APRIL IS NATIONAL POETRY MONTH. In celebration, this little hidden-away blog of mine is opening its doors to friends old and new via a Poetry Book Giveaway. Missy Frye, a fellow member of Poets Northwest, alerted me to this annual event hosted by Kelli Agodon, a west coast poet, writer, and editor. Enter to win!
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BULLETIN [5/1/15] – And the winners are…
* The Essential RUMI: Ann Hart
* WORDS for Hard Times: Dhyan
Thanks for participating and congratulations on your wins!
This is a chance for you to snag free books of poetry from participating bloggers. The goal of the giveaway,” Kelli says, “is to share our favorite poets with others as well as to visit different blogs and see who others are reading.” As enticements, poetry lovers will be giving away free books by their favorite poets and/or themselves. Even the postage is free… to anywhere in the world.
I’m offering two books myself. Most of my poetry books have just gone to a library book sale fundraiser, but I did keep favorite ones—those by authors I know personally and those I especially admire for their artistry or inspiration.
Rumi is my first giveaway. I’ll miss this book very much (at least till I replace it). This is The Essential Rumi, translations by Coleman Barks with John Moyne. Rumi was a 13th-century Persian poet and Sufi mystic. Reputedly, he is the most popular and best-selling poet in the United States, among other countries. I love his poetry for its lyricism, imagery, spiritual depth, range (from sacred to profane), and story-telling.
My second giveaway is WORDS for Hard Times, a limited-edition volume of my own poetry, prose, and artwork. It explores the challenges and blessings of being human, as well as relationships between people and the natural world. I’m excited in advance for this book to act as a connection to another appreciator of poetry through this giveaway event.
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IF YOU WANT TO WIN one of these books, just comment below about the giveaway, the books I’ve chosen, poetry in general, or how much you enjoy winning things… whatever moves you. Include your email address or other way to reach you if you win. At the beginning of May, I’ll pick two winners through a random drawing. [Note: your comment will not appear right away… I always check for spam before releasing comments to my blog.]
IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE in giving away books or if you have questions about the event, guidelines are posted here.
Some thanks are in order…
Thanks, Kelli, for the giveaway event. Thanks, Missy, for telling me about it. And thanks to poetic souls everywhere and everywhen—including Rumi—for caring about the creative and connective power of words. ♥ ~Jo
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Photo Credits: All by Jo Lightfoot
[Persian banner design was enlarged from a photo of the Rumi book cover]