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ABOUT Poetry from Paradise Valley

 

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Edward Byrne, editor of Valparaiso Poetry Review (listed by Google as the number three electronic poetry magazine in the nation of those ranked among the top 100 "most relevant and highly regarded sites" in its field) and of Poetry from Paradise Valley, which includes a selection from the first decade of that fine on-line poetry review, is also the author of two other Pecan Grove Press books, East of Omaha and Tidal Air.  His most recent collection is Seeded Light (Turning Point, 2010).  His earlier collections include Along the Dark Shore; Words Spoken, Words Unspoken; and The Return to Black and White.

Do visit Vaparaiso Poetry Review (http://www.valpo.edu/vpr/) and Edward Byrne’s highly acclaimed blog, One Poet’s Notes (http://edwardbyrne.blogspot.com/).

 


Pecan Grove Press

Poetry from Paradise Valley
Edited by Edward Byrne

ISBN: 978-1-931247-86-3 $15

Featuring:

DAVID BAKER
JOHN BALABAN
CLAIRE BATEMAN
J.P. DANCING BEAR
MICHELLE BITTING
JARED CARTER
KATHARINE COLES
BILLY COLLINS
MARK CONWAY
ALFRED CORN
BARBARA CROOKER
KWAME DAWES
CORNELIUS EADY
LYNNELL EDWARDS
W.D. EHRHART
CLAUDIA EMERSON
BERNARDINE EVARISTO
PATRICIA FARGNOLI
ANNIE FINCH
DAISY FRIED
BRENDAN GALVIN
PAMELA GEMIN
REGINALD GIBBONS
DAVID GRAHAM
H. PALMER HALL
JONATHAN HOLDEN
T.R. HUMMER
GRAY JACOBIK
ALLISON JOSEPH
DAVID KIRBY
DORIANNE LAUX
LAURENCE LIEBERMAN
FRANNIE LINDSAY
DIANE LOCKWARD
SEBASTIAN MATTHEWS
WILLIAM MATTHEWS
WALT McDONALD
ELISE PASCHEN
KEVIN PILKINGTON
STANLEY PLUMLY
SHEROD SANTOS
MARGOT SCHILPP
FLOYD SKLOOT
DAVE SMITH
VIRGIL SUAREZ
DANIEL TOBIN
CATHERINE TUFARIELLO
BRIAN TURNER
INGRID WENDT
CHARLES WRIGHT


~GRAY JACOBIK~

The Apple Tree

Tilted on its bank, lopsided, misplanted under taller
trees, each May it blooms a spill of light that tosses
bud casings and soft sweeps of petals on the road.

Year after year, unpruned, moss and lichen-embossed
branches are wrapped in the invisible gauze of bees.
Come September, Hesperian, green, gold, russet

fruit falls and is crushed under tires or is frozen,
thawed and refrozen to a mash that dissolves
in March rain.  Spring cascade of white, autumn

spill, winter rot, an odic force swelling buds,
unfurling blooms, unleashing buzz.  A testament
tree to optimism, having grown toward what it needs,

never naming itself misshapen, it bends, sways,
is what it is, does what it does, and gradually
will wither, wood hardening, cracking in wind.
   

 

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