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Poetry Book Giveaway!



It wouldn't be National Poetry Month without some free poetry-love going around, in the form of Kelli Russell Agodon's Poetry Book Giveaway. (For a link to everyone who is participating, or for information on participating yourself, click here.)

This year, I would like to focus on the chapbook, and will be giving away a couple of chapbooks that I love as well as one of my own.

My interest in the chapbook as an art form began when a good friend in my poetry group published an abecedarian series of poems, all based on unusual or resonant words taken from the dictionary. She called this collection Dictionary Poems. Later I would be so inspired by this project that I would take on something similar of my own; it was not exactly abecedarian but arranged so, and each poem was inspired by a fruit-related word from the dictionary. This became my chapbook small fruit songs. Both of these chapbooks were published by the amazing Pudding House, which seems to be in the midst of some reorganization right now, but is a lovely and longstanding press run by Jennifer Bosveld.

The process of writing a series was fun -- sort of like a mini novel-in-verse, except more like a lyric sequence, in that the narrative arc was less about plot and more motion-by-emotion (a term I am borrowing from Jenny Factor). In fact, I found I so enjoyed writing the series that I did it again... and again... resulting in a series about desire personified as Desire, as well as my series after Modigliani's nudes.

So for this giveaway, I would like to celebrate the chapbook. I have recently become acquainted with two other women-writers who also have explored this mode and created cohesive chapbooks that tackle gender-oriented themes, and it is those chapbooks, as well as a copy of my own (al)most delicious, that I would like to offer for this year's Poetry Giveaway: Laura Madeline Wiseman's My Imaginary and Sheila Squillante's A Woman Traces The Shoreline, both of which will likely surprise and delight you. Also, all of these books are available from Dancing Girl Press for the staggeringly cheap sum of $7 each including shipping, so if you miss out on the giveaway and still want them, it shouldn't break the bank. In fact, editor Kristy Bowen has two different "bundles" wherein you get either a.) five chapbooks of your choosing -- this is the DGP Book Bundle; or b.) five chapbooks of *her* choosing -- surprise! -- which is called the DGP MixTape. Either of these options will set you back a whole $25. (Incidentally, this is how I am acquiring extra copies of the above chaps, as well as a few others that I've been wanting to read.) Or, if you're *really* decadent, you can SUBSCRIBE, for either a full- or a half- year. Very cool options.

If you would like to have your name thrown into a hat to possibly win one of these three lovely chapbooks, please leave me a comment below and at the end of the month I will randomly choose three names.

Happy poem-ing!

Reader Comments (3)

Hi Cati -- I would love to be in for the draw. I am giving chapbooks away, as well, over at:


Thank you! margo

April 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMargo Roby

Thanks, Margo! I actually tried to post for your drawing but the darn thing wouldn't let me log in - I haven't used WordPress in a while and I don't remember the password; will straighten that out and pop back by your blog to drop my name in the hat before the end of the month.

April 11, 2012 | Registered CommenterCati Porter

I love the poetry giveaway! I would love a new chapbook to read. Thanks for participating. :)

April 11, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterjublke

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