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Calling poetry lovers! National Poetry Month giveaway...

April 1, 2009
I have to admit, I'm not much of a poetry reader. I think it's because I'm a little intimidated by the process of interpretation that poetry can involve. With novels, I know exactly what a writer is trying to say. Who knows, maybe this will be the year that I pick up poetry. =)

Anyhoo. Some of you may know this. Some of you may not. But, apparently April is National Poetry Month. And, thanks to the folks at Hachette Book Group, I have the following set up for grabs. Check these out:
  1. 100 Best Poems of All Time by Leslie Pockell
  2. The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson
  3. The Poets' Corner by John Lithgow
  4. Odes to Common Things by Pablo Neruda, Ken Krabbenhoft, Ferris Cook
  5. American Primitive by Mary Oliver
  6. Revolution on Canvas Vol. 1 by Rich Balling
This giveaway is open to U.S. and Canada residents only. No P.O. Boxes, please. Enter by April 30th (yup, lots of time to do it!).

There are 5 sets to be had - & that's of ALL 6 books. I'm going to do this giveaway a little differently (borrowing from another blog, & when I remember who it is, I'll update this with their blog name!), because I don't know how many poetry lovers there are amongst y'all... So. I'm going to assume that there are at least 10 of you, and start with one set. Another set will be added to the pot for the next 10 people entered (i.e. 1-10 people = 1 set, 11-20 = 2 sets, etc.). Hope that's cool with you. =)

To enter, leave a comment. Share a favorite poem if you'd like. =) Followers get an extra entry. Sharing gets two extra entries. So tweet this, blog this, blast it to all your facebook friends... +2 for every share. Be sure to come back & let me know what/where.

And come back in May to find out if there's a package ready to head your way. You'll have 3 days to let me know where that package is going. =) Good luck!!


Jenna said...

I am also a little intimidated by poetry. Analyzing a poem for school can be sometimes frustrating, but I like to read poetry for fun.

Great contest! (The Emily Dickenson collecion is calling out my name.)

One of my favorite poems, actaully, is the one Laurie Halse Anderson wrote about the responses she got from readers for Speak. It really touched me.

I follow you.


The Brunette Librarian said...

Oh my gosh! LOVE poetry. I had a great Contemporary Lit professor who has forever changed me. I got my love of Shakespeare, Dickinson, and Sylvia Plath totally from her.

I like "Polly's Tree" by Sylvia Plath and LOVE "I Died For Beauty" by Emily Dickinson. It may be a bit cliched, but I like Robert Frost's poem that starts "two roads diverged in a wood" or something like that. That one is fantastic and has such a bittersweet sentiment. :)

Estela said...

I used to write poetry in high school, filled with the typical teenage angst. I think most of my friends held the belief that they were the next famous emo

Estela said...

I follow you, also.

Estela said...

I posted this on Facebook...(first name Estela lst name Sagredo)

bethany (dreadlock girl) said...

wow, this is awesome!! I am doing the NaPoWriMo, the task of writing a new poem every day....we'll see if I can do it :) I love many poets, but Rainer Maria Rilke is my fave. I hope I luck out and win this, it would be so awesome.

bethany (dreadlock girl) said...

I follow you, of course I do! :)

bethany (dreadlock girl) said...

I tweeted it too! :)

Shelly B said...

Great contest! I like poetry that's funny, like the kind that's written for kids. I hated analyzing poetry in high school. I just want to read it for enjoyment.

shelcows AT gmail DOT com

Anonymous said...

I love poetry - my favorite is The Love Song of J. Alfred Pufrock.

nbmars AT yahoo DOT com

Shelly B said...

I'm a follower and I just tweeted about this.

Anonymous said...

I follow your blog!

nbmars AT yahoo DOT com

Anonymous said...

I tweeted your contest at @rhapsodybooks

Unknown said...

I love poetry! Well reading it atleast, since I have absolutely no talent to write it. Actually my favorite poems would be Shel Silverstein. I've loved his poems growing up since there geared towards children. Thanks for entering me!

Heather Wardell said...

I'm a follower. I'm intrigued by poetry but find so much of it inaccessible. (Whether's that me or the poetry, I don't know. :)

I'd love to win this collection to see if I can get my head around poems!

Shelley said...

