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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, January 3, 2010

SEEDED LIGHT: Official Publication, January 2010

I am pleased to note, as the first full week of the new year begins, that the release of my latest collection of poems, Seeded Light (Turning Point Books, 2010), also officially occurs. To mark the publication of this new book, I offer a sample work from the volume. I have selected “Nocturnal: Fayette County, West Virginia” as a brief piece representing a number of poems throughout the collection that contribute to a pattern of imagery relating to one of the book’s various central motifs—in this case, alluding to the title phrase of “seeded light,” which also echoes a Pablo Neruda quote (The immense deserted night set up its formation / of colossal figures that seeded light far and wide.) serving as an epigraph to open the book.

This theme continues visual elements located in the volume’s cover art work, Luminous Tree, a painting by Charles Burchfield and part of the permanent collection in the Brauer Museum of Art, from which the wonderful cover images for issues of Valparaiso Poetry Review are routinely chosen and accompanied by astute commentary from Gregg Hertzlieb, the museum’s director and curator. Those cover images can be seen through links at the Valparaiso Poetry Review list of back issues.

Readers are encouraged to click on the poem to view a magnification of the text. Seeded Light is available from online book suppliers, Amazon or Barnes and Noble. As well, information for ordering special signed and numbered copies at a discount price can be found in the blog sidebar.


Charles Fishman said...

Hi, Edward.

Congratulations, again, on your beautiful new book. I want to read this poem, but the very small font size defeated me. Can you re-post the poem in a larger font?

All best,


Edward Byrne said...

Thanks, Charles. If you click on the poem you should see a magnification of the page.

Best wishes,

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@ Charles

Please set your graphics to 800 x 600. It looks fine on me.

dvestv said...

It's a nice poem.. as what I've expected in this new year, new poems will be published.

Christopher Dickey said...

I love this poem. I am there.

Dorianne Laux said...

Lovely Ed. The untroubled river. The trees seeded with stars. Wonderful.

Happy New Year and Congrats!