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Winners of Writing in Metaphor and Imagery for Book Blogger Appreciation Week


Here are the winners, thanks to Randomizer.org

1. Contest Winner for Allan Ginsberg’s Howl and Other Poems is. . .
TEABIRD

2. Contest Winner for Lawrence Ferlinghetti’s A Coney Island of the Mind is . . .
TERRI

3. Contest Winner for a Subscription to Poetry magazine is. . .
ICEDREAM

4. Contest Winner for Sylvia Plath’s Ariel is. . .
GAUTAMI

I will contact you via email for snail mail addresses, but if you see this before you get my email, feel free to send along your address to savvyverseandwit AT gmail DOT com

Congrats to the winners. Thanks to everyone who entered. It has been a fun week. Check out the latest joint contest I have running with Diary of an Eccentric; to enter go here. You can win a subscription to Writer’s Digest.

Sylvia Plath and Confessional Poetry

Day 4 of Writing in Metaphor and Imagery for Book Blogger Appreciation Week

Today, I want to introduce you to Sylvia Plath, who was more than a poet. She was a novelist and a short story writer as well. One of the first works I read by her was The Bell Jar, which illustrates the mental breakdown of a young woman and is often considered autobiographical. For the longest time, this was the only work I knew of hers. Many have viewed her poetry as confessional, mirroring the poetic works of Anne Sexton and Robert Lowell. Confessional poems often highlight unflattering aspects of a poet’s personal life, whether it is illness, sexuality, or depression.

Ariel is one collection of her poems, it was published after her death along with several others. The only collection of her poems, despite her prolific pen, that was published during her life was Colossus. Shortly after publishing The Bell Jar, Plath committed suicide with the help of her gas oven.

I wanted to share with you one of my favorite poems from Ariel, which was published in Poetry Magazine, a subscription of which is up for grabs here. Here are a few of my favorite lines from the poem.

Fever 103°

Greasing the bodies of adulterers
Like Hiroshima ash and eating in.
The sin. The sin.

Darling, all night
I have been flickering, off, on, off, on.
The sheets grow heavy as a lecher’s kiss.

And now for the contest:

To enter for 1 copy of Sylvia Plath’s Ariel leave a comment here about Sylvia Plath, any Plath poem you know, or anything else poetry related.

For an additional entry, please blog about this contest and leave me the link to your post or email 5 friends about the contest and cc savvyverseandwit AT gmail DOT com

Another friendly reminder about these contests:

1. Diary of an Eccentric is holding a contest for The Almost Moon by Alice Sebold and The Choice by Nicholas Sparks Deadline is Sept. 30

2. Savvy Verse & Wit is holding a contest for Howl and Other Poems by Allen Ginsberg as the first contest for Book Blogger Appreciation Week Deadline is Sept. 19

3. Savvy Verse & Wit is holding another contest for “A Coney Island of the Mind” by Lawrence Ferlinghetti as part of BBAW; Deadline is Sept. 19

4. Bookish Ruth’s contest for The Sally Lockhart Mysteries by Phillip Pullman

5. Savvy Verse & Wit’s contest for a 1-year subscription to Poetry magazine. Deadline is Sept. 19

Please also double-check the growing list of giveaways at My Friend Amy’s blog.

Deadlines for all of my BBAW contests will be Sept. 19, Midnight EST.

Marketing the Poet

Day 3 of Writing in Metaphor and Imagery for Book Blogger Appreciation Week

In the age of the Internet, it is no wonder that book publishers are looking to the myriad housewives, students, professionals, and other bloggers to promote their authors’ books through reviews, interviews, guest posts, and virtual book tours. The 21st century provides businesses with a unique opportunity to directly access their customers through blogs, social networks, and other means on the Internet. As a poet, I’ve thought of the Internet as a level playing field for writers, allowing poets the same access to the public as fiction and nonfiction authors.