What a great set of books. I have always loved John Donne's poetry, but I haven't read any poetry for a while.

Shelley said...

I'm already a follower.

Shelley said...

Just tweeted but I just joined Twitter and I'm not sure what to link to. Hopefully this is good:

Shelley said...

I blogged about it here:

LuAnn said...

I particularly enjoy any of Elizabeth Barrett Brownings poems!

Michelle Kuo said...

I love poetry! Unfortunately I haven't tried to read much of it other than Shakespeare (which I love!), but I really enjoy writing it.


Michelle Kuo said...

I am already a follower! :)

Michelle Kuo said...

Linked here:

Bingo said...

I would love to win those poetry books. I have many favorites...Robert Frost's "Stopping By The Woods On A Snowy Evening" is one favorite.
And with Jack Prelutsky's new THE SWAMPS OF SLEETHE just out, (it is easy to see why he was named the first poet Laureate for children for our country) as the whole book is a treat!

Bingo said...

I do follow as you know

Bingo said...

I hope this counts that I posted your give away with a link here in my section with the tab labeled giveaways over at

Bridget said...

Thanks Drey for a great contest. I posted about this on Win A Book.

gautami tripathy said...

I live in India. But I would like to enter it anyway. If I win, I would like it to be delivered to my best friend who lives in California. She loves poetry too.

And I am great fan of Dickinson and Neruda. Ode to a Lemon is one of my favourite poems.

CherylS22 said...

I like poetry, but don't make a habit of reading it. My favorite poem that I carry with me & read often is "Desiderata" by Max Ehrmann that begins "Go placidly amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence...."

Please count me in - Thanks!

CherylS22 said...

I just became an e-mail subscriber


Annie1 said...

My grandmother is my favourite poet! After she passed away I rescued some of her poems and wrote them in a book for myself.

She was a very eccentric artist/poet and had all of her work destroyed after she passed away!

I do love poetry!


Annie1 said...

Tweeted #1

greeeneyedwhwomhttp://dreyslibrary.blogspo... POETRY!!

greeeneyedwhwom (twitter name)


Annie1 said...

Tweeted #2

greeeneyedwhwomhttp://dreyslibrary.blogspo... POETRY!!

greeeneyedwhwom (twitter name)


Annie1 said...

Shared on Facebook #1


Annie1 said...

Shared on Facebook #2


wylie said...

"Prose = words in their best order;
Poetry = the best words in the best order."
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
"The notion of expressing sentiments in short lines having similar sounds at their ends seems as remote as mangoes on the moon."Philip Larkin
I try to make my life poetry. N. Wylie Jones and

Anonymous said...

I would love to be entered. I follow you with FeedDemon. Thanks.

KR said...

My favorite is Annabel Lee. I've forgotten the author. I memorized it for a 7th grade poetry recitation contest.. that was about 40 years ago!!!

Pissenlit said...

Yay poetry! My favourite poem of all time is The Lady of Shalott by Tennyson.

Jake L said...

I really dig poetry, please enter me into this giveaway. I tweeted about this (@neongreesage) and posted a link on my facebook.


Jeanne Ryan said...

I'm not very good at poetry, even if two of my friends insist I am. I want to make sure my kids have at least a passing acquaintance with it, so we got them these poetry for kids books. They aren't dr suess or shel silverstein, though they have those. These are Emily Dickenson, Poe, Kipling, Frost, etc. They are poems that the kids can understand. they even have footnotes for some of the harder words.

I try to have as much poetry in the house. So please enter me.

loves6cats said...

I haven't read alot of poetry but have written my fair share, not the flowery, rhyming kind, just the flowing words kind. I would be very interested to read poetry by someone else as I know I love writing my own, I would love to read others' thoughts and feelings as well. Thanks for the chance to enter.

loves6cats said...

I tweeted here:

loves6cats said...

I blogged about this here:

allisonmariecat said...

One of my favorites is the Yeats poem that begins "When you are old and grey and full of sleep/And nodding by the fire, take down this book."

I'd enter this just for the Emily Dickenson!

Unknown said...

If you'll give these a shot, so will I :)

Unknown said...

I'm already a follower.

Unknown said...

I blogged about this in my right sidebar at:

mindy said...

i just love poetry thanks for the wonderful giveaway

Anonymous said...

