Elma’s Rex Valentine authors new book of poetry.

Award-winning poet and author Rex B. Valentine, of Elma, has released a poetry book just in time for the holidays. The book, “Poetry To Ponder,” is a collection of poems written in a variety of styles. As a member of the World Congress of Poets, he has won numerous international awards over the years.

With something for everyone, the subjects range from religious to humorous, and are based on Valentine’s local experiences and history, he said. Valentine grew up in the Wynoche Valley in Montesano, and has also published a children’s book, a music book and two non-fiction books that feature a collection of stories from Valentine’s life.

This one has 115 poems, so it’s quite extensive,” said Valentine, who graduated from Montesano High School, where he started writing poetry, in 1952. Except for seven or eight that have been in my other books, all these are the first time they’re published.

While “Poetry To Ponder” has yet to hit shelves other than Valentine’s home office, it and all of his other books are available for purchase online at www.rexbvalentine.com. To purchase directly from Valentine, call him at (360) 470-3358 or 482-2062. If purchased directly from Valentine by calling him, the paperback version is available at a discounted rate of $17, and the hardback version at $25. Through Valentine’s website, the cost for the paperback is $19.99 and the hardback, $29.99. It is also available at Amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com.