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Friday, April 6, 2012

Poetry month giveaway

Want a free book of poetry written by an Oklahoman?
It's National Poetry Month and the third annual Big Poetry Giveaway.

Thanks to Jeanetta Calhoun Mish and Mongrel Empire Press http://www.mongrelempire.org/, I will pick two winners May 1 and Jeanetta will ship the books.  No catches, no costs. All you have to do is comment on this post to enter your name.

What is the BIG POETRY GIVEAWAY-- Bloggers across the nation give away two poetry books. The goal is to share our favorite poets with others as well as to visit different blogs and see who others are reading.

Theoretically, I can ship you one of my poetry books, but the fly in the buttermilk--as my folks used to say--(actually there are two flies in the buttermilk) is I ain't a poet and I don't have a book of poetry. So you get a chance--the odds are much better than the mega million dollar lottery--on one of two books of poetry, thanks to Jeanetta.

The books are "Subterranean Red" by Kathleen Johnson and "Leaving Holes" by Joe Dale Tate Nevaquaya, both of which I'll be reviewing on this blog in the next few days. 

 Jeanetta is an activist and artistic force for the state (even if she is spoiled and has moved with her hubby to the foothills of the Sandias in Albuquerque). A poet herself, I met her at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum when her book won the Wrangler Award. She also had the dubious distinction of buying one of my watercolors. So I've received lots of free books from her to review, and that's introduced me to many Okie poets in the last few years, enriching my life and creativity. She's doing what she loves, running a small independent press and giving voice to a growing literary movement in Oklahoma. Woody Guthrie would be proud. You need to meet her, and can best do that by clicking on the link to Mongrel Empire Press and buying her book "Work is Love Made Visible," about her family growing up in Oklahoma, complete with old black and white family photos.

Meanwhile, all you have to do is comment on this link and we'll conduct the drawing. Of you're free to  comment on the book reviews, and I'll count that too.

PS: If you're a blogger, or poet, and want to take part in this shindig, check this link:


  1. Great idea! I'm a lifelong poetry lover, having received a copy of "The Best Loved Poems of the American People" from my grandmother as a preteen.

  2. Sign me up, please!

    Allyson Whipple

  3. i'd love to be included! thanks!

  4. Thanks for doing this!

    Andrew Ty
    eldritch00 at gmail dot com

  5. Please sign me up..and then stop by my blog at www.thescrapperpoet.wordpress.com

    Karen Weyant

  6. Please enter me, as well. Thanks!

    mollycspencer at gmail dot com


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