Housing For Wrens – Edward Morin


In Housing for Wrens, Edward Morin’s new chapbook and third collection of poems, “housing” represents shelter, home, and the act of caring for them. His poems feature birds and animals whom the poet takes as seriously as they take themselves.  He seeks to be in touch with himself and other people, knowing kinesthetically what takes place in the world. The cover art is a plate from John James Audubon’s Birds of America.

“Edward Morin has assembled lyrics and narratives touching on subjects you and I like to read about. The exquisite title poem prepares us for engagements with blue jays, bank swallows, wood thrushes—and also the pleasures of singing, fishing, even of aging. The language is to be savored and the hard-won wisdom taken to heart.”
  — Laurence Goldstein, poet and former Editor of Michigan Quarterly Review

The book is available from Cervena Barva Press in Somerville, MA 02144, at http://www.thelostbookshelf.com/cervenabooks.html


Fence, Patio, Blessed Virgin – Kristin Brace

Congratulations to Kristin Brace on the publication of her first book, a chapbook of poems called Fence, Patio, Blessed Virgin from Finishing Line Press. The chapbook weaves together memories of her grandmother with narrative from the last two years of her life. It is available at https://www.finishinglinepress.com/product/fence-patio-blessed-virgin-by-kristin-brace/. A second chapbook, Each Darkness Inside, is also from FLP.

The Nell Poems – Karen Hoffecker

Congratulations to Karin Hoffecker. Her book, The Nell Poems, has been published by Blue Light Press and 1st World Publishing. The collection of poems are written for her granddaughter to honor her father in light of his untimely death in 2016. It is available on Amazon and can be ordered from the author at klhpoetlover@gmail.com.

Welcome In – Connie Jarka

PSM member Connie Jarka has published a book of inspirational poetry. Welcome In was entered it in the 25th Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards.

WELCOME IN!…TO DAILY THOUGHTS FROM MY TIME ACROSS THE OLE’ BLUEBERRY FARM FIELDS OF LIFE–SO FAR! by Connie McDonald Jarka is a lovely collection of poetic thoughts readers will cherish. The book is well done, with a pleasant green cover, and produced in a hardback edition that many readers will buy to keep forever. The photograph on the front cover is lovely, as is the illustration of a blueberry vine. The joyous picture on the back made me smile from ear to ear! I enjoyed seeing the endorsement, too. The urging to “appreciate the day” is lovely. I want to do just that! Here is my favorite entry: Each step toward the mountaintop If only just a few Gives us a chance to lift life up And celebrate the view. I love this! You don’t have to go to the peak to experience joy. Each step along the way gives you a chance to stop and wonder. I have hiked (small) mountains, and I can attest that stopping often to observe is just as rewarding as the view from the top. This is an especially valuable thought to those who may never reach what they consider the top in life. What a wonderful thought — worth framing. I could write just as much about each entry, but you get the idea. And this book offers so much more. Readers will thank this Jarka for this book!– Judge, 25th Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards.