BIG POETRY GIVEAWAY ~ (inter)national poetry month 2013

BIG  POETRY  GIVEAWAY

(inter)National Poetry Month
April  2013

hello,  all you poetry lovin’  girls and boys out there!  have i got a treat for you?  why,  yes,  i do!  i’m participating in the fourth annual  BIG POETRY GIVEAWAY   in celebration of  (inter)National Poetry Month 2013.  the giveaway is being guest curated this year by  Susan Rich  at her blog  THE ALCHEMIST’S KITCHEN.

what  is  the  BIG POETRY GIVEAWAY  you ask?  any blogger who wants to can join in and give away a poetry book to TWO,  count them TWO,  people  ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD FOR FREE,  SHIPPING INCLUDED.  { i think they really should change the name officially to INTERnational Poetry Month given the number of  poets all over the world who participate in one way or another. }  so i get to choose the book each winner will receive.  i’ll tell you below how you can enter to win a book and how to sign up as a blogger wanting to give away two books.  right now,  let’s get to the books,  shall we?

the first book i am going to give away is by three extremely talented contemporary poets,  two of  whom i know in this corner of  the online poetry community,  Kelli Simpson  aka  Mama Zen and  Joy Ann Jones  aka  hedgewitch;  and the third,  Shay Caroline  aka  Fireblossom,  who dubbed me her  ‘Sista Poet’  which i deem to be one of  the greatest honors of  my life.  i will NEVER,  EVER,  EVER  be able to write anywhere close to the level of  these three women.  their brand new book is titled  “Gemini/Scorpio/Capricorn”  and can be purchased on Amazon in the Kindle version  HERE  or as a paperback  HERE.

their description is ~
“A rippling triple vision through the heart’s crystal, both light and dark; riddles of needles and glass, demons and gypsies, love for men, love for other women, love for our children, love that damns and love that redeems, all of these motifs and more twine like scarlet threads through a little black dress in this triad of women building alternate universes with words.”

{ having already read the Kindle edition }  i say ~
Gemini/Scorpio/Capricorn is written by three women who are probably the best contemporary poets I’ve ever read.  You will want to read this book over and over again because it’s just SO. DAMN. GOOD. I can’t give you a list of my favorite poems because as I read them, I feel the one in front of me is the best one yet… until i go on to the next… or back to the first. They are all superb!  This is a book for people who want to be amazed and surprised and enchanted by three supremely talented storytellers.

you can find these truly unique and amazing poets at their poetry blogs ~
Shay Caroline aka Fireblossom  blogs at  ‘Shay’s Word Garden
Kelli Simson aka Mama Zen blogs her poetry at  ‘another damn poetry blog  Motherhood After Dark
Joy Ann Jones aka hedgewitch blogs at ‘Verse Escape

the second book i am going to give away is titled  “100 Best-Loved Poems”  which is,  in their words  ~
“Popular, well-known poetry: “The Passionate Shepherd to His Love,” “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?” “Death, be not proud,” “The Raven,” “The Road Not Taken,” plus works by Wordsworth, Byron, Coleridge, Sandburg, Pound, Auden, Thomas,  and many others…”

in my opinion,  it has an absolutely wonderful variety of  poetry from poets such as  Elizabeth Barrett BrowningWilliam Blake,  George Gordon Byron Emily Dickinson, e. e. cummings,  Ralph Waldo Emerson,  Robert Frost,  John Keats,  Rudyard Kipling,  Edna St. Vincent Millay,  Edgar Allan Poe,  William Shakespeare,  Percy Bysshe Shelley and the list goes on.  there are sonnets and other form poetry,  and love poems,  and SHAKESPEARE,  for god’s sake!  i don’t know who determined that these are the “100 Best-Loved Poems” but i promise that not only will you find at least some poetry you enjoy,  you will learn a thing or two about writing great poetry.  i don’t believe i will ever attain the level of  excellence the poets in this book achieved.  it can be purchased on Amazon in paperback  HERE  and the Kindle version  HERE.