While writers of fiction and nonfiction are familiar with marketing their own work to the masses, I’ve noticed that poets are not as comfortable publicizing their own work. However, perhaps growing up with access to the Internet has enabled me to see the potential of growing the readership base of poetry. Up until recently poetry has circulated in college and university English courses and among academics in their “ivory” towers, but more and more contemporary poetry is bleeding into general audiences from poetry slams to online journals. Despite poetry’s elitist reputation, the form continues to evolve and reach new audiences. Spoken word poets are taking their poems to the streets, local events, bars, literary festivals, and other venues, and some poets focused on the written form are submitting to online rather than print journals.

The American Academy of Poets, for example, embraces the Internet by offering audio readings and videos of poets in conversation, spotlighting different artists periodically. There also is a list of events online, and each state has its own dedicated poetry page. The academy will even send those who sign up a new poem once per day to their email. In addition to the groups online striving to widen the audience for poetry by embracing technology, poets themselves are getting into the groove. Arlene Ang is one contemporary poet using the Internet to market her work, which you can see here and here. Meanwhile, the U.S. Poet Laureate position has gained ground in the media; I didn’t start noticing the poet laureate until about 1997 when Robert Pinsky was named, but with each passing year I’ve noticed each new poet laureate take the office with greater zeal, spotlighting poetry as an art worthy of attention by general audiences. Former Poet Laureate Billy Collins and Poetry 180—a poem a day for American High Schools—aim to have one poem read in a public forum at high schools willing to participate in the program, but how the poem is applied is up to the school. Students, teachers, staff members, and others can read the poems out loud, but discussion is not necessary. According to Billy Collins, “The most important thing is that the poems be read and listened to without any academic requirements. The point is to expose students to some of the fresh voices in contemporary poetry.”

I’ve been blogging for about three years, though only for little over one year at Savvy Verse & Wit, but I am dedicated to including poetry book reviews and other items about poetry on my blog to broaden the audience for poets. The goal of the site is to incorporate poetry during National Poetry Month, which is every April, by discussing poetic forms, new poets worthy of recognition, or posting poetry book reviews. Eventually, interviews from poets could be used to highlight how poets are very similar to fiction and nonfiction writers in terms of their process and struggles to get published. Poets are down-to-earth people tackling emotions, themes, and inner and external struggles, much like prose writers. The Internet is a powerful tool that poets and writers alike must grab onto and mold to meet their purpose, exposing the widest audience possible to their art.

Book Blogger Appreciation Week Contest:

Leave a comment on this post to enter to win a 1-year subscription to Poetry magazine, which has one translation issue per year, poems, and short stories. In the comments tell me one thing you love about poetry and one thing you dislike about poetry or share a couple lines from your favorite poem. Deadline is Sept. 19, Midnight EST.

Another friendly reminder about these contests:

1. Diary of an Eccentric is holding a contest for The Almost Moon by Alice Sebold and The Choice by Nicholas Sparks Deadline is Sept. 30

2. Savvy Verse & Wit is holding a contest for Howl and Other Poems by Allen Ginsberg as the first contest for Book Blogger Appreciation Week Deadline is Sept. 19

3. Savvy Verse & Wit is holding another contest for “A Coney Island of the Mind” by Lawrence Ferlinghetti as part of BBAW; Deadline is Sept. 19

3. Book Club Girl has a new contest today as well.

4. Bookish Ruth’s contest for The Sally Lockhart Mysteries by Phillip Pullman

Please also double-check the growing list of giveaways at My Friend Amy’s blog.

Deadlines for all of my BBAW contests will be Sept. 19, Midnight EST.

Publicity–Traditional Vs. Blog Publicity


I wanted to alert everyone to a fantastic article on My Friend Amy’s blog from an online publicist, Lisa Roe, regarding the differences between traditional and book blogging publicity.

I want all of you to go over there to check it out and make some comments, generate some discussion.

