Poetry Contest – First Place Equality and Vision

*An update from the land of “blogging haitis”* I come with the exciting news of winning first place in the We Are All The Same Poetry Contest! If you have my book Versions of the Self or have been following this blog for a while now then you will likely recognize the poem “Equality and Vision.” If you haven’t read it before, I hope you will head over to Vanessa Souza D’Alessio’s site to check it out. I’m so pleased to have been chosen for first place!

The We Are All The Same Project, which funded the contest, is doing wonderful things for feminism so please take a look around and subscribe to the site too. Thank you to everyone who supports poetry, women’s rights, and my writing efforts.

♥ Christy

Inspire For A Better Life

by Christy Birmingham

Self-respecting we stand,
Where once we did hunch over
With guilt, second-prize ribbons and a
Countertop lined with ingredients to cook.

We stand tall in the glow of securing the
Right to vote, as we step toward visions of
Our equality with the muscular forces –
Let’s see the vision soon without wearing glasses,
Even within home walls where cameras do not go.

There is still work to do, as we strive for
Equal pay and we are haunted by the
Memories of physical and emotional abuse,
From past years, last months and this morning.

There are bodies that choose to chain us down.

We speak up louder with each day that passes,
Striving to reach a volume that cracks windows of
Disregard. We do not pass on opportunities to
Honor and represent the women who
Have brought us to the path we travel today.

We thank…

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Review: Christy Birmingham’s Poetry Collection “Versions of The Self”

A new review for “Versions of the Self” has lit up my day! Thank you to Sarah Potter for the 5 star review, words of encouragement, and detailed account of my book.

Sarah Potter Writes

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THE POETRY COLLECTION AS DESCRIBED BY CHRISTY 

Imagine a shift to the way you see the world that arises through poetic narration. Imagine the world, at its base level, is a collection of selves. These selves collide, disperse, intermingle, and share themselves in lines of free verse. Such is the premise of Versions of the Self, poetry that assumes multiple types of selves exist and relate in ways that alter them. Each of the eight chapters looks at a different type of self, including the singular “I” and romantic interactions. These unique 80 poems definitely color themselves outside of the lines.

MY REVIEW

Christy Birmingham has written her poetry collection Versions of The Self from the first-person viewpoint because it’s about her personal journey. At first I found the constant use of the word “I” off-putting, but my initial reaction fast metamorphosed into feeling privileged, as a reader, to share…

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Holiday poetry of a snowglobe, snow, and friends

Snow Globe Friends: A Christmas Poem

Hello! As Christmas Day draws near, I want to wish each of you a wonderful time. If you do not celebrate Christmas, may the holiday still be one that brings you moments of enjoyment. ♥

Here is a holiday poem I wrote this week called “Snow Globe Friends.” Thank you for the blogging friendships and cheers to more fun times to come in the blogosphere!

Snow Globe Friends

We
Met inside a snow globe and
Did a winter dance as friends of the Earth,
Joined by the white blanket that lay beneath our feet.

As our mittened hands touched,
The glass of the half dome around us fogged up,
And we heard bells ring loudly.

Soon, a man’s voice bellowed out,
Calling a series of names in a musical tone, and
A light grew bright around us.

Looking up, we welcomed the most magnificent sight,
A sleigh rising into the air with the
Ambition we felt in our hearts.

Our fleece-lined hats shook, just a little,
As the boy picked up the snow globe to see us
Better.

©2016 Christy Birmingham
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Happy holidays to you all!

~Love Christy

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Words to Walter de la Mare's Mistletoe

Poetry Analysis of ‘Misletoe’ by Walter de la Mare

When Walter de la Mare (1873-1956) wrote the poem “Mistletoe,” he may not have realized the longevity of his words. “Mistletoe,” which first published in 1913, remains popular today. The 14-line poem is easily found online in several Christmas poetry collections, and I have been a fan of it for several years.

Structure of the 1913 Mistletoe Poem

The English poet de la Mare combines a clever rhyme scheme with flowing lines over two verses. He writes in the first-person perspective, and, as with many of his other poems, “Mistletoe” paints a deceptively simple scene and featured ghostly imagery (if this topic intrigues you, perhaps a read of his book Eight Tales would be one to check out). If you read the lines of this Christmas poem out loud, you may notice it has a musical quality about it.

What is Walter de la Mare’s  ‘Mistletoe’ About?

The first few lines offer a snapshot of the central character sitting alone in a room under the mistletoe. A reader may assume it is nighttime as there is “one last candle burning low, / All the sleepy dancers gone.” The narrator is painted as being tired and lonely.

With the background set, de la Mare then writes that “Some one came, and kissed me there.” He repeats the sentiment at the end of the poem: “Stooped in the still and shadowy air / Lips unseen – and kissed me there.” The kiss is from a stranger and the mood the poet creates is eerie.

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