New Collection About To Go to Print

????????????????????????????????I’m thrilled with the cover art and kind comments re: my new book, The Resonance Around Us, coming out later this month from Mountains and Rivers Press (Eugene, Oregon). I’m grateful to the publisher, Ce Rosenow, for the joys of working with her on this collection, to Jonathan Greene, book designer extraordinaire, and to Dobree Adams, photographer who took this gorgeous photo specifically for the book,  echoing the images in the title poem, below:


The Resonance Around Us

As we walk through this field, coarse grasses
vibrate around our ankles. Listen, we are already
in the sky, its rising glissando trembling in the
hollows of our bones—our bones that might be
wind chimes hanging from the trees, clattering
like a hard rain.

Tonight it will snow, each crystal a tuning fork
for the other, each of our upturned faces echoing
the quiet ticking flakes that home on us.

Even those things we deem silent—dead weeds
nodding by the barn, the piles the horses drop
as they drift through the pasture, steam rising
from each before it cools—even these
are singing in their spheres.

Listen, and you might hear the choir of atoms,
those unseen constellations that make flesh,
flickering on and off as they resonate with
the dead who float beside us, their substance
oscillating faster than we apprehend.

Just now some bird that knows the notes
of twilight opened its beak to offer a brief
harmony, and as the dark descends in solemn
chords, a chorus of plum clouds begins to hum
on Earth’s horizon.


I am trying to figure out how to insert the cover image in a large enough format that you can read the comments on the back. I’m very grateful to Terry Ann Carter and Charlotte Mandel for their more than kind comments about my work. Hopefully, I’ll figure out how to do that soon.

The collection is in two parts. The first section, “The Resonance Around Us,” consists of  free verse poems, while the second section, “The Great Blue”contains haibun. As soon as the book goes to print, the Ce will post it on the press web site, along with ordering information.

I’m hoping to arrange a couple of readings to launch the book, either here in South Jersey, or even up north. Have book, will travel ;).


About penhart

I am a poet and writer, published widely in journals and anthologies, and my literary autobiography appears as an extended essay in "Contemporary Authors." My poems have recently appeared in "Rattle" ,"Tiferet," and "U.S. 1 Worksheets". Work has also appeared in "The Valparaiso Poetry Review," and "Umbrella." Recent books include 'One Bowl" (2012); "Recycling Starlight" (2010); and "The Night Marsh" (2008).. Earlier collections include "Along River Road"; "Lizard Light: Poems From the Earth"; and "Buried in the Sky." My illustrated alphabestiary for children, "The Beastie Book," was published in the December, 2009, by Shenanigan Books. I have won three poetry fellowships from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, as well as awards from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the Mary Carolyn Davies Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America, and the first William O. Douglas Nature Writing Award for my work in the anthology "American Nature Writing 2002." I was invited to be a "featured poet" and read at the 2010 Dodge Poetry Festival, and was awarded a residency / fellowship for January, 2011, at VCCA (Virginia Center for the Creative Arts." I live in the South Jersey shore area, and work as a visiting poet in the schools through programs sponsored by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and various other agencies. I'm still fairly new at blogging and hope to add more graphics, etc., as I learn more.
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2 Responses to New Collection About To Go to Print

  1. jama says:

    Congratulations, Penny! The poem is exquisite and I’m looking forward to seeing the entire collection.

    When I click on the image, I can see a larger version and read the text on the back cover :).

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