i have ordered paperback copies of  both books  (neither was available in hardback)  and will receive them weeks before the winners are chosen.  here’s how that will work  ~  in order to put your imaginary hat in the proverbial ring to win one of  these books,  you must leave a comment  ON THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST.  the COMMENT BOX DOES NOT APPEAR IF YOU ARE ON THE MAIN PAGE OF THE BLOG.  THE EASIEST WAY TO GET TO THE PROPER COMMENT BOX IS TO CLICK ON THE TITLE OF THE POST  “BIG POETRY GIVEAWAY”,  GIVE IT A FEW SECONDS TO RELOAD ONLY THIS POST,  THEN SCROLL AAALLLLLLLLL  THE WAY DOWN TO THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST where you will find the comment box.

as the blog author,  i approve all comments BEFORE they are published so you will NOT see your comment until i have an opportunity to approve it.  i will try to get to them all on the day they are submitted, but some may take longer before they appear.  if  you don’t see your comment within a week,   and definitely no later than April 28th,  please email me at myheartslovesongs@gmail.com.  i will also be checking my spam folder to make certain no one’s comment gets mis-identified as spam.

there are several options for signing in to leave a comment.  whether you sign in with WordPress,  Twitter,  Facebook,  or  just your email address and first name,  FOR YOUR ENTRY TO QUALIFYTHERE MUST BE AN EMAIL ADDRESS AND FIRST NAME (NOT A BLOG NAME or USER NAME).  IF THE FORMAT YOU USE TO SIGN IN,  FOR INSTANCE TWITTER,  DOES NOT PROVIDE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS AND REAL FIRST NAME  (NOT YOUR TWITTER USER NAME)  THEN YOU WILL HAVE TO LEAVE A COMMENT  AND  SEND ME AN EMAIL.  you MUST leave your first name IN your comment and say that you will email me YOUR email address.  { i do NOT recommend leaving your email address in a public comment.} 

send the email as follows:

TO:  myheartslovesongs@gmail.com

SUBJECT:   BIG POETRY GIVEAWAY

MESSAGE IN THE BODY OF THE EMAIL:   tell me at least your first name and your email address.  that’s all there is to it.

SO HERE ARE THE RULES:

if there is not a first name and email address either in the comment or an email,  that entry will be disqualified.

if i receive an email from someone who did NOT leave a comment on this post,  that entry will be disqualified.

ONLY ONE ENTRY IS ALLOWED PER PERSON.  duplicate entries will be deleted.

YOU MAY ENTER WHETHER OR NOT YOU HAVE A BLOG ~ all i need is your (real) first name and email address.

the giveaway closes at midnight  (12:00am)  Pacific Standard Time USA on the night of  April 30,  2013.

this giveaway is open to everyone living anywhere in the world so long as you have an email address!

the FIRST WEEK OF MAY 2013,  i will put all the email addresses in a bowl,  close my eyes,  stir them around and then randomly select two winners.  the one i select first will receive “Gemini/Scorpio/Capricorn” and the one i select second will receive “100 Best-Loved Poems”.  i will be contacting the winners by email at which time you will have to be willing to provide me with your full name and your shipping address.  The authors of  these books are in no way sponsoring or involved in the giveaway; and the purchase of  the books and postage will be paid by me.  EACH WINNER RECEIVES ONE BOOK OF MY CHOICE ONLY.

UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES WILL ANY EMAIL ADDRESS OR PERSONAL INFORMATION BE MADE PUBLIC BY ME.

there will be an updated blog list at  THE ALCHEMIST’S KITCHEN  for those of  you who would like to enter for more chances to win a book.  each blogger will be selecting the books they want to give away and each blog will have its own requirements.  check it out at least through April 10th for additional bloggers who you can visit to enter for their giveaway.

