Part of the Quarternote Chapbook Series from Sarabande BooksContents of a Minute gives us a look into the poetry of Josephine Jacobsen, celebrated poet. This 29-page collection is filled with recently discovered and previously unpublished poetry and is a great collection whether you’re just discovering Jacobsen’s work or you’re already a fan.

Jacobsen’s poetry is filled with depth and rhythm. If you’re new to poetry, I would suggest someone like Jacobsen for her ability to pull the reader into a scene without being confusing. This is not to say her poetry is simple–it is anything but. In fact, the subject matter often has dark undertones, speaking of death or longing. But it is not so heavy as to drag the reader down and leave them wallowing. There is something redeeming about the beautifully swaying beat and the unusual rhyming schemes in many of the works, such as in the poem Natural, one of the recently discovered. It is almost sung, and even if you’re not the poetry-spouting type, you may just find yourself trying to commit a fragment or two to memory for later.

Whether you’re a poetry buff or not, I encourage you to check out Jacobsen’s work. She won many awards in her lifetime, including the Robert Frost Medal for Lifetime Achievement in Poetry, the highest award a poet can hope for. If you’d like a copy for yourself, I have an extra one just for giving away.  Enter to win by midnight on Friday, June 20, 2008.

3 Ways to Win

1.) Leave a comment telling me something about your poetry reading habits. Do you ever read poetry, or is it something you’re hoping to try? (Something more than “I want this book” is kindly suggested.) If the randomly chosen winner doesn’t reply to my email telling them they’ve won, I often choose the #2 winner based on their comment.

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3.) or Blog about this giveaway on your blog with a link back.

If you do all three, you have three entries to win.


  1. Veronica Garrett

    I read a little poetry. I would like to read more and find some good poetry books. I read Poe’s poems.

  2. I’m interested in starting to read poetry. I just have to find the time to do so.

  3. I’m a fan of Edgar Allen Poe, but love to read and enjoy discovering new authors.

  4. I’ve always loved poetry, even as a child. I enjoy old-fashioned narrative poems, modern poetry, and haiku, among others. As an elementary school teacher and also a librarian, I loved sharing poetry with children. People who say they don’t like poetry just haven’t “found” their right poetry yet! Children are also so surprised when they learn that poetry doesn’t “have to ” rhyme! One favorite poem is “Keep a Poem In Your Pocket” by Beatrice Schenk de Regniers. I also love the poetry of Kali Dakos who writes about children and teachers, learning, and growing up.

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