Betty Duffy

(Amateur)

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

I've Opened My Wallet...

...and the cash is flying out. I'm buying books...for the Glory of God.

Over my lifetime, I'm sorry to say, the number of books for which I've actually paid, is very very small. I borrow them. I steal them (only from people I love). And I pick them off the fifty cent rack at thrift stores.

But if I'm going to beg for Catholics to write good books, the least I can do is actually buy them when those books are finally offered in print.

So I have purchased, this very morning, the first effort of Korrektiv Press: Jonathan Potter's House of Words.

Also, I bought Heather King's memoir, Parched.

And after these books arrive, I'm going to read them. And hopefully, I'll think of something I want to say about them, which I will post here at this very blog. Maybe you'd like to purchase, read and talk about these books with me...for the Glory of his Heavenly Kingdom here on Earth, of course.



P.S. I just received a mailer telling me that I'm eligible for a FREE gift subscription to Poetry Magazine, with the purchase of another gift subscription. I know who's getting that first subscription, my husband (which is code for 'me'),but to whom should I give that free gift subscription?

I would not go so far as to call this a blog giveaway, but I am not averse to signing away that subscription to a COMPLETE STRANGER if I thought they'd really enjoy it.

16 comments:

Lisa said...

If this complete stranger confesses her love for Poetry Magazine, would you consider that good enough reason to gift it to her? I so miss reading it (I used to snag it from the English Department when I was working on my MA there a few years back) and need to get back to writing my own-- I need inspiration! I need new poetry role models! I need this!

Is that sad and pathetic enough?

mags said...

Mags mags mags mother of five, but then I came a very humbling second and i'm already inspired.

Alishia said...

Have you heard of the new Roman Catholic Arts Review?
http://www.staustinreview.com/ink_desk/archives/the_roman_catholic_arts_review/

I will toot my husband's horn and say he has a poem in it. And due to alphabetical luck he's sandwiched between Dana Gioia (great poet) and Pope John Paul II on the back cover. We laughed pretty hard at that--at his good luck at such company for his first published poem.

Melanie B said...

Someone already signed me up for a subscription to Poetry magazine; but I have no earthly idea who my mystery benefactor could be. I'm ashamed to say the last two issues are still in their wrappers unread. I know at some point I will read them but right now my brain is in a lazy funk-- maybe it's the pregnancy hormones?-- and I just want to read fiction and blogs. Poetry, especially new poetry from unknown writers, seems like too much work right now. Still, I feel a weird guilty gratitude every time it shows up in the mailbox. I wish I knew who to thank.

dylan said...

hello Betty Duffy!

You're the second blogger I've encountered in the last week who has purchased, or is reading, Heather King's Parched. I think this is some kind of "sign" -- it sounds very much like the kind of book I would gladly devour!

Kimberlie said...

Well, congratulations to whoever wins the subscription because I am a poetry failure. I just don't get it. I know I am supposed to be moved by it but I got nothing usually. Then again, when I was a junior in high school, I thought that The Old Man and the Sea was just a story about a man in a boat and a big fish. You see? Hopeless.

Anonymous said...

You work fast Betty! I'm waiting for Redeemed from Amazon. I can't wait!
JMB

BettyDuffy said...

Well, Lisa has convinced me that she really, really needs a subscription to Poetry, so...Congratulations Lisa!

Alishia, It seems like I've run across that StAR website before, but I don't think I saw that they had a print journal. I think they need some promoters, so thanks for tooting your husband's horn, because now I'm going to have to look into it.

Melanie, I can certainly understand your frame of mind at the moment. Pregnancy was the source of some of the worst poems I've ever written. I have to say though that I've been pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoy reading Poetry Mag, particularly the essays in the back. Most of the poems get a once over, and occasionally something will really stand out to me, like Eleanor Ross Taylor a couple months ago--but it always makes me want to write, which is ultimately, why I subscribe.

Dylan, Let's read!

Kimberlie, A lot of poetry really is hard to read. I get annoyed with it sometimes myself. But it's sort of like looking for a good book, or a good blog, or a good shirt at a thrift store. You have to dig through a lot of stuff, but when you find a good one, it feels like all is right with the world.

JMB, THANK YOU!

Elizabeth said...

Give it to someone from whom you've "borrowed" other books. :D

Elizabeth said...

Maybe next time I'll read the comments BEFORE I post mine...

priest's wife said...

YES! me, too- I BUY my catholic books- other stuff- like best sellers- I'll check out at the library

Dawn Farias said...

Oh, I'm not smart enough to enjoy a poetry subscription, but I look forward to hearing whatever you have to say about the new books.

JOB said...

Betty,

Please stay tuned, too, for Dappled Things, in which many, sundry and wondrous things are said about Potter's House of Words - so that you and your readers might have a better sense of why this is such an important book at exactly the moment in Western Civilization that words are not adhering - and "the center cannot hold."

Of course, you can read for yourself that this House is not one built on sand, or of straw, or of sticks - but with the hard baked bricks of truth...

JOB

JP said...

Thanks Betty!

Anonymous said...

I myself write poetry when I have a chance. Hubby hates it but it wasn't written for him. Always thought of subcribing to a poetry magazne but am too cheap. I have to see them first and then I subscribe. J

Julie said...

I clicked through your link to "Parched" and it looked so good -- in hours I had it in my hot little hand (what a great library we have in our small town!!) and I read it in two long stretches this weekend. Fascinating. I'm off to read her blog now.