My daughter, age 23, works in Kabul, Afghanistan, a city that has been attacked several times during the last few weeks, and again yesterday. Today I wrote this poem, which I dedicate to Dan Wilcox of Albany, NY.
Entertaining details about the history of CHAPBOOKS (poetry as well as other genres) from these sources:
Relishing my temporary assignment as a beta reader for a poetry manuscript. I’m reading the poems aloud to myself, and recording them, and then listening for rhythms and tones.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Close your eyes, conjure this vision of the night sky: a matte-black rectangle punctuated by fourteen small round apertures, each softly back-lit. Which one is the moon?
What I just evoked for you is the elegantly-designed cover of this keepsake poetry chapbook meticulously crafted by BatCat Press, www.batcatpress.com. (I purchased #20 of 50 copies.)
The 23 poems between these covers are keepers, too. Mr. Daniels’s translucent lyrics are lingering, right now, within the undercurrents of my own life’s late-hour regrets, bygone apologies, and waning options. The poet writes about human Melancholy in all its lunar phases — the full phase of addiction, the partial phases of flawed relationships, the enigmatic phases of raising children, the absent phases of recollected childhood.
Perhaps–as has been proposed elsewhere–our personal salvation begins with complaint (blaming the gods) and ends with gratitude (praising the gods). If so, this small chapbook ushers forth a muted, almost shy, grace: the poet begins with self-deprecating complaint (“Apology to the Moon”) and ends with self-effacing praise (“Audience with the Moon”).
Splurge on a purchase of this precious collection of poetry. Feel for yourself the soft grace of it, from cover to cover.
POETRY CHAPBOOK CONTESTS AND PUBLISHERS (contest sponsors, presses, open-reading publishers) — a list I’ve compiled over the last twelve months of submitting my manuscript.
Anchor and plume
Astounding beauty ruffian
Button poetry (performance poetry)
Center for book arts
Coast to Coast Poetry Press (C2P2)
Letter [r] press (prose poems)
Main street rag
Midwest writing center
Munster literature center
Palettes and quills
Platypus (mini digital chapbooks)
Poetry society of america
Priestess and hierophant
Two of cups
Wells college press