Big Poetry Giveaway 2018

Welcome to the Big Poetry Giveaway! To participate in the giveaway and to find other blogs that are doing giveaways, check out this post.

There are two ways to participate in the 2018 giveaway! 1. Just post a comment with your name and email address included. Please also let me know your first choice, if you win.  2. Host a giveaway on your own blog! See this link for how to host your own giveaway and have your site included, and also an excellent FAQ on the project.

Book One 

Fanny Says, poems by Nickole Brown. I am fortunate enough to have picked up two copies of this fantastic collection, and I want to share one! Of Fanny Says, poet Patricia Smith says “Nickole Brown’s unleashed love song to her grandmother is raucous and heart-rending, reflective and slap-yo-damn-knee hilarious, a heady meld of lyrical line and life lesson.”

 

Book Two

Red Sky, Poetry on the Global Epidemic of Violence Against Women, an anthology of work featuring poems by Naomi Shihab Nye, Tony Hoagland, Thylias Moss, Fady Joudah, Jaki Shelton Green, Hélène Cardona, Zeina Hashem Beck, and the work of 100+ poets in response to globally oppressive physical, psychological, emotional, and systemic violence against women. Red Sky  is a collection of work by established and widely published poets as well as new and emergent voices around the world and is a collection of what is dark, yes, within, but also what is light.

 

 

The giveaway ends on April 30th at midnight, at which point I will use a random number generator to select the winners. Find others who are giving away poetry listed here.

Good luck, and Happy National Poetry Month!

 

RED SKY | Poetry on the global epidemic of violence against women

I’m really honored to have had the opportunity to work on this project, and proud of the book. An important and timely issue — though not an easy one, to be certain — this is a beautiful book and I hope you’ll consider picking up a copy.

If you’d like a copy for review, please contact me.

Red Sky: Poetry on the Global Epidemic of Violence Against Women
ISBN: 978-0-9968036-6-3

For more information, including a full list of contributing poets and how to order, please go here.

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Three Beautiful Anthologies for under $10 from Jacar Press

A wonderful way to support a local, independent press this holiday season.

Three beautiful anthologies, featuring hundreds of celebrated poets- from Pulitzer Prize winner Claudia Emerson, to Macarthur Foundation Genius Awardee Thylias Moss, to National Book Award finalists Alan Shaprio, Sarah Lindsay and others.  (Plus recipes!)

GET ALL THREE for under $10

When you order The Sound of Poets Cooking and What Matters for your Kindle or Kobo reader ($4.95 each), you receive a print copy of … and love … for FREE.

The Sound of Poets CookingTHE SOUND OF POETS COOKING 

SOLD OUT IN PRINT  | Sometimes poetry, sometimes recipes- and sometimes the recipes are poetry.  Featuring work by five dozen poets, including NC Poet Laureates Fred Chappell and Kathryn Stripling Byer, and dozens of other nationally celebrated writers. The poems alternate with recipes written by the poets, their family members, lovers and friends. The writing is at turns sensuous, hilarious, elegant, and playful. The recipes range from Asian, through European, to Middle Eastern dishes, as well as regional favorites from across the U.S. There is something here for every palate, literary and culinary.

KINDLE | KOBO

what-matters-thumbWHAT MATTERS 

A beautiful and moving collection of poetry about that which matters most. Poems by Pulitzer Prize winner Claudia Emerson, MacArthur Foundation Genius grantee Thylias Moss, National Book Award finalist Alan Shapiro, Yale Series of Younger Poets awardee Fady Joudah, and 90+ other writers.  Questions, answers, meditations,and explorations on the why and how of living.

KINDLE | KOBO

... and love ...

After your order, e-mail us to receive your FREE print copy of …and love…. 

Poems by Marge Piercy, Sam Hamill, Dorianne Laux, Ron Rash, Lola Haskins, Stuart Dischell, doris davenport, Fred Chappell, Kathryn Stripling Byer, Alan Michael Parker, Michael Chitwood, Betty Adcock, Joe Millar, Nancy Simpson, David Huddle, Holly Iglesias, Dannye Romine Powell and 100+ other poets.

