What is Art? What is Poetry?
We ask these questions every day at Black Swan Editions --
Art needs to amaze us and draw us into its wonder. Art should welcome us to enter the scene; to walk around the landscape, meet the personalities through their eyes, their posture, and physical tension; or, simply lead us to dream in the mysterious landscapes of another world.
Poetry needs to lead us to a higher plain of realization to help our mind see further than the actual image or print before us. Poetry should be like music.
The art images within ILLUMINATIONS, The Geography of the Imagination invite close scrutiny and exploration. Black Swan Editions wishes you many hours of delight and discovery among the world's presented inside.
BLACK SWAN EDITIONS CATALOGUE
Other Poetry Books with Cover Illustration by Steven E. Counsell:
What Lasts Is The Breath
by Janet Eigner
Janet Eigner's What Lasts is the Breath charts a decade of a mother's grief at the loss of a beloved adult daughter. Like a kind of Demeter doggedly searching through "the long, miserable journey of days" Eigner looks everywhere for what lasts: in nature, in memory, in love and family, in the clay objects her daughter sculpted, in a grandson's face, in encounters with others who teach her a different way of carrying grief, like Lavina, a Hopi friend, who says "the body is like a corn stalk/What lasts in the breath." The poems are particularly vivid in the lives and sensibilities evoked, and, just as the poems voice many difficult realities, including historical and political events, they also do not shirk from the many struggles of human feeling that follow such a loss. What returns is not the ever-mourned Persephone but a hard-won instruction for the living, that in our "gathering, preserving together" those who are left can again "taste the sweet/through the rough, bitter seed." Rebecca Seiferle, Tucson Poet Laureate, award-winning Copper Canyon Press poet, publisher of online, international zine, The Drunken Boat.
Other poetry by Janet Eigner:
by Janet Eigner.
See Janet's website at http://www.eignerdanceswithwords.com
On the Back Porch of the Moon
by Jane Lipman
On the Back Porch of the Moon is Jane Lipman's first full-length poetry collection. Her chapbooks, The Rapture of Tulips and White Crow's Secret Life, published by Pudding House Publications, were finalists for New Mexico Book Awards in Poetry in 2009 and 2010 respectively. She was awarded first prize in poetry in the Santa Fe Reporter's Writing Contest,
Her poems have appeared widely in journals and anthologies. During the '80s she founded and directed Taos Institute, which sponsored performances and workshops by Robert Bly, Joseph
Campbell, Gioia Timpanelli, and others. She has lived in northern New Mexico since 1970.
What Others Say About Jane Lipman, Poet & Author
"Beauty Maker, Jane Lipman delivers crafted, sensuous poems of her seen and felt world, her beloved, and the Beloved, poems of revelation; tender celebrations of landscape and birdscape. The poems speak urgent, velvet Truth to Power. Grace, gratitude, and then, the quicksilver of the poet's talented wordromp––for the pure joy of it! Ancient Bardic energies thrum here, and the
immediacy of the utterly, freshly seen! These poems manage a near-miracle: sound, clear language for Consciousness: a new and much needed Spiritual Literacy. I am enchanted by this book of passionate Heartsongs, wise, and well sung."
Judyth Hill, author of Speaking With Angels
"To find humor and lyricism joined in a volume of poetry is a rare surprise. The lush, sensual poems in Jane Lipman's first full-length book are at once playful and wildly imaginative. Infused with the beauty of this world, they remind us to "Pull a smile out of your hat/ as a
magician pulls out of his/the rabbit of grief."
Jean Nordhaus, author of Innocence and The Porcelain Apes of Moses Mendelsshon
"Jane Lipman's poems gather her wit, intelligence, and wisdom the way honey comes together out of the flower, the bee, and the hive. This eros of intellect and spirit delights my attention. Poems worth waiting for, and you didn't even know you were waiting, by a poet who has paid her poetic dues by a long allegiance to her art."
Joan Logghe, Santa Fe Poet Laureate for 2010-2012, co-author of Love &
Death: Greatest Hits, New Mexico Book Award winner
Other poetry books by Jane Lipman:
The Rapture of Tulips
White Crows Secret Life
Somewhere in Ireland
by Linda Whittenberg
Tender Harvest, 2009, Black Swan Editions, Finalist for New Mexico Book Award:
Many poems in Tender Harvest are inspired by a childhood in Illinois corn country, but subjects range from Latin Dancing to Native American petrolyphs.
What Others have Said:
"Linda Whittenberg's Tender Harvest is the real thing: an adult's garden of verses rich in small-town story, down-home truth, soil-bred wisdom, land-of-little-rain beauty, and more—all interwoven with evocative detail, spiritual attentiveness, emotional intelligence, tough-minded clarity, and verbal music tuned to a well-tempered ear."
Michael L. Johnson, author of From Hell to Jackson Hole, a Poetic History of the American West, Dept. of English, University of Kansas.
Somewhere in Ireland, 2011, Black Swan Editions: Somewhere in Ireland began to be written soon after the author landed at Shannon Airport to attend Writers' Week in Listowel, County Kerry. The beauty of the land, the welcoming spirit of the people, the language, the clouds, the music, the ever-present reminders of history, all these set pen in motion and the poems kept coming over the next two years.
The book tells the story of how being in the land of her ancestors opened the doors to the author's family history and to parts of herself she had never considered to be related to her
The beautiful colored art reproduced in the book is by Georgia artist Lillie Morris, who also has deep Irish connections, especially through her fiddle playing.
What Others have Said: In a strong, honest, confident voice, at once American and Irish, Linda Whittenberg leads us ...on a fascinating journey across the years and miles, from the dark days of The Famine in County Clare, over oceans and deserts and back again to the 21st Century... The poems here are full of love, not to mention forgiveness and a deep understanding of where her people came from and the times and circumstances that drove them. Somewhere in Ireland should appeal to readers on both sides of the Atlantic.
John McGrath, writer, teacher, editor, manages Moybella Press which publishes the work of Irish
writers, including his own book, Blue Sky Day.
About the Author: Linda Whittenberg Is a Unitarian Universalist Minister who began writing poetry in retirement. She rises early each day to spend time with words. She and her husband Bob Wilber live in a rural setting near Santa F
Dying Can Wait
by Linda Whittenberg.
.Lind Whittenberg webait: www.lindawhittenberg.com