I could swear that I posted this last night (maybe things are catching up to me after all!), but it’s not here now. So, again, the Kindle version of my new book, A Rough Deliverance: Collected Poems 1983-2013, is now free (its usual price is $2.99), and will be through this Sunday, 11/24. I’d love to have as many people as possible read it now that I’ve finally put it together. If you do pick it up, it would be especially helpful if you would leave a review on its Amazon page (or anywhere else, really!).
For something of a preview, you can read a few of the poems in some of my recent posts here. The poems are about things like love, music, AIDS (and losing someone I loved to it), travel, God, suicide, alcoholism, chance encounters, sex, ambition, hope, and many other things–I’ve had a lot to think, and write, about in the past thirty years.
Here’s the link again. I hope that I’m not dreaming that I’m posting this one too!
The Kindle version of Holding Breath: A Memoir of AIDS’ Wildfire Days will be FREE starting at about midnight Pacific Time tonight, until midnight on Sunday, 9/15. At the moment, the book has a rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars from twenty customer reviews on Amazon; if you do read it, additional (honest) reviews are more than welcome! The regular price for the ebook version is $3.99.
Yes, Holding Breath is a “book about AIDS”, but beyond that it’s a love story, as well as an evocative portrait of New York City in the late 1980’s. As one reviewer put it, it’s “a memoir of the last days of the 1980’s that is tender, desperate, loving, searching, and quietly profound. Holding Breath is the best of what indie published books can be. It is raw, natural and unabashedly lyrical.”
I’ll be posting a reminder of the promotion here in the morning, but in the meantime here’s the book’s Amazon link, if you’d like to take a look and read more reviews:
I just want to let people know that the Kindle edition of Holding Breath: A Memoir of AIDS’ Wildfire Days, is FREE today (Friday, 3/1) through Sunday on Amazon.com. Here’s the link to the page again:
If you do read it, reviews on the Amazon page and/or Goodreads (or anywhere else you can slip one in 🙂 ) are always helpful and appreciated.
Someone who came across, read, and really liked Holding Breath suggested that I do one of Goodread.com’s book giveaways. (His name is Tom Harvey, and he’s written a memoir called, The Eighties: A Bitchen Time to Be a Teenager!; I haven’t had a chance to read it yet but it’s got a huge following and a lot of excellent reviews on Amazon.com, and it’s next on my list.)
Anyway, I’d thought of doing a giveaway, but–lackadaisical as always–I hadn’t gotten around to looking into the details until Tom suggested it.
The giveaway listing went up on the Goodreads site today. Four print copies of Holding Breath: A Memoir of AIDS’ Wildfire Days are available, and at the end of the promotion (which ends on Valentine’s Day) I’ll be sending them out to the four winners.
If you’d like to enter the giveaway for the book, go to:
and sign up. You can also look at and enter to win a lot of other great books there.
(Of course, if you just can’t wait until after Valentine’s Day to read Holding Breath, you can go to its Amazon.com page and buy the Kindle or print version:
You might also want to check out Tom Harvey’s book at: