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Poetry From Paradise Valley

Pecan Grove Press has released an anthology of poems, a sampling of works published in Valparaiso Poetry Review during its first decade, from the original 1999-2000 volume to the 2009-2010 volume.

Poetry from Paradise Valley includes a stellar roster of 50 poets. Among the contributors are a former Poet Laureate of the United States, a winner of the Griffin International Prize, two Pulitzer Prize winners, two National Book Award winners, two National Book Critics Circle winners, six finalists for the National Book Award, four finalists for the National Book Critics Circle Award, two finalists for the Pulitzer Prize, and a few dozen recipients of other honors, such as fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, etc.

Readers are encouraged to visit the Poetry from Paradise Valley page at the publisher's web site, where ordering information about the book can be found.

Best Books of Indiana 2011: Finalist. Judges' Citation: "Poetry from Paradise Valley is an excellent anthology that features world-class poetry, including the work of many artists from the Midwest, such as Jared Carter, Annie Finch, David Baker, and Allison Joseph. It’s an eclectic and always interesting collection where poems on similar themes flow into each other. It showcases the highest caliber of U. S. poetry."
—Indiana Center for the Book, Indiana State Library

Friday, May 18, 2007

Robert Penn Warren: "The Nature of a Mirror"

The spring semester has now ended, but the previous post referencing Robert Penn Warren reminded me of something students in my Twentieth-Century Poetry class brought to my attention this year. During the course I would play audio clips of the poets reading their works, and my students seemed fascinated by an ability to link the written words in their books with the actual sound of the poet’s voice, especially when the speaker’s tone or accent struck them as distinctive. Therefore, I’d like to offer occasionally an opportunity to listen as poets present their own lines, and it only appears appropriate to start with Warren reading “The Nature of a Mirror” at the website for the Academy of American Poets. The accompanying image comes from the commemorative postal stamp issued in 2005 on the 100th anniversary of Warren’s birth.

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