Giveaway: National Poetry Month ~ 3 Books, 2 Winners! $12-$28 {4.30; Worldwide} CLOSED

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Big Poetry Giveaway 2011

From our reviewer, Lauren of Hobo Mama:

We are pleased to be giving away three books of poetry in honor of National Poetry Month1 to two winners.

Both winners will receive a copy of my own book, Poetry of a Hobo Mama, by Lauren Wayne, which focuses on the realities of attachment parenting, and the grand prize winner will also receive Rose, a lovely collection by Li-Young Lee.

The Big Poetry Giveaway 2011 is hosted by Kelli Russell Agodon of Book of Kells, and NPN is happy to be participating! The idea is to give away at least one book of your own poetry and one book from a favorite poet.

Read more about each of our selections below, and then enter to win by leaving a comment! (See the Win It! section for details.)

Poetry of a Hobo Mama, by Lauren Wayne

Poetry of a Hobo Mama front coverPoetry of a Hobo Mama is a collection of parenting poems I wrote from the time we were preparing for Mikko through watching him grow to three years old. I consciously included poems that spoke of our natural parenting journey — breastfeeding, the family bed, and natural birth among them.

And, yes, that is a picture of newborn Mikko and me nursing in public on the front cover!

It would be odd if I reviewed my own book of poetry, so fortunately Lucy of Dreaming Aloud did that for me:

“Divided into sections: Prepare, Emerge, Hope, Trust, Enjoy, this collection of poems follows the personal journey of one mother, through her first three years of motherhood. Poignant and real, told with honesty and a wonderfully wry sense of humour she shares: the rawness and longing of miscarriage; the practicality of planned conception; the desolation of death; a celebration of pregnant voluptuousness; the claustrophobia of new motherhood. As well as natural parenting topics which may never have been poemified in the whole of human history: elimination communication, sling-wearing and co-sleeping!

“Lauren identifies the oceanic feelings of mothering, the strange paradox of total togetherness and yet total separateness of mother and foetus that only a woman who has carried a baby in her belly can begin to understand. The poems provoke a stab in the heart and gut of visceral recognition.”

You can read selected poems at Lucy’s post (“Mothers are never alone”) and at my blogs:

And here’s another breastfeeding one for your poetic pleasure:

Glorious letdown

A shock
a spark
arcing from brain to breast
and back

A tingle
an instinct
to clutch and release
at once

Rose, by Li-Young Lee

Rose by Li-Young LeeI was privileged to hear Li-Young Lee read some of his poetry and was especially captivated by glimpses into his family life and marriage, such as his poem “Braiding” from Rose:

We two sit on our bed, you
between my legs, your back to me, your head
slightly bowed, that I may brush and braid
your hair. My father
did this for my mother,
just as I do for you. One hand
holds the hem of your hair, the other
works the brush. Both hands climb
as the strokes grow
longer, until I use not only my wrists,
but my arms, then my shoulders, my whole body
rocking in a rower’s rhythm, a lover’s
even time, as the tangles are undone,
and brush and bare hand run the thick,
fluent length of your hair, whose wintry scent
comes, a faint, human musk.

It was hard to choose a “favorite” poet to share with you, but it was easy to think of a whole list of favorites, and I’m very pleased to give away one of Lee’s beautiful books of poetry.2


You can purchase Poetry of a Hobo Mama, by Lauren Wayne, at Amazon for the base price of $11.99 and eligible for Free Super Saver Shipping (also available on international Amazon sites and for $9.99 on Kindle), Barnes & Noble (currently $8.63 and eligible for free shipping), and CreateSpace, where you can use this coupon for 20% off:

Save 20% off the cover price at CreateSpace
with coupon code SAP84AYJ
(limited time only)

You can purchase Rose, by Li-Young Lee, at Amazon ($10.54 and eligible for free Super Saver Shipping) and Barnes & Noble ($14.92 and eligible for free shipping).


