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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Big Poetry Giveaway 2013

The BIG poetry Giveaway 2013





I am excited to be participating in the Big Poetry Giveaway.  I spend a lot of time in Raven Used Books in Harvard Square Cambridge going over the stacks of books in the poetry section, and I get to take some great chances on poets I've never heard of before.

I have found a few of my favorite poets that way, including Forrest Gander, Peter Richards, Tomas Transtroemer.  I also use it to fill in the gaps in my collection.  I am currently trying to complete my collection of Ai books.  Most are out of print, so my only chance to find them is used bookshops or online book dealers.

I am currently participating in the 30 poems in 30 days challenge, and it really is a challenge.  I am backspace addict, so composing on a computer is out.  I either hand write poems or use my Smith Corona Galaxy 12 typewriter.  My preference is the Galaxy 12, but sometimes, I am not home, so a notebook has to do.

I read a lot, every day, but find that I don't enjoy poems by women (there are exceptions).  I also enjoy short fiction.  My favorite author currently is George Saunders.

I work in IT as a sys admin, but I have a Master's degree in English and adjunct locally.  I'd like to be a full professor someday.  I am awaiting word on acceptance to an MFA program.

The books I am offering are

Lauren Berry's The Lifting Dress and Tomas Transtroemer's The Deleted World and an extra "surprise" book.

 To enter the giveaway, please leave a comment on this post. I will randomly choose from the comments who will receive the books and contact you through email.  Winners will be drawn on May 1.


For more information about the Big Poetry Giveaway, you can visit http://thealchemistskitchen.blogspot.com/2013/03/sign-up-now-to-participate-in-big.html for more information.


32 comments:

  1. Sign me up, and thanks for coming by my blog, too. I just started reading George Saunders and love him. I used to work in a used book shop that had some Ai! Sorry I can't help out at the moment.

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    1. I recently taught Civilwarland in Bad Decline to my Eng101 students...they loved it! He really is fantastic. I haven't picked up 10th of December yet...but it's on my list.

      thanks for stopping over.

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  2. I'm in for the giveaway!

    ~Allyson
    whipplea [at] gmail [dot] com

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  3. sign me up!
    Renee
    thisquiethour at gmail dot com

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  4. Jennifer, what a sweet bio. I just left the North Shore of Boston after 12 years there, miss all the Cambridge bookstores and Brookline Booksmiths, too. I'd love to win any of these, so put my name in the hopper. Check mine out at http://dianekendig.blogspot.com/2013/04/the-big-poetry-giveaway-2013.html
    where there is a copy of my poem on Lynn's "Egg Rock."

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    1. Hi Diane
      Thanks for coming by. You are "in" :)

      Jennifer

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  5. Thanks for participating! I would love to win any of the above!
    --Bernadette
    http://bernadettegeyer.homestead.com

    berniegeyer /at /yahoo /dot /com

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  6. I'd love to play!! (I think I tried before but it didn't go through --?) Anyway, come visit me, too: http://www.katrinaroberts.net/blog.htm

    (I miss Cambridge! :-) ) robertkc@whitman.edu

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  7. Please add me to the drawing. Thank you...

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  8. Hi Jennifer - Happy Poetry Month and please include me in your draw! williams(dot)alexandra(at)ymail(dot)com
    Inspite of it being the writing of a female poet, you’re welcome to visit my recent poetry posts on facebook at 'Alexandra J Cornwell - Poet'. Last September I discovered the fun of 'drabbles' (100-word microfiction also on facebook at 'Byron Short Fiction 'Drabble' Writers'). I am finding inspiration in applying that format to non-fiction historical and current affairs topics. I suppose poetry has been my way of blogging, though I’ve been inspired by looking through the pages of generous poets like yourself and have started my own: The Drabble Writer’s Table http://squeakythongs.wordpress.com/, which also includes a little poetry. I should get on with publishing my own so I can 'play it forward' next year!
    - Alexandra (Brunswick heads, North Coast NSW, Australia)

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    1. Hi Alexandra
      thanks for coming by. I know that comment sounds so snotty...i don't mean it to be...I do read women poets, but tend to favor male poetical voice more (i guess). :)

      I will check you out!

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  9. I have not had the chance to read any contemporary poetry. I don't know who or where to begin. Entering this contest seemed like a good way to start. Thank you very much for participating in this give away.

    KnowledgeKnut
    Knowledgeknut@gmail.com

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    1. Hi! Well...tomas Transtroemer is incredible! I true joy. You can also check out _Helsinki_ by Peter Richards :)

      I've added you to the "hat"

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  10. would love to be entered! (amrooney at gmail)

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    1. Hello Anne
      Thanks for stopping by. You're in!

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  11. Jennifer: Please sign me up for your book giveaway! If I happen to be lucky enough to be an honored winner this year and receive one of your two (maybe three!) book selections, I will thank you personally and through my Vermont Poetry Newsletter (& Poetry Event Calendar), which now receives over 1M hits/year. I'd be crazy-excited to win any of the two books! I'll be crossing my fingers and hope to soon find one of your personal selections in my personal poetry library! Thank you so much for being a part of the 2013 Book Giveaway! Ron Lewis, VPN Editor (vtpoet@gmail.com)

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    1. Hi Ron

      they are both really good! You're in. I'd love to get your newsletter...how do i sign up?

      Jennifer

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  12. Please sign me up! Thanks! Nandini

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  13. I love surprises...please count me in...

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