Lovers and spouses. Sons and daughters. Parents, friends, strangers, pets. First love, last love, dying love, passionate love, sad love, wasted love, devoted love; love of body, love of spirit, love of self, love of place, love of time, love of moments, love of love.

Love that shivers, fizzles, shimmers, love that fades, dissolves, grows bitter. Love that races ahead, love that lingers. Comfortable love. Edgy love. Hungry love. Discarded love. Love that can no longer be called love. Love too great to be contained in one word.

Love as sacrifice or companionship. Love as passion, lust, or fetish. Love as angry or kind, controlling or tender. Love that lasts, in spite of itself. Love won hard. Love lost. Twists,turns, calamities, salvation. The sweet, delicious falling in…

We’ve been lucky in love. Love has come to us in abundance. Or love has been withheld, denied, stolen, broken. We’ve stumbled on love, we’ve chased after love, we’ve driven into the storm of it. We’ve courted love. We’ve been stalked. We’ve fallen. We’ve soared. We’ve despaired. We’ve shared love, been lonely in love and been, well, awake–in all the ways that make the breath come quick–all for the sake of three words. Whatever it brings, love is the only thing that makes everything else ring true.

Letters for my Little Sister | A collection of letters

“Her little sister is so lucky,” says my 10-year-old daughter, earlier this evening, as I was explaining one of Sable Books’ latest releases to our beloved piano teacher.  As I got home, I realized I hadn’t shared it with all of you.

letters_for_my_little_sisterLetters for my Little Sister began as a real letter — one that Cecilia Gunther had begun to write to her younger sister as a way to help with navigating the journey of aging and menopause. Their mother had died when they were young, you see, and there had been no one to really turn to to ask questions about this stage of their lives, and while Cecilia had been old enough to have observed their mother some, the memories were scarce.  And there was really no one else around to give them this very personal advice.

She realized the taboo and silence around the subject of menopause, (“even typing the word makes me cringe,” she once wrote to me) and she was struck with inspiration midway through: What if she could open up this subject, ask other women to contribute their stories and experiences, and bring light and warmth to a subject many fear talking or asking about.

And as it happened, Celi had been blogging on WordPress for some time about life on her sustainable farm, and a community of women and men had gathered round her stories and photographs, and they’d all gotten to know each other and formed a wonderful virtual gathering of souls that Celi collectively called The Fellowship. And the idea struck her.

What if she asked them for their advice, their letters?  And put it all together?  

And so a book was born.

cecilia_guntherShe quickly contacted me with her idea, and I knew it was a project I had to work on — I am forty-four years old, on the threshold and in the midst of so many changes myself, personally and professionally, and this project just reached deeply into me in so many ways.  

What a rich experience it was to be a part of.  Women from around the world sent their letters, poems, and journal entries.  Celi and I worked day and night compiling, tracking, and ordering, figuring out how to include every voice while taking care not to duplicate as well as not to leave anyone out.  (I have the 300-some e-mails to prove it.)

I asked Celi if she wouldn’t mind if I invited women from my women’s writers’ group to contribute, and she generously and delightedly included us as well.  So you’ll find the work of North Carolina writers Debra Kaufman, Sheryl Rider, and Leigh Olsen  included as well.

If you’d like to order a copy of Letters, here’s where you can find the book on Amazon.  Connect with her Facebook page and join the community of mothers, daughters, sisters and friends, and the conversation.  The gorgeous cover design is by Danny Krawiec, my business partner at Sable Books, from a photograph taken by the very talented Kathryn Sparks.

Just off the wire:  the books are here, and shipping, and selling fast, and there is already the question about how quickly we can get a second run. (!!!) Congratulations, Celi, on this beautiful book that started out as a dream.

And, yes. You really do have a very lucky little sister, indeed. — xoxo M.

 

Poetry and Food | The Sound of Poet’s Cooking

vibrant cranberries,
one drop of water
holds on

–Deborah Finkelstein

Just in time for Christmas, The Sound of Poets Cooking, the wonderful poetry anthology/cookbook, is available from Amazon.com for Kindle as well as for Kobo (both with free apps for reading on the iPad)  and will make the perfect gift for the poetry or food lover in your life.   Like the heartiest of stews, this collection will nourish you, warm you, and feed your spirit.

