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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

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

“Winter Pentimento” from TINTED DISTANCES

With the official arrival of winter overnight tonight, I offer a wintry poem from Tinted Distances (Turning Point Books, 2011), my current collection of poetry:


The black clot of an empty nest rests

. . . . . in one fork of this winter tree, all its

thin branches now white and bending

. . . . . under the weight of a new snowfall.

Spots of cloud cover still fill the ridge

. . . . . line, their lengthening shadows drawn

across a hill’s little drifts or flat patches
. . . . . of brown lawn that had been exposed

by this morning’s wind like vivid traces
. . . . . of an earlier layer of stain. Before long,

the vague sunshine finally fails to filter
. . . . . through even these few remaining knots

of cumulus and gives way to gradually
. . . . . changing shades of gray, as if the faded

landscape has been painted over once
. . . . . more, the stripe of horizon taken away

by feathered edges brushed under soft
. . . . . strokes in pigments granting a darker tint.

I invite readers to discover more about the poetry in Tinted Distances, and I remind everyone that the volume is available for purchase.

1 comment:

Maureen said...

A lovely poem. Have you ever recorded yourself reading aloud? This is a poem that would lend itself beautifully to audio.

Wishing you the joy of the holiday season and a wonderful new year. Thank you for making available so much fine poetry.