Monday, August 1, 2011

Poetry Giveaway: The Hallelujah Hour by Judson Simmons

I’m happy to announce that we will be giving away a copy of The Hallelujah Hour by Judson Simmons. If you haven’t read this beautiful poetry collection yet, here’s your chance.

The Hallelujah Hour was published by Amsterdam Press and won 3rd place for the Flip Kelly Poetry Prize 2008. You can find Amsterdam Press on Facebook and visit their Etsy store for a full list of titles.

Judson and I first crossed paths at Sarah Lawrence College’s M.F.A. program. It is always wonderful to hear good news about my classmates. Congratulations, Judson!

The longing and precision in these poems held my attention immediately. The narrator in the poems, in the first person (singular or plural) or the second, accompanies the reader into a world with both a telescope and microscope. The importance of each small detail is magnified as the narrator draws connections to the larger universe.  

Don’t take my word for it. Read examples of Judson’s work online, starting with two poems from Homestead Review or one from Evergreen Review.

To win your copy:
Share something you love about writing or reading poetry. You can post your comment below or on our Facebook group page. 

Deadline: Tuesday, August 2nd at midnight EST. The winner will be randomly chosen (names will be literally put into a hat and one will be chosen) and announced on Wednesday, August 3rd.

Looking forward to hearing from you!


ninecentgirl said...

Words float from the heavens or
shoot up from the earth
Words blossom big as a sunflower
or tiny as a bluet
Words are gifted to the young and old alike
So… when words arrive
Write! Write! Write!

Chloe Yelena Miller said...

Awesome, Ninecentgirl!

Amy said...

What I love about reading poetry is how carefully each word is chosen to convey a tone and tell a story. It can be more challenging than zipping through a prose piece, but worth the extra effort of slowing down and contemplating the language.

Chloe Yelena Miller said...

So true, Amy!

Chloe Yelena Miller said...

Thanks to Hila for participating on the FB Writing Coach page: Being transported to another planet that is both far away and our own.

Becca said...

Poetry allows the reader to look at life through a different lens. I love the way poets can take an ordinary moment, object, or activity, and illuminate it with words so the reader sees it from completely new angles.

Chloe Yelena Miller said...

That's beautiful, Becca!

Melabee M Miller said...

Poetry lets your heart beat freely.

Chloe Yelena Miller said...

Thanks, Melabee! The best part about this contest is that everyone is responding so, well, poetically.