The Great Poetry Giveaway

25 Mar

Hello. No, this is not the usual Friday wrapup. That will come out in a couple of hours. This is to tell you of my participation in a National Poetry Month event. Last April for National Poetry Month many poet bloggers  had a big poetry giveaway, where about 50 or so bloggers gave away 2 books each. The poet Kelli Agodon is the organizer again this year.

The official start of the Big Poetry Giveaway is now and will last through April 30, 2011.

I don’t have a chapbook  [yet], but will offer an  anthology, pay attention: a river of stones, published this past month by Fiona Robyn and Kaspalita. I have two poems in the anthology, which is a compilation of many small stones written by over 350 participants worldwide. The book is one of those that is lovely to pick up and open randomly, read a few stones, and put down again until the next time. The stones are an enjoyable read and the design of the book, lovely.

The second book is No Bones to Carry, an award winning collection by internationally published poet, James Penha, editor of the ezine New Verse News. I picked this book because its author is my friend and mentor. I have read almost all his poetry books [he also publishes fiction in the form of Indonesian folktales] and this is one of my favourites. His poems cannot fail to move you.

Leave a comment saying you would like to win a book and your email [so I can get in touch with you if you are one of the winners of the draw] in this post, anytime before the end of April, and at the end of the month, I will randomly choose two winners and mail them out the books. I shall put reminders in upcoming posts.

Make sure you enter your email when you leave a comment and note which book you would be interested in winning if you did win. I will pick two winners on May 1st.


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98 responses to “The Great Poetry Giveaway

  1. Kellie Elmore

    25/03/2011 at 9:10 am

    Yay! 🙂


    • margo roby

      25/03/2011 at 9:11 am

      Yay, back 🙂 You are my first!

      • margo roby

        25/03/2011 at 9:13 am

        I assume that is your official I want in?

  2. Linda Hofke

    25/03/2011 at 9:20 am

    Count me in, too!

  3. Danka

    25/03/2011 at 4:36 pm

    Me too. I’d love to win your giveaway.

  4. pamela

    25/03/2011 at 10:09 pm

    I am interested, too, Margo:)

  5. Dhyan

    26/03/2011 at 6:51 am

    That is great.
    Please put me in. These books sound both great. I really like the idea of the stones….

    • margo roby

      26/03/2011 at 9:11 am

      Dhyan, you are in. The stones is a lovely book and the other extraordinary. I’ll keep in mind your preference…

  6. Christine

    26/03/2011 at 4:59 pm

    Hi! I’d love a chance to win! 🙂

    • margo roby

      26/03/2011 at 8:52 pm

      Will do. I have your name added 🙂

  7. Bethany

    27/03/2011 at 3:31 pm

    I’d love to win the “pay attention: a river of stones”….it sounds delightful! Please count me in!

  8. Renee

    27/03/2011 at 3:52 pm

    i’d love to win!

    • margo roby

      27/03/2011 at 3:55 pm

      Okay, Renee. You are in the mix 🙂

  9. shann palmer

    27/03/2011 at 4:59 pm

    Please add my name to the hopefuls!!

  10. 1sojournal

    27/03/2011 at 7:04 pm

    Count me in, I’d love the “stones” book. And what a great idea. I think I shall do this as well,


    • margo roby

      27/03/2011 at 9:24 pm

      Hi, Elizabeth! You’re in and down for the “stones”.

  11. Carol

    28/03/2011 at 1:51 pm

    Hi Margo,
    Could you please add my name?

    • margo roby

      28/03/2011 at 1:56 pm

      Absolutely, Carol. You are in.

  12. Kelley Henry

    28/03/2011 at 11:45 pm

    Thanks for doing this! Count me in, please. Thanks!

  13. Ana Goncalves

    29/03/2011 at 7:07 am

    Beautiful prizes. I’d love to win the ‘No Bones to Carry’ book! Sounds fascinating, and thank you so much for hosting this.

    • margo roby

      29/03/2011 at 7:32 am

      The “No Bones…” is wonderful. Your name is in, Ana

  14. Fiona Robyn

    29/03/2011 at 7:07 am

    Ah, what a wonderful give-away : ) we’re just linking to it on the river blog. And I’d love to win the other book… sounds marvellous…

    • margo roby

      29/03/2011 at 7:33 am

      Oh, good. I was just wondering how to link it in to our group at WOWH. The other book is one of Jack’s best. I’m excited that I have one to give away.

  15. Britta

    29/03/2011 at 7:16 am

    both books sound great and alluring; I’d like a river of stones 🙂

    • margo roby

      29/03/2011 at 7:34 am

      A river of stones is lovely and I have you down for it, Britta.

  16. carl

    29/03/2011 at 9:43 am

    I would love to win the penha book. I live in wales though, don’t know if postage is a problem.

  17. Tina Dunlap

    29/03/2011 at 10:58 am

    I would love to win River of Stones!!!
    Thanks for the chance!

  18. Libby

    29/03/2011 at 11:52 am

    What I wonderful idea – add me to the list please.

    • margo roby

      29/03/2011 at 11:59 am

      It is, isn’t it? I have you, Libby.

  19. Gale

    29/03/2011 at 7:47 pm

    I would love to win either of these!

  20. Judy

    29/03/2011 at 10:53 pm

    I have tossed my hat
    into the poetry ring.
    Will you pick it up?

    • margo roby

      30/03/2011 at 7:35 am

      With such a charming request, how can I not? Your hat is picked up, Judy.