For your own chance to win up to two poetry books, enter in the comments OR Google form below! Contest is open worldwide.

The grand prize winner will win BOTH Poetry of a Hobo Mama, by Lauren Wayne, and Rose, by Li-Young Lee.

The second-place winner will receive Poetry of a Hobo Mama.

MAIN ENTRY: Simply leave a comment! Yes, it’s that easy.

Leave a valid email address in your comments (the line where it says “email address”) so we can contact you if you win. Email addresses are not made publicly visible.

We are trying out offering a Google form in place of requiring comments for giveaway entries. You may enter either way or both (but no duplicating entries, please). The Google form is available at this link or embedded into the post below. (You can update with Tweets/status updates by simply resubmitting the form as needed.)

BONUS ENTRIES, to increase your chance of winning (leave a separate comment for each so we can count them all, or use the Google form for easier entry — find the relevant links below):

  • Tell us one of your favorite poets.
  • Link to a poem you love online — your own or someone else’s — so we can all enjoy it.
  • Join us in the April Poem a Day Challenge. Yes, it’s all right if you’re starting partway through the month! Just jump in and say you are.
  • Tell us whether you prefer the Google form or comment entry system and why.
  • Subscribe to Natural Parents Network in a reader or by email (1 entry for each).
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  • Follow @NatParNet on Twitter and leave your Twitter name in the comment.
  • Follow @Hobo_Mama on Twitter and leave your Twitter name in the comment.
  • Tweet about this giveaway (up to 5 times total, at least 24 hours apart). You can tweet this text: #Win a book of #poems for National #Poetry Month in a @NatParNet & @Hobo_Mama #giveaway! {4.30, Worldwide}
  • Like Natural Parents Network on Facebook.
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  • Post this giveaway on your Facebook page or wall and leave the link (up to 5 times total, at least 24 hours apart). You can use this status update: Let’s celebrate National Poetry Month! Win up to 2 parenting-friendly poetry books from @Hobo Mama and @Natural Parents Network. Contest ends April 30 and is open WORLDWIDE.
    Be sure to attach the contest URL to your update! (This is not part of the update text!)
  • Enter another of the giveaways on Natural Parents Network or Hobo Mama’s current giveaways (1 extra entry per giveaway — check back for more).
  • Put the Natural Parents Network badge on your website or add to your text blogroll for 2 extra entries each. The HTML code for the badge is in the sidebar. Leave your site URL in the comment.
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  • Contest open worldwide.
  • If you are commenting, leave each entry as a separate comment so we can count them all. If you are using the Google form, you may resubmit it for additional entries like Tweeting and updating on Facebook as needed.
  • For actions like following and subscribing, if you already follow or subscribe, just let us know in your comment.
  • For tasks that garner you multiple entries, you can copy and paste the comment with a #1, #2, etc.
  • You don’t have to do any of the bonus entries, and since the mandatory one is so simple, any comment will count as your first entry.
  • We will pick the winner through after the contest closes and send an email notification. Leave a valid email address as you comment so we can contact you if you win. If we can’t reach a winner or don’t hear back within a couple days, we’ll draw a new name.
  • Any questions, let Lauren know: Lauren {at}
Contest closes April 30 at 11:59 p.m. PST.
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Lauren of Hobo Mama & FamilyLauren works and writes at home with her husband and their preschool son, Mikko, and another little one on the way. At Hobo Mama, Lauren blogs about natural and attachment parenting, breastfeeding, babywearing, cloth diapering, green living, and more. Lauren offers reviews and giveaways of natural parenting products at Hobo Mama Reviews and gives a behind-the scenes look at blogging and writing at Lauren co-hosts the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting and is the cofounder of Natural Parents Network.

  1. I realize this designation sounds U.S.-centric, but we’re just using the good excuse to celebrate poetry here! The contest is open WORLDWIDE.
  2. In fact, if you’re the lucky grand prize winner and you already have Rose, I’m willing to offer a different one instead!

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