Big Poetry Giveaway for National Poetry Month 2012!

Big Poetry Giveaway 2012

It’s that time again! Blogger and poet extraordinaire Kelli Russell Agodon has created a very cool way to celebrate National Poetry Month, by inviting bloggers to give away free books of poetry. I’m participating again this year, and will give away a copy of my book, Every Dress a Decision, and a copy of Christine Deavel’s Woodnote.

cover Every Dress a Decision

Every Dress a Decision is my first full-length collection. The sudden and mysterious death of an older brother forms the narrative spine, as the poems move from shock and grief through the attempt at reconciliation and forgiveness. Other poems concern a complicated decision not to have children, love and marriage, the attempt to find a form of spirituality that values the body, and the particular experiences of a woman alone in the wilderness.  I’m honored (thrilled, really) to tell you that Kelli is also giving away my book at her blog this year, so you have two chances to win it if you enter here and at her blog, The Book of Kells.

Woodnote is one of my favorite new books, and (full disclosure) Christine Deavel is one of my favorite people. She’s the co-owner of Open Books, one of just three poetry-only bookstores in the United States. The moving and layered poems in Woodnote are (among many other things) intensely elegiac without being nostalgic.  The poems enable me to borrow Christine’s close and precise attention to the world, and I believe her when she writes in “Hidden”:

What is hidden
like what is beautiful
is in the eye

I’m grateful for what Christine’s eye shows me about the interior and exterior landscapes of domestic life and a small town in the midwest. Read a review.

Christine Deavel's WOODNOTE

Here’s how The Big Poetry Giveaway works:If you’d like to be entered to win a copy of Every Dress a Decision or Woodnote, please leave your name and email address by midnight, April 30, 2012 in the comment section of this post. I’ll randomly select two lucky winners for the books during the first week of May 2012.

Learn more about The Big Poetry Giveaway, at Kelli Russell Agodon’s blog. You’ll also find links to other blogs where you can enter to win even more free poetry books!

27 thoughts on “Big Poetry Giveaway for National Poetry Month 2012!

  1. Michelle Tooker

    What a great way to celebrate poetry month! I’d love to be entered to win a copy of Every Dress a Decision:

    Michelle Tooker
    michellemtooker -at-

    1. Elizabeth Austen

      Thank you, Allyson! Kelli and Annette did a great job with that anthology — I’m so happy to be part of it.

  2. Connie Adams

    Hi, Elizabeth. I would love to have a chance to win your book. My e-mail address is

    I met you at the Get Lit! festival this year; I was the cryer in the poetry workshop. (Grrr.) Hearing you read and learning from you was such an honor. I did buy your book, which you autographed. I love it so much that I’d like to give a copy away, but I’m certainly not handing out my signed copy! So I’ll enter the drawing and see how it goes.

    Thank you!

    1. Elizabeth Austen

      Hi, Connie –
      I remember you as the brave one in the poetry workshop. I hope the class was useful–it was a delight to work with you!
      I’ll enter you in the drawing.
      Be well,

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