The Sound of Poets Cooking

“This is the most delicious book on my bookshelf. The poems will make you laugh, cry andwax nostalgic.  And the recipes will make your mouth water. No wonder the little stone Buddha on the cover has such a satisfied smile on his face.”  — Cathy Smith Bowers, North Carolina Poet Laureate, 2010-June 2012.

Featuring work by five dozen poets, including NC Poet Laureates Fred Chappell and Kathryn Stripling Byer, and dozens of other nationally celebrated writers, the poems alternate with recipes written by the poets, their family members, lovers and friends. The writing is at turns sensuous, hilarious, elegant, and playful. The recipes range from Asian to European to Middle Eastern dishes, as well as regional favorites from across the U.S.–tiramisu, homemade curry, vegetarian meals, exotic seafood, some simple, some complex. There is something here for every palate, literary and culinary.

Jacar Press LogoAnd just like all best dishes, this book is an act of love and generosity.  Proceeds from the sales of this book will be used to fund writing workshops in excluded communities.  Jacar Press is a Community Active literary press, dedicated to both publishing fine writing and being a positive force in local communities by sharing our proceeds with those in need.  Proceeds from the sales of The Sound of Poets Cooking  will become small stipends for poets to conduct free writing workshops in their communities. Poets with an idea for a workshop can complete a proposal form at the back of the book.

Recipes include:
Sea Bass with Cherry-Mango-Tomatillo Sauce
Peach Mango Plum Pork Chops
Rosehip Curry
Balsamic Mango
Irish Soda Bread
Brussels Sprouts and Goat Cheese Risotto
Onion Pie
Fig Tart with a Cornmeal Crust

and many more … plus poetry about these dishes or others, or memories of dishes, or times when there was not enough to eat.

Written about The Sound of Poets Cooking

From Scott Owens’ Musings:  “The Sound of Poets Cooking is a new, 172-page anthology of poems about food accompanied by related recipes, from Krawiec’s fledgling press, Jacar Press. And it is an impressive debut, featuring wonderful work from poets both familiar and new, including two NC Poets Laureate, Fred Chappell and Kathryn Stripling Byer, and numerous other standards: Joseph Bathanti, Kelly Cherry, Jaki Shelton Green, Susan Ludvigson, Joanna Catherine Scott, Shelby Stephenson, and more, wrapped in a clever cover with an image of Buddha cradling a pomegranate, eggplant, carrots, tomatoes,sweet potato, chef’s knife and some spiky yellow fruit I’m not familiar with, appealingly conveying the mixture of spirituality and whimsy one might expect from poetry about food.”

From the Independent Weekly:  “The Sound of Poets Cooking, a combined cookbook and poetry anthology, embodies this coming together of the literary and culinary arts. More than 60 poets, many of whom have North Carolina connections, such as Andrea Selch, Paul Jones, Jaki Shelton Green, Scott Owens, Al Maginnes and Mark Smith-Soto, ladle out enticing recipes and crafted verse, woven thematically together. The brainchild of Richard Krawiec, a longtime local teacher, writer, publisher and activist, the book also marks the debut of Jacar Press as a full-fledged literary publisher.”

The sudden smell of wine finds you
dressing flowers, their points
moist with a white as sweet as milk.

A pleasure, the way you fill the distance
with pastures, select the blackest cows
for cream.  This is more than imagination:

the aroma of bread rising
about the kitchen, the Brie’s
smooth skin gently darkening.

from Gifts, by Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda, found in The Sound of Poets Cooking

Please read more about Richard Krawiec.

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Featuring the work of …

Malaika King Albrecht * Joseph Bathanti * Kathryn Stripling Byer * Fred Chappell * Kelly Cherry * * Jaki Shelton Green * John Hoppenthaler * Sarah Lindsay * Susan Ludvigson * Al Maginnes * Susan Meyers * Lenard D. Moore * Marty Silverthorne * Mark Smith-Soto * Shelby Stephenson * Myrna Stone * Julie Suk * and many more

Vibrant Cranberries, from The Sound of Poets Cooking and originally published in The Asahi Haikuist Network, August 15, 2008.