Phoenicia Publishing is delighted to announce the official launch of Magda Kapa's poetry collection "All the Words." This uniquely beautiful poetic "dictionary" explores a series of simple nouns -- from "love," "happiness", and "fate" to less obvious words like "sigh," denial" or "midnight" -- in short phrases that, taken together, create a flowing series of poems. Based on the author's observations and emotional reactions to her experiences over one year, these poetic explorations compress language into its essence. But the poet goes further, revisiting some words again and again to see how her own feelings have changed, and the words' meaning for her as well.
This project unfolded over a year as a series of posts on Twitter. Poet and translator George Szirtes was one of thousands of readers captivated by Magda Kapa's project, and praised her writing as "the pared-down core of poetry;" Dave Bonta stated that Magda Kapa is "a master of the aphorism" and that her book will be on his shelf along with classics of Chinese, Hebrew, and Sufi literature.
We hope you, too, will want to dip into the ever-changing river of Magda Kapa's thoughts, and, as a result, find new way of considering your own relationship to the everyday words with which we define our lives and their movement through time.
Furthermore, when you buy a book like this one, please know that you're encouraging the sort of experimentation and creativity that mainstream publishers have almost completely abandoned. How crucial it is for all of us who care about language in general, and poetry in particular, to support writing that breaks new ground, uses non-traditional media, and expands our awareness of how our minds work with words! Thank you!
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