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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

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Top Ten List for "One Poet's Notes"

As a glimpse at the archive totals in the sidebar on this page will indicate, with this week’s entries “One Poet’s Notes” has moved beyond the first 100 posts to the blog. In my Thanksgiving message I outlined the growth in readership and the many rewarding responses received from readers since the initiation of “One Poet’s Notes” in mid-January. Once again, I thank readers of Valparaiso Poetry Review and “One Poet’s Notes” for their continuing support and encouragement.

Additionally, in a brief look back at the recent issues, literary topics, news articles, poets, poems, and reviews included or discussed during the first 100 posts to “One Poet’s Notes,” I have been pleased to notice readers’ interest in a wide array of entries, measured by the site meter statistics of viewers’ entry pages and frequently visited items, as well as the most popular subjects sought by those entering the blog through web search engines.

Therefore, as a re-introduction and an invitation to new readers who would like to browse through those most visited pages of the past posts on “One Poet’s Notes,” I submit the following “top ten list” of titles viewed (determined solely according to frequency figures) by users of “One Poet’s Notes” beyond the usual entry points of the blog’s main page or the most recently posted item.

1. Theodore Roethke: “My Papa’s Waltz”
2. John Ashbery: “Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror”
4. Charles Wright: SCAR TISSUE
5. Elizabeth Bishop: The Poet’s Voice
6. Philip Levine: BREATH
7. Veterans Day: Brian Turner’s “Here, Bullet”
8. Ellen Bryant Voigt: MESSENGER: NEW AND SELECTED POEMS 1976-2006
9. James Dickey: “The Firebombing”
10. Major Jackson: HOOPS

In addition to visiting these popular pages, I urge readers to browse through the archives of the first 100 posts to “One Poet’s Notes” and discover other items they might find interesting and deserving of renewed attention.


Christopher Dickey said...

As the author's son and a war correspondent, I'm pleased to see "The Firebombing" included on this list and in one of your other posts. Readers may be interested in this link to an essay I wrote back in 2003 linking the Iraq war, as I then saw it, with World War II as my father had seen it: http://www.clemson.edu/caah/cedp/Dickey/Dickey_Firebombings.pdf

More recently, I've experimented with similar juxtapositions in another long essay looking at the question of imagination and terrorism in the context of "The Sharks' Parlor":

And most recently in a column for Newsweek that draws parallels between the macho obsessions of "Deliverance" the the mindset of the Bush administration:

Best regards,
Christopher Dickey

Edward Byrne said...


Thank you for your comments and for directing readers to these supplemental essays you've written relating your father's work to contemporary situations and concerns.

I appreciate very much your contribution. I trust it will further contemplation and enhance renewed evaluation of your father's fine poetry, perhaps even instigate future discussions of James Dickey among viewers at "One Poet's Notes" as well.

Therefore, I highly recommend readers visit the web pages you've listed, where they will discover the additional information and intimate insight you are able to provide.

Thanks, again.