I'm going to participate in the National Poetry Month hullabaloo by joining this <<<< circus, The Sixth Annual Big Poetry Giveaway, because 1) contrary to the loner/cranky poet stereotype, I like joining things 2) I like attempts to get people to read more poetry and 3) I'm curious to see how this turns out.
If you keep a blog and you're a poet and you'd like to participate, see Kelli Russell Agodon's Book of Kells post for the dirt on how to join in. If you'd like to participate in MY Big Poetry Giveaway, here's what you have to do:
Leave a comment on this post with your name and email address (you should probably use the [at] format instead of the @ format so that spam-bots won't suck up your email address and overload your account with nonsense about discount handbags and/or sexual performance enhancers).
Hell, leave a comment on ANY of my posts during the month of April and I'll include you in the drawing.
What am I giving away, you might ask?
WELP. I'm giving away a crapload of awesome things. This is far more than the Big Poetry Giveaway requires, but the way I figure it, I might as well GO BIG during my first and possibly only attempt at this. TWO READERS WILL WIN ONE OF THE FOLLOWING GROUPS OF BOOKS:
1) A copy of Jessica Cuello's By Fire, a chapbook of exceptional poems about a 13th century Cathar noblewoman by a talented fellow Hyacinth Girl Press author. Here's a blogger review of the book if you're interested in learning more.
2) A copy of Stephanos Papadopoulos's The Black Sea, which ALSO explores history -- albeit a very different history -- through a beautiful series of sonnets and persona poems that recreate the/a narrative of the Pontic Greek massacre. Reviews of The Black Sea by the Hudson Review's David Mason and poet A.E. Stallings can be found archived here.
3) The Gettysburg Review's Winter 2014 issue. I will have an undying loyalty to this journal because they were the first magazine to take a chance with my Fabulous Beast poems. Also, in a freak occurrence I received, like, three copies of this issue . . . so why not share the love?
4) A copy of my own chapbook, Fabulous Beast: The Sow, which received this generous and thoughtful review from Paul David Adkins in Luna Luna magazine.
1) Kelly Boyker’s Zoonosis, another gorgeous -- inside and out, -- collection of poems from Hyacinth Girl Press. You can read an in-depth, really wonderful review of the book by Carlos Matos at The Cleaver Magazine.
2) A copy of Adam Penna's Little Songs and Lyrics to Genji, remarkably fine and heartbreaking poems from the guy I share an office with. Poet George Held wrote a lovely, generous, and spot-on review of the book which is archived here.
and, of course
4) Fabulous Beast: The Sow, published by the fantastic feminist micro-press, Hyacinth Girl Press
Readers of this blog have until April 30 to make a comment on the blog. In May, I'll put all names into a hat/bowl/discarded children's easter basket and pick super lucky winners. Or something to that effect. This assumes I'll have more than one name to draw!