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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 9, 2010

William Stafford video: "Every War Has Two Losers"

As I observed newspapers and network broadcasts in the last week reporting about the withdrawal of American combat forces from Iraq, I also received information about the release of Every War Has Two Losers, a video concerning William Stafford’s views on war, as well as his poetry, principles, and practice of pacifism, which he maintained even in the difficult time during World War Two, regarded by most of his fellow citizens as a necessary war.

The documentary is directed by Haydn Reiss, who also produced William Stafford & Robert Bly: A Literary Friendship. The film includes commentary by a number of authors, including Coleman Barks, Robert Bly, Maxine Hong Kingston, Michael Meade, W.S. Merwin, Naomi Shihab Nye, Kim Stafford, and Alice Walker. Narration is supplied by Academy Award-winner Linda Hunt, and actor Peter Coyote lends his marvelously distinctive voice for the words of William Stafford.

A promotional piece for the production comments that Every War Has Two Losers is “based on the journals of William Stafford, a conscientious objector in World War Two and National Book Award winner. Despite being told that war is inevitable, Stafford disagreed. He saw war as a choice—a human choice—and only one of the ways nations can respond to conflict.

“Using Stafford’s eloquent poetry and prose, the film invites the viewer to reflect on their own ideas regarding war and how individual witness can contribute to a more peaceful world.”

Many PBS stations will be airing this documentary in markets throughout the country on Wednesday, September 29, and a schedule of broadcasts is available for reference.

[Readers are also invited to visit another post on “One Poet’s Notes” that contains an essay, “William Stafford: Genius in Camouflage,” written by Jonathan Holden and previously published in Valparaiso Poetry Review.]

1 comment:

Maureen said...

Thank you for this. The film deserves being seen widely.