Happy Poetry Friday! Welcome to regulars and newbies alike–I’m glad you’re all here. I’m happy to be hosting Poetry Friday today, and I’m extra happy to be sharing a beautiful new anthology edited by J. Patrick Lewis. You probably remember the Book of Animal Poetry (and here), and now Pat’s done a second anthology with National Geographic, the Book of Nature Poetry, and I’m thrilled to have two poems in it. Here’s one of them, which I wrote in September of 2013. It was cool to read about the different theories of what causes sailing stones–one of those scientific mysteries. And since then, the mystery has apparently been solved (see an article about the answer to the sailing stone mystery here). I’m actually kind of glad it was still a mystery when I wrote about it, even though the answer is fascinating.
This Immovable Stone
This immovable stone leaves a smooth, stunning trail
in Death Valley’s vastness– distinctly alone.
But behind it, a path of reverse rocky braille–
this immovable stone?
How it moved is the question; the answer’s unknown.
How does a boulder go for a sail?
Nobody dragged it—it didn’t get thrown.
Was it blown by December’s fast, frosty exhale?
Did it move by some magical force of its own?
Science hides truth behind mystery’s veil:
this immovable stone.
–Laura Purdie Salas, all rights reserved
Oh, man, is this book is just gorgeous. (And when you remove the jacket, you’ll get another beautiful surprise!) In the coming week, I’m going to finally have time to sit and savor each poem. All I’ve done thus far is skim through it and ooh and ahh over the stunning photos and the contributors’ names–MANY of whom you Poetry Friday regulars will recognize!
In fact, I’ll be sharing a few more poems in the coming months, I’m sure. If you’re a contributor who’s NOT already sharing your poem on your own blog (I’m assuming that would only be the case if you don’t have a blog:>), would you let me know if it would be OK for me to share? Thanks!
The book publishes this Tuesday, October 13! I hope you’ll find it at your bookstore or library:>)
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