7:35 a.m. — Atlanta
Hello, everyone. We have a number of announcements, all inviting us to play in some way, and we do like to play, don’t we? I am going to divide the posting into two. The first is one I mentioned last week: The Great Poetry Giveaway. The second will be the rest of the toys.
Last April for National Poetry Month many poet bloggers had a big poetry giveaway, where about 50 or so bloggers each gave away 2 books [or more] to their readers. Some bloggers gave away subscriptions to poetry journals. The poet Kelli Agodon is the organizer again this year.
For readers who are visiting because they are on the Great Poetry Giveaway trail, welcome. Briefly, I am a writer who thoroughly enjoys keeping a blog because of the wonderful people I meet. The blog has three purposes: on Tuesday I present an exercise which, hopefully, results in a poem; on Thursday I announce whatever the community asks me to announce [like this post]; and on Fridays I give a roundup of the week’s poetry prompt sites.
The rest of my time is spent writing poetry, submitting poetry, having poetry accepted and rejected, and working towards a chapbook.
The official start of the Big Poetry Giveaway is now and will last through April 30, 2011.
Leave a comment, in this post, saying you would like to win a book and your email [so I can get in touch with you if you are one of the winners of the draw], anytime before the end of April, and at the end of the month, I will randomly choose three winners and mail them out the books. I shall put reminders in upcoming posts.
Make sure you enter your email when you leave a comment and note which book you would be interested in winning if you did win [you can leave it up to me, but if you already have one of the books you might want to let me know]. I will pick three winners on May 1st.
Two of the chapbooks are brand new and I enjoyed them so much, I want to ship them out to people who may not know of them [or who do and haven’t bought a copy yet]. The third is one I gave away last year and will continue to do so until it stops printing.
First up is Joseph Harker‘s Greeks Bearing Gifts, ‘exploring different personas from Greek mythology, some of them interpreted in a modern context, or with modern language, or from an unconventional take on the myth’. I keep this book near at hand, both for the enjoyment I receive and for what I learn about writing poetry. This is a young [very young] man to watch.
The second book is No Bones to Carry, an award-winning collection by internationally published poet, James Penha, editor of the ezine New Verse News. This is the collection I gave away last year. I chose this book because its author is my friend and mentor. I have read almost all his poetry books [he also publishes fiction in the form of Indonesian folktales] and this is one of my favourites. His poems cannot fail to move you.
The third book is Birds Nobody Loves: A Book of Vultures & Grackles, by James Brush. I love this collection which, as its title suggest, is about grackles and vultures. I’m not sure how anyone can resist. Let me give you a line that never fails to tickle me:
I always thought they’d like death metal,
but I’ve got it on good authority
vultures prefer smooth jazz. “Good Authority”
Three writers whose poems I not only enjoyed reading, but enjoy rereading.
Remember: Leave a comment, in this post, saying you would like to win a book and giving me your email, anytime before the end of April, and at the end of the month, I will randomly choose three winners and mail them out the books — no matter where in the world you are. Last year I had a winner in Australia. I shall put reminders in upcoming posts and I shall post links to a list of other participating blogs for you to visit and sign up for their draws, as Kelli posts them.
I shall see you all shortly when I publish the second part of today’s announcements. It will be shorter. Truly.