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Monday, April 07, 2014

The great poetry giveaway, 2014--


I'll be giving away books (see below) as part of the great poetry giveaway, 2014, and all you have to do is leave a comment on the post below to have a random chance at a few books. No matter where you are in the world, you may feel free to toss your name in the e-hat!

Update: I will respond to comments, and am thinking about what could be an appropriate e-prize for everybody who leaves a note--maybe a selection of poems drawn from all four of my poetry books. And I'll also do a post with selections from the book that is not by me later on.

UK: Stanza Press, 2012

One of many interior vignettes
by Clive Hicks-Jenkins
for The Foliate Head

One will be a book of mine, either the paperback of Thaliad or a copy of The Foliate Head. The choice is yours. Check the links or tabs above for some review clips, samples, and other information.

The other book will be...

I will give away a copy of Need-Fire by Becky Gould Gibson, in order to share the book but also to share the work of Bertha Rogers, Bright Hill Books, and The Treadwell Literary Center, where I read last week. This choice is to be a book on our shelves that we have read and liked, and it is a book I am currently reading and enjoying--good thing the drawing is in May! The sequence of poems centers around the 7th century Hild, first abbess at Whitby in Northumberland.

Winner, Bright Hill Press Poetry Award Series, 12
One of many interior vignettes by Clive Hicks-Jenkins
for Thaliad (Phoenicia Publishing, 2012)
Montreal: Phoenicia Press, 2012

92 comments:

  1. What a wonderful way to celebrate Poetry Month! One way or another, I must have/read The Foliate Head. One of the best titles for a collection I've heard.

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    1. Siham, glad you like it--and the title!

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  2. I'm game! (As you know, I'm a staunch advocate of the gift culture.)

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    1. I expect almost all mid-list writers could be considered part of the gift culture these days! XD

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  3. Yay Western Orthodox abbess!

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    1. Hild-luck to you!

      I'll post an excerpt some time in the next week so you can have a taste of the book...

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  4. I love books, love poetry, love gifts. Especially gifts of books of poetry I may or may not have read! Thank you for the opportunity and happy poetry month!

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    1. Dee, happy poetry month to you! May all your months have poetry in them--

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  5. Whee, all you middle of the (my) night (or near) people! Good luck--

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  6. DId someone say 'Free'?
    I'm so on it - but I do think it outrageous that such work should be thrown into the ether like this.
    Marly, you leave me with only one course of action. To enter into this wholeheartedly.
    Think of it as damage limitation. HAHA!

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    1. Wholehearted damage limitation! Ah, Paul, I think of you as somebody who has had much luck, rising above the bad, blessed by the good.

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  7. Happy Poetry Month! What a way to celebrate!

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    1. Oh, I see you arrived here via Mako! Welcome--I'll have to go back and look at the piece you wrote about him and process when I have a minute. Happy poetry month to you--

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  8. Here via the wonder that is the web. Catherwood in particular comes highly recommended and I am thrilled at this opportunity.

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    1. Hi Deb--

      "Catherwood" will be back in print, down the pike a ways...

      Luck to you!

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  9. Damn! It ate my comment.

    I said I was intrigued by your title "The Foliate Head," but didn't really "get" it until your discussion of it on this blog last week. Now I want to steal it!

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    1. No doubt you will steal it in your own unique painter's way!

      Your comment was not in either "spam" or "pending," so who knows...

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  10. wish we also have a national poetry month here in the Philippines. :)
    glad you mentioned "anywhere in the world".

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    1. Yes, anyone with access to a mailing address can enter! Luck to you!

      Every month is poetry month in my world, but feel free to call for more poetry in the Philippines... Word of mouth can be powerful.

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  11. Oh, I do not know if I should enter your contest. You see, the last time I won anything was the U.S. draft lottery in December of 1965: my number came up, and before you could say, "Hello, Viet Nam," I was inducted into the military. Perhaps, though, this lottery will be different. I won't get shot at in this one will I?

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    1. I trust not! But this is a fallen world, Tim...

