Sunday, March 14, 2010

Poetry Book Giveaway 2010

Poetry Book Giveaway, April 2010

For my giveaway, I'll be giving away my first collection of poems, Small Knots

And a favorite book of mine, Beth Ann Fennelly's Open House: Poems

Also, as an extra chance to win, I will also be giving away a One Year Subscription to Crab Creek Review!

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Choosing my second book was very hard for me because many of my poet friends have great books out right now--

Susan Rich's The Alchemist's Kitchen

Allen Braden's book which just came out this week: A Wreath of Down and Drops of Blood (The VQR Poetry Series)

January Gill O'Neil's Underlife (New Voices)

Sandra Beasley's I Was the Jukebox: Poems

to name a few, and still there are so many other poets whose books I adore....

So I chose Beth Ann Fennelly's a poet and poetry book I have returned to many times and one that has stood the test of time for me.

Here's a favorite poem from this collection:

Poem Not to Be Read at Your Wedding

You ask me for a poem about love
in place of a wedding present, trying to save me
money. For three nights I’ve lain
under glow-in-the-dark-stars I’ve stuck to the ceiling
over my bed. I’ve listened to the songs
of the galaxy. Well, Carmen, I would rather
give you your third set of steak knives
than tell you what I know. Let me find you
some other, store-bought present. Don’t
make me warn you of stars, how they see us
from that distance as miniature and breakable
from the bride who tops the wedding cake
to the Mary on Pinto dashboards
holding her ripe, red heart in her hands.

From Open House (Zoo Press, April 2002) by Beth Ann Fennelly


If you'd like to be entered into this drawing for these 2 books of poems and the subscription to Crab Creek Review, just leave me a comment on this post and you'll be entered! If you do not have a blog, please include your email address so I can get ahold of you if you win.

I will be choosing the winners on May 1st, 2010, so leave a comment by April 30, 2010 11:59 pm PST.

I'll use the random number generator to choose a winner.

Thanks and Happy National Poetry Month 2010!
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