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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

Monday, April 26, 2010

Brian Turner Interview and a Review of PHANTOM NOISE

The recently released Spring/Summer 2010 issue (Volume XI, Number 2) of Valparaiso Poetry Review includes Brian Turner as its featured poet, and readers will find there my review of Turner’s new collection of poetry, Phantom Noise, as well as an interview with the author.

This new volume by Brian Turner serves as an appropriate follow-up to his impressive and widely praised debut book of poems, Here, Bullet (Alice James Books, 2005), which received a number of awards—such as the Beatrice Hawley Award, a New York Times “Editor's Choice” selection, a Pen Center USA "Best in the West" award, and the Poets Prize, among others.

As I mention in the review: “One of the ways Brian Turner has responded to his history, as a soldier at the battlefront who returns home, has been to explore in his poems various experiences encountered in a war zone and to examine the enduring emotions evoked by them. Indeed, early in his new collection of poems, Phantom Noise, Turner reminds readers of how frequently soldiers encounter an inability to leave behind the traumatic images and dramatic experiences of war.”

In response to one of my questions in the interview about the poems he produced while in uniform during or after the Iraq War, Turner offers an insightful reply: “When I look back at myself as a soldier writing poetry in Iraq, I see a writer who is beginning to learn how to write as a witness. (As a witness to my own life, as well as those around me.) In previous manuscripts I’d written (on a variety of subjects), I mostly imposed my style, my music, on to the subject at hand. In Iraq, though I wasn’t consciously aware of it at the time, I was learning how to listen more to the poem rising from within the moment.”

I invite visitors to read my review, “Walking Among Them: Brian Turner’s Phantom Noise as well as the interview, and I urge everyone to browse through the entire new Spring/Summer 2010 issue of Valparaiso Poetry Review.


Maureen said...

Thank you for sharing your wonderful review and your interview with this marvelous poet. I'm in awe of what he's done with his war experiences.

Joelle Biele said...

Thanks so much for the interview--

Anonymous said...

I will use the verse of Brian Turner in my poetry writing class as an example of how not to write. His poems are cliche-filled, and no writer who puts the following embarrasingly and laughably incompetent clause into a poem (as Turner does) is "marvelous": "she kisses me on the rounded bone before working our way through the crowd." LOL

Anonymous said...

You're an ass mate. He's a better poet than you LOL

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TLR said...

I love Brian Turner's poetry of witness and feel that the brave and contemporary voice he lends to being an observer of recent war time is complex, immediate, precise and graphic. I personally don't find his work to be cliche-filled and I drive a hard bargain when it comes to deciding what is original, authentic or fresh in the poetry realm. If "Anonymous" thinks Turner's courageous and confessional poems are examples of bad writing, I would speculate that many of your students will leave your writing class with a disdain for poetry and decide on changing their majors to business--Just what America needed, right?