the big poetry giveaway

Kelli Russell Agodon over at Book of Kells has once again jumpstarted an extravaganza of poetry love, the Big Poetry Giveaway. Seeing as it’s April, National Poetry Month, and Fool’s Day is safely over, I thought I’d get on board.

This is the deal: leave a comment here with your name and at the end of the month I will draw the names of two readers (using the Random Number Generator) who will each get a free book of poetry. If you go to Kelli’s blog you’ll see a long list of folks who are also doing poetry freebies—so get surfing, and get your poetry on!

One person will get a free copy of my book, How I Got Lost So Close to Home. I’m supposed to pick a book by another author to give away, but I couldn’t decide which one (sorry!) so instead, the other lucky winner scores a new anthology that’s coming out from St. Martin’s Press (yes, I’m in it, but so are LOTS of other people), Morning Song: Poems for New Parents, edited by Susan Todd and Carol Purington. It’s available in hardcover and audio—you choose.

I know–it’s pink and blue. Don’t be scared by that.

The anthology is far-ranging, and includes poems from all kind of folk, including Billy Collins, Mary Oliver, Richard Wilbur, Sylvia Plath (natch!), Galway Kinnell (ditto), Natasha Trethewey, Pablo Neruda, John Berryman (I love that there’s Berryman in there!), Kay Ryan, Jane Kenyon and Rita Dove. Pokey’s happy that there’s this good, juicy book coming out with strong poems about parenting that we Mothers And… can turn to when we’re feeling…over-taxed, shall we say?.

No purchase necessary. No obligation. No time-share tour.

C’mon, leave a comment. Let the words begin!

27 thoughts on “the big poetry giveaway

  1. […] one of the poems from that time: it’s in the Morning Song anthology and will be in my new book. It’s been a long haul, but I can finally appreciate […]

  2. I’d love to win either book (but I’d give preference to your solo volume, if I had to choose) so please include me as a last minute entry.

  3. Please add me. Thanks!

  4. Barry Napier says:

    please enter me in your giveaway! and don’t hesitate to swing by my blog where I am also participating in NPM. Thanks!

  5. rebeccareid says:

    I’d love to be entered in your giveaway! rebecca(at)rebeccareid(dot)com.

  6. Valerie says:

    I am so glad I discovered your blog. Love, love what I’ve seen of it! I’m a mother of three (15, 12, 10) who is constanctly trying to find balance in life. Please enter me in your giveaway; and I have a poetry giveaway over at my blog as well.

  7. Dhyan says:

    please count me in

    and you are welcome to join in my draw


  8. is my poetry and performance blog.

    I want to be a winner!

    russell.evatt (at) gmail (dot) com

  9. Ev says:

    Please enter me in your giveaway. Thanks!

  10. Theresa says:

    Happy National Poetry Month. It’s a pleasure to meet you. Thank you for offering your work in celebration. I would love to be included in your giveaway! Sincerely, Theresa (theresamacnaughtonatgmaildotcom)

  11. Jo says:

    Woohoo! This sounds wonderful 🙂 Count me in.


  12. Please add me to your contest. You can contact me through the provided email address or by posting on or entering my contest on my blog (address above). And thank you for participating in the contest and spreading the words of poetry.

  13. Renee says:

    count me in! my husband and I are expecting our first baby this September, i’d love to read the poems for new parents!

  14. Please count me in, and thanks a lot for doing this!

  15. Angela says:

    Hello, please enter my name in your drawing. Thanks!

  16. Angela says:

    yes, please do enter my name!

  17. nandinidh says:

    Please count me in! Thanks!

  18. Lesa Cummiskey says:

    Please enter me in the poetry giveaway. thanx!

  19. beth u know who says:

    little red kitchen, way back in the orchard, a requiem for the bright mortal body

    i’d take two free books anytime…
    poetry in april, but of course!

  20. sat says:

    sign me up, and count me on board, good angel. thanks for the push!

  21. Hooray! I’m in, if’n you please! xo M

  22. Yes, please. I’m in. Feel free to stop by my blog for another chance to win. sandylonghorn dot blogspot dot com

  23. Maya says:

    Happy to participate in this Poetry For The People Campaign. And thank you in advance!

  24. Seonaid says:

    Ooooh! Now I’m going to have to find two books of poetry to give away. (Oh, yes. Please enter me for your give away.)

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