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big poetry giveaway 2014

I am giving away two books through the Big Poetry Giveaway 2014, part of April National Poetry Month and started by Kelli Russell Agodon (more information on Kelli and a link to her blog with details about participating bloggers).


–Anyone with a blog can giveaway 2 books of poems. (The first can be the blogger’s own poetry book. The second must be a book by a favorite poet.)
–Anyone can enter any or all of the giveaways.

Books will be mailed (at no cost to you) anywhere in the world, so leave a comment on my blog to enter (link is at the top of the page under the blog entry title). Also, visit Kelli’s blog for a list of all bloggers participating. You can enter each blogger’s giveaway!

The goal is to share our favorite poets with others as well as to visit different blogs and see who others are reading.

The giveaway runs through April 30th, 2014. The week of May 1, I will choose 2 winners through a random number generator and email you to let you know you have won.

**If you want to participate with your own blog, see Kelli’s site for information on how to sign up by Saturday, April 5, 2014!


I am giving away a copy of my chapbook, Theories of Rain.

Theories of Rain

Theories of Rain

From the book cover:

Lynn Pedersen is fascinated with science, and she often uses the images, facts and language of science as a vocabulary with which to explore other things, the nature of grief, parenthood, communication, the concept of distance. Here one finds Darwin, lunar impact craters, constellations, and poems about language, miscarriage, Michelangelo and Turner, middle age. There’s an incredible vitality in these poems and an abiding intelligence–of ther heart as well as the mind–that makes Theories of Rain a rich and complex collection. ~ Nancy Eimers



The second book is by Arlene Kim, What have you done to our ears to make us hear echoes? (Milkweed Editions)

I heard Arlene read at AWP 2013 in Boston. Her book takes the language of fairy tales and myths and weaves poems that address immigration, the family, the self, and the narratives we tell ourselves. A computer created the last poem in the book by taking the vocabulary of Arlene’s poems and reworking her language for a computer-generated poem that mimics the author’s syntax, grammar, and diction.


From Amazon:

In her stunning debut poetry collection, What have you done to our ears to make us hear echoes?, Arlene Kim confronts the ways in which language mythologizes memory and, thus, exiles us from our own true histories. Juxtaposing formal choices and dreamlike details, Kim explores the entangled myths that accompany the experience of immigration—the abandoned country known only through stories, the new country into which the immigrant family must wander ever deeper, and the numerous points where these narratives intertwine.

Sharing ground with Randall Jarrell’s later poems, and drawing on a dizzying array of sources—including Grimm’s Fairy Tales, Korean folklore, Turkish proverbs, Paul Celan, Anna Akhmatova, Antonin Dvorak’s letters, and the numerous fictions we script across the inscrutabilities of the natural world—Kim reveals how a homesickness for the self is universal. It is this persistent and incurable longing that drives us as we make our way through the dark woods of our lives, following what might or might not be a trail of breadcrumbs, discovering, finally, that “we are the only path.”


Happy poetry month!