Category Archives: Poetry

30 Ways to Celebrate National Poetry Month

National Poetry Month poster

April is National Poetry Month. Oh poetry. We love the thrilling, subtle, complex, emotional, eloquent, simple, and inspiring ways that words can be combined to create poetry.

Here’s a wonderful list of ways to celebrate from the National Academy of Poets. What would you add to the list?

  1. Order a free National Poetry Month poster and display it at work or school.
  2. Sign up for Poem-a-Day and read a poem each morning.
  3. Sign up for Teach This Poem, a weekly series for teachers.
  4. Memorize a poem.
  5. Create an anthology of your favorite poems on Poets.org.
  6. Encourage a young person to participate in the Dear Poet project.
  7. Buy a book of poetry from your local bookstore.
  8. Review these concrete examples of how poetry matters in the United States today.
  9. Learn more about poets and poetry events in your state.
  10. Ask your governor or mayor for a proclamation in support of National Poetry Month.
  11. Attend a poetry reading at a local university, bookstore, cafe, or library.
  12. Read a poem at an open mic. It’s a great way to meet other writers in your area and find out about your local poetry writing community.
  13. Start a poetry reading group.
  14. Write an exquisite corpse poem with friends.
  15. Chalk a poem on the sidewalk.
  16. Deepen your daily experience by reading Edward Hirsch’s essay “How to Read a Poem.”
  17. Ask the United States Post Office to issue more stamps celebrating poets.
  18. Recreate a poet’s favorite food or drink by following his or her recipe.
  19. Read about different poetic forms.
  20. Read about poems titled “poem.”
  21. Celebrate National Poem in Your Pocket Day on April 21, 2016. The idea is simple: select a poem you love, carry it with you, then share it with coworkers, family, and friends.
  22. Subscribe to American Poets magazine or a small press poetry journal.
  23. Watch Rachel Eliza Griffiths’s P.O.P (Poets on Poetry) videos.
  24. Watch or read Carolyn Forche’s talk “Not Persuasion, But Transport: The Poetry of Witness.”
  25. Read or listen to Mark Doty’s talk “Tide of Voices: Why Poetry Matters Now.”
  26. Read Allen Ginsberg’s classic essay about Walt Whitman’s “Leaves of Grass.”
  27. Watch a poetry movie.
  28. Sign up for a poetry class or workshop.
  29. Get ready for Mother’s Day with a card featuring a line of poetry.
  30. Read the first chapter of Muriel Rukeyer’s inspiring book The Life of Poetry.

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Mystic Heart

For most of us to this life born, the heart takes no great comfort in its own company but yearns for its completion in another. And so it is that it becomes a hungry hunter and wanders the world in search of its counterpart. The tales told of this human enterprise see no end.

Two Hearts – One Soul greeting card

Two Hearts – One Soul greeting card

We live in an age with more than its share of sorrow and loneliness, and so it is a goodness and a mercy when two hearts meet, and a greater goodness when they surrender one to the other and declare themselves as bound and joined.

But the sages declare that the happiness of this union is given to us as example and foretaste of a greater bliss which is the perfect Unity of the soul. There is no need to search for this in far and distant realms, for it is the nearest of all things. The soul is here for its own joy, and it abides always in the Great Unity and the mystery of No Other. So it follows, then, that all souls are in truth just one soul. Thus is the simple secret of the ages laid bare for all to see, but alas, there are but few to hear, and fewer still to seek.

Blessed Be.                               

by Michael Green

New Valentine Cards!

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Inside text: Be Mine

Travis Bone

Featured Artist: Travis Bone is the founder and creative force behind the poster and illustration studio Furturtle Show Prints. As Bone puts it, “the weird state of Utah” is home and a constant inspiration for his iconic imagery. Bold yet economical use of color and line work reminiscent of hand-carvings abound in his sometimes dark, often whimsical illustrations. Although Furturtle Show Prints is known worldwide for hand-printed posters that often feature bands that a few people have heard of, Bone is a prolific creator of logos, snowboard and ski graphics, labels for bottles, drawings for clothing, and all manner of illustrations for myriad purpose.
www.furturtle.com

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Inside text: Connected by heart strings.

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Inside Text: You set my heart aflame.

