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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

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Poem of the Week: “John Brown and His Men, with Some Account of the Roads Traveled to Reach Harper’s Ferry” by Jared Carter

Today marks the 150th anniversary of the battle on April 12, 1861 at Fort Sumter, which began the Civil War. However, many historians believe the momentum toward the Civil War was initiated with the Harper’s Ferry raid led by abolitionist John Brown on October 16, 1859, when Brown and a band of about twenty charged the Harper’s Ferry Armory in Virginia, aiming to obtain arms from the arsenal that could be distributed to slaves for an uprising. Though initially successful in capturing the armory, two more days of battle with militia occurred, during which Brown’s plans failed. Brown’s men were defeated by troops commanded by Colonel Robert E. Lee and Lieutenant J.E.B. Stuart. Both would become better known as participants for the Confederacy in the Civil War. Brown, who had previously led a bloody massacre and was considered a “madman” by Lee, was tried for treason and hanged on December 2.

Therefore, the VPR Poem of the Week is “John Brown and His Men, with Some Account of the Roads Traveled to Reach Harper’s Ferry” by Jared Carter, which appeared in the Fall/Winter 2009-2010 issue (Volume XI: Number 1) of Valparaiso Poetry Review.

Jared Carter has published four books of poetry, most recently Cross this Bridge at a Walk. His previous volumes include Work, for the Night Is Coming, winner of the Walt Whitman Award. His work also has appeared in many literary journals, including Iowa Review, Kenyon Review, Poetry, and TriQuarterly.

Tuesday of each week One Poet’s Notes highlights an excellent work by a poet selected from the issues of Valparaiso Poetry Review, except when other posts with news or updates preempt the usual appearance of this item, with the recommendation that readers visit it.

1 comment:

Maureen said...

This is a poem full of marvelous detail. It has immediacy, sets us in the scene, makes it utterly real.