UNDERCOVER Paperback Release, Contest, and Poem

Sunday, May 3, 2009

This coming week, the paperback of UNDERCOVER, along with its back-0f-book extras, is being released. Some of you know already that the story continues in those extras, revealed by Elisa through a new collection of her poems. Elisa has given me permission to run one of those poems here.

In the meantime, I am (and I say this without excess) astonished, daily, by the poems that so many of you are writing and posting. I would like, then, to announce a contest, the winner of which will receive a signed copy of the UNDERCOVER paperback. I'd like those of you who might be interested to send to me, in the comments section of this post, a link to your best blogged poem. I'll be assembling fragments of those poems for a future post, and I'll be asking a special person to choose a favorite. This contest will close on May 10th. For more on the paperback, check out the UNDERCOVER trailer on the left margin of this blog.

Contest Updates: I had promised a very special guest judge of this contest. Let me now reveal that the final judge of this contest will be none other than Miss Jill Santopolo herself, my editor and friend at HarperTeen. All ages are welcome to submit. There will be three prizes.

Pearl Earrings

You were the uncle who rolled his trousers at the shore.
You smelled of sequins, fusty paper bags, slightly tacky Elmer’s glue,
the Styrofoam that began the balls you made each year

for Christmas. You never brought me the right presents
on purpose. You always kept the pearl earrings in their velvet
box in your one deep pocket until Mom had gone
to check the turkey, and it was just the two of us. I knew

you loved me best. You also loved Hollywood and gossip, yoghurt,
the secrets you kept. I never thought
you would die so soon. I never thought

you would die to begin with. The sea, however,
is where you left it, and I never put the pearls to my ear
without loving you first, without wanting to tell you

that I am becoming someone true.


Lenore Appelhans said...

Congrats on the release! Enjoyed the poem, thanks.

The last poem I wrote was back in high school. And it was probably terrible.

Melissa said...

Well, my "best" blogged poem (if it could qualify as such) is also my only blogged poem. You can find it here: http://bettyboochronicles.blogspot.com/2009/03/caught-in-twilight.html

Melissa said...

Something funny: the word verification for this comment is "goentri." How apropos for a contest! :)

Maya Ganesan said...

Oh, congratulations! What a lovely poem.

Holly said...

Starts thinking...

Tessa said...

YAY! How exciting - huge congratulations, Beth.

The poem is truly lovely - so sweetly evocative.

Sherrie Petersen said...

Beautiful poem!

I'm terrible at poetry. The closest I've ever come to writing good poetry is with my song writing, but I haven't done that for at least 10 years!

Congratulations on the paperback release. Could I maybe interview you for my blog?

Mari said...

Congrats on the release. I will be going out and purchasing as soon as it hits the stores. :)

The only poem on my blog are two haikus for another contest awhile back.

I have never been much of a poet.

Can't wait to read what others share, though. :)

Susan Taylor Brown said...

I don't blog a lot of my original poems (though I just did 30 haiku in 30 days for National Poetry Month) but here's one I did and is still a favorite of mine:


Susan Taylor Brown
Blog: http://susanwrites.livejournal.com

Priya said...

I especially love this part:
You smelled of sequins, fusty paper bags, slightly tacky Elmer’s glue

Here's my best blogged poem:


Vivian Mahoney said...

Wahoo! Can't wait for the paperback release! Congrats!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations! I haven't written poetry since having kids, but I dug up a couple of them for my blog. My favourite is here: "The Beauty of Dead Things".

Sarah Anne said...

It's the last one in the post. Not great, I guess, but it's my favorite one I've written.

Congrats, Beth!


Melissa said...

I loved Undercover and am very excited it's coming out in paperback!

I write a lot of poetry and used to keep a poetry blog (sadly, no longer), but I found a few of my favorite poems I blogged quite a few years ago:


Emily Ruth said...

I started reading your poem with a smile and ended it almost crying.
All in that short little time.
I love it.

can I vote for priya's? :D I was hoping she'd pick that one to enter.

aaaand here's my entry: http://readwriteride.blogspot.com/2009/01/dark-is-darker.html

holly cupala said...

Wonderful! I just heard about this on Little Willow's blog, and I reposted it on readergirlz for tomorrow! I'm not much of a poet, but my favorite of the posted poems is this one, which I wrote and painted for my sweetheart.

Tanja said...

My poem:
somehow made it to a site about butterflies too!

Tanja Cilia

Saints and Spinners said...

Congratulations! I'll look for the paperback release. Saying, "I really liked the poem" sounds so bland, but I did. I'm contributing my song Green is the Color of My Merman's Hair to the contest.

lanna-lovely said...

Ooh, I've been meaning to read that. :]

My poems are all pretty terrible but the most recent one I wrote that I don't entirely hate is:


Unknown said...

Ok here's my best blogged poem but does it have to be written by me? I'm not a good writer hehe it's written by someone else :)


it's sooo sad :(

Juliet Colors said...

Lovely idea. I'm enjoying reading all the submitted poems. I have your Undercover book on hold at my local library and I'm looking forward to reading it. I haven't written or posted many poems, but here's the one I wrote in April, for whatever that's worth.

Q said...

Hmmm... My favorite isn't the one people keep telling me is their favorite. I'll choose:


My most recent, because it is closest to my heart.

Erin said...

That poem is incredible, Beth.

Here's my entry! Title: "standing" - http://misserinmarie.blogspot.com/2009/03/finding-strength.html

Woman in a Window said...

Now, that poem is lovely! Love and ly! Hum, this just might be the way to find other poets. As bloggers they're not an easy find. My best? eee~?

Maya Ganesan said...

Oh my goodness. This contest...here we go. I had trouble picking my best. I like them all equally.


Becca said...

I've posted only one poem, and that one just days ago...but here it is :)


A Thought Experiment said...


This would be my entry for the contest titled - Heartbreak

Em said...

Oh, Beth, that is so beautiful. I can't wait to read the rest!

Holly said...

My letter to my astronaut sister.

I found the ending.

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