Another year, another NaPoWriMo. I’m hoping this will be an impetus for me to post more, write more, read more, and do more in April. As part of this push (push!), I am participating in Kelli Russell Agodon‘s excellent yearly book exchange contest, giving away two books of poems to some lucky person!
In order to participate, all you have to do is leave a comment on this post with your name and an email address (so I’m able to get in touch with you on May 1st or whenever it is I make the pick). You can do this any time in April, but please leave a comment earlier in the month than later if possible. You can also ask for one or the other book in particular, if you already have one of them. And the two books that will be given away are…!
Greeks Bearing Gifts, by moi. I assure you this is not shameless self-promotion! Part of the idea of the giveaway is to give away one of your own as well as one of your favorites. So, if you’ve wanted a copy of this but didn’t have the inclination to buy it yet, this is your chance to avoid the whole online-shopping-and-shipping thing. On top of that, I will sign it for you, if you’re into that. The link on the sidebar will lead to the Lulu page, where you can preview the book and read about its creation; the poems are all Greek-myth-inspired modernization-type pieces. I’m rather proud of it, and I hope that you’ll enjoy it too. :) And if not, there’s always…
Underlife, by January Gill O’Neill. She blogs at Poet Mom, and writes excellent stuff that is my go-to for a rainy day when there’s not much going on and I need some poetry. I got a copy of this book in April 2010 for a review through ReadWritePoem, which you can read here. Two years later, I think I’m really realizing how much influence this book (through several re-readings over that time) has had on my idea of the kind of poet I want to be. It’s a diverse, powerful, relatable, and nuanced book that you would do well to possess. I’m reluctant to part with it, but I hope it will have as much impact on someone else too.
So that’s the long and short of it. Leave your comment, and gear up: as the Starks* don’t say, “April is coming…!”
(* Game of Thrones premiere also starts tomorrow; you can tell it’s on my mind.)