10:02 a.m. — Atlanta
Snarl. You know those days when you start behind? Two hours at the dentist removing a crown started my day. The forecast says maybe snow. SNOW! Home now and can’t have my second cup of coffee until the temporary crown has settled. Grump.
Hello all. Thank you. I just needed someone to growl at. We have two things today, each of which some of you know about. It’s that time of year: National Poetry Month, when all sorts of nifty poem things happen as we celebrate our passion. I’m talking about two, today.
The first is something all who participate look forward to, The Big Poetry Giveaway (which you will never see me call the same thing twice). Started by Kelli Russell Agodon, a couple of years ago, the Giveaway is being guest curated by Susan Rich. Last year, about 50 or so bloggers each gave away 2 books [or more] to their readers. Some bloggers gave away subscriptions to poetry journals. For more, visit The Alchemist’s Kitchen.
For readers who are visiting because they are on the Big 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 provide links and some editorial comment on various things poetic; 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, 2013.
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.
I have a diverse collection this year. Cati Porter, of Poemeleon, has her new chapbook, The Way Things Move The Dark, out. Dave Bonta, of qarrtsiluni, has a lovely collection of Odes to Tools. Finally, poet, Jee Leong Koh’s chapbook, Seven Studies For A Self Portrait, is fascinating. Sound good? Well, put your name in the hat.
That took longer than I expected. I shall save my talk of the second item for next Thursday. I will, however, give you a link to the press release about the challenge I am involved in, for April, Pulitzer Remix.
See you tomorrow for the Roundup; next Tuesday for our image prompt; and next Thursday, for some thoughts on the Pulitzer Remix.
Happy writing, everyone.
Maybe if I drink sips from my un-numb side.