One of my favorites is Dover Beach by Matthew Arnold. Thanks!

Nicole said...

I love poetry. This is a great prize!

Nicole said...

I follow :}

windycindy said...

Edgar Allen Poe's "The Raven" has always intrigued me! Please enter me in your drawing.
Many thanks, Cindi

windycindy said...

I am a fan/follower of your blog!
Thanks for a delightful giveaway drawing.
Thanks, Cindi

windycindy said...

Thanks, Cindi

FatalisFortuna said...

My favorite poem is an older one... The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Thanks for the giveaway!

Anonymous said...

My favorite poem is 'The Law of the Yukon' by Robert Service. You really should look it up if you haven't read it( Up here in Alaska, we had no less than at least three units on his poetry within four years of schooling. He's studied a lot up here. Anyway, I memorized the entirety of the poem for one such unit in the 9th grade. It's simply brilliant. He has several good poems, but that one is the best of the lot.

Please enter me for the giveaway. Thanks!
I'm also subscribed via e-mail.

claire said...

I would love to enter! My favourite poem is Dover Beach by Matthew Arnold.

Angela C said...

My favorite poem is Raven, by Edgar Allan Poe. Thanks for the giveaway:)


looks great

Anonymous said...

I don't have a favorite poem to share but I would love to be entered in to this great giveaway. Maybe it would inspire me to have a favorite poem in the future.

D Dubs said...

Drey, you're becoming my hero - two great giveaways in one month? Well, I decided to go the extra mile this month and boost my chances. I've got you followed, and I tweeted, blogged AND facebooked about these giveaways as well.

Unknown said...

Again with the generous giveaways. We are not worthy!
(But we'll take the books anyway.)

I did my senior thesis on Baudelaire, who has long been a favorite of mine, but I was recent quite taken with this poem:


Unknown said...

I'm a subcriber through gmail.


Violet Vixen said...

I'd love to win poetry! How fun! My favorite poet is Edna St. Vincent Millay. I'm a follower via RSS.

A Reader said...

Robert Frost's Mending Wall.
Thanks for the giveaway!

Anita Yancey said...

I love poetry, so please enter me in your giveaway. My favorite poem is Annabell Lee by Edgar Allan Poe. Thanks for having this giveaway.


Bookwink said...

Thanks for the giveaway. I am a huge Mary Oliver fan! Just tweeted your giveaway here:

Heather Mirassou said...

I am a poetry fan and an amateur poet. Here's a poem add me for two entries + I follow you on blogger and Twitter.

Love to My Husband
I am drawn to you like

The stars to the midnight skies

The Earth to the burning sun

Water to thirsting flowers

I am comfortable with you like

An old pair of boots

A faded pair of jeans

My favorite sweater and scarf

I am at peace with you like

Sitting in a boat in the middle of a lake

Taking a walk in silence in the country

Listening to rain drops fall in the dark of night

I am alive with you like

The laughter that is uncontrollable

The heart that goes thump, thump, thump

Running through wildflowers in the wilderness

Every ounce of my being

Mind, body and soul are riveted by you

I am alive with you, free with you, comfortable with you

I love you

Heather Mirassou

Anonymous said...

I included this in a blog post.

carolsnotebook at yahoo dot com

Guitar Guy said...

All the Woulda-Coulda-Shouldas
Layin' in the sun,
Talkin' 'bout the things
They woulda coulda shoulda done...
But those Woulda-Coulda-Shouldas
All ran away and hid
From one little Did.

Guitar Guy said...


5webs said...

I am not who I pretend to be
I am you who lives inside of me
your thoughts are my thoughts
your lies are my lies
the pain will never stop
until one of us dies.

I wrote that when I was seven-years-old.
Clearly I was a child with "issues"

Alicia Webster

Anonymous said...

I am following on twitter. (devilfancy)

valerie2350 said...

I'd love to win - right now the only poems I can think of are kid stuff ;)

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Shelly B said...

I blogged about this today. Here is the link:

Shelly B said...

OK...left the wrong link last time; silly copy/paste function. Here is the real link to MY post about YOUR contest. You can delete that last comment.

Unknown said...

Great contest - thank you!

Unknown said...

I'd like to enter. I'm a follower.

Unknown said...

Posted contest here:

Jennifer W said...

