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Flowers for the Poets

You probably know that a poetry book tour took me to me to a number of places around the country. I appreciated every moment of travel and all the people I met along the way.

Now that I’m back home for a bit, I wondered what a poetry reading would look like on Twitter. How does one give a poetry reading on Twitter? What do we poets do there?

Susan Rich, Kelli Agodon, January O’Neill, D.A. Powell, Collin Kelley, and Aimee Nezhukumatathil agreed to join me (Deborah Ager) in a poetry reading/party online in front of all who care to join. On the basis of their agreement to join me, I can attest to their adventurous natures.

The Twitter Poet Party may be nothing like a reading. You will not be at a college in a comfortable seat or in a bar with a beer. You will not get extra credit for attending. You might be at home in a comfortable seat with a beer. That could be good, right? You don’t have to wear shoes. You don’t have to talk to anyone. To communicate, you will have to type. If you have a sexy voice, it will do you no good. You can lurk and people won’t think you’re weird, because no one has to know you’re lurking. Are you seeing the possibilities?

Please join Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Kelli Agodon, January O’Neill, D.A. Powell, Deborah Ager, Collin Kelley, and Susan Rich for this Twitter Poet Party. Follow the #poetparty hashtag. Ask questions. “Listen” to poems. Sunday, October 24 @ 9 pm ET. As you may know, a hashtag looks like this #poetparty and helps people focus on certain conversations on the constantly moving stream that is Twitter.

Oh! The flowers in the photo? They are for the poets, and they’ll never dry out.


To celebrate National Poetry month, several poetry bloggers agreed to offer free poetry books via their blogs. In most cases, the blogger poet offers one copy of their own book and one book belonging to a poet whose work they love — all free!

To enter your name, post a comment on any of the blogs below. Be sure to post your comment in the blog post about the contest in order to be considered.

Of course, we’re giving away free poetry books here at 32 Poems. Be sure to enter the contest. We’ll put all the names in a hat and pull out the winners.

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1. Book of Kells – Kelli Russell Agodon

2. Being Poetry – Erin Hollowell

3. The Alchemist’s Kitchen – Susan Rich

4. More Words – Amylia Grace

5. This Room Has a Ghost – Stephanie Goehring

6. One Man’s Trash – Justin Evans

7. Myself the only Kangaroo among the Beauty – Sandy Longhorn

8. A View From the Potholes – Marie Gauthier

9. Kristin Berkey-Abbott

10. One Poet’s Notes – Edward Byrne

11. Off the Page – Drew Myron

12. Put Words Together. Make Meaning. – Donna Vorreyer

13. Litwindowpane – Suzanne Frischkorn

14. Blogalicious – Diane Lockward

15. 58 Inches – Jessie Carty

16. Write on Water – Natalie Tyler

17. Sherry Chandler

18. Stars in my Sugar Bowl – Julie Bloss Kelsey

19. Movie Confessional – Lana Hechtman Ayers

20. Gigantic Sequins – Kimberly Ann Southwick

21. B.O.K (Surrogate blog) – Rachel Contreni Flynn

22. Advancing Poetry – Caroline M. Davies

23. Victoria Chang

24. Elsewhere: One Writer’s Travels – Matthew Thorburn

25. The Deep Middle – Benjamin Vogt

26. Alphabet Soup – Jama Rattigan

27. Both Fires – Molly Spencer

28. Supple Amounts – Ron Mohring

29. Writing Without Paper – Maureen

30. Sturgeon’s Law – Steve Schroeder

31. Everyday Bright – Jennifer Gresham

32. Portrait of a Sometimes Artist – Ronda Broatch

33. 32 Poems – Deborah Ager

34. Blue Positive – Martha Silano

35. Sunslick Starfish – Ching-In Chen

36. Improvisations – Mallery Koons

37. may i have a word with you – Evie Shockley

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