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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 21, 2010

New Poem, "Bird House," at Indiana Humanities Council

As a way of participating in the observance of National Poetry Month, the Indiana Humanities Council has been posting poems by a number of Indiana poets on its blog, “Think. Read. Talk.” I am pleased to report that I was invited to contribute, and my new poem, “Bird House,” is now available at the site. Among the other Hoosier poets whose works have appeared previously during April have been Joyce Brinkman, Dan Carpenter, Kelsea Habecker, J.L. Kato, Terry Kirts, Karen Kovacik, Diane Lewis, Rohanna McCormack, Richard Pflum, and David Shumate.

The series was initiated with a statement by Norbert Krapf, Indiana Poet Laureate, that includes the following commentary:

Poetry may not sell much in our country, but it’s very much alive everywhere, in classes, in bars, restaurants, and cafes, in libraries and community centers, in concerts where folksingers alternate with poets and jazz trios back spoken-word poets, in slams, in performance poet venues. People who learn how to read or hear poems can follow their intuitions into them and come out with their intellects awakened. Reading poems helps people learn how to write, compress their language, express their feelings, and become aware of their inner lives and that of other people. How can that not be of value to anyone who wishes to be aware, articulate, and fully human?

I invite visitors to read my new poem, “Bird House,” as well as the other contributions appearing at the Indiana Humanities Council blog during National Poetry Month.

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