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Denise Gallagher

Featured Artist: Denise Gallagher draws incessantly and loves to make beautiful things. She has been recognized for her talents by such esteemed organizations as Print magazine, Communication Arts magazine, and the Society of Illustrators. Gallagher’s work has been exhibited in museums and galleries across the US. Her images provide glimpses of a mysterious tale that has yet to be written. Seemingly random objects become deeply meaningful and infused with magic. Gallagher’s work is meandering, mysterious, and never mundane. http://www.denisegallagher.com

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Inside Text: I’d follow you anywhere.

Renée Locks

Feature Artist: Renée Locks is a painter, calligrapher and poet. She taught Western calligraphy for ten years before devoting herself to the sumi-e brush and shodo – the way of writing beautifully. Locks is inspired by ancient Asian calligraphy, especially by the Japanese Kansai style of writing, which is executed rapidly and without lines. She describes it as “like walking a tightrope between control and freedom, mind focused as a straight arrow, from top of head through the brush, no hesitation.” She paints on 300-year-old rice paper and grinds her own ink with an ink stick and water on a special stone. http://www.reneelocks.com

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Emily’s Birthday Favorite!

Happy Birthday to Emily – Amber Lotus Publishing – Operations / Marketing gal

We ask each of our staff to pick a favorite Amber Lotus item to feature on our blog for their birthday. Here is Emily’s choice.

Why is Zen Cat one of my favorite calendars?
The easy answer is that here is my Zen Cat …

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… and here is my desk at Amber Lotus.

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I wish I had an elegant and complex motivation to write about, but I love Nicholas
Kirsten-Honshin’s artwork because he captures the essence of cats.  And, cats are wonderful!  I do, also, appreciate his peaceful meditations on interconnectedness.
But when I look at this calendar, my first reaction is simple joy.Emily_cat-3

I’m looking forward to the 2014 Zen Cat calendar.

Zen Cat Wall & Mini calendars

Zen Cat 2014 wall calendar

Zen Cat 2014 wall calendar

Zen Cat 2014 mini calendar

Zen Cat 2014 mini calendar

Oh, look at that face on the mini version — love it!
– Emily McNulty Scripter

New Amber Lotus Holiday Cards

Introducing our latest holiday cards, featuring Duirwaigh Hearts and Moons, Furturtle Show Prints, Celtic Mandala art with seasonal 
blessings, classic Peace Posters and the whimsical Tree-Hugging Santa.

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New Holiday Boxed Sets

Our cards are printed on recycled cardstock with 
soy-based inks. Cards are 5″ x 7″ and sold in clear boxes of twelve cards with envelopes for $13.99.

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Peace and Love and Christmas Moon Holiday Boxed Cards

Duirwaigh Studios is home to the creative talents of the husband-and-wife team Angi Sullins and Silas Toball. They specialize in the three Es: enchantment, enlightenment and entertainment. The Duiwaigh Studios inspiration comes from old-world fairy tales and myths and the natural curiosity for anything that explores the space between heaven and earth.

Furturtle Show Prints

Furturtle Show Prints Holiday Boxed Cards

Travis Bone of Furturtle Show Prints pairs witty words with whimsical illustrations. Furturtle Show Prints is known worldwide for hand-printed Gig posters. The Furturtle card lines are printed on recycled textured watercolor paper, which gives it a wonderful artisan feel.

Celtic Mandala Holiday Cards

Celtic Mandala Holiday Boxed Cards

Celtic Mandala art with seasonal blessings by Jen Delyth, a Welsh artist whose work is founded in her deep connection to her Celtic heritage. She creates intricate paintings and illustrations using traditional egg tempera and contemporary digital techniques. Her original, iconographic style is inspired by the Spirit in Nature and expresses our mythic connection to the natural world. The Celtic Mandala card lines are also printed on recycled textured watercolor paper.

Peace Poster Holiday Cards

Peace Poster Holiday Boxed Cards

Godzilla & King Kong by Steff Geissbuhler. Geissbuhler is among America’s most celebrated designers of brand and corporate identity programs. His work also includes posters, brochures, books and illustrations. Peace Now, Artist unknown. Poster Image courtesy UC Berkeley 1970 Workshop / Lincoln Cushing collection.