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    2. Indeed. I will take a moment this morning to read again and ponder Yeats' poem, "The Second Coming." This is one of those mornings when I worry that things really are falling apart. Perhaps a little bit of Yeats will help me sort it out today.

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    3. It's tough to sort things out when the word police and thought police are on the beat, and it feels like an Orwellian 1984. So good luck with that!

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  12. My grandchildren are currently choosing and memorizing some poems (public school system). What happens to us when we leave school? We are so naturally drawn to poetry as children? Thanks for being one!

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    1. Good for that school! I've gone back to memorizing poems as well. It's lovely to be able to recite in one's head while doing some chore or errand.

      Yes, the kingdom of poetry in a natural world and inheritance for little children. I think there are so many things in life that are better when we keep our child spirit alive as we grow older... including poetry. It's never too late to "become like little children" in the best ways.

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  13. I love books and I would love to have these books to increase my poetry collection. What made you start sharing your work?

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    1. Luck to you, Marcia!

      If you mean in this way... well, if you click on the link for "poetry giveaway," you'll find that lots of poets are doing this for poetry month. As for when I started publishing, that's so far back in the mists of time... I hardly remember. But it started with an obsession with reading even before that.

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  14. Oooh, this is an offer I cannot refuse, especially a chance to add Foliate Head to my small collection of your works!

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    1. So glad you are tossing your name in the hat! And you never know, a Finn might win!

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  15. Put me on thre list Marly! Great idea.

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  16. BTW.....do not include me in the giveaway lottery... my last lottery turned out poorly.....

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  17. BTW.....do not include me in the giveaway lottery... my last lottery turned out poorly.....

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    1. Hah! I would hate a repeat of the last!

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  18. I own both of the books you're giving away, and since Need-Fire sounds right up my alley, I've added it to my next Amazon order. Hopefully that puts a buck in Betsy Gould Gibson's pocket.

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    1. It is, indeed, up your alley! And no doubt she would be glad for a reader-writer like you, fascinated with the "Dark Ages" and medieval world.

      I think you ought to win a box of gold stars... Thank you, Jeff. Although I expect I might be able to grub up a book you don't have!

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    1. Hi Katrina--

      Your wish fulfilled! Name in the hat...

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  20. Wow, great reads. I hope I win. carol_steel@yahoo.ca

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    1. You're in the hat, for a start!

      Must say that I wish everybody could win, but I can't quite afford that one...

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  21. Happy Poetry Month! Please enter me in the drawing.

    literaryaustin [at] gmail

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    1. Hello, Allyson Whipple--

      The same to you back again! And you are . . . in!

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  22. Oh, cool. Please add my name to the drawing. Happy Poetry Month~

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    1. Done. Happy poetry month to you as well--may all your months have a bit of poetry in them...

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  23. Hi Marly! I would love to add my name to your drawing! Happy Spring, and Happy Poetry Month!

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    1. Hello, Robin--

      I must be stark raving winter-sick because my first thought on seeing your name is how much I wish that I would see a robin! I was just out . . . in the snow. Alas. Happy spring to you, and me when it comes. But definitely happy poetry month.

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  24. Hi Marly! Thank you for your comments! I feel so blessed to carry the name my mother gave me! By the way, my middle name is Dawn--so that's two links to spring and nature! I'm hoping you see a robin, too--and soon!

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    1. A robin dawn would be quite wonderful, though right now I have goldfinch-and-titmouse dawn, which is pretty good too. A robin dawn with no snow...

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  25. Hello! Hello! I love poetry and random and palaces. All of them at once. Thank you.

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    1. I see that you write poems and play the violin and are afflicted (alas) with bees. Shall take a peek at your poems (and others--quite a few poets in this batch of comments) next week when I surface (underwater reading galleys.)

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  26. Count me in, please!

