The Big Poetry Giveaway 2015



I am a Southerner, a poet, mom of 2 daughters (with another on the way), a wife, a believer, an English professor, the oldest of three daughters.

I believe in singing each and every day, a clean kitchen, and  the ever-sustaining powers of coffee.

I like baking things with my daughters, long walks in spring weather, the power of syntax, honest-to-goodness letters, and when it rains all day long.

I am always looking for: yardsale vintage typewriters, poets I’ve never read before, the quiet moments in busy days

My writing process is translating the beauty in the every-day



Book 1: Keeping Me Still, by Renee Emerson

Keeping Me Still FlatI am giving away a copy of my book, Keeping Me Still (Winter Goose Publishing, 2014).

Keeping Me Still is about being a wife, mother, sister, daughter in the South; the spiritual and physical wrestling with questions that are only answered in the living through them.

A sample poem:


I spend my days at the farmhouse.
Always the sound of cows;
at night, the dreams of cows.

Their paths through the grass,
the way they watch
when we walk in the yard.

The blue wildflowers break
underfoot; a first frost, winter’s ritual.

At church the other women
say I should know, by now,
my baby’s differing cries.
That I should be well-versed
in the language of need.

Among the cows, a line of geese
moves through the blank repetition
of pasture. Modest as nuns.
Finally, one rises to flare its wings.


for my second book giveaway–

Book 2:  Best New Poets 2014“Best New Poets is an annual anthology of 50 poems from emerging writers. Each year, a guest editor selects 50 poems from nominations made by literary magazines and writing programs, as well as an open internet competition.”

I think this series is a great read, not only because of all the fresh voices included, but also to keep your finger on the pulse of what is happening in poetry today.

A sample poem:

The Mackerel
by Carey Russell

They lie in parallel, a fabric
of tails and heads, each inch
iridescent like sunlight

on gasoline. Their eyes,
a frozen phalanx
of the same singular

expression, push outward,
watery prismatics in a soap
bubble. Grey shadows

tiger-stripe the scales
into radiant sections,
a lived wallpaper.

Even now they appear
to be bolting forward.
How happy they seem to be

together, a collected self,
selfless. They don’t care
they’re dead, ice-packed

in a mold-pocked crate
dripping on Canal Street.
We talk as if death were a line

to be crossed. But look at them.
Tell me where they end.




To enter to win a book, please leave your name and email address by midnight, April 30th, 2014, in the comments of this post, and I’ll draw two names from a hat the week of May 1st, 2014.

Don’t forget to check out Kelli Russell Agodon’s blog where she has the complete list of poetry blogs participating in the giveaway this year. Good luck and happy poetry month!

33 thoughts on “The Big Poetry Giveaway 2015”

  1. Your poetry is beautiful! I’ll keep my fingers crossed that I am able to win a copy. Thank you for the giveaway, and Happy National Poetry Month!


  2. I’m glad to see you participating in NaPo and the giveaway! It would be a treat to win either of your selections. Please add me to the drawing.

    And a glorious Easter Sunday to you!

    Rodney Wilder


  3. Hi Renee,
    I would love to win either of these books, especially “Keeping me Still.” I grew up in the lushness of the Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia mountains and love to read the work of poets from that area. If you like it when it rains all day, you’d be happy here in Seattle today where it is pouring right now and does so frequently! So glad I gathered the lilacs and peony blooms before it began! Please enter my name in your drawing and I look forward to exploring your blog.
    Thanks! Marianne Mersereau –


  4. Well, hello there, Renee. Don’t you love Poetry Month? I’m happy to find you and your blog. Both books look like keepers, but yours is especially intriguing; I’d love to win a copy. Thank you! (and thanks for stopping by my giveaway too).


  5. Thank you for participating in this giveaway! I just love the idea behind it. And it’s such a great way to discover new poets.


  6. I would love to be entered in the drawing for these books. I think I’m a bit more than half in love with them already, just from the excerpts you’ve posted here. lucindyl at hotmail dot com


  7. Yes please enter me into this opportunity to read a book from a third daughter who is the Mom of three daughters (almost).
    I live in Blue Ridge Mountains of VA and this sounds like a poetry book that will resonate with me.



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