  21. Bryce

    30/03/2011 at 10:37 am

    pay attention: a river of stones looks lovely and I’d love to read it, free or otherwise.

    • margo roby

      30/03/2011 at 10:47 am

      Well, if you don’t win, Bryce, I can tell you where to order it!

  22. Luce Zolna

    01/04/2011 at 4:18 am

    I would love to get the anthology “… The River of Stones”.

    • margo roby

      01/04/2011 at 7:57 am

      Okay, Luce, I have you down 🙂

  23. Laura

    01/04/2011 at 11:25 am

    Yes please! Count me in.

  24. Kat

    02/04/2011 at 2:42 am

    What a lovely giveaway. Count me in please! I would be happy with either book but I guess ‘pay attention: a river of stones’ would be most appropriate as I’m taking her April e-course.

    • margo roby

      02/04/2011 at 9:00 am

      This is my first time and I love the idea. You are in, Kat.

  25. Ev

    02/04/2011 at 5:55 pm

    I’ve read about the small stones elsewhere – I’d love to see the whole book of them! Please enter me in the giveaway. Thanks!
    evfhanna at gmail

  26. Sandy Longhorn

    02/04/2011 at 8:02 pm

    Please add me to the contest!

    sandy dot 40 dot longhorn gmail

  27. O.P.W. Fredericks

    02/04/2011 at 9:07 pm

    Please add me to your contest.

  28. Risa Denenberg

    02/04/2011 at 11:12 pm

    me too!

  29. neighbor

    03/04/2011 at 12:31 am

    This sounds nice! I’m always game to give it a shot (for No Bones…. Thank you!

  30. Andrew Albert J. Ty

    03/04/2011 at 4:33 am

    Thanks for doing this! If I win, I’d like a copy of the James Penha title. Cheers!

    • margo roby

      03/04/2011 at 9:00 am

      The James Penha it will be, should you win!

  31. renkath

    03/04/2011 at 1:41 pm

    Please add me to your drawing list!

  32. Barry Napier

    04/04/2011 at 3:50 pm

    Enter me please! And thanks for swinging by my blog to enter, as well!

    • margo roby

      04/04/2011 at 3:53 pm

      You are entered and you are welcome!

  33. Joseph Harker

    04/04/2011 at 8:04 pm

    I am quite interested in the second book (since I have my copy of River of Stones already 😉 …

    linksfreude (at) gmail

    • margo roby

      04/04/2011 at 8:07 pm

      Okay, I have you down. It is a wonderful collection.

  34. nandinidh

    05/04/2011 at 12:35 pm

    Please count me in! Thanks so much for doing this.

    • margo roby

      05/04/2011 at 12:36 pm

      Okay, Nandini. You are counted.

  35. Matthew Thorburn

    06/04/2011 at 2:58 pm

    Hi Margo, yes please! Count me in — I’d love to win either book. Thanks,


  36. Colleen O'Neill Conlan

    06/04/2011 at 5:21 pm

    Thanks so much for the chance to win. Generous poet!

    • margo roby

      06/04/2011 at 5:30 pm

      Kind words. Thank you, Colleen.

  37. Mary Virginia Cooley

    06/04/2011 at 7:42 pm

    I’d love to get in on the giveaway – my name is Mary Virginia Cooley and my email address is mcooley(at)! Happy National Poetry Month!

  38. catiporter

    07/04/2011 at 4:30 pm

    Count me in as well! Thanks much.

  39. Valerie

    13/04/2011 at 5:31 pm

    Both seem fascinating. I love the concept of poetry as stones to be picked up. I’d like to be entered for either! Thanks for doing this giveaway.

    • margo roby

      13/04/2011 at 5:33 pm

      Okay, Valerie. I have you down.

  40. Sherry Chandler

    15/04/2011 at 9:59 am

    Please include me in your giveaway. Thanks for doing this.

    Please, also, everybody come over to my place and sign up for MY giveaway.

    • margo roby

      15/04/2011 at 11:23 am

      Okay, Sherry. I have you. Now I’ll come visit.

  41. Russell Evatt

    20/04/2011 at 11:51 am is my poetry and performance blog.

    Choose me! I want to win No Bones to Carry.

    russell.evatt at

    • margo roby

      20/04/2011 at 12:27 pm

      You’re in with 41 other people, Russell, so we’ll see 🙂

  42. Michael Wells

    22/04/2011 at 3:33 pm

    Please add me to the drawing. What fun!

    • margo roby

      22/04/2011 at 4:22 pm

      You are added, Michael. And I think it is fun, too. I will be drawing the winners next Saturday and announcing on the following Monday.

  43. ace mulvahil

    23/04/2011 at 5:55 pm

    i’d love to win either book actually – but put me down for the Stones- and i hope i win!

  44. Samuel Sargent

    26/04/2011 at 9:13 pm

    I’d be very happy to win either book, as I only began to build my poetry collection this year, thus it is immensely sparse. If I must choose, I’ll go with the anthology.

    • margo roby

      26/04/2011 at 9:33 pm

      Happy to have you in the draw, Samuel. The anthology is lovely, but if you are building a collection, I admit I would recommend the other, but it’s up to you. I’ll put you down for the anthology.

  45. Michael Wells

    30/04/2011 at 7:35 pm

    Please add me to the drawing! Thanks

  46. margo roby

    30/04/2011 at 8:26 pm

    Made it just in time, Michael.

  47. Steve Meador

    30/04/2011 at 10:15 pm

    Please add me. Thanks.

    • margo roby

      01/05/2011 at 8:39 am

      Cutting it a bit close, but I have you, Steve.


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