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Big Poetry Giveaway

big poetry giveaway 2014Kelli Russell Agodon is hosting the 5th Annual Big Poetry Book Giveaway for National Poetry Month. Those participating give away 2 favorite poetry books (or more) on their blogs. I’m happy to announce that I’ll be participating this year, and I’m delighted to be joining the roster with people who are model literary citizens and advocates. (To see the full list, please visit the link to Kelli’s blog above.)

Now for the giveaway details:


Book 1: When My Brother was an Aztec by Natalie Diaz from Copper Canyon Press

When My Brother was an Aztec by Natalie Diaz

I can’t say enough about this collection or its author. If you haven’t read Natalie Diaz’s recent posts over at The Best American Poetry’s blog, here’s a link to them all: Natalie Diaz’s posts.


Book 2: The Most of It by Mary Ruefle from Wave Books

The Most of It by Mary Ruefle

In his essay “Prose Poetry” for Poetry International, Charles Simic concluded with the following on prose poems: “They look like prose and act like poems, because despite the odds, they make themselves into fly-traps for our imagination.” Such are the poems in Mary Ruefle’s brilliant collection. And did I mention that many of them are laugh-out-loud funny? Anytime you need some cheer, this is the book for which to reach. Also, I’m quite in love with prose poems right now, and it seems there are so many male writers whose prose poem collections are touted, so I wanted to celebrate a woman’s.


To enter:

Please leave your name and email address by midnight on April 30th, 2014 in the comments section below. Winners will be chosen the week of May 1st, 2014. I’d also love a link to your favorite poem, or a poem you’ve recently become fond of, if you’re open to sharing.

One last note: April 24th is Poem in Your Pocket Day.


Thanks for reading. To poetry!

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81 thoughts on “Big Poetry Giveaway

  1. Most excellent! Count me in. I’ll add my email address closer to the end of the month. I am always arrghhh! about having it floating around in public. Thank you. Your book looks intriguing and I love MR.
    Rebecca Loudon

  2. Hello Andrea. Nice to “meet” you. Please add me to your drawing. I recently devoured Mary Ruefle’s “Madness, Rack and Honey” and I’d love to read more of her work. Thanks for offering the giveaway.

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  4. I’m digging the Big Poetry Giveaway! 2014. What a great way to discover new poets and blogs while possibly scoring some nice additions/editions for the home library.

    I would love to engross myself in the pages of the two books you are offering.

    Check out my offerings:

    As for my favorite poem, that’s an impossible task. There are way too many to name here. But one I return to often for inspiration, and since this is National Poetry Month after all, I recommend “so you want to be a writer?” by Charles Bukowski. This made me want to be a writer. It makes me want to continue to be a writer.

    Read here:

    Happy National Poetry Month!

    Chester Hopewell

    • Thanks for stopping by and sharing some Billy Collins, Michelle. You’re now signed up for the giveaway. Enjoy your weekend!

  5. Hi Andrea, I’m excited about the possibility of winning either of the books you are giving away, especially the collection of funny prose poems! A poem that I love and have memorized and recited and one that is a great comfort to me is Wendell Berry’s “The Peace of Wild Things.” Here is my e-mail for the drawing:
    Peace and Many Thanks, Marianne Mersereau

    • Hi Marianne, you’ve been entered! Thanks for reading and for sharing. I love that you’ve memorized this poem.

    • Hi Michael, thanks for reading. I’ve got your name in the drawing. I appreciate you leaving a link to a poem of which you’re fond!

    • Hi Rose, thanks for reading and following! I look forward to reading more of your blog. Hope you and your family are well!

    • “Somehow we find our way back.” Thanks for the link to this poem, Brian. And thanks for stopping in and participating in the giveaway!

    • You’re entered, Angela. I’ll do the drawings and announce the winners tomorrow morning. Thanks for participating!

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