A Poet and Editor's Recommended Readings or Responses to Poetry, Fiction, Criticism, and Related Arts
POETRY FROM PARADISE VALLEY
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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.
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
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Mail a check (payable: "Edward Byrne") to Edward Byrne, English Department, Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, IN 46383
Dark Refuge (Whale Sound, 2011)
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Dark Refuge, a sequence of poems in an audio chapbook and online text, is now available for free, as well as an mp3 recording, e-book copy, and pdf file of the poetry. A print edition of the book and a cd may also be ordered.
Best Books of Indiana 2011: Finalist. Judges' Citation:"As the title implies, [Seeded Light] includes many poems where nature plays an important part. An emphasis on human relationships intertwines with natural description to give these poems philosophical and emotional depths. Byrne brings to life an old family farm gone fallow, a visit to an inn where the speaker spent his honeymoon, and Lester Young playing tenor sax." —Indiana Center for the Book, Indiana State Library
" ... is memorial and social, scenic and intimate ..." —David Baker
" ... offers abundant evidence of a mind’s alertness to the world of nature and to modern urban reality ..." —Alfred Corn
"... as mysterious and elusive as the permutations of light and shadow for which Byrne has such a canny eye ... subtly virtuosic displays of rhyme, alliteration, and assonance ..." —Frank Wilson The Philadelphia Inquirer
"Rich, shaded, and subtle in texture, with second lines often bleeding into the next couplet, these open couplets expand meaning, encouraging the reader to follow." —Zara Raab Poemeleon
"... there is always light, from the slimmest of glimmers to full moony illumination, and it is that light, seeded throughout, that we will remember, long after we close the pages and turn off the lamp." —Barbara Crooker Rattle
"The liveliness of any art, Byrne implicitly and convincingly argues, depends on union of emotion and intellect, design and accident." —Lesley Wheeler The Adirondack Review
“These poems take readers on very human journeys through translucent landscapes where the world is in some way in balance, or in touch, with what we are. They especially lend themselves to meditative reading, and their gift is a sense of deepened understanding of and participation in the natural world.” —Janet McCann Yanaguana Literary Review
"What makes Byrne's poems memorable is his control of plain language that serves as a guiding light." —JL Kato Tipton Poetry Journal
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Seeded Light (Turning Point Books, 2010) is Edward Byrne's sixth collection of poetry. The refined poems of this volume invite the reader into a spacious world . . .
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Edward Byrne is the author of eight collections of poetry, most recently a trilogy of volumes: TIDAL AIR (Pecan Grove Press, 2002), SEEDED LIGHT (Turning Point Books, 2010), and TINTED DISTANCES (Turning Point Books,2011). DARK REFUGE (2011), an audio chapbook offering a sequence of poems from AUTISM: A POEM, is available from Whale Sound. He has also edited two anthologies of poetry, including POETRY FROM PARADISE VALLEY (Pecan Grove Press, 2010). In addition, his essays of literary criticism have been published in various journals and book collections, including MARK STRAND (Chelsea House Publishers), edited by Harold Bloom; A CONDITION OF THE SPIRIT: THE LIFE AND WORK OF LARRY LEVIS (Eastern Washington University Press), edited by Christopher Buckley and Alexander Long; “Claudia Emerson: Literary Criticism” in POETRY FOR STUDENTS (Thomson Gale Publishing), edited by Ira Mark Milne; and DAVID BOTTOMS: CRITICAL ESSAYS AND INTERVIEWS (McFarland & Co.), edited by William Walsh. He is a professor in the English Department at Valparaiso University, where he serves as editor of VALPARAISO POETRY REVIEW and co-editor of VALPARAISO FICTION REVIEW.
Valparaiso Poetry Review presents poems, interviews, and essays by new, emerging, or well-known poets, including Sherman Alexie, David Baker, John Balaban, Walter Bargen, Claire Bateman, J.P. Dancing Bear, Jared Carter, Billy Collins, Mark Conway, Peter Cooley, Alfred Corn, Barbara Crooker, Kwame Dawes, Cornelius Eady, Lynnell Edwards, W.D. Ehrhart, Claudia Emerson, Bernardine Evaristo, Patricia Fargnoli, Annie Finch, Daisy Fried, Jeff Friedman, Carol Frost, Brendan Galvin, Reginald Gibbons, David Graham, Jonathan Holden, T.R. Hummer, Colette Inez, Gray Jacobik, Allison Joseph, Adrianne Kalfopoulou, Julia Kasdorf, David Kirby, Dorianne Laux, Laurence Lieberman, Frannie Lindsay, Diane Lockward, Rachel Loden, William Matthews, Walt McDonald, Alicia Ostriker, Elise Paschen, Kevin Pilkington, Stanley Plumly, Rochelle Ratner, Sherod Santos, Margot Schilpp, Vivian Shipley, Beth Simon, Jeffrey Skinner, Floyd Skloot, Dave Smith, Kate Sontag, Barry Spacks, Virgil Suarez, Catherine Tufariello, Brian Turner, Ingrid Wendt, Charles Wright, and many more.
BOOK REVIEWS IN VPR
Valparaiso Poetry Review contains other book reviews and essays on various poets, including Maggie Anderson, David Baker, John Balaban, Linda Bierds, Elizabeth Bishop, Marianne Boruch, David Bottoms, Jericho Brown, Jared Carter, Sharon Dolin, Rita Dove, Lynnell Edwards, Claudia Emerson, B.H. Fairchild, Patricia Fargnoli, Beth Ann Fennelly, Ann Fisher-Wirth, Jeff Friedman, Carol Frost, Brendan Galvin, Jorie Graham, Zbigniew Herbert, Brenda Hillman, Janet Holmes, Cathy Park Hong, Donald Justice, Adrianne Kalfopoulou, Ilya Kaminsky, Mary Karr, Ted Kooser, Philip Levine, Larry Levis, Rachel Loden, William Matthews, Campbell McGrath, Susan Mitchell, Gregory Orr, Michael Palmer, Sherod Santos, Vivian Shipley, William Stafford, Mark Strand, Brian Turner, Charles Wright, and others. Pages for these can be located in the archives section of VPR.
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Authors and publishers are invited to submit review copies of recent books to the following address:Edward Byrne - Editor, Department of English, Valparaiso University, Valparaiso IN 46383-6493
Selected Poets Reviewed at "One Poet's Notes" (use blog search for commentary on additional poets)
Each week One Poet's Notes will try to highlight work by a poet selected from the issues of Valparaiso Poetry Review. According to the children's rhyme, "Tuesday's child is full of grace." Therefore, graceful poems from VPR's issues will be featured on Tuesdays except when other posts with news or updates preempt the usual appearance of this item.