Scan through the archives of carp(e) libris reviews and you’ll find quite a selection of poetry. As I learn more and more about poetry, and as we learn to have a deeper appreciation for it through reviews and giveaways, I’m refining my tastes in the craft a little more with each book. The Opposite of Clairvoyance holds something of a blend of strength of voice and gentleness of spirit that I keep finding myself drawn into. Gillian Wegener’s selection of poems in her new book (published by Sixteen Rivers Press) covers a multitude of subjects that keep continuity through Wegener’s unique voice and musical rhythm. I often wonder how poetry would sound when read aloud by the poet, and this book is no exception.

Whether you’re a nature lover, someone who gains solace from reading heartbreak, or a mom in love with her kids, you’ll find something to relate to in The Opposite of Clairvoyance. But don’t make the mistake of thinking this poetry is cotton candy and tulips. There is a power to the voice as well as an edge, and many of the poems have an undercurrent of longing or reveal a disappointment in life. Regardless of the topic, each one ends leaving the reader to pause and reflect. For me, this is one of the main reasons to read a poem – reflection, either on the positive or negative aspects in life, and possibly the hope that the poet feels the same way we do, expressing it in ways we never thought to attempt.

To win your own autographed copy of The Opposite of Clairvoyance, read on.

3 Ways to Win:

1.) Leave a comment telling me what you look for when choosing poetry. Do you like something you can relate to? Easy to understand? Or do you like something more abstract? Have fun with your comment! Winners are randomly chosen, but if the name drawn doesn’t respond, I choose the next winner by comment.
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3.) Blog about this giveaway on your blog with a link back to this post. Come back and leave me a Comment with a link to your blog post.
Do all three, and you’ve got three entries to win! You have until midnight EST on Monday, September 1, 2008, to enter.


  1. Sounds interesting!
    Thanks for this great contest prize!

  2. Constance Spanios

    Every once in awhile I find myself in the mood for poetry. It’s usually when something has happenned that has touched my heart, and I can’t seem to find the meaning for it, so I look for meaning in written words… between Psalms and poetry, I often find my answer somehow. I look for things that relate to what I am experiencing, and I find new and different perspectives. Words can be very hurtful, but they can also be very soothing and healing, as well. This would be a nice “after bath with a glass of wine” book!!!!

  3. My poetry choice is definitely about something with which I can relate. I enjoy realistic portrayal of scenes, feelings and events. This type of reading soothes my heart and soul.

  4. I enjoy poetry that makes me think and stirs emotions in me! Any emotions!

  5. I like the one that depicts love suffering or yearning, or erotic one.


  6. I am eclectic in the poetry that I read depending on my mood at the time. Sometimes, relating to the poetry is important and other times I need the challenge of the abstract and more to think about. You find the most unique and interesting books. Please enter me in your drawing. Thanks, Cindi

  7. I like beautiful prose, and haikus. Great giveaway, thanks!

  8. i read poetry that friends tell me about. well, that friends insist i read.

  9. Hello-
    For me poetry has to be passionate and have a strong sense of direction. I love double entendre, and love poems especially.

  10. I write poetry.

    I choose poetry whih touches me. Which makes me think.It can be abstract, it an be specific. I can read any kind depending on my mood.

    Do count me in!

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  12. I like long poems that tell a story!

  13. I look for poetry that “speaks” to me and gets me thinking. I like poetry that helps me to find the beauty all around us and the true meaning of life. I also like funny poetry. Silly poetry is fun sometimes to read with the kids.

    Thank you for the giveaway. I am also a subscriber.

  14. I wish that someone would write me some love poetry. My husband is so unromantic.

  15. I prefer poetry that 1) rhymes, 2) scans, and 3) makes sense. These days, I’ll settle for two out of the three.

  16. I love reading soft poetry!

  17. Not a big fan of poetry, but can change.

  18. I generally like poetry that evokes images and thoughts for me. It’s usually abstract and leaves me not completely sure what the author’s meaning is. When reading poetry to the kids though, it’s all about silliness and rhymes.

  19. Ilove fun poetry…easy to understand and something I can read to my grandkids

  20. I love poetry, especially inspirational.

  21. Poetry that is a mystery after the first reading, which takes thought to crack, is what I like.

  22. When choosing poetry, I kind of skim through first, to get a sense of what sort of poetry it is. The more “I, me, I” self-centered it is, the less I’m apt to choose it. Plus, the best poetry has actual rhythm to it, and not just arbitrary indents and sentence breaks like it was done by a mad word processor!

  23. I like poetry that soothes me.

  24. Oooh, I love poetry, so would really enjoy a chance to read this book.

    For me, poetry is all about the presentation and the topic. If the author chooses a boring topic but can portray it in a beautiful light I can still be drawn in. The language and way it is put together is what really syncs it all together.

  25. Sounds interesting!

  26. I look for poetry that is dramatic and different – not the typical subject matter.

  27. poetry is music to my ears!

  28. Christine Mitchell

    When reading poetry, I look for something that flows well and is easy to read. Also something that I can relate to, but if the words used are too confusing to me I have to look in a dictionary to understand, even if I relate to it, I’m not going to enjoy it because I can’t just sit and enjoy reading it.

    Thanks :)

  29. Poetry to me is all about arranging words in patterns that evoke something in the reader, either beauty, passion, emotion, or simply appreciation for the talent and skill behind the form. Narrative should do the same, but poetry should do it with the barest economy of words. That’s what I look for in poetry books.

  30. I look for poetry with emotion, something that moves me.

  31. Count me in please!!

  32. Reading poetry relaxes me at the end of a long day. I hope to win.

  33. poetry makes me feel alive

  34. I look for subjects in poetry that I’m interested in. It is usually life and love.

  35. I look for poety that is inspirational yet easy to read.

  36. Count me in

  37. I like poetry that “sounds pretty”!

  38. I love poetry that has meaning, someonething with alot of feeling, and its nice to sometimes read stuff i feel I can relate to

  39. hi
    good luck

  40. hi
    good luck