UPDATE, MAY 2: Congratulations to #14 and #25 (Kelly Luce and newzoopoet), who won the Random.org lottery! Please e-mail me with your mailing addresses and your title preference--whoever writes to me first will get "dibs." Congrats to the giveaway winners, and thank you all for playing along!
MANY thanks to Practicing Writer "Jublke" whose comment on a previous post prompted me to mosey on over to Kelli Russell Agodon's blog, where I learned more about a Poetry Book Giveaway project for National Poetry Month 2010.
Briefly, Kelli is encouraging the reading and sharing of poetry by building a community of bloggers willing to give away two books of poetry to readers who comment on their blogs. One book can be the blogger's own, and one must be by another poet. (Thankfully, I'm writing this post just in time: Kelli is only taking new blogger names and posts until midnight tonight [April 10], so if you're interested in participating as a blogger-who-will-give-books-away, hurry on over to Kelli's blog for instructions.)
Now, let's get down to business: I don't have a book of poetry to my credit (yet!), so the two books I'll be giving away are:
Here, Bullet, the important, multiple award-winning book by Brian Turner which I finally had the opportunity to read earlier this year. To learn more about this collection, described by its publisher as "a harrowing, beautiful first-person account of the Iraq War by a soldier-poet," click here.
and then, there's
Poetry magazine's April 2010 issue. Now, I know that this isn't technically a book of poetry, but it is a sort of mini-anthology (in this particular case, complete with Q&As with the published poets), and anthologies are allowed. I just subscribed to Poetry for the first time this year, and I'm hoping that sharing this issue will encourage others to subscribe as well (if not to Poetry, then to another journal that publishes poems).
And, honestly, it may be only because Here, Bullet is my latest purchase that I'm able to give that one away. I'm simply too attached to all the other poetry books--it may be significant that I own considerably fewer books of poetry than of prose, and many the poetry books I received as gifts or bought at readings--to give any of them away.
So, if you're interested in receiving either Here, Bullet or the April issue of Poetry, please simply leave a comment here. I'll be selecting the winners (with the help of the ever-handy random number generator) on May 2, so leave a comment by 12:01 a.m. (U.S. Eastern) that day. Books will be mailed (anywhere in the world!), at my expense, after that.
One final note: Do check Kelli's blog for a list of other participating bloggers--you may want to make some other blog visits and comment elsewhere, too.
Good luck to all!
P.S. Please remember to check back to see if you've won. Any prizes that aren't claimed by Wednesday, May 5, will be forfeited. (I'll be traveling the weekend of April 30-May 2, so if I don't get to post until the end of the day on May 2, don't worry! I will post!)