Thursday, April 03, 2014

BIG POETRY BOOK GIVEAWAY! Enter now to win two poetry books

BIG POETRY BOOK GIVEAWAY! Thanks to Kelli Russell Agodon, this April-Poetry-Month giveaway has become an annual event among a group of poetry bloggers. Here's the deal: I'm giving away these two poetry books in a random drawing:

(1) Stanley Kunitz' beautiful Passing Through, The Later Poems, New and Selected (NY: W. W. Norton & Company, 1995). Kunitz is one of my most favorite poets for his passionate, wild heart and his eloquent and vivid imagery. He has stamped his rhythms and clarity on my own work as I read and admired him over the years. (Disclaimer: It has my name in it, but is otherwise in great shape. Even though I read it a lot!)

(2) My newest book, Gods of Water and Air (Aldrich Press, 2013). Deema Shehabi, author of Thirteen Departures from the Moon, said about my collection: "Each poem in this collection is masterfully written, brimming with observation's ardor. She asks us questions that are to be savored. She begs us to grasp time, rein in it, and let it go: 'Be a net. Catch the world by letting the knots slip.'" This collection, which includes drama (a short play) and prose, as well as poetry, feels to me like a bringing together of memories, desires, aspirations, and practice across the decades I have been writing. A watershed and a new beginning. I chose the cover image for its ancient verity: the motherly quality of the earth arches high over our lives, forever ready to nurture and protect, and for poets a deathless source.

All you have to do to enter is to email me your name and email address: I'll draw the name from a hat in May and mail the winner the two books, paying the postage.

If you want to participate, here are the details, at Kelli's blog. Happy National Poetry Month!

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Blasting off for National Poetry Month with a discount!

What am I going to do for National Poetry Month (April)? This year, I don't have time to write a poem a day, though I used to, and I did it for five consecutive Aprils. But I AM making a special Poetry Month discount offer on my newest book, Gods of Water and Air -- you can get a copy for only $11.00, including shipping, if you order one from me in April. Email me, or send a Paypal to: If you want to send a check, I'll send you particulars.

I also plan to follow the progress of poem-a-day poets in several groups, and perhaps jump in during a week that allows it. I love the idea of a national celebration of our art. But I think instead of asking us to write more poems, the NEA (or some agency like it) should send each poet a bottle of sparkling wine or something plus a large cupcake and a laurel wreath. Just for doing what we do! Being American poets and enriching the landscape.

Monday, March 31, 2014

On the verge of Poetry Month

With so much activity honoring our beautiful art confined to the one hectic month of April (taxes and poetry?), I find myself in awe of those who are doing the Poem-A-Day challenge, giving readings, doing book reviews, and creating poetry events. NoPoWriMo, the official site for the 30 poems in 30 days challenge, lists resources. Today's is The Big Poetry Giveaway, which I'm going to participate in. I'm still figuring out the other books, besides mine, I will give away in a drawing, and will post soon about my Giveaway offer. If you have a blog, consider joining the movement! Spread poetry books (including your own) around the world.

I would offer to blog every day about poetry, but I know myself. Promises, promises ...