Sunday, May 29, 2011


Perfect Dragonfly

Red Dragonfly Press has published Perfect Dragonfly, an anthology of poems, compiled by publisher Scott King, drawn from the books and poem broadsides (well over 100 of them) that the press published over the past decade and a half.

Perfect Dragonfly includes the work of more than 60 poets, including Floyce Alexander, John Balaban, Marianne Boruch, Marjorie Buettner, Philip Dacey, Lyle Daggett, Robert Edwards, Louise Erdrich, Dave Etter, Larry Gavin, Jane Graham George, Sid Gershgoren, Albert Goldbarth, Vicki Graham, Linda Hasselstrom, Robert Hedin, Dale Jacobson, Maggie Jaffe, Diane Jarvenpa, Louis Jenkins, Jim Johnson, Athena Kildegaard, Dorianne Laux, James P. Lenfestey, Freya Manfred, David Martinson, Joseph Millar, E. Ethelbert Miller, Joe Paddock, Nancy Paddock, Roger Parish, John Calvin Rezmerski, Edith Rylander, Thomas R. Smith, David Steingass, Joyce Sutphen, Barton Sutter, Thom Tammaro, Mark Vinz, Michael Walsh, Drew Weis, Morgan Grayce Willow, Timothy Young, Marilyn Zuckerman... among many others.

Perfect Dragonfly also includes an informative Introduction by publisher Scott King, and a full bibliography of the poetry, prose, translations and other work the press has published since it became active in 1994.

By way of full disclosure, Red Dragonfly Press is the publisher of three of my books of poems, and will be bringing out another collection of mine, All Through the Night: New and Selected Poems, in the near future.

This past Wednesday, at Monkey See Monkey Read bookstore in Northfield, Minnesota (a little south of Minneapolis), I took part in a reading from the anthology with several other poets: Timothy Young, John Calvin Rezmerski, Larry Gavin, Drew Weis (all of whom have poems in the collection), as well as J.L. (Jenny) Conrad and Fereydoun Faryad, both of whom have been spending time this past month at Anderson Center for the Arts near Red Wing, Minnesota, where Red Dragonfly Press is located. It was a lively energetic reading, a lot of good poems, with a warm enthusiastic audience. A couple of other readings from the anthology have also taken place in this region in the past month.

The publisher's webpage for the book is here.

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