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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

Thursday, September 16, 2010

New Review of SEEDED LIGHT

I am happy to report that The Adirondack Review has published a review by Lesley Wheeler of my current collection of poems, Seeded Light. The commentary includes a number of observations that I appreciate, but I am especially pleased by the following statement offered by Wheeler: “The liveliness of any art, Byrne implicitly and convincingly argues, depends on union of emotion and intellect, design and accident.” I believe this evaluation gets to the heart of many works included in Seeded Light, as well as much of my poetry published elsewhere.

I am also grateful for Wheeler’s focus on three specific representative poems as presenting “the beauty of equilibrium,” bringing readers’ attention to a balancing of opposing elements or emotions examined throughout the volume, which was an intended aspect of the poems in this collection.

I am thankful for this perceptive look at Seeded Light, and I recommend the review to readers.

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