Ah, the difference a day makes. Yesterday I was pining away for these (thank you to all who joined me in the oohs and aahs), and today I have five complete sets to give away. Please check out the post right below this for all the poetry series details, and click on over to the Faber & Faber website for a host of beauties, anniversary celebrations and more. Eighty years as an independent publisher of beautiful books is quite a milestone especially during today's publishing woes.
So, you say, what do I have to do to have a chance at these lovelies? Simply comment with which one of the featured poets in this series would be your first choice to read. John Betjeman, Ted Hughes, Sylvia Plath, T.S. Eliot, W.B. Yeats, or W.H. Auden. Today (although the answer might be different tomorrow) I would pick up Ted Hughes first. See the cover above and the endpapers below. All UK, US, and Canadian residents welcome to win. Drawing on Friday, June 19 at the end of day. Good luck!
When Crow was white he decided the sun was too white.
He decided it glared much too whitely.
He decided to attack it and defeat it.
He got his strength up flush and in full glitter.
He clawed and fluffed his rage up.
He aimed his beak direct at the sun's centre.
He laughed himself to the centre of himself.
At his battle cry trees grew suddenly old,
But the sun brightened-
It brightened, and Crow returned charred black.
He opened his mouth but what came out was charred black.
"Up there," he managed,
"Where white is black and black is white, I won."
-- Ted Hughes