Another friendly reminder about these contests:

1. Diary of an Eccentric is holding a contest for The Almost Moon by Alice Sebold and The Choice by Nicholas Sparks Deadline is Sept. 30

2. Savvy Verse & Wit is holding a contest for Howl and Other Poems by Allen Ginsberg as the first contest for Book Blogger Appreciation Week Deadline is Sept. 19

3. Savvy Verse & Wit is holding another contest for “A Coney Island of the Mind” by Lawrence Ferlinghetti as part of BBAW; Deadline is Sept. 19

3. Book Club Girl has a new contest today as well.

Please also double-check the growing list of giveaways at My Friend Amy’s blog.

Winner of Mrs. Lieutenant

And the winner of Mrs. Lieutenant by Phyllis Zimbler Miller is Alyce of At Home With Books, who I have discovered through this contest and Book Blogger Appreciation Week.

I have sent an email to you for an address, and Ms. Miller will send the book directly to you. Thanks to all the participants.

Here’s a couple of contest reminders:

1. Diary of an Eccentric is holding a contest for The Almost Moon by Alice Sebold and The Choice by Nicholas Sparks Deadline is Sept. 30

2. Savvy Verse & Wit is holding a contest for Howl and Other Poems by Allen Ginsberg as the first contest for Book Blogger Appreciation Week Deadline is Sept. 19

Please also double-check the list of giveaways that continues to grow at My Friend Amy’s blog.

Lookie!


I won the “Sweet Life” gift basket on Book Room Reviews not too long ago, and I wanted to share with everyone all the goodies I received. Thanks to Tracy for holding the contest and to Mia King for her generosity. My husband is already claiming all of the macadamia nuts.

I just love the basket and the ribbon, the ribbon especially is a scrapbooker’s dream–so shimmery. I was so excited when the UPS man came, that I barely contained my enthusiasm to take the photo of the package before I dismantled it. The first thing I did, after checking for Mia’s signature on the books, was eat one of the delectable chocolate covered shortbread cookies. Yummy!

Thanks again to Tracy at Book Room Reviews. I love visiting her blog and I love her contests. You should check her out, here!

***Don’t forget to enter my contest for a signed copy of Mrs. Lieutenant by Phyllis Zimbler Miller. Deadline is Sept. 14.

1. leave a comment on the post here to get one entry
2. publicize the contest on your blog, Facebook, wherever and leave a link here to earn one more entry per post
3. Comment on the My Review of the book, here, and receive TWO entries.

You’re running out of time, so hurry.

Also: Check out Diary of an Eccentric for Anna’s giveaway of Nicholas Sparks’ The Choice and The Almost Moon by Alice Sebold. Deadline Sept. 30

Award Received and Appreciated!


I recently received the I Love Your Blog award from My Friend Amy. I appreciate her thoughtfulness. I rarely get awards and now I have been given two in the last couple of weeks.

I hope that I can continue to receive such praise in the future as I gear up to unveil some new features, which are still in the planning stages.

In addition, I want to award this recognition to the following blogs:

A Girl Walks Into a Bookstore because you have a varied taste in books, and I always find some of the best new reads on your blog. And I love that you are honest in your reviews about editing mistakes and other elements that bother you.

Peeking Between the Pages: Your title just caught my eye and I thought what a great title for a book review blog. Your reviews are honest and I love how you get the reader involved by posting questions in your posts, asking them for their input. I also love the set up of your blog as well, it’s beautiful and lean. Not to mention as a dog lover, I just have to say that your dog is cute, just adorable.

Maw Books Blog because you are so passionate about reading and Darfur and all things related on your blog. Your passion burns brightly for each of your readers. I admire all that you are trying to accomplish. I appreciate your posts and your insight on books and your causes.


And now I will take this time to remind you to go vote for your favorite blogs in Book Blogger Appreciation Week (BBAW). Deadline is Sept. 12, so HURRY!

Dear Readers:

You are Appreciated, and as part of BBAW, The Literate Housewife Review is holding a contest in your honor. Please check it out, here.

Additionally, if you know anyone in the Media or are in the Media and would be willing to pass along BBAW information to a wider audience, please contact myself of Amy and we will send you a press release.

