April National Poetry Month Giveaway

I learned of Kelli Russell Agodon’s giveaway for National Poetry Month (http://ofkells.blogspot.com/2010/03/poetry-book-giveaway-for-national.html) on Erika Dreifus’ Practicing Writer blog. http://practicing-writing.blogspot.com/2010/04/poetry-book-giveaway-for-national.html

Kelli Russell Agodon 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.

These days I am more of a guest blogger than a blogger, but I would like to participate and so here goes: one of my giveaway books is my own collection, BLESSINGS AND CURSES (Poetic Matrix Press, 2009).


I have been guest-blogging about the origins of some of the poems on Poetica Magazine. In order, the blogs are about the title poem:


about a Holocaust survivor


about children of survivors


and about a dream in which I visited the night garden of my muse.


I also recently guest blogged about “Early Literary Influences” on Editions Bibliotekos’ blog:


The second book I plan to give away will be a literary journal published recently, which is like a book in itself: the reader may choose from Iowa Review, Crab Orchard Review, Field, Colorado Review, Gettysburg Review, or Notre Dame Review—all periodicals to which I subscribed and which deserve to have a wider readership. I suppose we are nearing the end of print journalism; these volumes may well prove to be collectors’ items one day.