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The makers of the original Magnetic Poetry Kit present Beat Poet, a magnetic poetry kit with over 200 hep cat word magnets. This box of words really zings, daddy-o, and celebrates one of America’s best known literary movements. The kit includes words like jazz, generation, road, bohemian, freedom . . . and many more! Find a complete list of words here. Kit contains over 200 themed magnetic word tiles — all for just $11.95. To order, visit To create a poem online from the original kit, visit this link. If you do, please send a copy to


Last time we checked, the Kindle version of the Silver Birch Press Green Anthology was #95 on the Poetry Anthologies list for Kindle books — and today we’re happy to report that we’re at #75. But the best part is the company we’re keeping.

We’re right below Kenneth Rexroth (1905-1982) — a poet that Time magazine referred to as “father of the Beats” — and right above the delightful collection Bright Wings: An Illustrated Anthology of Poetry About Birds, a book I recently borrowed from the L.A. Public Library. (I also posted several poems from the book on this blog.)

Thank you to everyone who purchased the Kindle version of the Silver Birch Press GREEN ANTHOLOGY for $2.99 (the lowest price Amazon will allow) — and if you’re an Amazon Prime member, you can borrow it for free.

I think we’ve moved from #95 to #75 on the list because people are looking for inexpensive (yet meaningful — at least we think so!) St. Patrick’s Day gifts. The Kindle version of the GREEN ANTHOLOGY — the equivalent of a 262-page paperback — is filled with poetry and prose that revolves around the theme “green.” Our authors approached the subject from many different directions — writing about luck, money, the environment, love, seasons, trees, water, relationships, and much more.

Thank you to everyone who purchased a Kindle (or paperback) version of the Silver Birch Press GREEN ANTHOLOGY. We appreciate your helping us bring new voices in poetry and prose into the world.

Find the book at this link.  Again, thank you!


A few minutes ago, I noticed that Amazon is now offering the just-released Silver Birch Press Silver Anthology for $7.97 (a reduction of $4.53 from the cover price). I don’t know how long this sale will last, but for a 240-page book by 62 authors of poetry, short stories, essays, novel excerpts, and stage play scenes, this is a bargain. I’d say so even if we hadn’t published the book. If you’re looking for an unusual, uplifting, and engaging (not to mention cheap) Christmas gift, this could be your answer. Here is the link.

The book is also available on Amazon sites for the UK, France, Italy, Germany, and Spain.


“Jumping Dog”

Photograph by Tino Soriano

A dog jumps into Lake Banyoles in northern Spain. The lake is the country’s second largest.

This and other blue images appear in LIFE IN COLOR, a 504-page book of 245 photographs divided into color chapters. The book is available at To view a range of blue images, visit the National Geographic Blue Gallery.

A person can learn a lot from a dog…Marley taught me about living each day with unbridled exuberance and joy, about seizing the moment and following your heart. He taught me to appreciate the simple things — a walk in the woods, a fresh snowfall, a nap in a shaft of winter sunlight. And as he grew old and achy, he taught me about optimism in the face of adversity. Mostly, he taught me about friendship and selflessness and, above all else, unwavering loyalty.” JOHN GROGAN, author of Marley and Me


Photograph by James L. Stanfield, National Geographic

The Roman aqueduct in Segovia, Spain, is pictured at twilight. Dating to the first century A.D., the well-preserved structure is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

This and other blue images appear in LIFE IN COLOR, a 504-page book of 245 photographs divided into color chapters. The book is available at To view a range of blue images, visit the National Geographic Blue Gallery.

James Stanfield‘s photograph of this Roman aqueduct (in Spain) called to mind one of my favorite Bob Dylan songs.


by Bob Dylan

Oh, the hours that I spent inside the Coloseum,

Dodging lions and wasting time.

Oh, those mighty kings of the jungle 

I could hardly stand to see ’em

Yes, it sure has been a long, hard climb

Train wheels runnin’ through the back of my memory

When I ran on the hilltop following a pack of wild geese.

Some day everything is going to sound like a rhapsody

When I pain my masterpiece. 

Listen to The Band (with Levon Helm — RIP — singing) perform the song on YouTube.


Photograph by Jodi Cobb, National Geographic

A costumed tourist poses before a view of San Marco Basin in Venice, Italy. 

This and other “blue” images appear in LIFE IN COLOR, a 504-page book of 245 photographs, essays, and inspirational quotes.The book is available at

To see more images, visit the National Geographic Life in Color Blue Gallery.

“Venice is like eating an entire box of chocolate liqueurs in one go.”  TRUMAN CAPOTE


LIFE IN COLOR, a new book of National Geographic photographs, was released this month — and it’s a stunner. Curated by Annie Griffiths, the 245 photographs “showcase the kaleidoscope of colors in the world,” as the official press release puts it. Each chapter focuses on a particular color (11 in all — the standard nine, plus gold and silver) and includes a short essay on the color’s connotations, while pairing each image with inspirational quotes.

At 504 pages, LIFE IN COLOR retails for $40, which seems like a bargain — since this book can offer endless enjoyment — and is currently available on for $26.40 (with free shipping). What a great holiday gift — think I’ll add it to the Silver Birch Press favorite things list (yes, Oprah, all our choices have cultural significance!).

To view some of these gorgeous images, check out the color galleries at National Geographic.