Tuesday, March 29, 2011

The Big Poetry Giveaway 2011

I completely missed the boat on this last year...I guess I was too busy during 2010's National Poetry Month reveling in rural-ness. But this year, I've got myself together and I am ready to participate in Kelli Russell Agodon's Big Poetry Giveaway 2011.

Click on the picture above to learn more about this event and find other participating bloggers. If you've found me via Kelli's site, welcome! I am a poet and book reviewer living in a small town in the Sacramento Delta. I am originally from Phoenix, Arizona where I learned to love succulents and sweating. Since then, I have grown to embrace all things rural and small-town: cows, gardens, even the occasional infestation.

In almost all aspects of my life, I like to get rid of things. Except books. I admit it: I am a book hoarder. I am a gollum of poetry collections (oh Ariel, my precious!). So, the most difficult part of this was deciding which of my favorites to give away. I seriously stood at my poetry bookcase for about an hour, trying to make this wrenching decision. So, after a long, dark, soul-searching struggle, here are the books I'm willing to part with:

The easy decision: A Classic Game of Murder

This is my chapbook from dancing girl press. It is a collection of poems inspired by the board game CLUE. All the rooms, weapons, and characters are in there. If you like murder mystery parties or Agatha Christie books, you'll dig this collection.

The hard decision: Mary Oliver's American Primitive

Love this book...I mean LOVE. This is the book I made all my seventh-graders read in its entirety. These poems are sexy, lush, fruitful, filled with creatures. And Oliver's language is so tight, so skillful, it reads as effortless. These are nature poems that are about so much more than nature.

If you want a chance to win either of these, leave a comment below telling me which CLUE character is your favorite. I will draw two random winners on May 1st. Happy reading!

Friday, March 18, 2011


Yesterday, I had the pleasure of participating in a reading with some other poets from Flatmancrooked's Slim Volume of Contemporary Poetics: Joseph Atkins, James Benton, Joshua McKinney, and Steve Owen. Though I was the sole female voice there, the range of work was invigorating. From Atkins' sculptural language play to the quiet wit of Benton and McKinney to Owen's raucous surrealism, I felt that the mix, while maybe just a result of dumb luck, perfectly mirrored the aesthetic of the anthology. Plus, we were surrounded by duck decoys. So, there's that, too.

Thanks to James Benton, in particular, for MC'ing the event. And thank you to my fellow poets--all the luck of the Irish to you in your writing. If you were unable to attend the reading, and desperately want a copy of the anthology (and who doesn't?), you can now purchase it from Amazon or Powell's Books. Bonus: it will cost you far less than a pot's worth of gold.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Movie Monday: Oscar 2011 Post-Game

Yikes...I'm almost scared to tally up how my predictions did this year. If I hadn't just got back from Las Vegas--where I lost a whopping $5 on the Magic Unicorn penny slots--I might not even have the energy to do so. But, since I'm on a losing streak, I might as well...

Picture -- YES
Director -- NO
Actress -- YES
Actor -- YES
Supporting Actress -- NO
Supporting Actor -- YES
Animated Film -- YES
Film Editing -- NO
Costume Design -- NO
Original Song -- NO
Makeup -- YES
Adapted Screenplay -- NO
Original Screenplay -- NO

Final Score -- 6 out of 13 correct? Gadzooks!

Even though I didn't make predictions in this category, I was extremely excited to see Trent Reznor win for his haunting score for The Social Network...maybe one of the best parts of that movie. Though, when Trent walked on stage looking more like a dad than a rock star, it made me feel so old.

Speaking of age, the two most entertaining parts of the show were completely opposite in that regard. I vote for Anne Hathaway and Kirk Douglas to host the show next year!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

I Want to Be a Betazoid

I used to watch Star Trek: The Next Generation with my dad. It was on late...9pm (gasp!), and sometimes it was a struggle to keep awake. But it was worth it. Complex plots, thought-provoking issues of humanity and morality, Patrick Stewart's accent. All these were reasons to stay tuned.

My favorite character by far was the half-Betazoid, half-human hybrid Deanna Troi. She was one of my early heroes. Beautiful, intelligent, and emotionally mature, she was everything I wanted to be when I got older. Instead, I just developed a thing for men with beards.

For those of you who found similar inspiration in Star Trek: The Next Generation, this call for submissions is for you. This month, the Make It So Anthology is accepting your TNG-themed poetry. Check the website for complete rules and requirements. Engage!