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Guest Post: My Favorite Poet by Allison Winn Scotch

The Song Remains the Same by Allison Winn Scotch will be published on April 12, and she’s become a favorite author of some wonderful bloggers I know.  Don’t you just love this vibrant cover!

While I’d already dedicated the entire month of April on the blog to poetry, I had to decline reviewing her prose, which is raved about.

However, I was happy to hear that she would love to write a guest post about her favorite poet.  And we have a giveaway for my U.S. readers.

First let’s check out a little bit of The Song Remains the Same:

One of only two survivors of a plane crash, Nell Slattery wakes in the hospital with no memory of the horrific experience-or who she is, or was. Now she must piece together both body and mind, with the help of family and friends, who have their own agendas. She filters through photos, art, music, and stories, hoping something will jog her memory, and soon, in tiny bits and pieces, Nell starts remembering.

It isn’t long before she learns to question the stories presented by her mother, her sister and business partner, and her husband. In the end, she will discover that forgiving betrayals small and large will be the only true path to healing herself-and to finding happiness.

Without further ado, please give Allison a warm welcome.

When I’m asked to cite my favorite poet, I know that I should cite a heavyweight, a Whitman, a Frost, an E.E. Cummings. But here’s the truth, I can honestly say that I think that my favorite poet might actually be Shel Silverstein. Why? Because as a child, I fell in love with Silverstein’s words and books, and I’d like to think that he played a part in my love of writing and my love of reading.

I think I was first introduced to Silverstein at around the age of seven or eight. I was obsessed – obsessed! – with Where the Sidewalk Ends. From the very opening poem – “The Dreamer”, a poem which, I should note, was the inspiration for the arc of a screenplay that I recently completed – to “Ickle Me, Pickle Me, Tickle Me Too” – to “Lazy Jane”– to “The Gypsies are Coming”, I was hooked. I read, and reread, and reread again, such that now, when I recently purchased the book for my own seven year-old, I could still cite many of these poems by heart, like an old friend, like an old comfort.

Poet Shel Silverstein from Culture Vulture.net

Poetry can, at times, feel daunting to me. It can feel almost exclusive, but Silverstein’s writing was the opposite of exclusive – it was welcoming, warm, relatable, and for a child who is just getting her literary footing, it was everything to me. The kids (and the parents) in the poems were gawky and silly and flawed and normal . . . and often hilarious. And yet there was, obviously, a real art, a total genius to his writing: it is no easy feat to become a beloved literary hero among both children and adults, and Silverstein is, to this day, just that. When A Light In the Attic was published after Where The Sidewalk Ends, I gobbled that one up too, along the rest of his works. (The Giving Tree is still wonderful after all of these years.)

Honestly, there are few things that remind me of the total innocence of childhood more than Shel Silverstein. If you haven’t picked up one of his books recently, I highly recommend that you do so again. You can be eight or thirty-eight or fifty-eight, and I bet you’ll love them just as much as ever.

Thanks, Allison. Shel Silverstein is one of my favorites as well, and “Wiggles” is going to get to know the joys of his books as well.

Now, I wonder how she feels about Dr. Seuss.

Author Allison Winn Scotch

About Allison Winn Scotch:

She is the bestselling author of The One That I Want, Time of My Life, and The Department of Lost and Found. Her fourth novel, The Song Remains the Same, will be released in early 2012. Prior to delving into fiction, she was a frequent contributor to numerous magazines and websites including Cooking Light, Men’s Health, Fitness, Glamour, and Redbook, and now focuses on celebrity profiles for a variety of magazines. She lives in New York with her family. For more about her and her books, go to allisonwinn.com or follow her on Twitter at @aswinn.

***For Today’s National Poetry Month Blog Tour post, hop over to Trouble With Hammers and My Friend Amy.***

To enter for 1 copy of The Song Remains the Same (US Residents only):

1.  Leave a comment naming your favorite poet.

2.  Spread the word via Twitter, Facebook, and/or your blog and leave links for up to three more entries.

Deadline is April 15, 2012.

  • Anita Yancey

    My favorite poet is Robert Frost, but my favorite poem was written by Edgar Allan Poe. Please enter me. Thanks!
    ayancey(at)dishmail(dot)net

  • Pearl

    My favorite poet is T.S. Eliot. thanks for this great giveaway.

  • Great post! I’m such a fan of Allison’s books and as I’ve already read The Song Remains the Same I can also say that it is fantastic and exactly what I expect from her which is excellence in all she writes!

  • Dawn – She Is Too Fond of Books

    I <3 Shel Silverstein, too!

    And I'm impressed that Allison Winn Scotch was happy to write about her favorite poet, even though you didn't have time in your schedule to review her novel. That says a lot about her character (*her* character, not her *characters* …. I'm being sincere here, not punny!)

    • I was thrilled that she wanted to write about her favorite poet for her blog tour, even though I can’t read any fiction in April! 🙂

  • I can relate to Silverstein and Jack Prelutsky!

    • Prelutsky is another good one.

  • Last week my 11-year old son emerged from his room with a copy of Where The Sidewalk Ends. He had checked it out from the school’s library and read the entire thing. There were a few poems he had to show me too. It’s wonderful to see my non-fiction loving son reading poetry!

    • How funny that he came home with a library book of Shel!

  • My favorite poet is maybe Yeats. But my favorite poEM is The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock.

    And on another note, isn’t the Mr. Linky poetry month thing supposed to be in a sticky post? How do I find it?!!!

    • Yeats was never one of my favorites, but I think the last time you talked about him, you quoted a poem that I did enjoy!

  • I love Allison Winn Scotch so it was interesting to read about her favorite poet. Make sure you pick up some of her books later this year. They are a treat!

    No need to enter me. This book is next up on my TBR pile!

    • I will have to read her books one of these days.

  • Linda B

    I bo’t Shel Siverstein’s poetry books for my grandchildren. It’s hard to name one favorite poet; would probably be easier to name a favorite poem. But I guess I would have to say Robert Frost – I quote bits of his poetry from time to time.
    Thanks for the giveaway.

    • I love Robert Frost as well.

  • I loved Shel Silverstein as a child, and I enjoyed sharing them with my daughter, who is also a fan.

    No need to enter me, but I put the giveaway in my sidebar for you. I really enjoyed Time of My Life and can’t wait to read The Song Remains the Same!

    • Shel is not on Wiggles agenda yet, but hopefully soon since I think I bought all of his books except light in the attic.