I am hopin g to win these as a gift for my mother-in-law who is turning a spare bedroom into a library. What a great mother's day gift that would make!

tatertot374 said...

Thank you for a great giveaway. I would love to win. tHank you

Mrs. Hemphill's Online Classroom said...

Nature's first green is gold
Her heart a hue to hold
Her early leaf a flower
but only so an hour
Then leaf subsides to leaf
So Eden sank to grief
As dawn goes down today
Nothing gold can stay
-Robert Frost
memorized in 7th grade

jbafaith said...

What a wonderful addition to my library this prize would be!

Donna L. said...

I love James Kavanaugh. Sometimes when I'm in the mood, I'll write a poem that just has to be written. I usually just share with my Mom. I would love the chance to read some new poets. Please enter me in the giveaway and thank you.

Meljprincess said...

I love reading poetry! A few of my favorite poets are Baudelaire, Stephen Crane, Robert Frost, and W.B. Yeats.
I'd love to win these books! Thanks.

Mel K.
Meljprincess AT aol DOT com

tynlyd said...

I read, write, and live poetry. I really need some new inspiration! I am a follower. I would love to win these books!!

Anonymous said...

"Stopping By the Woods on a Snowy Evening" by Robert a favorite and when I displayed some children's art work of winter trees with this poem at our school, (I was delighted to share the poem with so many)...and the responses were enchanting, from adults and children. Hopefully this collection of books will give me more beloved poems to share!

Sara said...

Hello, I'm a follower. And MY favorite poem is Somewhere I've Never Travelled by ee cummings. I think it's terribly romantic.

Sararush at hotmail dot com

Here's the first stanza:

somewhere i have never travelled,gladly beyond
any experience,your eyes have their silence:
in your most frail gesture are things which enclose me,
or which i cannot touch because they are too near

Anonymous said...

I'd love to enter! My favorite poem is "The Waking" by Theodore Roethke. My favorite lines are: "I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow / I learn by going where I have to go." I'll be sharing this in my blog tomorrow. :D

ikkinlala said...

I'm not much of a poetry reader either - one of my high school teachers kind of made me hate it for a while. But I think I'm ready to give it another try.

Anonymous said...

Hi, may I sign up by e mail? Thanks for the contest.

Unknown said...

I like Edgar Allen Poe's work.


Unknown said...

My husband was in the military, so I like the poem:

Long Distance Love
by Panda
When it hurts so bad,
why does it feel so good?
I wish this all made sense,
I wish I understood.
Not having you here with me is tearing me up inside,
but I can't stop thinking about you no matter how hard I try.

You know how I feel about you,
and I know I want to spend the rest of my life with you,
but it's so hard to do when I can't even be next to you.
Why does it gotta be so complicated?

Loving you feels so right,
but at the same time,
knowing I can't have you keeps me awake at night.
I just want this to be simple,
I just want you here with me,
to look into your eyes,
be held in your arms...then I'd truly be happy.

Right now this distance between us is out of our control,
but I'm still hoping one day soon,
I'll get what I'm wishing for.

Dessert Diva said...

I've never been a huge fan of poetry, not like my sister. But I've lately gotten into prose poetry, and I thought maybe I should give more traditional poetry a shot!


bloggytreasures said...

I love writing poetry and haven't read it in years. What a treat this is!

bloggytreasures said...

I'm a follower.

bloggytreasures said...

I tweeted! #1

bloggytreasures said...
Tweeted #2

Sue W. said...

Abou Ben Adam is my all time favorite poem. My Dad helped me learn it when I was about 9 and I recited it at his funeral many years later. I also love children's poetry especially by Shel Silverstein like The Snowball
I made myself a snowball
As perfect as could be.
I thought I'd keep it as a pet
And let it sleep with me.
I made it some pajamas
And a pillow for its head.
Then last nigh it ran away,
But first-it wet the bed.

Sue W. said...

I'm a follower.

Sue W. said...

I subscribe to your blog

Sue W. said...

I posted this giveaway on my blog.

Sue W. said...

I twittered away. Twitter name is: kona15hilo

Bingo said...

Please enter me. Thanks.

Jo said...

Please enter me. I'm a follower.

