Right now, the cover of Thaliad, Marly Youmans' book-length, narrative poem, is beginning to take shape through the mind, eye, and hands of the extraordinary Welsh artist Clive Hicks-Jenkins, who generously agreed to take on this project. In a series of posts on his own Artlog, Clive describes and illustrates the process of envisioning and creating the cover art, and I wanted to share this very exciting process with you as it unfolds.
"Marly Youman’s epic poem Thaliad, is to be published later this year by Phoenicia Publishing, Montreal. It is a work of staggering beauty and imagination, and I’m enormously proud to have been asked by the author and her publisher, Elizabeth Adams, to create the image that will speak for it on the cover."
Stay posted for updates!
In other news, all of our titles are now available through Amazon.uk and Amazon Europe, so European readers can easily order books without prohibitive international shipping charges. Just search for the desired title on your country's Amazon site.
There are also e-book editions, for Kindle and iPad/epub readers, of Dick Jones Ancient Lights, Dave Bonta's Odes to Tools, and Ken Pobo's Ice and Gaywings available directly through Phoenicia Publishing.
"Reading Dick Jones’s poetry is like being in the embrace of an expert dancer – it is lively, sinuous and spilling with joy and passion. In language assured and richly musical, taut with vivid imagery, we are shown the world in a new and brilliant light."
Simon Fraser University, British Columbia; author of Prime, The Aviary, and Harbour
Ancient Lights is now available through our e-store, through Amazon.com, Amazon.UK, and Amazon Europe, as well as in e-book editions for Kindle, iPad and other readers.
We're happy to let our European readers know that Dick Jones' Ancient Lights, and Ren Powell's Mercy Island are now available for direct order through Amazon.uk and Amazon Europe. The books are printed in Europe and available for super-saver shipping, and rapid delivery, at the same low price you'd pay in the U.S but without prohibitive international shipping costs.
Other Phoenicia titles will be available for direct UK and European order in the next few days; we'll let you know when they're all online. It's a great new development and we're very happy to be able to offer this convenience to our customers!
We're offering two free paperback copies of Dick Jones' just-released "Ancient Lights" over at Goodreads for readers in the US, Canada, UK, and Australia. The contest ends on May 15. But even if you don't win, we hope you'll buy a copy, so here's a special offer: after May 15, send us an email with a link to your Goodreads profile, and we'll give you 15% of the list price of any edition: paper, hardcover,or e-book.
In honor of National Poetry Month -- and grateful celebration of spring up here in Montreal after a long winter -- we're offering all our poetry titles, all month long, at a 10% discount. That includes pre-orders of the hardcover edition of Ancient Lights by Dick Jones.
NOTE: The discounted price is already in effect as of April 1 for orders through our e-store; if you wish to order through Amazon, the discount may not appear until April 5 or 6th.
_Here at Phoenicia, we're always going to value lasting quality over quick success, and to understand that our authors are artists whose work doesn't always fit into an obvious niche -- because real artists grow and change over their lifetimes, and need the freedom to do so.
Upcoming Phoenicia author Marly Youmans, (Thaliad) who already has a number of notable books to her name, has an interest in marketing in the brave new online world. On her blog, she's recently published a "conversation" with marketing guru Seth Godin, in which she quote some of his pronouncements and comments on them. Here's a sample, but please go read the whole thing!
SETH: I think it’s a fading of the power of a published book to influence the conversation. When anyone can publish an ebook, anyone will.
MARLY: Nevertheless, Seth, I still believe that there a secret world tucked inside our big, fat, hyper-materialist, and often-tasteless world--a world of people who care about beauty and rightness and all the golden things handed down to us by the Gawain poet and Shakespeare and Herbert and Austen and Dickinson and Dickens and more. And maybe that hidden world is enough to sustain a lot of us who are seeking to make something worthy."
SETH: An author starting out today needs to pick herself, establish a niche, become truly the best at it and relentlessly and generously give it all away as a way of leading and making a ruckus.
MARLY: ... Seth, I find that writing the strong, beautiful book I always dream of writing and that having a position of humility before the great masters of the past is more to me than having a niche and so gaining numbers. I like “increasing readership”: yes, I do. But I love the tradition and the burning image of the strong, beautiful book more. And if I must choose, I choose the image and the masters.
...Give me "a great book" over making "a great living." I have that choice, and I choose. The attempt to write true books is labor and play in the vale of soul-making.
The conversation ends with a critical question:
MARLY: How will we know when books are great, Seth? Tell me that? When everybody has an e-book, and Babel is a nest of clamor, how will we find those voices?
One answer to that is "right here." Thanks for this thoughtful look at marketing and writing today, Marly.
"There are so many good poems with so many important insights it is hard to know where to start..." says Rabbi Adam Fisher in his lengthy appreciation of Rachel Barenblat's 70 Faces: Torah Poems. Writing in the current issue of The CCAR Journal: The Reform Jewish Quarterly (published by the Central Conference of American Rabbis), the journal's poetry editor praises Barenblat's writing and her approach to the texts, especially those that are difficult to deal with.
We've been enjoying a number of books on our mobile devices, and are pleased to be able to offer the first two Phoenicia ebooks:Odes to Tools, by Dave Bonta, and Ice and Gaywings, by Ken Pobo. Both are available in .MOBI format, for the Kindle, and .EPUB format for most other e-book readers, at the attractive price of $2.99!
In the comments, below, we'd love to hear about your experience reading chapbooks and poetry books on your mobile devices. Poetry e-books have lagged behind prose because of difficult formatting issues. We're wondering: Have you bought poetry e-books in the past? Is this something you'd like to see for all Phoenicia titles?
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