I hope you had a great Poetry Month. Now, it’s May, and the winners are listed here.
Yes, it’s that time again–Poetry month and another Big Poetry Giveaway. Many thanks to Kelli for starting and continuing this tradition.
Here’s how it works: Leave a comment on this post any time during the month of April, and you’ll be entered to win one of two books.
My book In Both Hands.
From the back of the book: “In her collection In Both Hands, Joannie Stangeland relentlessly, relentlessly constructs a mythopoetic world that is persistently doubled. Persistently broken. And filled with a very quiet violence. It’s not that Stangeland doesn’t love our world, but its stories “crumble under surf.” Its gods and ghosts won’t go away. And its reflections, doppelgangers, palimpsests, and halves make us ask, again and again: Is this a book of healing–or is this book a rending. It is perfectly and painfully both–“The sky” she tells us” mends itself. At the seam between worlds.” — Sarah Vap
Reading Novalis in Montana, by Melissa Kwasny.
I chose this book because it both took my breath and gave it back.
From the back of the book: “Melissa Kwasny’s work serves as a brilliant tonic, reminding us of the essential gravitas of poems of distinction. Hers present a richly textured surface and a deeply thought interior, and have a compass that deftly mingles the scholarly page with beauticians’ hopes and tobacco pouches; a naturalist’s tight focus with the wide gaze of a woman of the world; a lyricist’s gifts with a philosopher’s understandings. This is the real-deal stuff.” — Albert Goldbarth
To see a list of other sites that are giving away books for the Big Poetry Giveaway, visit Kelli’s blog.
And if you want to be a giver in the Big Poetry Giveaway, check out the guidelines.
A bit about me…
I’ve been working on my current manuscript for more than four years, which is better than not working on it.
I write slowly.
I often wish I were a visual artist, but then I want to spend my time working on poems.
I have several prose projects that haven’t gotten too far (I always want to get back to poetry).
I have a secret chocolate stash.
My husband has a winery and sometimes I help him, but I haven’t written much about wine. Instead, I drink the wine.
During April, I’ll post daily writing exercises. In other years, I’ve posted daily prompts–but trying to finish a poem in one day is too fast for me.