Tree-Hugging Santa

Tree-Hugging Santa Boxed Cards

Tree Hugger: a person with strong environmental beliefs who embraces eco-conscious living and all that is good for the earth and its inhabitants. There are a lot of good reasons to love trees, whether for their majesty and diversity as living creatures or because of their crucial role in the global ecosystem. Trees for the Future (TFTF) has helped rehabilitate environments across the globe by planting nearly 65 million trees since 1988. Amber Lotus Publishing is proud to be a partner in this wonderful program.

All these cards are available to purchase on our website and at select retailers.

14 New Calendar Titles for 2014

We have an amazing lineup of new calendars this year, including Farm to Table, Tree Huggers, Lunaria and Sacred Celtic Sites. We’re also bringing back an old favorite, Hafiz, with Persian-inspired illuminations from  Silas Toball, designer extraordinaire and co-creator of our best-selling Duirwaigh card line.  Other new titles include Steampunk, Day of the Dead, Bee Happy, The Garden Sanctuary and On Sacred Ground. We are also adding four new titles to our Healthy Pet series: Healthy Dachshund, Healthy Golden, Healthy Lab and Healthy Pug.

Bee Happy Calendar Sacred Celtic Sites Calendar Day of the Dead — Sugar Skulls Calendar Garden Sanctuary Calendar The Healthy Dachshund The Healthy Golden The Healthy Lab The Healthy Pug Lunaria Calendar Steampunk Calendar Tree Huggers Calendar Farm to Table Calendar Hafiz Calendar On Sacred Ground Calendar

As we move forward with our mission to illuminate spirit in the world, we remain mindful of our responsibility to the planet we share. We are full of optimism and goodwill, and we extend our deepest gratitude to our customers, artists, authors, representatives and friends all over the world.

Namaste — Amber Lotus Publishing

Autumnal Equinox

The Day of Equal Light and Darkness

Land Art Calendar

Artwork © 2013 Martin Hill. Excerpt from Land Art 2014 wall calendar.

In The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, poet William Blake wrote, “Without contraries is no progression.” And in the profound teachings of Jewish mysticism is the statement, “The Book of Concealed Mystery is the book of the equilibrium of balance.” Our pagan fore-bearers celebrated the balance of opposites on the Equinox. This day, when the hours of light and dark are equal, was a sign, a teaching embedded within the mysterious yet comfortingly predictable time cycles. This ancient wisdom is marvelously illustrated in the yin-yang symbol. The image from Taoism teaches that light and dark — in fact, all pairs of opposites — are necessary. They are the Tao, the original and inherent way of all things. And growth — life itself — arises from their balance and equilibrium.

by Tim Campbell
VP Sales Director
Amber Lotus Publishing

Solstice Celebration with Song

I was recently introduced to this wonderful version of Lord of the Dance. One of my favorite songs and this is even more appropriate for the turning of the year.

Lyrics:

ImageShe danced on the waters and the wind was her horn
The Lady laughed and everything was born
And she lit the sun and the light gave him birth
The Lord of the Dance first appeared on earth.

CHORUS
Dance, dance, wherever you may be
For I am the Lord of the Dance, said he
I live in you, and you live in me
And I lead you all in the dance, said he

I dance in the circle when the flames leap high
I dance in the fire and I never, ever die
I dance in the waves of the bright summer sea
For I am the Lord of the wave’s mystery

I sleep in the kernel and I dance in the rain
I dance in the wind and through the waving grain
When you cut me down I care naught for pain
Come Spring I’m the Lord of the Dance again

I dance at the Sabbat when you chant your spell
I dance and sing that everyone be well
When the dancing’s over do not think that I am gone
To live is to dance, so I dance on and on

The horn of the Lady cast its sound cross the plain
The birds took the notes and gave them back again
Till the sound of her music was a song in the sky
And to that song there is only one reply

The moon in her phases and the tides of the sea
The movement of the earth and the seasons that will be
Are the rhythm for the dancing and a promise through the years
That the Dance goes on through our joy and tears

They danced in the darkness and they danced in the night
They danced on the earth and everything was light
They danced out the darkness and they danced in the dawn
And the day of their dance is forever reborn

I gaze on the heavens and I gaze on the earth
And I feel the pain of dying and rebirth
I lift my head with praise for the day
Of the Dance of the Lord and the Lady gay.

Welcome Yule!

Lydia Hess

Art Director – Amber Lotus