Archives for posts with tag: New Year

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“…in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original: whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring twopence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original…” C.S. LEWIS

Narnia fans might enjoy spending 2014 with A Year with Aslan: Daily Reflections on the Chronicles of Narnia.  The book offers 365 of the most thought-provoking passages from all seven Narnia books, paired with questions that promote reflection on particular topics.

The 480-page A Year with Aslan is available at Amazon.com.

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“And now let us believe in a long year that is given to us, new, untouched, full of things that have never been.” RAINER MARIA RILKE

Photo: Ben Hur

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NEW YEAR’S HAIKU
by Jane Reichhold

New Year’s Day
between clouds the sun
a bright beginning. 

PHOTO: “Golden Sky” by Ana Pontes, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Prints available at etsy.com.

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CREDIT: New Yorker cartoon by Bob Mankoff, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

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HAPPY NEW
by Shel Silverstein (1930-1999)

Joe yelled, “Happy New Year.”

The cow yelled, “Happy Moo Year.”

The ghost yelled, “Happy Boo Year.”

The doctor yelled, “Happy Flu Year.”

The penguin sneezed, “Happy Ah-choo Year.”

The skunk yelled, “Happy Pee-yoo Year.”

The owl hooted, “Happy Too-woo Year.”

The cowboy yelled, “Happy Yahoo Year.”

The trainman yelled, “Happy Choo-choo year.”

The clock man yelled, “Happy Cuckoo Year.”

The barefoot man yelled, “Happy Shoe Year.”

The hungry man said, “Happy Chew Year.”

There were more “Happy Ooo-Years”

Than you ever heard

At our New Year’s party…

Last June twenty-third.
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“Happy New” appears in Shel Silverstein‘s posthumous collection Everything on It (HarperCollins, 2011), available at Amazon.com.

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BURNING THE OLD YEAR
by Naomi Shihab Nye

Letters swallow themselves in seconds.   
Notes friends tied to the doorknob,   
transparent scarlet paper,
sizzle like moth wings,
marry the air.
 
So much of any year is flammable,   
lists of vegetables, partial poems.   
Orange swirling flame of days,   
so little is a stone.
 
Where there was something and suddenly isn’t,   
an absence shouts, celebrates, leaves a space.   
I begin again with the smallest numbers.
 
Quick dance, shuffle of losses and leaves,   
only the things I didn’t do   
crackle after the blazing dies.
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“Burning the Old Year” appears in Naomi Shihab Nye’s collection  Words Under the Words: Selected Poems (Portland, Oregon: Far Corner Books, 1995), available at Amazon.com.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Born in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1952, Naomi Shihab Nye is a poet, songwriter, novelist, and children’s book author. Her many honors and awards include four Pushcart Prizes, The Jane Addams Children’s Book Award, the Paterson Poetry Prize, and many notable book and best book citations from the American Library Association.

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“And now let us believe in a long year that is given to us, new, untouched, full of things that have never been.” RAINER MARIA RILKE

Photo: Ben Hur

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At the Silver Birch Press blog, we’re looking forward to a New Year filled with word explorations — prose, poetry, plays, and more! Thank you to our visitors and followers from around the world for joining us on our journey! You mean the world to us!

Illustration: New Yorker cartoon by Shannon Wheeler

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The Silver Birch Press blog extends a “Happy New Year!” to all of our visitors and followers. Wishing you a wonderful year filled with fun, friendships, and fulfillment! Best wishes for a happy, healthy 2013!

Illustration: New Yorker cartoon by Harry Bliss