I’m participating in the Big Poetry Giveway 2011 initiated by Kelli Russell Agodon at her blog, Book of Kells. This is to usher in and help celebrate National Poetry Month this April!
If you are a poet who wants to participate, click here for Kelli’s instructions. If you are a poetry reader, see Kelli’s post here, to sign up for the books she is giving away, and look to the left at her blog to see what other poets are participating. Comment here on my post (or any post in April) if you want to enter a drawing for the books I am giving away.
Poets will be giving away two books and will pay the postage to mail them anywhere in the world. We give away one of our own books and also a book (new or gently used) by a favorite poet.
So here is what I’m giving away:
My poetry chapbook Broken Sonnets (Finishing Line Press, 2009), a set of poems that “break” the sonnet form in various ways because the subject matter of the poem is about some kind of breakage or fragmentation. There are poems of grief (“Damage,” “Roof Leak, Mima Calls”), of joy (“A Perfect World,” “Here in Paradise”), and of daily, human life.
In a Fine Frenzy: Poets Respond to Shakespeare, edited by David Starkey and Paul J. Willis (University of Iowa Press, 2005), first edition, first printing, new, shrink-wrapped! Shakespeare is one of my favorite poets of all time, and In a Fine Frenzy includes poems by Marvin Bell, J. P. Dancing Bear, Kathleen Lynch, Charles Harper Webb, Eva Hooker, Cecilia Woloch, Ken Pobo, Sherod Santos, and many more (including me, which is why I have this extra copy!)
October, by Louise Gluck, Quarternote Chapbook Series #3 (Sarabande Books, 2004), first edition, saddle stapled. Gluck is one of my favorites—especially her book The Wild Iris—and I have two copies of October because a poet friend gave me one for my birthday and I had at some point gotten myself a copy. So I am keeping the gift and giving away this very gently used copy, along with the other 2 books.
So, if you want to enter the drawing, leave a comment here with your name, and I will write it on a slip of paper and put it in a basket to draw out randomly in early May. (Look for the winner announcement here in my blog on May 1, 2, or 3.) Once I announce the winner, he or she should then leave me a comment with mailing address (which I will record but not publish to the world), and I will send the books out that week!
You can also comment on any post here during the month of April, leaving your name and saying you want to participate in the Poetry Giveaway, and I will put your name in the basket!
Sounds fun. I'd like to have my name, Nancy Ruder, on a slip of paper.
Yay! You are in the basket, Nancy! It is a recycled cherry tomato basket. Plus, the paper slips are blue and also recycled (from some kind of poetry disaster).
Great giveaways, Kathleen. Please include me.
Thanks, Maureen, and you're in the basket!
Goodness, those are some fabulous books you're giving away. Please enter me. I'm taking part on my blog as well, if you want to win something by either Peggy Shumaker or Annie Finch!
i'd love to read those books, please include me in the drawing!
Erin, you are in the basket! Thanks for the heads-up on your giveaway, too!
You're in, Renee!
Don't put me in the basket. It would be embarrassing if you drew my name. I already have Broken Sonnets, so let's spread the wealth. Great idea. Such fun.
Oh please add my name!!
Hi, Mom! Click the link to Kelli's blog and see the whole list! You can sign up on somebody's blog for different free books!
OK, Flash Paper Poetry! You are there!
Ooh, this sounds great! I'd love to be entered :)
Jo, your name is on a blue slip in the basket!
Please enter me, Kathleen. Thanks. mollycspencer (at) gmail (dot) com
P.S. I found your blog through Sandy Longhorn's blog -- I really enjoy it.
Would love to be entered.
Molly and Jessica, you are in the basket. It is fun and exciting to keep writing names on these blue slips and folding them up to look the same! Then I shake them around a little like cherry tomatoes!
You're very welcome to add mine too. Lovely idea.
You're in, baobabpapers!
please throw me in
(and you can press on my link to join in my hat)
OK, Utopian, you are thrown in! I am just now re-reading Brave New World, which is dystopian!
Please add my name to the drawing! I'll be doing one too, but I probably won't create that post until later in the week.
Delighted to add you to the drawing, Kristin, and I'm glad you'll be participating in the giveaway, too!
Please enter my name as well.
Carol, you are in the basket, and I've thrown my name in at your blog, too!
Please throw my name in, too! Thanks so much!
You're in, Karen!
What a gorgeous trio of books. Please add my name to the pile.
