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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, October 13, 2009

VPR Featured Poet: Charles Wright

The Fall/Winter 2009-2010 issue (Volume XI, Number 1) of Valparaiso Poetry Review that was released yesterday includes Charles Wright as the “featured poet.” Readers are invited to visit this tenth anniversary issue of VPR, which contains a trio of poems by Wright and a review of his three most recent books: “The World as We Know It: Charles Wright’s Scar Tissue, Littlefoot, and Sestets.” Among its comments on Scar Tissue, the review reports: “Charles Wright submits persuasive poetry persistently filled with wisdom, aided by a nostalgic filter of memory and an ability to render exquisite descriptions of nature.” Wright received the 2007 Griffin International Poetry Prize for Scar Tissue. In the video above, Charles Simic introduces Charles Wright at the June 2007 Griffin readings in Toronto, and Wright presents “The Woodpecker Pecks, but the Hole Does Not Appear,” one of the poems from Scar Tissue.


Anonymous said...

This poem speaks to everything I have been feeling for some time. If this isn't a reason to check out VPR, I don't know what is.

(Okay, I'm a regular reader. But pretending that I wasn't. Haha)

Poetry Journal said...

Thank you for shining the spotlight on the work and voice of Charles Wright. Among many other of his poems, ROAD WARRIORS is particularly compelling.

Your post certainly invites further reading.