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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 31, 2011

Poem of the Week: “Choreographing Whitman: Timber Creek” by Philip Dacey

On the anniversary of Walt Whitman’s birth date (May 31, 1819), the VPR Poem of the Week is Philip Dacey’s “Choreographing Whitman: Timber Creek,” which appeared in the Fall/Winter 2010-2011 issue (Volume XII, Number 1) of Valparaiso Poetry Review.

Whitman, the Father of American Poetry, lived with a brother in Camden, New Jersey, near Timber Creek during his later productive years after suffering a stroke in 1873. A brief video describing the time period of recuperation and inspiration at Timber Creek can be found online.

Philip Dacey is the author of eleven books, including whole collections about Gerard Manley Hopkins, Thomas Eakins, and New York City. His latest volumes are Vertebrae Rosaries: 50 Sonnets (Red Dragonfly Press, 2009) and Mosquito Operas: New and Selected Short Poems (Rain Mountain Press, 2010). The recipient of three Pushcart Prizes, Dacey has been awarded two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships and a Fulbright fellowship to Yugoslavia.

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 revisit it.

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