You are in, Margo, and I'm glad to see you are participating, too! Congrats on being in the River of Stones anthology!
Glad to be your partner in crime on this project, Kathleen. Please toss my name in the random generator! My blog thealchemistskitchen.blogspot,com is also conducting a poetry giveaway.
You are in, Susan, and I love the books/poems at your blog!
Please include me!
You are now a blue slip, Desiree, as well as a human being!
Oh, I am fascinated by all three of these. Of all the ones yet I think these are the ones I'd most like to win. I love poems that respond to other poems (when I'm familiar with both...but Shakepear is public domain and easy to look up the references.
And the Broken Sonnets...I would love to see how she works with and around this form. Poetry is one of the few places where poets often use the language by breaking it...communicate meaning by going outside the bounds of traditional grammar and form.
Glad to meet you!
ecarian at yahoo dot com
Got you in the basket, Gale! Yes, a nice thing about the Shakespeare anthology is that the poems stand on their own as poems, and also relate to Shakespeare. So there's one kind of pleasure from the poem itself, and an added pleasure if you know the reference.
Could you please throw my name in the basket as well? Thanks!
Jessica, you are in the basket! And the basket is shaken, not stirred!
I'd love to win those. Count me in.
danicagrunert AT yahoo DOT ca
Danica, you are in the basket! It's almost full, so if it overflows, I will get a bigger basket!
Great collection there of books! I am particularly drawn to your book, and the October one. Sounds very interesting.
Thanks for hosting this giveaway. Much appreciated.
Risa and Trulyana, you are in the basket. I am delighted to say I am going to have to cut up more little blue slips and get a bigger basket!
Hey, please put me in the mix!
Please add me to your contest. You can contact me by posting on or entering my contest on my blog:
You can contact me on Facebook: Opw Fredericks
Thank you for participating! Please count me in! Deborah A. at 32 Poems http://www.32poems.com/blog
Thanks so much for doing this. Please count me in! (eldritch1313 at yahoo dot com)
You are all in, dears! Isn't this fun?!
Please add my name to your list for the giveaway. (I am giving away, too)...
OK, you are entered as "renkath" and if you win I will ask for address & full name...later. Don't worry about it for now!
Count me in! Thanks so much for doing this!
What a great idea! Please put me in the running!
You're in, Sue!
Please count me in! Thanks! Nandini
OK, Nandini, you are in the basket!!
I'd love to get in on the giveaway - my name is Mary Virginia Cooley and my email address is mcooley(at)gustavus.edu! Happy National Poetry Month!
Mary Virginia, you are in!!
Please allow me to participate in your drawing. Thank you! email@example.com
Newzoopoet, you are in the basket!
Count me in as well! Thanks much.
You are in the basket, Cati Porter! Glad you are doing the giveaway, too!
Hi Kathleen, Happy National Poetry Month. It's a pleasure to meet you. Thank you for offering up such wonderful works. I would love to be included! Sincerely, Theresa (theresamacnaughtonatgmaildotcom)
OK, Theresa! I got you in the basket!
Please enter my name. I love that you're doing this with actual slips of paper in an actual basket...so old school! Thank you!
And then, because the basket is getting so full, Colleen, I will dump everything into a gray hat to shake the slips around!!
If I win, include my slip in the shipment -- would like to see what the "recycled Poetry" on the back is! thanks for doing this giveaway.
Valerie, you are in! But the slips are the blank leftovers, with the text disaster recycled in other ways!
Thanks for this generous giveaway, Kathleen. Please enter me!
Count me in please!!!
ok, jama, you are in...
You are in, Donna, and have caused the cutting of more strips of recycled blue paper!
Please put my name in the pot. And please drop by my place and sign up for my giveaway.
You, bet, Sherry!
http://russellevatt.blogspot.com/ is my poetry and performance blog.
I want to be a winner!
russell.evatt at gmail.com
Russell, you are in the basket!
want to participate in the Poetry Giveaway
OK, Alan K! You are in!
Hey, Kathleen. Hope it isn't to late to participate in the Poetry Giveaway. My name is Sonny Fuentes. Hope I win.
You are now a blue slip in the basket, Sonny, as well as your own true self!
Count me in, coming under the wire.
Please add me to your drawing! Thanks
Sarah Jane and Michael, I got you in the basket. Just got home, so I will do the drawing shortly and announce it tonight or tomorrow.
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