if  you are a blogger who would like to participate by giving away two poetry books,  please go to THE ALCHEMIST’S KITCHEN  HERE  to get the instructions.  YOU MUST HAVE A COMPLETED POST SOMEWHAT SIMILAR TO MINE PUBLISHED AND THE INFORMATION WITH A LINK TO YOUR POST, YOUR FULL NAME, AND BLOG NAME   IN A COMMENT TO SUSAN ON HER POST THERE  BY APRIL 10, 2013.  THERE ARE ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS AND INSTRUCTIONS IN HER POST.

there are so many, many wonderful sites providing prompts and other activities to celebrate Poetry Month!  i had hoped to get a post up with descriptions and links to all of  the ones i know about before the first of  April.  many of  the sites do not require that you participate the entire month, so i will still put the post up as soon as i can,  at least by the middle of  April.  i had hoped to write and post a poem every day myself,  but that hasn’t been possible yet,  so i’ll just do it when and if  i can ~ which is a good attitude for anyone to have,  i think.  we’re supposed to be having fun!   i hope you’ll leave a comment for the giveaway!  good luck!

happy spring!

dani

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41 responses to “BIG POETRY GIVEAWAY ~ (inter)national poetry month 2013

  1. Hi Dani…well there must be a reason why my attention landed on your blog today. I’m happy that I saw this and thought to myself “why not”…I’ll sign up to win a free book. Thanks! I’m a big fan of those three very talented ladies too. I’ve been mostly MIA from my blog lately…can’t quite get into the swing of things for some reason but I’m glad I stopped by here.
    Gayle~ (Will email you my address as you suggested).

  2. Hi, Dani! Please enter me in the contest!

    ~Allyson
    whipplea [at] gmail [dot] com

  3. This sounds like a really fun idea dani ♥ I would be pleased to enter this give-away competition.

  4. ivy

    Wow – what excellent choices for both books! Thanks for doing this — thrilled to participate :)
    Thanks,
    Ivy
    ivy973 (at) yahoo.com

  5. Thanks for participating in the giveaway. Please count me in!

  6. Please add my name to the drawing. Thanks!

  7. dnig

    Please enter me into the draw! Thanks! :-)
    Doireann
    doireann[dot]nighriofa@gmail[dot]com

  8. Thanks for doing this!

    - Andrew
    eldritch00 at gmail dot com

  9. Hi Dani – Happy Poetry Month and please include me in your draw! williams(dot)alexandra(at)ymail(dot)com
    My recent poetry posts are on facebook at ‘Alexandra J Cornwell – Poet’. Last September I discovered the fun of ‘drabbles’ (100-word microfiction also on facebook at ‘Byron Short Fiction ‘Drabble’ Writers’). I am finding inspiration in applying that format to non-fiction historical and current affairs topics. I suppose poetry it has been my way of blogging, though I’ve been inspired by looking through the pages of generous poets like yourself and have started my own: The Drabble Writer’s Table http://squeakythongs.wordpress.com/. I should get on with publishing my own so I can ‘play it forward’ next year!
    - Alexandra

  10. Leo

    I like reading :) So will love to put my name into the hat. I’ll send you a mail as well. Though I guess you’d already have my e-mail address.

  11. I have not had the chance to read any contemporary poetry. I don’t know who or where to begin. Entering this contest seemed like a good way to start. Thank you very much for participating in this give away.

    KnowledgeKnut
    Knowledgeknut@gmail.com

  12. vtpoet

    Dani: Please sign me up for your book giveaway! If I happen to be lucky enough to be an honored winner this year and receive one of your three(!!) book selections, I will thank you personally and through my Vermont Poetry Newsletter (& Poetry Event Calendar), which now receives over 1M hits/year. I’d be crazy-excited to win any of the three books! I’ll be crossing my fingers and hope to soon find one of your personal selections in my personal poetry library! Thank you so much for being a part of the 2013 Book Giveaway! Ron Lewis, VPN Editor (vtpoet@gmail.com)

  13. Angela

    Please enter my name in your generous drawing. Thanks!

  14. Who would want to miss out on an opportunity to win either of these titles? Not me.

    Thank you, Dani.

  15. Thanks for doing this! Please count me in! Nandini

  16. Wheee! Sliding by at the last minute to enter :-))

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