As author Tim Mayo grasps the trapeze bar and prepares to take flight, we're proud to announce the publication of his new book of poems, Thesaurus of Separation, on this beautiful midsummer day of July 1, 2016. Congratulations, Tim! We're all cheering for you, but no longer holding our breath: the books are available (both in a lovely paperback edition and as a downloadable .pdf) and ready to fly into the hands of readers. Please take a look! For a limited time, we're offering a 15% discount on paperback orders through our online store.
Now in my mid-sixties, my blond hair silvering
at the temples like little wings, I’ve taken up flying.
It happens in a farmer’s field, hidden
from the road, on Sunday afternoons,
the New England summer sun frowning down
like a Puritan as we gather, coven-like, to practice.
Think of it as a post-modern meditation
on getting to heaven.
from "Trapezing in God's Country," by Tim Mayo, (c)2016
New England readers will have several chances to meet Tim and hear him present his poems this summer - the first of these will be at Bookstock, in Woodstock, Vermont, on Friday, July 29 at 1:00 pm, when he'll be reading with Vermont Poet Laureate Chard deNiord at the Unitarian Universalist Church. We'll keep you posted on Tim's schedule.
Tim Mayo’s carefully structured book deals with the multiple forms of separation: separation from the past, from a sense of family, a sense of belonging and ultimately from the self. . . Full of surprising phrases and metaphors. . .the poems ring with important truths. . . they are extraordinary and generous gifts. . .
-Patricia Fargnoli, former NH poet laureate
Thesaurus of Separation
publication date: July 1, 2016
138 pages, 6" x 9", paperback
$13.50 (reg. $14.95)
Please pre-order your copy of Thesaurus of Separation before June 30 to take advantage of the special price!
We'll also be giving away one free copy to a newsletter subscriber, so if you haven't signed up for our mailing list yet and would like to be eligible for the July 1 drawing, please do!
Monster is a unique, moving meditation on disability, medicine and caregiving. In this collection of linked essays and poems Jeneva Burroughs Stone reflects on hubris; scientific advances and their significance to humanity; and the responsibility of a creator to her creation.
Jeneva says, 'My son Robert has been an on-going inspiration to me, and pursuing diagnosis and treatment for his rare condition has illuminated science and medicine in ways I'd not thought possible. Robert has a very rare form of dystonia, DYT 16, which was diagnosed by whole exome sequencing 14 years after he fell ill. He's the only reported case in the U.S. and only 1 of 11 worldwide. Despite his life-altering physical disabilities, Robert has an infectious personality, even though he cannot speak: mischievous, funny, determined. I'm so glad he's allowed me to write about him.'
I first met Jeneva online, back in the days when Dave Bonta and I were co-editing qarrtsiluni. We also had a Vermont connection: she grew up near Burlington, VT, graduated from Middlebury College, and now lives in Bethesda, MD. Her work has been honored with fellowships from the MacDowell and Millay Colonies. I'm delighted to be working with her again, and honored to be able to publish this beautifully-written book.
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(Author photo: B. Farbo, illustration: E. Adams)
Phoenicia Editor/Publisher Elizabeth Adams, left, and author Tim Mayo, right. (Photo by Jonathan Sa'adah)
In April, we were happy to meet poet Tim Mayo, whose new book, Thesaurus of Separation, we'll be publishing in July. Tim is from Brattleboro, Vermont, and, as some Phoenicia readers know, our own Vermont roots extend back into the mid-1970s.
We met Tim for lunch at the bakery/cafe of the King Arthur Flour Company in Norwich, Vermont, where we had a wide-ranging conversation about poetry, living in Vermont, French and French-Canadians (Tim grew up with a French-Canadian family and is fluent in the language), people we know in common, prior experiences of being edited and published, and, of course, Tim's book itself. It was fun to get to know each other better and establish a face-to-face relationship; in spite of the ease of doing this work via the internet, I'm always so pleased when it's possible to meet the authors in person. But who would have thought we'd still be wearing these jackets a month later! It's time for real spring in the north country!
By now the book is edited, designed, and in the final stages of production; we've received wonderful blurbs; and Tim has been invited to read at a number of events this summer and fall -- details to be announced soon. We're very excited and hope you will be too.
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The long, slow climb to publication...Tim Mayo, ascending the notoriously difficult King Ravine Trail in the Presidential Range of New Hampshire's White Mountains.
If, like us, you're a fan of Jon Appleton's music, or if you'd like to discover it through some excellent live performances, you can now watch videos of Yoshiko Kline playing four movements of Jon Appleton's Julia suite, and the complete Purcell Variations at Vimeo. These works are both available on the new CD Jon Meets Yoshiko, and as mp3 downloads.
Phoenicia is proud and delighted to announce our six nominations for the 2015 Pushcart Prize:
Magda Kapa, for the "January" section of All the Words.
Ivy Alvarez, for "Gratia plena"
Kristin Berkey-Abbott, for "A Girl More Worthy"
Leila Chatti, for "14, Sunday School, Three Days Late"
Nic Sebastian, for "girl with angel"
Claudia Serea, for "The good news"
Please join us in congratulating all of these gifted poets!
In August, Phoenicia traveled to the recording studios of WGBH in Boston where, with composer Jon Appleton, pianist Yoshiko Kline, and audio engineer Frank Cunningham, we produced a new CD of Jon's piano music that will come out in late November or early December. We thought you might like to see some images from the studio sessions, which were intense, concentrated, and extremely satisfying. Yoshiko's playing was virtuosic, expressive, and sensitive, and I'm very excited to share these new neo-classical, and neo-romantic compositions with both new listeners and fans of Jon's music.
The score for Nine Novelettes.
Frank studies a score while Yoshiko finishes her practice before recording the Purcell Variations.
Inside the studio's magnificent Steinway.
Yoshiko's hands at the keyboard, here playing one movement of the Suite des Hommages.
Composer and pianist on the last day of recording.
Jon, who now lives in Hawaii, gave Yoshiko a beautiful orchid lei.
The whole team was pretty happy at the close of recording: Frank Cunningham, engineer; Yoshiko Kline, pianist; Jon Appleton, composer; and Beth Adams, producer.
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