I am pleased to note the following press release distributed yesterday by Valparaiso University’s office of public relations:
Professor’s poetry book called “scenic and intimate”
“Seeded Light, Dr. Byrne’s sixth collection of poems, is the most extensive book of the English professor’s career.
“‘Seeded Light’ contains a fairly comprehensive scope of poetry,’ Dr. Byrne says, ‘that expresses, through imagery written in accessible language, a variety of views on subjects as diverse as nature, art, literature, music, memory, imagination, friendship, family, love, loss, life, maturity, and mortality.’
“Dr. Byrne says lyrics in his newest collection connect the past to the present, raising readers’ awareness of their own worlds.
“Noted poets have offered praise for the book.
“Award-winning poet David Baker writes ‘Edward Byrne shows the lyric couplet to be a form with its own remarkable flexibility and narrative capacity. Seeded Light is memorial and social, scenic and intimate, by turns, providing a humane pathway of one gentle man’s passage through the world in all its weather and worry.’
“‘Seeded Light,’ poet Alfred Corn writes, ‘offers abundant evidence of a mind’s alertness to the world of nature and to modern urban reality . . . . The fineness of Byrne’s perceptions and the musicality of his lines make following his journeys an instructive pleasure . . . .’”
Visitors are invited to read the rest of the press release.