    Email: roquedog504@gmail.com

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  27. Sign me up and feel free to enter my giveaway as well! Thanks, Lynn

    www.lynnpedersen.wordpress.com
    lynn.pedersen.poetry@gmail.com

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  28. I would love to win any one of these. Thanks for doing this! And, my email is nandinidhar2112@gmail.com. Best, Nandini

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    1. Thank you, Nandini! Your name is in the imaginary but soon-to-be-real hat...

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  29. This is great. Sign me up for the drawing. bonesparkblog@yahoo.com

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    1. Thought I had seen that name at least once... C. A. LaRue is now in the voluminous dark of The Hat!

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  30. Happy National Poetry Month, Marly. I'd be delighted to add either of your books to the shelves of my library.

    Check out my giveaway offerings when you have a moment: http://chesterhopewell.com/post/81404795431/national-poetry-month-celebration-win-books-through

    Write on,
    Chester

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    1. Hi Chester--

      Shall pop by later in the day! Thanks for coming by and dropping your name in The Hat.

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    2. And here is a hot link to Chester's giveaway page: click!

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  31. What a great giveaway. I would love one of your books.
    Pam

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    1. Hi Pam--

      You now have a chance for one! Thanks for playing in the poetry frolics--

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  32. would love to participate in your shuffle.

    thank you for joining

    (I was all too late to join the Giveaway! officially but decided to pirate it and will be giving away few books. Feel welcomed to drop by and see if there is something in there for you)

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    1. Is it ever too late? I didn't realize, not having played before.

      And I shall pop by...

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  33. Thanks so much for doing the giveaway. I'd love to be entered to win! My name is Brian Wong and my e-mail is: thebripod@gmail.com

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    1. Hi Brian--thanks! You're in the big dark hat!

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  34. Please enter me in the drawing, thanks Marly!

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  35. Throw my name in the hat please. Thank you!

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  36. Please enter my name into the drawing! And i am doing a giveaway on my blog too: http://www.reneeemerson.com/2014/04/the-big-poetry-giveaway.html

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    1. Hi Renee, I'll check out your blog. And you're in the hat!

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  37. Please enter my name into the drawing! And i am doing a giveaway on my blog too: http://www.reneeemerson.com/2014/04/the-big-poetry-giveaway.html

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    1. Renee, thanks! I'll visit your blog, eventually!

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  38. Hello, I'm late getting around this year. Please add me to the names.
    margoroby@gmail.com

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  39. Hi Marly --

    Please include me in your lottery and stop by to sign up for mine -- which I've totally failed to promote.

    http://bluegrasspoet.tumblr.com/post/81707867926/big-poetry-giveaway-of-2014

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    1. Hi Sherry--

      Thanks! Have several who have invited me to take a peek--and I will, when I come up for air!

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  40. Hi Marly,
    Wow! The competition is stiff for the books you are giving away, but I am the lucky type, so I just may win one of them! Thanks so much for your generosity. Please do enter me in the drawing, Marianne Mersereau, marianne4art@yahoo.com

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    1. Oh, I almost forgot to look in the cache for any notes that didn't go straight to comments. You're in, just in time!

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  41. Having a wonderful poetry month. Thank you for hosting this giveaway. So many generous poets! Someday I will pay it forward.

    Mary W. Jensen
    feywriter@hotmail.com

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  42. Please toss my name in with the rest! Thanks!

    quidam87@gmail.com

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  43. Please count me in, and thanks for doing this! Hard to choose between either of your books though!

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  44. Ooh, so glad I saw this via today's post. I have copies of both, but would love to be able to gift 'Thaliad' to a friend with good taste!

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    1. All right, you're in barely in time! I think I'll choose and post at midnight EST. Drama!

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  45. I would LOVE to win, I absolutely love poetry. But looks like I'm late. Aww.

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    1. I am sorry, cooliokitty! Giveaways will come around again next year, I am sure!

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Alas, I must once again remind large numbers of Chinese salesmen and other worldwide peddlers that if they fall into the Gulf of Spam, they will be eaten by roaming Balrogs. The rest of you, lovers of grace, poetry, and horses (nod to Yeats--you do not have to be fond of horses), feel free to leave fascinating missives and curious arguments.