Thank you everyone for for entering - The Literary Blog-Hop Giveaway, as usual you’ve more than done me proud, with the amount of answers I received and also the range of words, some I knew, some I didn’t . Words that had personal resonance to you as individuals, words that had deep symbolic meaning, words that were just funny, regardless of meaning or because of some reasoning that had a specific link to a culture, or family.
Shape the lips to an o, say a.
One word of Swedish has changed the whole neighbourhood .
When I look up, the yellow house on the corner
is a galleon stranded in flowers. Around it
the wind. Even the high roar of a leaf-mulcher
could be the horn-blast from a ship
as it skirts the misted shoals.
We don’t need much more to keep things going
Families complete themselves
and refuse to budge from the present,
the present extends its glass forehead to sea
(backyard breezes, scattered cardinals)
and if, one evening, the house on the corner
took off over the marshland,
neither I nor my neighbour
would be amazed. Sometimes
a word is found so right it trembles
at the slightest explanation.
You start out with one thing, end
up with another, and nothing’s
like it used to be, not even the future.
Now to the important bit the winner of The Natty Hat Comp #2 is…… Now this is the curious bit I thought it was one prize I was handing out, but my glamorous assistant, says it reads as though it should be two and as she has just passed her Kent Test and now is officially brainy, I had no ground to stand on. So two it is..
The winner of The Anthologist is, Sakura from the fantastic site – Chasing bawa
The winner of the second book, the surprise is the wonderful Bellezza from Dolce Bellezza and my favourite challenge – Japanese Literature Challenge #5. The surprise book is Eunoia by Christian Bök, the word means “ beautiful thinking” and is the shortest word in the English language to contain all five vowels and has been described as “Extraordinary, outrageous, irresistible and a must for verbivores”. I love both books & hope both winners will also come to love them also.
Thanks again to all who entered.
Congrats to the winners! I didn't know that about the shortest word - or what it meant.
Thanks for participating in the blog hop, Gary.
Thank you so much! And what a lovely assistant:)
Parrish, so thrilled to be the recipient of this exciting new book!!! It means a lot to me that you appreciate the JLC5 and have always given it your support/encouragement. Now to think that this book means "beautiful thinking"...that's just the epitome of what I choose to dwell on in my life. I've not heard of the author, nor title, before. It reminds me just a teensy bit of Perec's The Void; when I googled Eunoia I found the first passages had to do with "e" and that was the only vowel used within all the pages. Wow! How exciting! So, now I can present my class with the challenge of writing a piece with no vowels, then move on to writing a piece with only one. So thrilled about the possibilities, mostly just reading this book myself. Dwelling on every word. It means a lot. Thank you.
Oh, and congrats to your lovely assistant passing her Kent Test. Perhaps her papa would let her write a guest post?
well done to the winners ,all the best stu
Thanks Judith for hosting this fabulous hop.
Hi sakura, thanks for taking part & hope you enjoy the book & have passed on your comments to my assistant.
Ciao Bellezza, hope you enjoy it, she has already part-written a post with me http://parrishlantern.blogspot.com/2010/07/bedtime-tale_19.html & may do again, as hopefully we will both be taking part again in the world book night, thanks & have passed your comments on.
Hi Stu, thanks for popping by.
Love this new-to-me word. Eunoia. Beautiful thinking. Is it possible that those who grow to hate school do so because their teachers have never shared any eunoia with them? Do some people have wiring problems that prevent eunoia?
Off to add this to my new vade mecum...
Hi Deb, It's a wonderful word & meaning & you could be right, as my love of words wasn't inspired by my educational experience. The book itself is a fantastic work of poetry literature etc.
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