Writing From the Center Of the Edge
Barbara Carr, Bradley Earle Hodge, Byron Kocen, Brian Michael Pion, Mada Plummer, Carolyn Poulter, Jan Stinchcomb, Naomi Youong, C.A. Wiles
Edited by Susan Bright
This is a book of great importance! the collective process of writers coming together to birth their vision into words/into print/into our hands -- the literary quality of the works within this volume -- the articulation of courage that each writer voices in each piece -- the critical eye of susan bright/make singularities a must have for book lovers.
sharon bridgforth, author, the bull-jean stories, redbone press
Singular voices, universal themes.
Anne Morris, Book Editor, Austin American-Statesman
To echo one line from one of the poems: to read this book is like "Clouds holding an umbrella." Or from another poem in this collection, "Poetry is the stillness of a photograph / Waiting for the mind and eye to catch up." . . . a significant continuation of our inherited literary traditions.
Jack L. Cross
Who are these nine, so committed, to make a special statement? Barbara Carr is a native Texan with Indian heritage, who yodels. Her work is both humorous and serious. Bradley Earle Hoge is a paleo/ecologist/fiction writer and poet who like Morris Bishop, a poet before him, explains E=mc2. Byron Kocen, a medical doctor who treats children with learning disorders, shows us that poetry is a necessity; Brian Michael Pion paints pictures with words or brushes; Mada Plummer preserves the Louisiana creole dialect and culture through her writing; Carolyn Poulter writes about "holes to fill with those warm words." Jan Stinchcomb, whose stories are being published for the first time, shows the strength and talent of a seasoned writer; Naomi Young is a linguist whose words can wake you up to action and join people together like a rainbow; Clifton A Wiles has an eye for photography just as astute as he has an ear for poetry. Susan Bright's foreward to the anthology is as interesting as the work itself.
Each writer seems to say from the center of the edge: We are you. And, as Aristotle once said, the beauty of poetry is in the recognition. This certainly also applies to the prose in Singularities.
Marvin G. Kimbrough, Ph.D., Professor Emerita, Huston-Tillotson College
Ibsn: 1-891386-23-9, 226 pages, $18.95
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