Thursday, September 24, 2009

Apologies to an Apple

Link to Read. Write. Poem. Blog tour...

Read. Write. Poem. is sponsoring a virtual book/blog tour of Maya Ganesan's wonderful book of poems, Apologies to an Apple and I am lucky enough to have the first day, September 24th, which is also Maya's 12th birthday.

Now, for most people, having a book is remarkable, but having a book and virtual book tour on your 12th birthday is even more remarkable!

And another remarkable thing? Maya has poems in our next issue of Crab Creek Review. She is the youngest poet we've ever published and in that same issue we are publishing 90 year old Madeline DeFrees, who may be the oldest poet we've published. I love that!

You might be wondering, how I learned of Maya Ganesan. A couple years ago a friend of mine asked me if I'd consider writing a blurb for a young author, "She's eleven and publishing her first book of poems." I was concerned and hesitant. She said, "Let me send you her poems and you can see for yourself." I did and I was amazed.

Maya does not write like any eleven year old (now 12!) I have ever met. Her poems offer insight and are rich with the world around her.

Some, like the poem "Sold," even offer a Rumi-like quality:

I have sold time
to whoever
would pay the price for it.


She writes to nature around her:

The sparrows have received
my invitation, it seems--

(from "Invitation")


She write to the details of life:

Ribbons, and Bibles
stolen from chapels.


I trust
every single of a thousand coastlines

(From "Requiem")


This is definitely a book you will want to check out and if you have kids, a great example of how poetry can written thoughtfully and insightfully at any age. I wrote in my blurb for her, "I am amazed by this young poet and can only imagine the wonderful things she will bring to the literary world in her future." And I do.


Happy Birthday, Maya!

5 comments:

Maya Ganesan said...

The birthday presents keep piling up. This is one more to add to the stack. Thank you!

Jessie Carty said...

Wow! I was still rhyming poems at 12 about good morals and such :) I'm impressed!

SarahJane said...

That's lovely. Appreciated your review and looking forward to the rest of the tour.

Julie Jordan Scott said...

tremendous insights from one so young. I would love to invite her to my home for tea with my also insightful daughters.

Brava!

Kells said...

Maya, You're welcome! happy bday!

Jessie-- I'm right with you. My poems are 12 were no where close to this!

SarahJane-- Thanks! Appreciate that!

Julie-- Thanks! Yes, Maya is an amazing person! And glad to hear you have amazing daughters at home too. We need more of these young women! Thanks for your note.

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