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Friday, March 28, 2014

The BIG Poetry Giveaway of 2014

I am excited to be participating in the Big Poetry Giveaway for 2014.  I participated last year for the first time, and I really enjoyed it.

 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.

It's been a long, difficult winter.  I am looking forward to spring.

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 am especially enjoying reading some great graphic novels like Kingdom Come and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.  I just completed the Batman: Court of Owls omnibus.  That was fantastic!

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.  

The books I am offering are

Helsinki by Peter Richards.  This is a gem!  I promise you.  I have to keep buying myself copies because I keep giving it away.

Word Comix from Charlie Smith.  I enjoyed this very much.  I am sure you will also.

 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 and other participating sites, please visit 


  1. Happy Poetry Month, and nice to meet you! Please enter me in the drawing. :-)


  2. yay! i'll enter your giveaway. email is: lauraelizabethdavis+bpg [at] gmail [dot] com

    feel free to enter mine:


  3. Thanks for participating! I'd love to be entered in your drawing and hope you'll enter mine. dkh at olympus dot net

  4. Would love to be included in your drawing. Thanks for your generosity. www.jessicagoodfellow.com

  5. Love this give-a-way and opportunity, whether I win or not, to find explore the blogs of a few poets. berleymc@gmail.com http://feralcompassliving.com

  6. Thanks for the opportunity to enter your giveaway! Andrea Beltran - drebelle81@gmail.com http://andreabeltran.com/2014/03/31/big-poetry-giveaway/

  7. Thanks so much for making the giveaway possible.

  8. Happy NaPoWriMo! Count me in, please!

    Email: roquedog504@gmail.com

  9. Sign me up! bonesparkblog@yahoo.com

  10. Ooohhh!!! I'd love to play! All thanks! (robertkc@whitman.edu)

  11. Sign me up!


  12. Hi Jennifer,
    I would love to receive the book you are giving away! My favorite male poet is Wendell Berry. I am not familiar with Peter Richards, so fingers crossed that my name will be drawn for his book! Thanks so much and happy Poetry Month to you! Marianne Mersereau - marianne4art@yahoo.com

  13. Please enter me! Thanks. clarissa.aykroyd@lamda.org.uk

  14. Hi Jennifer, thanks for doing this! Have you ever been to Grolier Poetry Book Store in Harvard Square? It's amazing. I would love to win the collection you're giving away. My name is Brian Wong and my e-mail is: thebripod@gmail.com

    Thanks so much.

  15. BIG feast of poetry!!!! Happy happy.

    (also, I was too late to officially join but am taking an outsider part in the giveaway so you are welcome to check if you see something fitting)

  16. I'd love to take a chance on something new. feywriter@hotmail.com

  17. Hi Jennifer - Please add me to your drawing.... Please come enter mine as well... http://stickpoetsuperhero.blogspot.com/2014/04/the-big-poetry-give-away-2014.html

  18. I handwrite my poetry as well. If you want me to type it when it's still in progress it goes very poorly for me. Thanks for participating in the giveaway!

    Lissa Clouser

  19. I'm late getting around this year. Please add me to the names.

  20. I also love taking chances at used bookstores. It makes me sad that so many of them are disappearing in the age of online orders. Please enter me in your drawing.

    I've been wanting to check out Saunders...what do you think would be a good starting point??
    Oh, and thanks for entering my giveaway.

  21. Please count me in, and thank you for doing this!