National Poetry Month (and a brand new website)

Please check out my spanking new website. I (with my husband’s help) have only been working on it about a year now. Please click around and let me know what you think. Thank you!

Three cheers for National Poetry Month, always a happy month for poets! I’d like to celebrate this anthology, edited by the fabulous, hard-working Sylvia Vardell for Penguin/DK Books, 2020. Sylvia was good enough to include two of my poems, “Make a Joyful Noise” and “Dream Train” which I’ll post below. It’s a joy to share pages with many contemporary poet friends as well as our predecessors such as Emily Dickinson, Christina Rossetti, Robert Louis Stevenson, and William Makepeace Thackaray. Truly a magnificent anthology, reminiscent of those large poetry tomes we had as kids.

Here is my poem, “Dream Train.” Apparently Sylvia saw this on Kenn Nesbitt’s poetryminute.org/dream-train-by-b-j-lee/. Originally published in the SFF magazine, “Beyond Centauri,” it was nominated for the SFF Rhysling Award in 2012 and subsequently appeared in The 2013 Rhysling Anthology. But though this poem was published in adult venues, it really is meant for children. I am grateful to Kenn Nesbitt and Sylvia Vardell for bringing it back into the kidlitosphere. Here’s the poem:


30 thoughts on “National Poetry Month (and a brand new website)

  1. Hi B.j. I see your found Mary Lee’s post! I love your dream train, the idea of boarding sometimes and getting off “where the dawn is born”. Happy April!

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  2. I love this! Trains echo through MY dreams, too! And that looks like a beautiful anthology. Ruth, thereisnosuchthingasagodforsakentown.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you, Ruth. My grandma’s house was right near a train track, and I loved to sleep over and hear the trains in the night. Probably the inspiration for the poem.

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  3. Hooray! What a beautiful poem. I have been “thinking” of starting a website for a while now. The process of knowing what categories and subcategories I want is a bit overwhelming. I will indeed check out your website to see how you tackled this brain-teaser of a project!

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    1. I’m glad you liked the poem, Linda. Yes, websites can be daunting. This one is just a bigger, better version of my older website and I had a lot of help from my hubs, who is better at technology than I am. Good luck with your project!

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  4. thanks so much, Tricia! Yes! Train-crazy. So many kids are – this interesting vehicle travling from 1 place to another, with lots of connected cars. What’s not to like?

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  5. I’m thrilled to have a poem in this book, too, and that’s not the only reason why it’s my favorite anthology to gift right now…it’s a great one!

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  6. Congratulations on your new “home.” It’s beautiful. I did take a little click around and found it easy to learn so much more about your work.

    I enjoyed your poem as well. Thank you for sharing it (and Sylvia’s anthology). I just keep considering what it must be like to visit the place where dawn is born and sunlight is perfect. It sounds like a place where you are sure to find more poetry.

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  7. Thank you for having a look around. I’m glad it seemed easy to click around on the site. Good feedback to have!

    I’m glad you liked my poem, as well. I’d like to visit this place myself! All aboard the Dream Train! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  8. I agree, A World Full of Poems is a very special anthology to be a part of! Good to hear that your Dream Train is still chuga-chug-chugging along after all these years. ๐Ÿ™‚ A beautiful “old” poem, BJ… congrats on your beautiful new website too!

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  9. “…I come to a place where the dawn is born” is delicious, B.J. I adore train travel, and this brought back such memories of a cross-country journey a few years back. The new site is gorgeous. It shows how much time and care was put into it. Congratulations! — Christie

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  10. Thank you, Michelle! Love seeing your Look for the Helpers poem here, as well. LOVE that one!Thanks for your kind words about my website. It certainly was a l o n g labor of love. Glad you feel it’s working.

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  11. Thank you, Christie. I have never taken a long train ride like that. How exciting. This one was inspired by my Gram’s house – she lived near the train tracks – & hearing the ttrain horn in the night. Thank you for checking out my website & glad to hear you think it’s working.

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