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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 28, 2010

Poem Published in New Anthology

Boxcar Poetry Review, edited by Neil Aitken, has announced the publication of its second anthology of poetry from the journal’s pages, and I am pleased to report one of my poems, “Morning Compostion,” is among the entries.

The anthology’s entire roster of poets includes Kimberly Abruzzo, Helene Achanzar, Mary Alexandra Agner, Jeffrey Alfier, Ryel Alviola, Arlene Ang, Aaron Anstett, Cynthia Arrieu-King, Jon Ballard, Lyn Graham Barzilai, Tamiko Beyer, Michelle Bitting, Lisa Bower, Sarah Browning, Edward Byrne, Pris Campbell, Ruth Doan, Marco A. Dominguez, Theresa Edwards, Brent Fisk, Jean Paul Ferro, Patrick Ryan Frank, Do Gentry, Jude Goodwin, Jennifer Gravley, Heather Green, Rachel Eliza Griffiths, Susan Grimm, Robin Halevy, Lilah Hegnauer, Mary Crockett Hill, Graham Hillard, Rathanak Michael Keo, Jee Leong Koh, Raina J. León, Matthew Little, Ted McCarthy, Marty McConnell, Robert McDonald, Matt Mason, Jerry D. Mathes II, Rhonda Mino-Melanson, Tomas Q. Morin, Benjamin Morris, Kristine Ong Muslim, William Neumire, Tolu Ogunlesi, Erick Piller, Doug Ramspeck, Sam Rasnake, Suzanne Rindell, Heather Salus, Sarah Sloat, Erin Elizabeth Smith, Lynn Strongin, Christian Tablazon, Florencia Varella, Donna Vorreyer, Yun Wang, Karen Weyant, Joe Wilkins, Lenore Wilson, and Amanda Yskamp.

I offer a sneak preview with “Morning Composition,” and I urge readers to consider ordering Boxcar Anthology 2.


. . . . . I

As though just another charcoal sketch
. . . . . stretched across any pale gallery wall,

the gray downtown skyline appears
. . . . . in silhouette against early-morning sun.

Today, as pairs of rowers scull past
. . . . . a still-darkened boathouse, this city’s

shimmering river once again brightens,
. . . . . seems to be illuminated from beneath.

. . . . . II

Lined behind one another, they pierce
. . . . . the surface—every quick spear of oar

opening into a halo, defining the center
. . . . . of a circle. How easily power transforms

into beauty as each stabbing stroke
. . . . . leaves in its wake an extended ellipsis

of ovals unfolding like blossoms, white
. . . . . lilacs in a brightening field of sapphire.

—Edward Byrne


Maureen said...

As one who has watched a lot of rowing, I think you've captured beautifully the art of being on the water. The second part of your poem is gorgeous.


dodz said...

awesome composition men. surely you have a great talent.