Phoenicia is delighted to announce the imminent publication of Kenneth Pobo's "Ice and Gaywings," winner of the 2011 qarrtsiluni chapbook contest. Luisa Igloria, this year's judge, had this to say about the manuscript she chose:
"The experience I value most in reading this collection is the way its language (never romanticized) and tone (never overwrought) allows me to settle with increasing depth into the poems’ rhythms and precise observations—about the natural world, now only partially reclaimable from so many forms of artifice; about the intrusions of contemporary urban life and culture; about histories older than us that haunt and shadow place. And finally, its urgent reminder to listen, look, and learn to dwell again."
The author, Kenneth Pobo, has four full-length collections of poetry and, including Ice And Gaywings, twenty chapbooks. He teaches creative writing and English at Widener University in Chester, Pennsylvania. The chapbook, with full-color glossy cover and 38 pages, contains 26 poems, of which all but two have been chosen for publication in other journals.
Watch this space for a special pre-publication offer, and more news about the author and this chapbook that we're very proud to publish in collaboration with qarrtsiluni.
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