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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

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

"Best of the Net" Selection: "The Moon as Absence and Desire" by Al Maginnes

I am delighted to announce that Sundress Publications, which compiles an annual “Best of the Net” anthology, has selected “The Moon as Absence and Desire” by Al Maginnes, which appeared in Volume X, Number 1 of Valparaiso Poetry Review, as one of only twenty poems chosen to be honored from all the works appearing in online publications during 2009. The poem was chosen from among more than 500 nominated works published during 2009 in nearly 80 online literary journals for inclusion in the annual “2009 Best of the Net” edition of the anthology. Poet Patricia Smith served as this year’s final judge.

Each year, Sundress recognizes remarkable works displaying both the wide range and fine quality of literature now appearing in a multitude of Internet magazines. As I mentioned when nominating poetry from Valparaiso Poetry Review, the editors of Sundress deserve praise for correctly bringing greater recognition to the developing presence of outstanding writing online. I congratulate Al Maginnes, and once more I would like to take this opportunity to thank all contributors to Valparaiso Poetry Review. I value all the poems and depend on all the poets in VPR. I recommend visitors read the new edition of the “Best of the Net” anthology.

1 comment:

Maureen said...

It is easy to understand why this poem is being honored. It's marvelous.

I am unfamiliar with the poet's work and intend to look for other poems of his to read.