For those folks who may have missed it, during the year between January 9, 2009 and January 8, 2010, I wrote a poem every day. The content varied pretty widely. I wrote a lot of poems about monsters, and about mythology, and fairy tales, and history and the news; I wrote songs and bizarre haiku and dirty limericks, and now all of them are collected into absolutely the cheapest 330-page print-on-demand book Lulu would let me sell. I wanted to charge less, but Lulu wouldn't let me. Nor would it let me round the price up a few cents for a rounder number. So, it's $16.20, and if you think that's a) an odd price and b) too much I don't blame you. But they didn't put any restrictions on what price I set for the PDF download, so you can get that for free. (Or if you want to click through the "a poem every day" tag here, you can do that too, of course.) Some of the poems are slightly different in book form than their original, but most of them didn't move at all, or didn't move too far.
If you haven't read any of them, here are a few that I quite liked. (All links to the versions on DW, b/c I crosspost everything and am too lazy to find the links twice.) This gives you an idea of the variety of the selection.
"why a raven is like a writing-desk"
"show me somebody like me"
"i'll leave the light on in the hall"
"way over yonder"
I'm putting up a link to the book in the sidebar where the OH JOHN RINGO NO shirts used to be. As I said a while back, I'm discontinuing the shirts -- I think pretty much everybody who wants one has one, so they're not selling enough to pay for the Cafe Press store, let alone donate more moolah to the Helen Bamber Society. So this seems like a good time to make the swap.
Thanks again for indulging me with this bizarre experiment. I'm pleased with how well it turned out, all in all. Buy the book if you like, or download the free PDF if you'd rather. I'd really appreciate a review or a rating, too, if you have the time.
I never expected that I'd do something like "A Poem Every Day," or that my first book would be poetry. But I did, and it is, and I found it a pleasant surprise. Hopefully you did too.