Sunday, March 28, 2010

Poetry Book Giveaway 2010 for National Poetry Month!

***Update! Congratulations to Evie Shockley, of may I have a word with you?, winner of Edward Hirsch's The Living Fire: New and Selected Poems and Stacy Lynn Mar, winner of Good Woman: Poems and a Memoir 1969-1980 by Lucille Clifton. I will be contacting both of you shortly so I can get your books sent to you. Thanks to everyone for visiting and commenting!***


April is National Poetry Month and Kelli over at Book of Kells came up with this great idea for a poetry giveaway. What if bloggers all over the world gave away two books of poetry this month to their readers -- one of their own, and one from a poet they admire? What a wonderful way to discover new poets! I had to join in.

Now, I don't have a book of my own in print yet, so I thought I'd give away books by two poets that have influenced me:


Good Woman: Poems and a Memoir 1969-1980
by Lucille Clifton contains "Homage to my Hips," a marvelous poem that taught me to love my curves. I had the pleasure of seeing Ms. Clifton read her work at Duke before she died and I have a signed copy of one of her books in my collection (sorry, I can't bear to part with that one!).



The Living Fire: New and Selected Poems by Edward Hirsch is my second, although no less worthy, choice. I really wanted to give away Wild Gratitude, but it isn't in print right now. Edward Hirsch came to speak to my writing class in college when I was just 17. Wild Gratitude had just come out and the world had no idea how big Hirsch's influence on modern poetry would be, although I suspect that my poetry teacher might have had an inkling. I wrote a poem in response to one of Hirsch's and he signed my copy of Wild Gratitude acknowledging my poetic response. As a poet, that signed book is one of my most treasured items (again, another book I can't bear to part with!).

Please leave a comment on this post only by April 30th if you'd like to win one of these books. Be sure to include some contact information. I will choose two names at random with the help of my husband, Itinerant Cryptographer (he's handy with numbers). I will draw the names on May 1st and announce the winners here, on this blog post, by May 2nd and I will try to reach you then. As soon as we make contact, I'll order your book and have it sent to you. If I can't reach you by May 5th, I reserve the right to draw another name.

Be sure to drop by Book of Kells -- she's running a list of bloggers participating in this giveaway along the left-hand column of her blog. The more blogs you visit, the more likely you are to win a book of poetry!

Happy Poetry Month! Good luck!

45 comments:

  1. I'm reading Edward Hirsch's How to Read a Poem and Fall in Love with Poetry right now. And i heard him speak at the last Dodge Festival and was very impressed. Please enter me in your giveaway. Pat Brisson
    patbrisson51@gmail.ocm

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  2. I love your selections and would be honoured to be considered an entrant into your giveaway.
    nctyler atsign gmail dot com

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  3. Count me in. Excellent choices. And feel free to come over to http://thealchemistskitchen.blogspot.com

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  4. Happy NaPoWriMo Day! Count me in!

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  5. Please enter me in your giveaway! Thanks!

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  6. All these poets I have yet to read. Please add my name to the draw.

    carolined12(at)gmail.com

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  7. me too!

    chloeAmartinez@gmail.com

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  8. Please enter me into the contest. Thanks!

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  9. Add me too! www.everydaybright.com

    Jen

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  10. Hirsh is a favorite; Clifton's marvelous. I wrote a post on her a bit ago.

    Please include me in the giveaway. Thank you for visiting my blog.

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  11. Please enter me in!
    Thanks!

    moriahaskenaizer@yahoo.com

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  12. Cheers! Both books sound fabulous. Count me in~

    Ronda

    http://myartistswayjourney.blogspot.com/2010/04/poetry-book-giveaway-national-poetry.html

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  13. Please count me in, too. Thanks.

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  14. Please count me in!
    Thanks,
    Nandini (nandinikolkata@gmail.com)

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  15. I would love to read these books -

    teabird17@yahoo dot com

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  16. Please enter me in your contest too. Thanks!

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  17. Gosh I'm only halfway through the list of participants and I've already run out of interesting ways to say "Count me in"...

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  18. I love both Lucille Clifton and Edward Hirsch, and don't have the copies you are offering. Thanks for being generous, and the chance for me to win one of these!

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  19. What great choices! Please count me in! :)

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  20. As others have said, these are such great choices! Please count me in as well.

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  21. Hi! Well -- I have the Clifton book already . . . but can I enter just for the second giveaway? If so, count me in for that. : )

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  22. please consider my name for which to bestow this prize (mattnienow(at)gmail(dot)com). thanks!

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  23. Thanks for the oppportunity and for your generosity, Julie. Please consider me for the draw. Cheers. :)

    Jé Maverick

    jemaverick [at] gmail [dot] com
    http://www.jemaverick.com/

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  24. Please enter me in your drawing!

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  25. count me in as well :)

    frogtown (at) gmail.com

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  26. Thanks very much for this opportunity!
    Would make some great post-exams reading :)

    you can contact me at,

    lindsay.veenstra(at)gmail(dot)com

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  27. I'll add you to my giveaway list gladly and please add my name to your list...thanks! -Pam

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  28. Thank you so much for this opportunity - such a great idea! I produce the Vermont Poetry Newsletter & Poetry Event Calendar, so am looking forward to promoting your book, if I'm lucky enough to be a winner! Ron Lewis

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  29. thank you for your generosity!

    boydst@plu.edu

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  30. Wonderful offerings! Yes, please drop my name into the hat! (Late to the party, but happy to be here!) Thanks for participating!

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  31. clifton is one of my fave poets! thanks so much for hosting the giveaway. please add me.

    stacylynnmar@yahoo.com

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  32. Better late than never! Hooray for our poetry giveaways!
    ::Ron dot Mohring at gmail

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  33. Great to see another person participating in this generous giveaway!

    cj.anythingeverythingnothing@gmail.com

    Hope there's still time to be entered! =)

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  34. Please include me if there's still time.

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  35. Thanks to everyone for stopping by! I had a great National Poetry Month - hope you did too! :)

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  36. Hello, My name is Donna Bloss and I am from Ireland, a trying poet! Is there any advice you can give to a possible relation? cheers and the best of luck with your writing, either way :)

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