“Endless Summer” by Kelli Russell Agodon

Endless Summer

We can forgive lightning,
a god of fire reaching a pale arm

into the trees, searching for something
dropped in a carpet of green.

It’s not so easy to forgive the careless
smoker flicking his cigarette behind him,

the woman burning love notes
near her tent. Somehow we want them

to know better, to crush a cigarette
until it falls apart, read the signs–

Banned: fireworks, campfires, propane
stoves, floating lanterns. At night,

when the woods glow orange,
the deer believe they can be saved

by wading into the river to let fire burn
past them. But everything boils

as firefighters wander forests. There is
never enough to drink, never enough talk

about leaving and this summer stretches on
like birdsong, a wildfire cry–

dry, dry, dry. We’ve already lost three.
We wonder what fall will bring, if rain

will appear, if winter snow will cover
the branches where flame once did.

—Kelli Russell Agodon

“Endless Summer,” by Kelli Russell Agodon. Used by permission of the author. Read more of Kelli Russell Agodon’s work at agodon.com

National Poetry Month: Big Poetry Giveaway 2014

2014 Poetry Giveaway
I’m participating in The Big Poetry Giveaway for 2014.

Poet Kelli Russell Agodon started a wonderful tradition for National Poetry Month: The Big Poetry Giveaway. Because really, who doesn’t love getting something for free? And to me, National Poetry Month is all about putting poetry into people’s hands.

So,  I’m giving away two copies of my book, Every Dress a Decision, and two of my current favorite collection, Kim-An Lieberman’s In Orbit.

Cover of In Orbit

        Every Dress a Decision cover

Here’s how to participate in the Big Poetry Giveaway

If you’d like to be entered to win In Orbit or Every Dress a Decision, please use the comments section of this post to leave:

1. Your name and email address

2. Which title you’d like to win


Do this by midnight (Hawaii time), April 30, 2014.  I’ll randomly choose FOUR lucky winners the week of May 1, 2014 and will mail a book to each winner. Remember, if you don’t leave me your email address, I won’t be able to let you know you won.

And if you have a blog, and want to participate in The Big Poetry Giveaway 2014 and send (at least) two books of poems out into the world, learn more about that here.