Sunday, March 14, 2010

Poetry Book Giveaway 2010: Getting Prepped for National Poetry Month


And here we go. Poet Kelli Agodon over at Book of Kells is reinterpreting a cool project that bloggers in the visual arts world have been doing for awhile. The idea is that giving something of value away (a book of poems or a piece of handmade jewelery) benefits both the artist and the audience. Starting tonight and continuing through the month of April, I will be collecting names of people who leave comments on my blog (yay! I love, love, love, receiving comments) and two of those lucky people will receive a free book of poems.

According to Kelli, it will work nicely to have one of the books be one of mine and the other be a book by a poet that I am strongly influenced by. So if you want a free book of poems leave me comments on my blog as often as you would like and I will put your name in the Poetry Book Giveaway. It doesn't matter where you live, I will post the book to you free of charge. Trust me, I will be participating as a blog reader as well as a blog writer.

So which books will I choose? The first one is pretty easy ... ta-da! Still hot off the press is The Alchemist's Kitchen published by White Pine Press this month. 


Carolyn Forche writes: "This is art in the light of conscience, as Marina Tsvetaeva has written, voicing the sufferings of Somalia, Sarajevo, and Srebrenicia, history and its black ash of question marks yet it is also an art of praise."

Brian Turner states: "These are poems of praise and wonder graced by a delicate touch."



My second book will be Bellocqs Ophelia by Natasha Tretheway because it is a book I admire again each time I read it. Tretheway won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Native Guard, but I think this book is even better. It is the collection that made me a believer in ekphrastic poems. She took the tradition and made it new. This a book that teaches me how to be a better poet. Let the comments begin!

68 comments:

  1. Hi Susan,
    What a lovely idea!!! Hope I'm one of the two!
    Carol

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  2. I love this idea, too. Please count me in!

    thanks,
    drew

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  3. You can enter me too,
    Victoria Chang

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  4. Please add me to your drawing, Susan. I'm participating too and should have my post up in the next day or two. Watch for it at my blog.

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  5. Please enter me too! Thanks! (chloeAmartinez@gmail.com)

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  6. my fingers are crossed...twice! (that doesn't cancel the luck out, does it?)

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  7. I'm in!

    Also, for anyone reading this, I'm giving away two books as well, so please stop by my blog to check out the titles and enter if you're interested. Happy (almost) April!

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  8. What a nice idea. Please count me in, and in the meantime I'll think if there's anything I can offer as well.

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  9. So glad you're participating! Count me in, please, and come see if what I'm offering is of any interest. Happy NaPoMo!

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  10. What a great way to promote National Poetry Month! Thank you for the chance to win these books!

    Amy artsyrockerchick[at]aim[dot]com

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  11. I'm looking forward to your book, Susan, win or lose here; will you be reading in Portland any time soon? And Natasha Tretheway is such a very fine poet too, many thanks.

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  12. Hi Jim,
    Thanks for stopping by. I hope to read at Wordstock next year, but don't know if that will happen. I am working with a Portland photographer on a project of images and words. My book has a section of work on Northwest photographer Myra Albert Wiggins and so I may come to town for something on Wiggins. Am open to other suggestions, too!

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  13. Hi Susan,

    Yes! Please enter me in your drawing! I do not have Brian's book and would love to. If I win yours, I will hold a drawing for it on my blog since I already own your wonderful book! Thank you!

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  14. Please enter me into the contest.

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  15. Hi Susan,

    Thanks for telling me about the Poetry Book Giveaway. I'll probably participate myself by giving away 2 books on my blog during April.

    Meanwhile, please enter me in your drawing!! :)

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  16. Your comment implying that you needed to have been convinced of ekphrastic poetry has me intrigued. This is my entry!

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  17. This is a great idea. Please toss my name in the hat.

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  18. What a wonderful idea! I love it. I hope you will count this as an entry. Would you sometime allow me to include one of your poems in my blog? I am a reader, not a writer, but it would be exciting to have a new poet. I typically use "canonical" poets so I don't need to worry about copyright, but I'd love to write about a living poet.

