Other blogs participating in the giveway will be listed online shortly.
But first, let me introduce myself as I have a feeling that there are going to be a number of new faces around here.
I write poetry and fiction with primarily a speculative bent. Images of fairy tales, mythology, and folklore often appear in my work, sometimes in unsettling ways. Some of my poetry has appeared in print and online publications and a few of my poems have been nominated for awards. I also on the rare occasion attend open mics and poetry slams where I perform my work in front of actual people.
Beyond the writing life, I am trying to convince myself that I’ll someday run a marathon. I also watch an inordinate amount of creepy television and horror movies, plan for the zombie apocalypse even though I’m not convinced it will happen, and shower my nieces and nephews in love.
Ahem, moving on…
I don’t have any of my own work to offer this year, but I am happy to present two chapbooks from two poets I love.
Southern Cryptozoology: A Field Guide to Beasts of the Southern Wild by Allie Marini delves into beautifully unsettling territory, as these poems present (possibly mythological) creatures that live and hunt in the Southern states of the U.S. (Cover art is by MANDEM.)
“Then the kegger at the party rock: furred & scaled & unexplainable,
grunting, tossing tires from a cliff as though they were rings in a carnival shillâ€™s booth. Suddenly, chaos, the squeal & stink of rubber on dirt & asphalt. There are rumblings of LSD in the keg: Thereâ€™s got to be some natural explanation.”
â€” from “Southern Cryptozoology 4: The Lake Worth Monster,” in Southern Cryptozoology
A Heart with No Scars by Brennan â€œB Deepâ€ DeFrisco is a witty set of poems with layered messages examining how we relate to the world around us and to each other. Brennan is an amazing spoken word poet and his words will hit you right in the feels. (Cover art is byÂ Arthur Johnstone and Livien Yin.)
How to Enter
To enter, just comment on this post with your name and email address byÂ 11:59 p.m. Pacific on April 30th. I will select the winners shortly thereafter usingÂ a random number generator.