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This will be my third year taking part in the Big Poetry Giveaway! My first collection of poetry, Pause, Traveler, will be published by Boreal Books, an imprint of Red Hen Press, next year, so I’ll be giving away two books by other poets that I love.
My first selection is Steam Laundry by Nicole Stellon O’Donnell. Steam Laundry is a novel in poems available from Boreal Books. It tells the story of Sarah Ellen Gibson, the sixth woman to arrive in Fairbanks in the gold rush of 1903. With her two children, she followed her husband to Dawson City, Yukon Territory in 1898. As their relationship faltered and her business opportunities dried up, she fled to Fairbanks with hopes of opening her own hotel. The book weaves persona, with poems in the voices of many characters, lyric poems, and historical photographs and documents to trace her path.
My second selection is Space, in Chains Space by Laura Kasischke published by Copper Canyon Press. Space, in Chains speaks in ghostly voices, fractured narratives, songs, prayers, and dark riddles as it moves through contemporary tragedies of grief and the complex succession of generations. In her eight book of poetry, Laura Kasischke has pared the construction of her verse to its bones, leaving haunting language and a visceral strangeness of imagery. By turns mournful and celebratory, Kasischke’s poetry insists upon asking hard questions that are courageously left unanswered. It was definitely my hands-down favorite poetry book last year.
If you’d like to be entered, please leave your name and email address by midnight, APRIL 30th, 2012 in the comment section of this post and I’ll be randomly choosing 2 lucky winners on May 1st, 2012.
To see a list of other blogs that are also participating, pay a visit to the site of the lovely Kelli Russell Agodon. She’s the mistress of ceremonies each year for this romp through the poetry world. Thank you Kelli for starting this, and for continuing to host it!