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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, January 15, 2008

Walter Bargen: "Visual Appeal"

The VPR Poem of the Week is Walter Bargen’s “Visual Appeal,” which appeared in the Spring/Summer 2005 issue (Volume VI, Number 2) of Valparaiso Poetry Review.

Walter Bargen is the author of eleven collections of poetry, and he has had poems published widely in literary journals, including American Literary Review, Iowa Review, Missouri Review, New Letters, Pleiades, Poetry Northwest, River City, Seattle Review, Seneca Review, and Sycamore Review. Bargen’s most recent book of poems is Remedies for Vertigo (Cherry Grove Collections, 2006). The Feast, published by BkMk Press in 2004, won the 2005 William Rockhill Nelson Award from the Kansas City Star and the Writer’s Place. Other honors he has received include a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and the Chester H. Jones Poetry Prize. Last Tuesday, Governor Matt Blunt named Walter Bargen the first official Poet Laureate of Missouri.

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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