Kelli 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
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
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.
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!