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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, July 10, 2009

Popcorn and Poetry: Dylan Thomas Film on DVD

Popcorn and poetry! Those readers looking for a summertime movie that involves a literary figure might be interested in the DVD release of The Edge of Love, a film about love and war, especially since it missed American theaters after it debuted last summer at the Edinburgh Film Festival. The film presents Matthew Rhys as Dylan Thomas in a story loosely based upon actual occurrences during World War II, when Thomas was caught between two loves, his old flame (portrayed by Keira Knightly in a singing role) and his wife (played by Sienna Miller), who also began a close relationship of their own. The plot is further complicated by the marriage of Knightly’s character to a soldier deployed at the battlefront, played by Cillian Murphy.

Tuesday, July 14, is the DVD release date for The Edge of Love. When it premiered, reviews for the film were mixed, but this production directed by John Maybury was widely praised for its atmospheric recreation of the historical period, as well as the locations in war-torn London and the countryside of Wales. In addition, the actors generally were lauded for their performances. I will avoid any spoilers, but the movie provides romance, drama, action, music, and the poetry of Dylan Thomas.

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