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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

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Larry D. Thomas: "Goldfish"

The VPR Poem of the Week is “Goldfish” by Larry D. Thomas, which appeared in the Fall/Winter 2002-2003 issue (Volume IV, Number 1) of Valparaiso Poetry Review.

Larry D. Thomas has had five collections of poetry published. His first book of poems, The Lighthouse Keeper (Timberline Press, 2000), was selected as a pick by the Small Press Review. Amazing Grace was awarded the Texas Review Poetry Prize and published by Texas Review Press in 2001. The Woodlanders (Pecan Grove Press, 2002) received a Violet Crown Book Awards Citation from the Writers’ League of Texas, and Where Skulls Speak Wind (Texas Review Press, 2004) won the Texas Review Poetry Award and the Violet Crown Book Award. Timberline Press published Stark Beauty in 2005, and it was the First Runner-Up for the 2006 Western Heritage Award.

His poetry also has appeared in numerous literary journals and magazines, including Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, Christian Science Monitor, The Journal of the American Medical Association, Louisiana Literature, Midwest Quarterly, Poet Lore, Puerto del Sol, Southwest Review, Texas Review and Webster Review. Readers can listen to Larry D. Thomas reading his poetry at a page on his website. Most recently, he has been chosen the 2008 Texas Poet Laureate.

Tuesday of each week “One Poet’s Notes” highlights an exceptional work by a poet selected from the archives of Valparaiso Poetry Review with the recommendation that readers revisit it. Please check the sidebar to view the list of poets and works that have been past “Poem of the Week” selections. Additionally, readers are reminded that VPR pages are best read with the browser font preference in which they were set, 12 pt. Times New Roman, in order to guarantee the stanza alignment and the breaks of longer lines are preserved.

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