As I mentioned several days ago, my new chapbook Amo e Canto was released. I posted about it on Twitter, Facebook, and Linked In, thinking that I could encourage some sales and share this book I’m so proud of with friends and peers. (And I was going to pay the postage for anyone who purchased a copy.) And like the last two “pandemic books” I published (What Magick May Not Alter and Daughter of the Wheel and Moon), nothing but crickets. (That was my little pity party moment.)
Then I thought, I know what I’ll do: I will give the proceeds from book sales to Ukrainian charities to help citizens fight the Russian invasion. Surely that will drum up sales. (It didn’t.) Still when the world is burning, that’s when we need poetry the most—because it offers solace and empathy, and the world is sadly missing those things.
Right now Ukraine needs our empathy, and it needs our help.
So if you don’t want to buy my book, that’s fine! I know there are more important things going on than my chapbook release at this moment. But please give all you can to these legitimate charities which you can read about on the USA Today website (along with several more charities than are listed here):
- Save the Children
- International Rescue Committee
- Razom for Ukraine
- Red Cross
- World Central Kitchen
- Catholic Relief Charities
Please help. And you know what? If you give at least $20 to any of these charities and email a copy of your receipt and your address to aishatonu[at]gmail[dot]com, I’ll even send you a copy of Amo e Canto for free!