Sunday, August 05, 2012

My Cheshire Cat Poetry Book

I've had a poetry publishing mishap. A rather major one. The publisher with whom I signed a contract a year ago to publish Gods of Water and Air, my new collection, will fold as of December 31. There is still the promise that my book will appear on November 5, but less than two months later, no publisher will be there to keep it in print, distribution, and provide publicity of any kind. I have a Cheshire Cat of a book, it seems. A now-you-see-it-now-you-don't publication. I am in mourning, even though some copies will be printed. Here is one of the poems, with a recording, from a book you may or may not ever see. If you like it, please leave me a comment! I may keep all comments and re-publish the book myself after January 1.

"Every Morning I Try" first appeared in The Cortland Review:
http://www.cortlandreview.com/issue/47/dacus.html#1

6 comments:

  1. Anonymous10:37 PM

    In school we are taught that natures beautiful sounds are really a cry for survival. So for me the beauty is hampered by the idea of the fight to survive. I guess as a poet you can take leave of this quandry and hear the symphony of sounds that abound. The sound of the ocean is constant. Kabir the great Indian mystic spoke of sound. I enjoyed the mysticism in your poem. Kabir would have also enjoyed it.

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  2. I am so sorry, Rachel. The situation is horrible and no one could have prepared us for it. I haven't yet blogged about it because they haven't made any announcements, but I'd like to let people know, for instance, that my book is going out of print at the end of the year, and my other book won't happen now. Hope we will know more soon.
    Just know for now I am grieving right right you!

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  3. Anonymous -- I like what you said about the symphony of sounds as a blend of cries for survival. There's something deep in that, and thank you for your great compliment about the poem! I am touched. Kabir is one of my favorites, in several different translations.

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  4. Jeannine, thanks so much for your sympathy! I send mine back to you, and would love to talk more as soon as we know more. It's confusing at the moment. But I have lots of creative ideas, lemonade recipes for these lemons.

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  5. Lovely, lovely, in rhythm, sound, and content. Excellent use of diction - all perfectly intentional, as it should be. I will look for more of your work!

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  6. Cathy, Thanks so much! Very kind of you.

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