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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

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Most Popular Posts of 2009

As has been an annual practice near the end of the year, this appears to be a good time to pause and look back at issues, literary topics, news articles, poets, poems, and commentary included during 2009 among the posts at “One Poet’s Notes” that proved most popular with readers. Once more, I have been pleased to notice readers’ interest in a wide array of entries, measured by the site meter statistics of viewers’ entry pages and frequently visited items, as well as the most popular subjects sought by those entering the blog through web search engines.

Amazingly, statistics indicate that during the last twelve months there have been about 150,000 visits to the posts at “One Poet’s Notes,” while approximately another 150.000 visited the various pages in the twenty-one issues of Valparaiso Poetry Review. Indeed, the current ten-year anniversary issue (Fall/Winter 2009-2010: Volume XI, Number 1)) of VPR has proved to be the most popular in the journal’s history.

Therefore, as a re-introduction and an invitation to new readers who would like to browse through those most visited pages of the past year at “One Poet’s Notes,” I submit the following “top ten list” of titles viewed (determined solely according to frequency figures) by users of “One Poet’s Notes” beyond the usual entry points of the blog’s main page or the most recently posted item.

1. Inaugural Poem by Elizabeth Alexander
2. Elizabeth Alexander Comments on Her Inaugural Poem
3. John Ashbery, Pierre Martory, and Jackson Pollock
4. James Dickey’s Last Lecture: What It Means to Be a Poet
5. Rating Great Poets and Considering Contemporary Concerns
6. Sylvia Plath and Nicholas Hughes: Mother and Son
7. John Updike and John Cheever
8. John Ashbery Presentation at NBCC Ceremony
9. Craig Arnold, “Scrubbing Mussels,” and David Wojahn
10. W.S. Merwin Wins Pulitzer Prize in Poetry

I am pleased to report that a post announcing the publication of Valparaiso Poetry Review’s tenth-anniversary issue in October also received enough visits to qualify as a top-ten candidate.

Readers are invited to return to the lists of most popular posts for 2007 and most popular posts for 2008. In addition to visiting these popular pages, I urge all to browse through the archives of “One Poet’s Notes” and Valparaiso Poetry Review to discover other items or creative works they might find interesting and deserving of renewed attention. Once again, I thank readers of Valparaiso Poetry Review and “One Poet’s Notes” for their continuing support and encouragement.

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