared.

What's in your pocket?




On Sunday: Distracted

You, who seek grace from a distracted God.

— Luis Alberto Urrea
The Tijuana Book of the Dead


For days, this line hangs in my head.

I don’t know why. Timing, I suppose. It’s always timing.

And something about the direct appeal: You, who seek . . .

And my "trigger" words:  seek, grace
But it’s the distracted that really gets me: from a distracted God
That’s it, isn’t it?
When we are lost and wandering, when answers seem nowhere, we think God is on vacation, pulled away by bigger problems, bigger people. We are forgotten.
And so these words hang like a necklace, around my neck, close to my heart. Reminder.

Of what, I'm not sure. It's Sunday, and I'm working it out.


On Wild Places

"Wild places — open, public lands — are where I gain my bearings, where I hike and run and think," says Erin Block, who lives in the mountains of Colorado.

She's a librarian by day and a writer by night, and her book, The View from Coal Creek,  is a passionate reflection on fishing and life.

Join us at 3 Good Books, where Block shares her favorite books about wild places.



Thankful Thursday: Not Moldy Bread

I'm making a list in my head, I told her.

Of what?

Things I'm thankful for.

Am I on it?

Are you on it! I said.

She closed her eyes and made her own list.

Can it be something as small as discovering that your bread isn't moldy after all so there'll be toast for the kids for breakfast? she asked.

Yes, I said. My eyes were still closed. Right now I'm thanking God for twist-offs.

Oh, good one, she said.

All My Puny Sorrows
a novel by Miriam Toews


It's Thankful Thursday, a weekly pause to express appreciation for the joys big, small, and inbetween. What are you thankful for today?