Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Big Poetry Giveaway 2013 (updated with a sample poem from Ai)

Just realized today is the deadline to participate in this year's Big Poetry Giveaway, so here we go:

My name is Shawnte Orion and I am an Arizona poet who has participated in this blogaway for the past few years.

This year I will be giving away Ai's "Cruelty/Killing Floor"


Husband, for a while, after I shoot you,
I don't touch your body,
I just cool it with my paper fan,
the way I used to on hot nights,
as the moon rises, chip of avocado

and finally, too bored to stay any longer,
I search your pockets, finding a few coins.
I slip your hand under my skirt
and rub it against my chili-red skin,
then I put on your black boots.
I stick the gun in my waistband,
two beaded combs in my hair.

I never cost much,
but tonight, with a gun, your boots...

I haven't yet found a publisher for my first book of poems, so instead I will be giving away one of my copies of the current Thin Air Magazine, which I recently blogged about (at least it contains one of my poems, "Kentucky Freud Chicken").

To enter just leave a comment below (with some way to contact you).


  1. Ooo! Enter me!

    Hooray for poetry giveaways!!


  2. Surely, Allyson!

    ...and you've got to like your chances.

  3. Hi Shawnte- Happy Poetry Month and please include me in your draw!
    If you would like to check out the scribbling of my muses’s scribe, recent posts are on facebook 'Alexandra J Cornwell - Poet'. Last September I discovered the fun of 'drabbles' (100-word microfiction also on facebook at 'Byron Short Fiction 'Drabble' Writers'). I am finding inspiration in applying that format to non-fiction historical and current affairs topics. I suppose poetry it has been my way of blogging, though I’ve been inspired by looking through this great range of poetry blogs to getting my own happening (The Drabble Writer’s Table ) and also get on with getting organized to publish some of my scribbles properly. Plan to 'play it forward' next year! - Alexandra

  4. Please add me to the drawing. Thanks!


  5. makes for a better drawing, when there are more entrants than prizes. Thank you for playing along.