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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, January 1, 2010

"New Year's Day"

“I will begin again . . .”

As we celebrate the start of a new year, and we witness some momentous events around the world that may significantly shape the future, one of the most notable being the ongoing dissident uprising in Iran, perhaps the accompanying video of U2 performing “New Year’s Day” is a befitting way to begin 2010.

The song’s lyrics combine a message of love and possibility in contrast with feelings of frustration and disillusion. Included on the 1983 album, War, this song’s composition was partially inspired by the Polish Solidarity movement—initiated in the shipyards of Gdansk during 1980 and headed by a relatively unknown worker named Lech Walesa, who had organized resistance throughout the 1970s and been fired from his job.

Formed in opposition to Communist control of the country and the influence of the Soviet Union, which responded by instituting martial law and engaging in an era of repression, the Solidarity movement saw its profile and impact grow internationally during the early 1980s, and Walesa was imprisoned. However, he received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1983, and after a decade of contention and conflict, the dissenters ultimately achieved victory with formation of a coalition government in which Lech Walesa was elected as Poland’s president in the end of 1990.

Best wishes to all in 2010.
May love and possibility of better times always prevail.

Happy New Year!


Anonymous said...

Blessed 2010¡
Daniel de Culla

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Oh Yeah! A new year came now. New life and success will follow.

dvestv said...

Hoping there are so many poems will be shared. :-)

den parser said...

As you wish! There are really many poems now been shared.