Juana Rosa Pita, one of the outstanding voices of Cuba's pilgrim culture, possesses the original virtue of reviving emotion and transforming it into myth within herself. Book after book she has been creating a mysterious realm of love and prophecy: an island of enchantment where words restore all that hatred turned to ashes. - Pablo Antonio Cuadra
Penelope, who weaves and unravels while evoking and dreaming, is a clear symbol of the poet, who creating and erasing, recreating and correcting, finally reaches profound depths with the help of an interior dominant voice, or of a providence it's better not to name... The author's hand, visible here as in her other works, becomes particularly dazzling when we see her choosing to draw near words that are not usually contextual, the proximity of which surprises and fascinates. From these choices emerge the symbol-bearings of the work... In any language, the illuminating force and tenderness of her message won't be minor, and we will carry it inside as she carries her Ulysses, to nurture our own dreams and complete the missing half of our identity. - Martha L. Canfield, From the Preface to the Italian edition
A tribute to creative partnership and enduring intimacy, this chapbook collection celebrates an artist whose work exudes vitality, warmth and wit. The poems cross genres to capture the artist's use of paper, paint, clay, glass, and a bracing medley of found materials to construct one-of-a-kind, mixed-media pieces. Like the art inspiring them, the poems explore an intriguing life story -- a story by turns spirited, reflective, humorous, and sensual -- sustained throughout by "unlikely, lucky love."
2010 FutureCycle Poetry Book Prize Finalist. PRAISE FOR WALLY SWIST'S POETRY:
"What a gorgeous book this is! Wally Swist writes of passionate love with a quiet grace that stirred this reader's heart. Each individual poem moved me deeply; as a whole, Luminous Dream simply knocked me out. Shades of Pablo Neruda, Mary Oliver, and Gary Snyder abound, yet the poet's voice is uniquely his own. This is a book I will return to again and again with deep pleasure." -Lesléa Newman, author Nobody's Mother and Still Life with Buddy, Poet Laureate, Northampton, MA 2008-2010
"These poems are a beautifully perceptive reading of both the natural world and ourselves as its necessary testament and witness. If 'seeing is believing,' then Wally Swist can make believers of us all." -Robert Creeley
"Wally Swist's poems are full of clean perceptions and clear, proportionate feeling. They are easy to read in the sense that they are continually rewarding. They have a fine balance, doing justice to the natural, the human, and the divine, and treating none of these as refuge from another. As a grateful reader, I applaud him." -Richard Wilbur
Joseph Hutchison's BED OF COALS is a poetic sequence that tells a story of emotional crisis and recovery at the unsparing hand of Eros. Rooted in transgression, the poems honor the powerful psychic energies at work in the book's tragicomical hero, whose name is Vander Meer. They trace his journey toward balance and wholeness in ways that reflect his struggle: shifting points of view, mercurial mood-swings, now layered and allusive, now plain as a single plucked guitar string. It is a highly crafted but deeply human book, a book for readers who appreciate the strange richness of our inner lives.
This collection of prose poems and flash fictions imaginatively explores moments of hesitation and celebration. In the tradition of the Latin American microcuento as practiced by Julio Cortázar, Eduardo Galeano, and Augosto Monterroso, these short prose pieces are at turns fabulistic and true to life, making hard statements on unemployment, race, and obsession through characters out of fairy tales and religion as well as history and nature. Through persona and personal revelation, these pieces present the storyteller as world-maker with all the darkness and joy that can be accessed through language.
In the particular lies the universal, and RED CLAY JOURNAL, Harold Whit Williams' finest poetry collection yet, captures the fleetingness of life with an Eastern eye and a Southern drawl. The moments he distills are inextricably connected to his time and place -- Alabamian adolescence, bittersweet odes to lost loved ones and landscapes -- but they could be any and all times and places. Williams' poetry is deeply aware that the world is always disappearing, yet it is far from nihilistic. Add in his rock guitarist street cred, and his voice, as poet Will Wright noted, is "muscular and musical, at once dulcet and raucous."
A picture is worth a thousand words and Haiku is a 17-syllable poem personifying nature. This is the second edition of 1,017 Randomly Beautiful Moments in the American West, featuring 72 original color photographs accompanied by Haiku and behind-the-scene stories for each. Photographs were taken in California, Colorado, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming, offering readers a wonderful chance to lose themselves in hours of randomly beautiful pages.
Inner Pieces is more than just a play on words. The author uses poetry as a form of story telling, without the details of persons, places, and things; and focuses on the emotions felt in the situation. There are universal events in life that everyone will or have experienced, such as: heartbreak, love, loneliness, insecurity, disappointment, feeling like they don't measure up, fit in, or not being good enough. Inner Pieces, focuses on those crucial moments in the author's life. By reading the poetry, the reader will get to experience what the author felt and may also be transported back to their own familiar experiences as well. This book of poetry is important to the literary world -- it gives an in depth look into the feelings and emotions that have become more common in present day society such aa depression, hopelessness, and anxiety. The author hopes her poetry will bring new understanding to these issues as well as inspire others through the art of poetry.
Pacific Crimson -- Forget Me Not is a tribute in verse to the men and women who fought War II in the Pacific. The world owes more than it could ever muster to these defenders of freedom during humankind's deepest, darkest and dire hours -- a century rivaling the bleakest days in human history. Still, when the lights went out, the lamps came on. It was the everyday citizen, who suffered, but it was the everyday citizen who lifted the lamps and gave their sweat and lives to assure the world would be free of the more bestial end of tyranny's spectrum.
These verses seek to capture the inner heart of the individuals, who put themselves on the line. Each poem is specific to a place and date and... vernacularly correct. I have spared my readers the hypocrisy of flowery verses in this chapbook. If this offends, I'll not apologize, because to do so would insult the memory of those who fell on those islands and to those who fall daily as their time runs out in service to humankind.
Fear no more the mortar's blare,
See no more the star shell's flare --
Rest beneath your comrade's prayer
And let the ash become the dust,
Because the battle's ceased
And for you, the war is over.