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The Best of It, New and Selected Poems, Kay Ryan, United States Poet Laureate, 2008-2010


For those building their personal library of contemporary American poetry, this collection by NLAPW member Kay Ryan is a must.
From the book jacket: “Kay Ryan is an anomaly in today’s literary culture: as intense and Elliptical as Dickenson, as buoyant and rueful as Frost. Her poems are exhilarating, strange affairs, like Satie miniatures or Cornell boxes.”–J.D. McClatchy, The Vintage Book of Contemporary American Poetry.
A Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets since 2006, Kay Ryan is the recipient of numerous accolades, including the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, fellowships from both the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Inram Merrill Award. She was recently named the sixteenth Poet Laureate of the United States.


Lilies of the Field, Linda Nash, Music CD


Treat yourself or someone you care about to the gift of inspirational vocal music. The title song Consider the Lilies will touch your soul with its uplifting music and lyrics, along with classical renditions of He is My Refuge, and The Tree of Life and 7 other beautiful songs.
A native of Washington, D.C. Linda Nash is a singer/songwriter, guitarist and harpist. The daughter of vaudeville performers, she has taken her songs to England, India, Israel and Central America. She has also performed at the Historical Society of Washington, The National League of American Pen Women, and numerous churches and halls. She has been alto soloist performing the Messiah as well. She has written songs for the harp, the piano and guitar and has a CD of her songs, Lilies of the Fields.
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Full Circle, the selected poems of Anne Marx


From the book jacket: Anne Marx, that rare poet who has established herself fully in a second language, began her career as a medical student in her native Germany where a small collection of her first poems was published. In America, she and her husband of over sixty years raised two sons who, in turn, produced six grandchildren. In her fourteen published books, the poet encompasses all these contrasting worlds.

“William Faulkner famously declared that the central theme of literature is ‘the human heart in conflict with itself.’ These words clearly describe the pivotal subject of Anne Marx’s Full Circle, an assemblage of poems spanning more than five decades. One finds it in the first poem, ‘Moment of Choice,’ and it appears in numerous variations throughout the collection, as in ‘The Other Child,’ ‘Nightmare,’ ‘Between Departure and Return,’ and, most wrenchingly, in ‘Affidavits Denied.’

Although many of the poems reflect the tensions and rewards of family life, the author also explores historical realities. In ‘The Round Trip of David Berger,’ one of her longest and most complex narratives, she confronts a tragedy that still haunts the conscience of the world.
Anne Marx writes in a variety of forms and styles, ranging from the sonnet to free verse. Among her most memorable poems is ‘Property for Sale,’ a Shakespearean sonnet combining a poignant subject and masterful carftsmanship.”—Alfred Dorn. Biennially, the Anne Marx Sestina award celebrates the unique form of the sestina with a cash award in Anne Marx memory.


Jerry Springer as Bulfinch, or Mythology Modernized, Jean Hull Herman


This book from Jean Hull Herman is a masterpiece of accessible analysis.
From Jean’s website: Jerry Springer is probably the most recognized name on television (and radio) today, though no one admits to watching his show. I do. Very carefully. I taped the episodes that were the basis for each poem, although you cannot make this stuff up. Then, it happened that I strung together, very loosely, the rising of human civilization in Greece. This is our literary heritage. We use words that refer to this knowledge every day, yet it is so little studied. I introduce the story/mythology, present a poem, and then discuss the concepts and ideas. Last, there are Internet references. Index, too. And not a dirty word – aren’t you surprised?


Starving for the Marvelous, Jean Hull Herman


Wonderful 1st Place, 2003, National Federation of Press Women Creative Verse. Collection of deceptively giddy poems.
From Jean’s website: This is a collection of Jean’s poems from “the time she became good at it” onwards – and that would be some…let’s skip the math. I Want to Go to Andromeda comes from my college days, Musings of a Satellite: the Voyager II was written when it disappeared in 1993. Perhaps people who said I’ve always had my head in the clouds were not all that far wrong. On the other hand, the “Toad poems” were started in 1990 and the Trilogy was finished in 1995, when the toads were finally able “to get to the other side.” One could say that my interests are wide ranging. It is also very fair to say that I see things from “some other point of view” –such as Murphy’s At Thanksgiving.


God is Forever, Sherry Small Sundick, illustrated by Edna Searles


This book combines pen and ink drawings of Edna Searles and poetry by Sherry Small Sundick. It is a lovely way to introduce nature, God, art and different forms of poetry to children and their loved ones. Makes a perfect gift for grandchildren, Godchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.
From the book: This is Sherry Small Sundick’s fourtheenth book. A freelance writer and poet, she resides in Potomac, Maryland. Sherry has published articles and poems in local and national newspapers, magazines and literary journals including the Northwest Current, The Wheaton News, The Washington Post, Maryland Magazine, Wellspring, The Archer, The Poet, Offerings, and the Cardinal Poetry Review.
This is Edna Searles’ tenth book of illustrations. A resident of Clarksburg, Maryland, she has shown artwork nationally with many one-person exhibits including the Virginia Corporate Exhibits of Contel and GTE and the Arnot Art Museum in New York. Her works are in the permanent collections of Montgomery Country, Maryland and the Gwinnett Fine Arts Center in Georgia and in numerous private collections around the world.

and from the Pen Woman Press:

Happy Birthday, Mr. Lincoln

In 2009, the Pen Women Press published Happy Birthday, Mr. Lincoln: A Commemorative Collage, a collection of music, art, drama poetry and writing from Pen Women members. This anthology is endorsed by the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission. The ALBC was established by Congress in 2000 to commemorate Lincoln who remains, as they state “…the embodiment of the highest ideals and values of our nation…” This outstanding book is available for purchase. See our Pay Pal link here: