More Birthday Bash Celebrating Going on Here, Right Here

Ah, yes. My birthday is approaching — April 30th! And I have Friday off. Grin. It’s good for you guys too. Details about how you can win stuff are in this very post!

I have gifts and ARCs for you. Today’s gift is in honor of National Poetry month, literary and visual.

  1. 23 Hellcat Amazon post cards – tough girls and warped women from the pulp classics. (my fave: Reform School Girl!!)
  2. Pablo Neruda’s The Hands of the Day, in Spanish and English, translated by William O’Daly

A House (by Pablo Neruda)

Someone touches a stone and the stone
explodes and the pieces
come back together again:
it is the work
of young gods expelled
from the solitary garden.
It is the work of
breaking, restoring again,
smashing, gluing together, conquering
until that rock
yielded to the hands of Aguilera
the eyes of Antonio and Recaredo,
the head of don Alejandro

That is how the houses on the coast are made.

And later the footsteps come and go.

That’s just one of the many wonderful poems in this book. Neruda is one of my favorite poets.

So, how do get the chance to win? So glad you asked!

Leave a comment about, uh, what superhero you would be and why. Perhaps even Reform School Girl. You can make up your own or use an existing one. If you don’t include a way to contact you — via a blogger or other id that leads me to an email address, then you’ll need to check back here around May 1st to see if you won. K? (SonomaLass, you can email me to enter- I know you were having trouble with the blog.)

I’ll pick today’s winner probably the day after my birthday or so. And I’ll send an ARC of My Forbidden Desire to some of you, too. How many? It depends. I have four days, a box of ARCS. We’ll see, eh?

P.S. My Forbidden Desire got 4.5 stars and a top pick from Romantic Times! (yay!!!!) I’ll post that review sometime soon.

P.P.S. It’s not to late to enter for a chance to win a pound of Belgian chocolate. See previous blog post.

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4 Responses to “More Birthday Bash Celebrating Going on Here, Right Here”

  1. Cybercliper says:

    I like the idea of being Wonder Woman. The thought of having a golden lasso that would enable me to obtain the truth from anyone is quite appealing. Of course, I wouldn’t mind being Aquaman either. Then maybe I could find Atlantis and that would be a whole ‘nother story.

  2. Y. Bressani says:

    Hmmm…..decisions, decisions……..

    There are one of two superheroes I’d be.

    1) Literacy Girl. She works with all ages and makes the written word understood for those who don’t know how to read with a single lesson, she can teach hundreds in a single day and she still has time to cook delicious (and filling) gourmet meals for her family.

    2) She has no name and that’s the way she likes it (though she has been called by some “Healer of the Soldier’s Heart”). She works primarily with vets who come back and find it hard dealing w/the condition. She also works with others who suffer from PTS.

  3. Megan Frampton says:

    I’d like to be Confidence Woman, who boldly goes where no woman has gone before. And by “no woman” I mean me.

  4. M. says:

    This is how woeful my literary education is: when I saw (and loved) the movie ‘Il Postino'(so funny! so charming! so poignant!) I didn’t realize the Neruda they featured was a real poet. I thought he was a character invented for the movie. Imagine my astonishment when I discovered he was taken from real life.