Lynda’s Weather Report – first snow
A Letter to Readers of SCAN-A-BLOG
I am so pleased to let everyone know that my first chapbook,
is accepted for publication by Finishing Line Press
My chapbook is a wintry-themed collection of 30 poems.
My themes are:
nature – landscape
memory – passage of time
places & people
journeys – dreamscapes
Please enjoy 2 sample poems from the chapbook.
“Dream Sequence” # 4
In my dream
I climb upwards
on the ladder I stumbled upon
in the woods one afternoon.
the ladder is unstable
“Keep it straight up,” I whisper.
“Keep your body centered. Stay poised.”
Photo: Lynda McKinney Lambert.
Bouquet of fresh flowers in a crystal vase.
“My Daughter Cut the Roses”
My daughter looked
at the bouquet of fresh roses
noticed two of them were drooping.
“Let me show you how to trim the roses
so they stay fresh and strong.” she said.
Her hands held the roses tenderly
One-by-one, trimmed off extra leaves
“These will make the water stink,” she said.
She found scissors in the drawer
put the roses in a bowl of tepid water
held each stem under water
sliced them all, diagonally –
“As I cut the rose under the water,
little bubbles of air come to the surface.
Now, when the rose inhales
it will only breathe water into it,
it won’t fill up with air.
The living water inside the stems
gives longer life to each rose.”
She carried the freshened flowers
In the tall glass vase
back to the center of the dining room table
darkest crimson buds, sunny yellow petals,
deep green fern leaves
and a frilly white carnation.
Finishing Line Press will send a Pre-publication announcement card for advance sales.
I am putting together a list of friends who would like to received this invitation to buy the chapbook.
Finishing Line Press is a small specialty press.
The editors need to know in advance that at least
55 chapbooks will be sold at $13.99.
While it feels uncomfortable for me
to ask you
to buy my chapbook,
I understand why a small press must know in advance
that the book sales will justify their cost of printing it.
I sincerely hope that you and your friends who love literature will want to be on my mailing list. The little book would be a really lovely holiday gift to send to friends on your personal list next Christmas!
with your NAME and MAILING ADDRESS,
I will put you on the mailing list
to received the card.
Your response will let me know you want to be on my mailing list and that you would buy a chapbook. I’d certainly love to hear from you. Once I received your reply, I will have the publication announcement sent to you in early summer prior to publication.
Once the card arrives, you will have 2 weeks to order a chapbook
If you have friends who love literature and poetry, please send this message to them ASAP. I will be creating a mailing list and will include all who have sent me a response with your mailing information if you indicated you want to buy a book when you received the Pre-Publication Card.
The press run for the Chapbook
“will be determined by the SUCCESS or LACK THEREOF of advance sales.”
I will love knowing that my first chapbook, first snow, will be in your personal library or collection or that you chose to gift it to friends. This is an exciting new development in my writing life! Thank you, in advance, for your support of my poetry publication, first snow.
Lynda McKinney Lambert. Copyright 2019 All Rights Reserved.
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Contact: Lynda McKinney Lambert
104 River Road
Ellwood City, PA