BIG POETRY GIVEAWAY ~ and the winners are….


(inter)National Poetry Month
April  2013

and the winners are…

after a random drawing  { i put everyone’s email address into a bowl and (with my eyes closed) mixed them up then selected two } the winners of the books are:

comment #4 – Ivy   won  “Gemini/Scorpio/Capricorn

comment #13 – Angela   won  “100 Best-Loved Poems

i will be sending them each an email notification and to obtain their mailing addresses.

thank you to everyone who participated and congratulations to Ivy and Angela!

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.

the giveaway is now closed

happy spring!


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