Free E-book: 30 Years of Phoenix Poets

Phoenix EBookThe University of Chicago Press makes a different e-book available free every month. For October, it’s “Thirty Years of Phoenix Poets: 1983 – 2012,” a sampler of 30 poems, one from each year that the well-regarded Phoenix Poets series has been publishing.

To get yours, click here, and follow the instructions. If you’re a Kindle user, you’ll find it in the Kindle bookstore. Enjoy!

A Charm [1983] from David Ferry’s Strangers

I have a twin who bears my name;
Bears it about with him in shame;

Who goes a way I would not go;
Has knowledge of things I would not know;

When I was brave, he was afraid;
He told the truth; I lied;

What’s sweet to me tastes bitter to him;
My friends, my friends, he loves not them;

I walk the daylight in his dream;
He breathes the air of my nightmare.

312 Very Cool Capital Letters

Since September 2009, Jessica Hische has designed twelve full alphabets of unique, decorative capital letters.

She has made them freely available at Daily Drop Cap for use in any personal, non-commercial website.

Each letter is accompanied by code for you cut ‘n’ paste into your blog to, you know, “prettify the internet and beautify your blog posts.”

What I’ve linked to here is 1/12 of the letters at the site. Even if you never use one on your website, they’re a pleasure to peruse. Go, take a look.

(Found at Daily Drop Cap. More of Jessica Hische’s design portfolio may be seen at her website.)

Free Edgar Allan Poe eBooks

Illustration of Edgar Allan Poe by Barry MoserHalloween is just a week away, and if you’re too old to go door-to-door but still want a trick or a treat, check this out: GalleyCat has linked to free downloads of Edgar Allan Poe’s Collected Works.

Now, grab your e-reader, a few friends, and a flickering lantern, and head to the nearest cemetery for a spooky little read-aloud with one another. The stories will be nearly as startling as the sudden flash patterns of the local squad car. Either way, fun and fear!