Valerie Bloom

writer and performance poet


Today the #poemoftheweek is from Let Me Touch the Sky, one of the titles now available to purchase on the site. A humorous reminder that getting what we want doesn’t always turn out well!

(The person enjoying a swing in today’s featured image really does look close to touching the sky! Captured in Ecuador by Nick Monica and accessed with thanks from

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Buy books direct!

Good news! The two titles republished by Valdo Books can now be bought directly from the website. Surprising Joy and Let Me Touch the Sky are now available for purchase via the site (or click on the titles in this post for a direct link).

Cover of Surprising Joy
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Autumn Gilt

It’s perhaps a bit early in the year for our next #poemoftheweek, “Autumn Gilt” (from the collection Let Me Touch the Sky), but we hope you enjoy listening anyway! There’ll be some activities for schools using this poem in an upcoming Scheme of Work freebie, so keep an eye out for that!

Photo by Dan Price on Unsplash

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