National Poetry Month Giveaway for Readers

I hope everyone has enjoyed some of the National Poetry Month Blog Tour, traveled to new blogs, learned a bit about poetry, and found some poets you’d like to try.

Today, I’m hosting a giveaway for Suzanne Frischkorn‘s newest collection, Girl on a Bridge.  Check out these two videos of her reading two of her poems, Bees and Indiscretion of an American Wife, 1954.

Also please check out this poem from her collection:

The First Signs

And forsythia tumbles
over the fence
wild with yellow–

When I was seven a wasp
landed on my lip
drawn by the sweetness
of my mother’s red lipstick

–while purple flagstones
split with grass.

The same day a child next door
squeezed six new kittens dead.
That’s when I knew–

There are two shades of still.

Giveaway Details for Girl on a Bridge:

1. Leave a comment on which of these poems you liked best or if you think YouTube videos make poetry more appealing to you as a reader.

2. Tweet, Blog, Facebook, or spread the word about the giveaway and leave a link here.

Deadline: May 7, 2010, at 11:59 PM EST


Don’t forget to visit the next stops on the National Poetry Month Blog Tour at Jen’s Book Thoughts and Linus’s Blanket.

  • I dont like reading on the videos! sorry to go against the majority but I do like reading poetry privately.
    .-= Mystica´s last blog ..Review – Who Killed Bianca? by Emma Darcy =-.

  • Susan Helene Gottfried

    No need to enter me, babe. I’m dropping in to say thanks for the e-mail. I’ve got this posted at Win a Book for you.
    .-= Susan Helene Gottfried´s last blog ..Letter to my Daughter =-.

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  • No need to enter me but I just wanted to tell you what a great job you did with the amazing blog tour for National Poetry Month!
    .-= Jenners´s last blog ..Review: "Rumor Has It" by Jill Mansell =-.

  • Valerie

    I just tweeted about this a minute ago…not sure how to put that link here but I did put @savvyverseandwit in it!
    .-= Valerie´s last blog ..FreeVerse: In Which I Write a Poem! =-.

    • to get the link, you just right click where it tells you how many minutes or seconds ago you tweeted the comment, and it gives you a full link to use. No worries though. I’ve counted it.

  • AmandaSue

    I liked the videos, I enjoy listening more-so then reading, seems like I can hear words better for some reason.

  • Susan Helene Gottfried

    No need to enter me, darling. I’m dropping in to say thanks for the e-mail. I’ve got this posted at Win a Book for you.
    .-= Susan Helene Gottfried´s last blog ..Girl on a Bridge =-.

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  • Valerie

    I guess I am still a traditionalist — reading poetry works best for me. And, that way, I can have my own images come up as I read, also. But I know poetry isn’t just restricted to the printed page.

    With a poetry book, you can pick it up at will. However, youTube might be good for exposing poetry to people who might not otherwise come across it in a traditional way (such as bookstore browsing)!

  • Oh I really liked the videos! I always love listening to poetry. I just think you get so much more out of it.

    I think my favorite one is “Bees”. I may have to listen to them again though later 🙂
    .-= iliana´s last blog ..Last Night =-.

  • Love Frischkorn’s work in general.
    As far as YouTube poetry videos, well, I’m not convinced that it actually helps me experience the poem in a new way – the videos can distract from the poem. I like to see poets read their poems on YouTube though!

  • I really like the videos. I am a very visual person, so adding images to words is great.

    I liked “Bees”. I didn’t look at the run length and was surprised at how short it was, but it was a happy surprise since the poem wrapped up in a way I wasn’t expecting.
    .-= Janel´s last blog ..Microfiction Monday: 4/26/10 =-.

  • I really liked “The First Signs.” That’s my kind of poetry. To be honest, I’m not a big fan of YouTube, but I’d rather watch videos of poems being read than some of the other junk on there. Even so, I love to hear poets read their own work, and I can see how YouTube can be useful in that respect. I’ve added the giveaway to my sidebar.
    .-= Anna´s last blog ..Review: Becoming Alice by Alice Rene =-.

  • I really enjoy listening to someone read their own poetry. They can add their own feelings to the words as no one else can.
    I liked both the poems you have here on video, but I probably prefer “Bees.”
    .-= LuAnn Morgan´s last blog ..Monday Mail Call =-.