Coming in April 2015 from the tireless Poetry Friday duo, Janet Wong and Sylvia Vardell, The Poetry Friday Anthology for Celebrations. The book features poems in English and Spanish by 115 poets for 150+ holidays and celebrations, including the predictable and the odd. Just a sample: Random Acts of Kindness Week, Children’s Book Week, World Laughter Day, National Camping Month, International Literacy Day, Global Hand Washing Day, and more!
I don’t always think of myself as a poet. Or maybe I can do that only on days when my self-confidence is higher than usual because, you know, if you think it’s presuming a lot to say you’re a writer, I’d say it takes real guts to be a poet. So I’m very happy to say that a poem of mine is going to be in this cheery anthology. I wrote it while I was traveling in India. It gained considerable heft from my 85-year-old mother’s advice on Tamil language onomatopoeia and the possibilities of cross-linguistic wordplay.