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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

Monday, October 12, 2009

VPR: Tenth Anniversary Issue

I am pleased to announce the tenth anniversary issue of Valparaiso Poetry Review is now available. Valparaiso Poetry Review celebrates a decade since the initial publication in October of 1999 with a special twenty-first issue, and VPR continues as one of the longest running online literary journals. Therefore, I believe this is an appropriate moment to offer from the issue the following brief excerpt that is included among my remarks in the editor’s “note of appreciation”:
Once again, thank you to all, writers and readers, for the numerous outstanding contributions and many kind words of encouragement concerning Valparaiso Poetry Review during the past decade.

Tenth Anniversary Issue

Contents of the Fall/Winter 2009-2010 issue (Volume XI, Number 1) of Valparaiso Poetry Review include the following:

Featured Poet: Charles Wright

Additional Poets: Sherman Alexie, Mary Biddinger, Jared Carter, Katharine Coles, Alfred Corn, Kwame Dawes, Susan Donnelly, Cornelius Eady, Claudia Emerson, Patricia Fargnoli, Annie Finch, Daisy Fried, Reginald Gibbons, H. Palmer Hall, T.R. Hummer, Allison Joseph, David Kirby, Dorianne Laux, Frannie Lindsay, Diane Lockward, Sebastian Matthews, Eric Nelson, Joel Peckham, Greg Rappleye, Margot Schilpp, Jeffrey Skinner, Floyd Skloot, Martha Silano, Dave Smith, Alison Stine, Virgil Suarez, Elizabeth Swados, Daniel Tobin, Catherine Tufariello, Brian Turner

Poets Reviewed: Jericho Brown, Stephanie Brown, William Greenway, Cathy Park Hong, Charles Wright

Cover Art Commentary: Gregg Hertzlieb on Georgia O'Keeffe


Diana Manister said...

Unless you want to be known as another literary journal that time forgot, why not include poets who write out of the knowledge of Eliot, Joyce, Pound and Stein, instead of this completely expected poetry produced in the academic sausage-factory, designed to appeal to the middle market where the most sales are to be found?

Edward Byrne said...

Hi, Diana:

I don't think there is any contemporary poet who is known for writing out of the knowledge of Pound more than Charles Wright, the anniversary issue's featured poet, as the review of Wright in the issue indicates.


Anonymous said...

Most of the post-avant work of the kind not being published in VPR will be forgotten because it was never remembered. Of course most poetry is forgotten; does the mechanism matter?

Seems post-avant and visual poets spend 1/4 of their time writing poems and 3/4 finding places to complain wherever they can about how post-avant and vizpo isn't published enough (and flarf, and new brutalists, etc etc etc yada yada yada). But to what point?

VPR is steakhouse, you want sushi-- do you go into one kind of restaurant and complain it's not the other? Or do you just go somewhere else to eat?

Let's celebrate 10 years of publication of a journal people read...

John Guzlowski said...

Chris makes a good point.

The internet has created a situation where a variety of poetic styles and schools can exist simultaneously.

We no longer have 3-4 journals, we've got dozens, hundreds in fact, and a reader can choose the type of poetry she wants to read.

It's part of the post-modern world -- this ability to select the kind of poetry we want to read, the kind of literary culture we want to pursue.

If a reader doesn't want to read Journal X, she doesn't have to. Journal Y is out there and is easily accessible.

Anonymous said...

Thanks, Ed, for this beautiful issue, and for ten years of VPR. I appreciate it.