This anthology features poems by Mark Doty, Ross Gay, Donald Hall, Marie Howe, Naomi Shihab Nye and many others.Â These poets, from all walks of life, and from all over America, prove to us the possibility of creating in our lives what Dr. Martin Luther King called the “beloved community,” a place where we see each other as the neighbors we already are. Healing the DivideÂ urgesÂ us, at this fraught political time, to move past the negativity that often fills the airwaves, and to embrace the ordinary moments of kindness and connection that fill our days.
From the book’s preface by Ted Kooser:
Unabashed enthusiasm is the glue that holds good anthologies together, and the book now in your hands will, as you page through it poem after poem, show you its editorâ€™s enthusiasms. What breathes from these pages is kindness and tenderness, qualities especially attractive and necessary at a time when warmth and tolerance and inclusion are rare qualities.Â â€śNothing,” wroteÂ Tolstoy, “can make our life, or the lives of other people, more beautiful than perpetualÂ kindness,â€ť and here before you is a book of kindness, of multiple kindnesses.Â
About the Editor
James Crewsâ€™ work has appeared in Ploughshares, Raleigh Review, Crab Orchard Review and The New Republic, among other journals, and he is a regular contributor to The (London) Times Literary Supplement. His first collection of poetry, The Book of What Stays, won the 2010 Prairie Schooner Book Prize and received a Foreword Magazine Book of the Year Award. Other awards include residencies from the Sitka Center for the Arts and Caldera Arts as well as two Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Prizes. He holds an MFA in creative writing / poetry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a PhD in writing and literature from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he worked for Ted Kooserâ€™s American Life in Poetry newspaper column and grew to love the Great Plains. He now lives on an organic farm in Shaftsbury, Vermont, just a few miles from the Robert Frost Stone House.
240 pages Â I Â 6.00 x 9.00 in.
Pub date: April 9, 2019
Distributor:Â Midpoint Trade BooksÂ / Ingram, Baker & Taylor.
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