    I'm at: http://writonwater.blogspot.com

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  19. poetry! poetry! yeah!
    suezette(at)aol(dot)com

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  20. I'm so excited about this poetry giveaway! I decided to participate, too, over at my blog, Stars in my Sugar Bowl.

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  21. Wonderful idea for NPM. I'm in.

    Lisa

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  22. I would be thrilled to win your book with the intriguing title! You'll sign it of course. I've never heard of ekphrastic poems and will go search it out on google now. A new word I wonder if I'll have the opportunity to use again!

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  23. Bellocqs Ophelia is one of my favorite books too! But I would love to be entered for your new book, Susan. I'm also participating in the giveaway.

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  24. I would love to win both books! I am already a Susan Rich fan (thanks to Kelli!). jillypoet@verizon.net

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  25. Hi Susan, please enter my name as well. Thanks for stopping by my blog. --Matt

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  26. Please enter me, too. Thanks.

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  27. Susan, thank you for visiting my blog and leaving such a nice comment. Please include me in your drawing. Many thanks.

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  28. I don't have a blog, but I do love poetry. If I may, I'd love to enter this giveaway! Thanks. And Happy poetry month.


    bgcchs(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  29. Hi, Susan! Please include me in your drawing. I've already got Natasha's book, but I'd love a chance to win yours. : )

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  30. Now that Tretheway book would be nice. I'm into ekphrastic off and on all the time like a bad habit. Thanks for visiting chez moi.

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  31. What wonderful books. Please include me.

    And I agree that Bellocq's Ophelia is at least the equal to Native Guard.

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  32. Delightful. I enter!
    Angela
    newzoopoet@aol.com

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  33. Count me in! :) Bridget bklossada (at) gmail (dot) com.

    THANKS!

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  34. Please enter my name into the contest. Thank you for stopping by the 32 Poems blog to enter. Deborah (at) 32poems {dot} com

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  35. Thank you for including me.
    Paul David
    koenigsburg14@aol.com

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  36. An early adopter. Please put me in the mix.

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  37. What a nice collection of books ! please enter me !I love poetry. Thanks Cindy Allen@cea8822@yahoo.com

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  38. Hi. I'd like to enter. Thanks, Pam Hart. pahart@aol.com

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  39. Thank you for your nice words on my blog, and I must say I love yours as well...this is such a wonderful idea, I have missed the poetry world!

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  40. Me, Me, Me , ME ,MEEE! Oh, let it BE, MEEEE!

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  41. Pick me. Please! Thanks (mattnienow@gmail.com)

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  42. Please add my name: Carl Palmer
    carlpalmer@hotmail.com

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  43. Thanks for the oppportunity and for your generosity, Susan. Please consider me for the draw. Cheers. :)

    Jé Maverick

    jemaverick [at] gmail [dot] com
    http://www.jemaverick.com/

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  44. This is terrific--and very generous. Many thanks!

    Kim Roberts
    beltway.poetry@juno.com

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  45. Please add me too!
    Gail White
    gailxpoet@cox.net
    www.gailwhite.org

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  46. Free books are always an inspiration.

    Thanks,
    MEHope

    fish_trappe AT yahoo.com

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  47. Wonderful idea, *crosses fingers* count me in.

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  48. Awesome idea! Thank you so much for the opportunity!

    lindsay.veenstra(at)gmail.com

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  49. Please drop my name into the hat too!

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  50. Thank you so much for this opportunity - such a great idea! I produce the Vermont Poetry Newsletter & Poetry Event Calendar, so am looking forward to promoting your book, if I'm lucky enough to be a winner! Ron Lewis

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  51. Well who knows. Perhaps this rainy Spring morning will be lucky for me! Do please pop my name into your hat. Thanks for the chance.

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  52. this is great! thank you for your generosity

    boydst@plu.edu

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  53. Please include me in this wonderful give away!

    stacylynnmar@yahoo.com

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  54. Great to see another blogger participating in the giveaway! It's still April here at least, so, count me in if there's time!

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  55. Yes, please. Hat me.

    deb.stoneymosss (at) gmail (dot) com

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