Poetry of Presence is going on the road, and will be at Rain Taxi’s Twin Cities Book Festival next weekend. Visit our booth on Saturday, October 13 in the Progress Center at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds in St. Paul, and sign up to win a free autographed copy of our award-winning anthology.
On Monday, May 7, at 5pm (Eastern), WMUA will air the “Poetry a la Carte” radio interview we editors did in March alongside contributing poet Pat Schneider about the anthology. The host is Daisy Mathias. She’s wonderful. We all had a great time.
To listen to the half-hour interview, go to http://www.wmua.org and click on “Listen Live” in the upper right. (If the website asks for your email address, just say “no” or click the X to escape that window.)
On our recent swing through Connecticut and Massachusetts, we editors visited contributing poet Pat Schneider in Amherst. While there, the three of us ventured to the campus of University of Massachusetts-Amherst for a radio interview with Daisy Mathias, producer of “Poetry A La Carte.” WMUA-Amherst 91.1 FM airs the weekly program and also streams it at this link. During the program Mathias reads aloud from past and contemporary poets and occasionally features live interview and poetry-reading with a local poet.
Our half-hour recorded interview will be aired in the near future. We’ll share a link when it becomes available.
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Okay, so we’re blushing a little.
Grace Cavalieri just listed Poetry of Presence: An Anthology of Mindfulness Poems as “The Best Book of Mindfulness Poems” in her November “Exemplars” column for the Washington Independent Review of Books.
Grace produces “The Poet and the Poem” from the Library of Congress. She’s celebrating 40 years on-air. Thank you, Grace, for all you do for poetry!
Barbara Mahany has just penned a review of Poetry of Presence in her roundup of soulful books for The Chicago Tribune. Already online, the review will also appear in the paper’s Arts & Entertainment Section on Thursday.
“The power of poetry,” Mahany writes, “is its capacity to sneak up from behind and pry open the heart. Or the soul. It’s in that unanticipated moment when the truth of the poem rushes in and packs its indelible wallop. That’s when a poem, for some of us, becomes a prayer.” Read the rest of her column here.
We’re very grateful to Ms. Mahany for approaching us about including our anthology in her roundup. As if we would ever have turned her down!
Lucie A., from Sydney, Australia, sent us these lovely photos with a delightful message: “Your beautiful book made it all the way to Sydney, Australia. I absolutely love it. I read it very slowly … and the poems give me lots of peace, inspiration and joy. Thank you so much. Sending you a few photos from the places where I have been reading….”
Thanks so much, Lucie, for your support of the book and for your beautiful message and photos.
Now we’re wondering: Where are you reading Poetry of Presence? Drop us a note or send us a photo or video. We know you’re reading all over the U.S., and also in Dubai, India, South Africa, Ireland, England, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Belgium….
Please avoid any book distributor illegally offering Poetry of Presence as an ebook. For various reasons, we and our publisher chose not to make this book available in ebook format, yet certain parties are now peddling it as such. This unlawful practice hurts both publishers and poets. It is a form of stealing. We’ll trust you to do the right thing.