Happy National Poetry Month! (Also known as, you know, “April”.)
To celebrate awesome poetry (and the first months of this blog), I am participating in the 6th Annual Big Poetry Giveaway. To enter, simply comment with your name and email at the end of the post! I will draw two winners in the first week of May.
I participated in this giveaway last year as an entrant on several blogs, and as a result was lucky enough to win several books of poetry. How do you say no to the chance to discover new (and sometimes old) poets? Because of this giveaway, I have fallen in love with many poets once unknown to me.
This year, with the new blog officially released, I wanted to participate on the side of giving away.
Most giving participants are poets themselves, giving away at least one of their own books and at least one book from another poet whose work they enjoy. Seeing as I do not have my own book (yet), I am giving away two books from poets I love.
The first book, the one on the left, is the complete poems of Joyce Kilmer. Kilmer was famous for the poem that begins “I think that I shall never see / A poem lovely as a tree”, which I honestly never cared for after having it shoved at me in school. But when I finally sat down with a volume of the rest of his work, I learned that I absolutely love his voice. One of my favorite poems of his is “Prayer of a Soldier in France”. His work is simple, eloquent, and often to-the-point.
The second book, “God Went to Beauty School”, I picked up at a used book sale a little while back. The title kept drawing me in, and eventually I could overlook it no further and brought it home with me. This might be one of my favorite books of all time, and if you think you aren’t much of a poetry fan, this book might turn you. Cynthia Rylant’s book is a beautiful example of spirituality in daily life without the heavy burden of official ‘religion’. This book makes me laugh, smile, and cry. I have one of the poems framed on my desk at work. I want to give this book away to everyone I know. Maybe this month it will be you!
(Fun fact: Cynthia Rylant, among dozens of other things, is the author of the children’s series Henry and Mudge! I totally grew up on those.)
Now its up to you. If you’d like to enter, just drop a comment below! If you’d like to see the other participants in the giveaway, drop by the Book of Kells blog and checkout the sidebar… the full list is there. (Participants have through Sunday the 5th to sign up. Entrants have until April 30th to play along.)
If you want to make this more interactive, in addition to your name and email for the giveaway, leave me a question or two. It can be about me or my writing. If enough people do this, I’ll pick some of my favorites and do a fun ‘about me’ post in May! Get creative!