Manifesto

By Ellen Hopkins


To you zealots and bigots and false
patriots who live in fear of discourse.
You screamers and banners and burners
who would force books
off shelves in your brand name
of greater good.

You say you’re afraid for children,
innocents ripe for corruption
by perversion or sorcery on the page.
But sticks and stones do break
bones, and ignorance is no armor.
You do not speak for me,
and will not deny my kids magic
in favor of miracles.

You say you’re afraid for America,
the red, white and blue corroded
by terrorists, socialists, the sexually
confused. But we are a vast quilt
of patchwork cultures and multi-gendered
identities. You cannot speak for those
whose ancestors braved
different seas.

You say you’re afraid for God,
the living word eroded by Muhammed
and Darwin and Magdalene.
But the omnipotent sculptor of heaven
and earth designed intelligence.
Surely you dare not speak
for the father, who opens
his arms to all.

A word to the unwise.
Torch every book.
Char every page.
Burn every word to ash.
Ideas are incombustible.
And therein lies your real fear.


I think this poem that Ellen Hopkins penned last year for BANNED BOOKS WEEK speaks volume's and I feel it fits perfectly for this contest honoring this author and BANNED BOOKS WEEK 2010.

Please fill out a contest entry form HERE for a signed copy of CRANK, GLASS and FALLOUT. This contest is open for 2 weeks ending October 10th at midnight PST

HERE is a map that shows you where all the BANNED BOOKS are located in the states and which books are banned. Check and see if one of your favorites books is listed.

6 comments on "CONTEST and BANNED BOOKS WEEK September 25th-October 2nd 2010"

Smash Attack! wrote: September 26, 2010 at 8:32 PM

Thanks for supporting this cause! I haven't read Hopkins yet but I've been really itching to since I learned about her. :)


anjohnston wrote: September 26, 2010 at 8:43 PM

Thanks for holding this contest! I really appreciate it!

I'm adding this giveaway to Book Contest Directory.


Cass (Words on Paper) wrote: September 26, 2010 at 9:37 PM

This is such a great poem! Thanks for the post, and I do really love Ellen Hopkins. Gotta support all the banned books out there!


Sheila (Bookjourney) wrote: September 27, 2010 at 5:38 AM

Love the poem and love reading posts of the participants of Banned Book Week! I am having a blast!


Ladytink_534 wrote: September 29, 2010 at 1:13 PM

Thanks for the great giveaway!


Christinabean wrote: October 5, 2010 at 11:41 AM

What a beautiful poem! Is your contest open to Canada?


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