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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

Monday, May 2, 2011

Announcement: Release of TINTED DISTANCES

I am pleased to report that my new book of poems, Tinted Distances, has been published by Turning Point Books.

Tinted Distances
by Edward Byrne (Turning Point Books, 2011) ISBN: 978-1936370337.

The poems of Edward Byrne’s Tinted Distances strongly inhabit the world, even as they meditate on how that world is perceived in art and memory. Tinted Distances represents the third volume in a trilogy of poetry collections, alongside Seeded Light and Tidal Air.

No matter where Edward Byrne angles the lens of the lyric—on the natural world, other artistic mediums, or language itself—each image in his beautiful new collection Tinted Distances is “as accurate as the slit / a sculptor could chisel out of granite.” Balancing with deft precision the immediate and intimate with the cultural and historical, Byrne’s masterfully honed poems offer us the “clarity of fresh footprints” and the “new blueprint above, / that far bright pattern of fixed stars.” Tinted Distances is the achievement of a wise and discerning poet.

—Claudia Emerson

By taking on the rigors of the couplet, Edward Byrne manages by bracing counterpoint to draw into focus the minute particulars of the world both around and within him. There aren’t many collections of poetry for which the terms loving, open-hearted, and humane apply, but Tinted Distances is one such collection. After reading it, I felt I understood a little better Chekhov’s belief that art exists to prepare the soul for tenderness. And what more could one ask poetry to do? This is a wonderful book, one that readers will return to again and again.

—Sherod Santos

Edward Byrne’s Tinted Distances is a tender meditation that reveals a careful eye and steady devotion to elegy and ode—gentle illuminations on the landscape and people dear to this poet’s heart.

—Dorianne Laux

Tinted Distances is now available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

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1 comment:

Maureen said...

Congratulations. I look forward to ordering a copy of your collection.