Friday, January 25, 2013

River-of-Grass Beast

Florida Python
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A monster Burmese Python,
captured in the Everglades,
breaking the state size record,
stretching seventeen feet seven inches,
bursting with 87 eggs.
This thing--monstrous--
A foot wide.
The snake-- under surveillance--
fitted with a radio transmitter,
like a captured spy,
a double agent, a Judas snake.
It’s usefulness at an end.
it was euthanized.

Fodor's Florida Travel Guide 2014
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© 2012 Catherine Giordano

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On Tuesday August 14, 2012, there was a story in the Orlando Sentinel about the Burmese Pythons in the Everglades.  I did a news print poem about it, but I didn’t post it because I used another poem that day.

Florida has instituted “The Great Python Challenge” to try to reduce the numbers of these snakes in Florida.  It’s a one-month hunting season for pythons with a prize of $1,500 for whoever kills the most and a $1,000 prize for whoever gets the largest.

Burmese pythons in the Everglades are big news right now.  Senator Bill Nelson was out hunting pythons last week, and Stephen Colbert did a segment about the python hunt on his show this week. 

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

The Best of 2012

My new book is available on  News Print Poetry: The Best of 2012 

It was fun going back and reviewing the year in poetry. The hard part was choosing which poems to include in the anthology. They are all the best.

I ended up including 179 poems. I selected those that concerned important events, those that worked particularly well as poems, and those that just tickled my fancy.  

I hope my readers will want to have the hard copy. It will be fun to reread the poems in coming years and remember the events of 2012. 

It  makes a great gift for someone born in 2012 or someone with any significant life event (marriage, graduation, etc. during the year.)  

The poems are taken from news stories in the Orlando Sentinel so many of the poems are Florida-centric or Central Florida-centric. It make a nice hostess gift when you sty with friends or family in Florida, a nice  housewarming gift for a new Florida resident, or a nice gift for Floridians to give to the folks "up north."

Further, your purchase of this book will be your gift to me. The blog was a labor of love for 12 months, but earning a little money from my "labor-of-love" would be nice.

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