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Poetry Book Giveaway

5 April 2010

In the spirit of National Poetry Month, I have decided to participate in a Poetry Book Giveaway. I will give away one poetry book each to two lucky winners at the end of this month. To enter the draw, leave a comment on this post with your name and either your blog or email address (so I can contact you if you win). I will choose the winners via the Random Number Generator on May 1, 2010, and mail the books that week at my own expense. Kelli Agodon at Book of Kells came up with this wonderful idea. To read more about it, or to give away two books of your own, read this page on her blog.

In following Kelli’s suggestion to give away one of your own books of poetry and one book of your favourite poet’s work, I’m giving away a copy of my first chapbook, Cross Section, which I made in my senior year at university . The other is The People Look Like Flowers at Last, a new collection by Charles Bukowski. Here is a bit about each book:

The People Look Like Flowers at Last by Charles Bukowski

This is the fifth (and final) posthumous collection of Bukowski’s poetry.  I like its juxtaposition of crudeness and tenderness. Many of Bukowski’s poems in this collection involve the racetracks, where he frequently gambled on horses. His way of viewing and interpreting life through the lens of these races, specifically through the act of betting, impresses me poem after poem. The other predominant theme in this collection is writing. Here are a few lines from “it was an UNDERWOOD:”

“my poems keep renouncing each
other–
this one says this
and that one says that,
and the other says something else
but I find it humorous
as they battle back and
forth–“

Cross Section by Mallery K.

This is my third chapbook, though it is my first full-length collection. It comprises three sections of poetry, each  focusing on a specific theme. The first section addresses the human condition and how humans interact with their world. Each poem in the middle section use a single verb for a title and each embodies what it is to perform that verb. The last section is made up of four poems from a set of six I wrote representing the six steps of Plato’s Ascent to Beauty theory. Interspersed throughout are black and white photographs that I have taken. Here are a few lines from “other lover,” which was published in a slightly different version in RiverCraft and an English Honor Society anthology in 2007:

“sun slivers my thick cream carpet
red LED lights 10:16 AM
my breasts sweat against your shoulder blades

my right arm, bent under your neck, grasps your hand
the other folds around your middle and i count
between each snore to see how far away you are”

Remember, if you want to win one of these books, just leave a comment at the end of this post before the end of this month!

36 Comments leave one →
  1. Nandini Dhar permalink
    5 April 2010 22:59

    Please count me in. Thanks.

  2. 6 April 2010 01:58

    Me! Thanks.

  3. 6 April 2010 02:12

    Count me in please! Thanks for doing this.

  4. 6 April 2010 05:13

    Count me in! Thanks :)

  5. 6 April 2010 06:24

    Please add my name to your contest. Feel free to stop by my blog for a chance to win books there.

  6. Molly permalink
    6 April 2010 06:52

    Hi – throw my name in the hat, too, please. Thanks.

    mollycspencer (at) gmail (dot) come

    • Molly permalink
      6 April 2010 06:53

      oops – typo: that would be, mollycspencer (at) gmail (dot) com

  7. 6 April 2010 07:06

    Please add my name to your list and yours to mine.

  8. 6 April 2010 12:17

    Please add me to the list of poetry mendicants. Thank you very much.

  9. 6 April 2010 12:24

    Thanks, Mallery! I love the idea of winning new books. You can drop by my blog, too, for another chance to win: Stars in my Sugar Bowl.

  10. n.s. permalink
    7 April 2010 09:25

    I would love to be entered. Thanks.

  11. 8 April 2010 09:09

    Please enter my name for your books! Thanks,
    Ev

  12. joannejohns permalink
    8 April 2010 11:43

    Please include me too…

    navear@gmail.com

  13. 9 April 2010 09:56

    Cool beans. Count me in then. Thanks for stopping by my pad.

  14. Sharon Fairclough permalink
    10 April 2010 09:59

    Please enter me into the giveaway, sounds like great books.

    Thanks

    sharr1226 at yahoo dot com

  15. 15 April 2010 18:55

    Please enter me into the contest. Thanks!

  16. 15 April 2010 23:48

    Please put me in Mary. Come on, Random Number Generator, you know I love you!

  17. 15 April 2010 23:50

    Put me in please Mallery!

  18. 15 April 2010 23:51

    Drink taken, name mistaken. Nuff said. Hic!

  19. 16 April 2010 00:00

    Hi Mallory, Count me in–I WANT to win those books!

  20. Madeline permalink
    16 April 2010 07:16

    I’d love to be in the drawing count me in!

  21. 17 April 2010 01:51

    Enter me please!!! (and feel free to enter my own giveaway!)

    Thanks!

  22. 17 April 2010 10:33

    Please add my name to the many that want your book, Mallery.

  23. 17 April 2010 12:03

    Hi Mallery, I’d love to be entered into this please. Thanks for your generosity!

    jemaverick [at] gmail [dot] com

  24. Da Nator permalink
    17 April 2010 23:17

    Me too!

  25. 20 April 2010 05:27

    Way cool.

  26. Kelley permalink
    20 April 2010 07:01

    Dear Random Number Generator, Haven’t I begged enough? Kelley kjhbunny@yahoo.com

  27. Frogtown permalink
    25 April 2010 02:34

    Very groovy, count me in.

    frogtown (at) gmail.com

  28. Lindsay permalink
    25 April 2010 06:35

    Thanks very much for this opportunity!
    Would make some great post-exams reading :)

    you can contact me at,

    lindsay.veenstra(at)gmail(dot)com

  29. Ronald Lewis permalink
    28 April 2010 01:24

    Thank you so much for this opportunity – such a great idea! I produce the Vermont Poetry Newsletter & Poetry Event Calendar, so am looking forward to promoting your book, if I’m lucky enough to be a winner! Ron Lewis

  30. Sam Boyd permalink
    29 April 2010 23:09

    thank you for your generosity!

    boydst@plu.edu

  31. 1 May 2010 02:56

    thanks so much for hosting this giveaway.

    please add me!

  32. 1 May 2010 06:51

    Great to see another person participating in this generous giveaway!

    cj.anythingeverythingnothing@gmail.com

    If there’s still time, please count me in.
    It’s still technically April where I live!

  33. 1 May 2010 12:04

    Please add me too. Thanks~

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