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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, May 3, 2011

“Island Hurricane” from TINTED DISTANCES

I have been delighted to note the publication this week of my new book of poems, Tinted Distances (Turning Point Books, 2011: ISBN 978-1936370337), and today I offer “Island Hurricane,” a sample poem from the volume:


Sizzling ends of live wires, clotted
. . . . . in treetops or spilled onto downtown

streets by toppled towers of power
. . . . . lines, now hissed and writhed like snakes

knotted in their nest. Mudslides
. . . . . flowed by, running black in the avenue

gutters, and shallow rivers of brown
. . . . . water wound around surrounding hillsides

along narrow roads scarred with ruts,
. . . . . as if smudges of printer’s ink had bled

down wet pages of an old newspaper
. . . . . left out in heavy weather. At the center

of this little village, some storefronts
. . . . . wrecked and glazed with muck were marked

by torn awnings, worn cloth flying
. . . . . like taut nautical flags raised in warning.

After a haze filled the air—so much
. . . . . sand and soil cast up by gusts—the hard

rolling winds even seemed as dark
. . . . . as those low clouds still swiftly shifting

overhead, shrouding the razed roofs
. . . . . and fallen wallboards covering the dead.

. . . . . —Edward Byrne

As the publicity notice for the release of Tinted Distances reports, the book is available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. In addition, I am currently offering a sale of signed and numbered copies of the volume. Readers may find more information about Tinted Distances and details on purchasing the autographed discount copies at my web site, which also presents a further selection of poems from this new collection and others for readers to browse.