Another Contest: Diary of an Eccentric for The Almost Moon by Alice Sebold or The Choice by Nicholas Sparks

***Please do not forget to enter the Mrs. Lieutenant Contest, Deadline is Sept. 14.


Contest for Maryland, D.C., and Virginia Area Residents

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Hello all:

The local Writer’s Center has its very own blog, and they are running a caption contest. If you live in the area and could pick up the prize at the Center in Bethesda, MD, this coming weekend. Enter the contest, which ends on Sept. 5 at 5PM.

I’ve already won the first caption contest, and now, I am hoping to entice other area readers to enter as well.

It’s a fun little contest and won’t take you too much time.

Also, as a reminder, Please make sure you register your blog (if you have one) with My Friend Amy for Book Blogger Appreciation Week (BBAW). Nominations are now open.

Have fun, and don’t forget to nominate my blog! Ok, that was a shameless plug.

A Sweet Giveaway on BookRoomReviews

BookRoomReviews is giving away a fantastic prize with the help of “Sweet Life” author Mia King. Check out the details below:

What is better than winning this Fantastic book? How about winning TWO Fantastics Books and a Basket of Chocolate? Even better, Three people can win! For every FIFTY entries Mia will give away a big prize package of books and goodies( listed below). She has agreed to give out THREE baskets but we need you to get the word out about her book and this wonderful contest because the more people that enter means more people will win! Get it? Got it? Good! Here’s what you will win:

Valued at over $80, our “Life is Sweet” Hawaiian gift basket includes:

  • one small gold box of Chocolate Dipped Original Shortbread Cookies

  • one gold box of Kohala Brownie Assortment

  • one petite box of Hawaiian Macadamia Nut Rocky Road

  • one petite box of Combination (Dark and Milk) Chocolate Covered Macadamia Nuts

  • three Dark Chocolate Dipped Original Shortbread cookies

  • one Original Biscotti with Milk Chocolate waves

  • one Original Biscotti with Dark Chocolate Waves

  • one signed copy of GOOD THINGS

  • one signed copy of SWEET LIFE

  • an assortment of temporary hibiscus tattoos, tropical key chains, monogrammed GOOD THINGS and SWEET LIFE pens, inspiring quote cards (you know I love quotes!), bookmarks, and more!

All of this comes in a lovely keepsake woven basket for you to store your favorite Mia King books.

For One entry leave a comment telling Mia why you would like to read Sweet Life

For a Second entry brag about this contest anywhere and link it back here in a separate comment!

For a Third entry Stumble, Digg, Tweet, or post in message boards about this contest and link or tell me about it back here in a separate comment!

Apologies to everyone else as this contest is limited to U.S. only. I will announce the winners on September 2nd when Mia King will be answering some questions about her book.

Go to BookRoomReviews and comment; don’t forget to spread the word.

Diary of an Eccentric Giveaway!

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Are you ready to enter another contest? Anna at Diary of an Eccentric has one for you. You heard it here, now spread the word because the deadline is August 1. You don’t have much time to put your name in to win a fantastic book, Mrs. Lieutenant: A Sharon Gold Novel, by Phyllis Zimbler Miller.

Look for my upcoming review of the book in the near future too. But get a move on and enter that contest! Don’t you just love giveaways?

Boston Bibliophile Giveaway

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Another day, another contest. You heard it here, Boston Bibliophile is holding a giveaway for The Lace Reader by Brunonia Barry.

Not only should you enter this contest, but you should check out the Website for the book. It is phenomenal.

I also want to let everyone know that I have updated the sidebar with some new Book Blog links and goodies. Please check them out.

Also, Today is the last day to enter the Quilt Giveaway at Old Red Barn Co.

Set of Fourteen Books Free….


Here’s a fantastic, phenomenal contest at Book Room Reviews. I’ve entered and so should you! These are great books, and there is a chance to win the new Stephenie Meyer, Breaking Dawn!

A multitude of chances to win, and a great deadline of Aug. 9. My birthday is the same as Book Room Reviews’ and she will announce winners on that day! I wish you luck.