As far as poems go... some favorites include (aren't you glad you asked?):

Math Is Very Bad for Me
Written by my dad when he was in 5th grade

Math is very bad for me,
I look in my book and see,
Exercises, of all different sizes,
I feel sorry for me.

AND (I never wanted to be a writer, but I find this beautiful anyway)

Upon Buying Silver InkWritten by Aaron and Debbi Q. (TheQuintavallis on PBS)

I had always dreamed
Of becoming
A brilliant writer,
One who's pen
Spun silver spiderwebs
that no one dared
Brush away.

But my mind
Never saw
The pictures
That grow
Into beautiful words

And my pen
Wrote only
In blue ink.

AND (Inspiration for those times when I was writing dreaded papers for school)

Written by Sir Philip Sydney in Astrophel & Stella...Biting my truant pen, beating myself for spite: Fool! said my muse to me, look in thy heart and write.


From The Stolen ChildWritten by W. B. Yeats

Come away! O, human child!
To the woods and waters wild,
With a fairy hand in hand,
For the world's more full of weeping than you can understand.

Charley said...

I'm a follower, and my particular favorite is Song of Myself, by Whitman!

nfmgirl said...

I still remember the first poem I ever had to memorize for 5th grade (we had to memorize and recite a poem every week):

A road like brown ribbon
A sky that is blue
A forest of green
With the sky peeping through.
Asters, deep purple,
A grasshopper's call,
Today is summer,
Tomorrow is fall.

by Edwina Fallis
(I had to use Google to find out the name of the poem. I remember the poem and the author, but forgot the name of the poem is September).

I'm also a follower +1

nfmgirl AT gmail DOT com

Serena said...

I adore poetry and have been participating in the National Poetry Month Poem-a-day Challenge at Poetic Asides. Some of my favorite poems are from Robert Frost, Sylvia Plath, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Emily Dickinson, Billy Collins, and Arlene Ang.

I'll leave you with this poem from Lawrence Ferlinghetti:


The dog trots freely in the street
and sees reality
and the things he sees
are bigger than himself
and the things he sees
are his reality
Drunks in doorways
Moons on trees
The dog trots freely thru the street
and the things he sees
are smaller than himself
Fish on newsprint
Ants in holes
Chickens in Chinatown windows
their heads a block away
The dog trots freely in the street
and the things he smells
smell something like himself
The dog trots freely in the street
past puddles and babies
cats and cigars
poolrooms and policemen
He doesn't hate cops
He merely has no use for them
and he goes past them
and past the dead cows hung up whole
in front of the San Francisco Meat Market
He would rather eat a tender cow
than a tough policeman
though either might do
And he goes past the Romeo Ravioli Factory
and past Coit's Tower
and past Congressman Doyle of the Unamerican Committee
He's afraid of Coit's Tower
but he's not afraid of Congressman Doyle
although what he hears is very discouraging
very depressing
very absurd
to a sad young dog like himself
to a serious dog like himself
But he has his own free world to live in
His own fleas to eat
He will not be muzzled
Congressman Doyle is just another
fire hydrant
to him
The dog trots freely in the street
and has his own dog's life to live
and to think about
and to reflect upon
touching and tasting and testing everything
investigating everything
without benefit of perjury
a real realist
with a real tale to tell
and a real tail to tell it with
a real live
democratic dog
engaged in real
free enterprise
with something to say
about ontology
something to say
about reality
and how to see it
and how to hear it
with his head cocked sideways
at streetcorners
as if he is just about to have
his picture taken
for Victor Records
listening for
His Master's Voice
and looking
like a living questionmark
into the
great gramophone
of puzzling existence
with its wondrous hollow horn
which always seems
just about to spout forth
some Victorious answer
to everything

I'm also a follower on google reader, etc. I'm new to your blog and love it.

gracey said...

Thanks, hope I win!

Unknown said...

I wish everyone loved poetry as much as I do! I can't have a conversation about it- especially when I discover a great poetry book in the library and want to share. Alas! It is the 21st century.

nfmgirl said...

I also blogged this:

nfmgirl AT gmail DOT com

Sheila R said...

My favorite poem is Little Orphan Annie By James Whitcomb Riley. I went to his house and they had a cubby hole I was kinda scared to go in there cause the gobbins were gonna get me if I don't watch out!!!

yadgirl said...

I'm not a poet, but I love poetry.

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