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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, June 30, 2010

An Introduction on "Social Media Day"

Today (June 30) is celebrated internationally as “Social Media Day,” designed for recognizing the various venues (blogs, facebook, twitter, etc.) established on the Internet or other web-based technologies that have contributed to flourishing cyber communities. The occasion is also dedicated to spreading word about online sites that have opened communication for all, democratizing sources for information or entertainment. As the organizers calling for this official day have stated: “Social media has changed our lives. It has not only changed the way we communicate, but the way we connect with one another.”

Consequently, I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to add another connection and to introduce a new blog recently created by my wife Pam. Visitors will discover One Autism Mom’s Notes presents prose observations and commentaries that are complementary to the topics or details viewed in many of my works of poetry, especially those contained in the new sequence, Autism: A Poem, an ongoing experiment of a work in progress, which I have been sharing with readers in a number of recent posts.

Indeed, the current entry at Pam’s blog, “Storing” serves as an excellent example of the associations one might find between her engaging prose and some of the subject matter included among the poetry in Autism: A Poem, particularly those pieces describing the importance of memory and reading, such as “The Art of Memory,” “Night Terrors,” “Hyperlexia,” or others.

Although Pam’s appealing blog is an independent endeavor in prose designed for somewhat different purposes than my poems, I am sure readers will discover the informal and informative nature of One Autism Mom’s Notes often offers brief narratives filled with specifics about a variety of situations or conditions in which one might also indirectly witness explanations, even explications, for some of the poetry in my series of pieces developed to examine issues involving autism or family.

In addition, Pam’s vast knowledge and understanding of scholarship (as well as medical or nutritional practices) regarding autism, combined with her obvious concern and care as a mother, are displayed in the blog’s accessible entries, which I believe visitors will deem entertaining and enlightening. Therefore, I am pleased to welcome One Autism Mom’s Notes to the community of bloggers, and I am proud to recommend it to readers as a new site to explore on this “Social Media Day.”

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