The Poetry Box is happy to announce the forthcoming release of Laura LeHew’s new poetry collection, Dear John—, which is available for PREORDER at a discount NOW thru Oct 15, 2021.

Dear John—

Dear John— is a collection of poems that investigate explore the multi-facets of love by using diverse points of view to reveal romantic love, loving friendships, and love that is complicated. The namesake poem for which this book was conceived, the final poem, “Dear John—,” is an epistolary poem in multiple stanzas ultimately on which the theme of this book is derived. “what happens between the notes // is the living.”

“In Dear John—, Laura LeHew pulls at her scabs with grace, wit and poetic honesty. Yes, it is intensely personal and revelatory as it explores the complexities of romance and love which most will identify and empathize with. You’ll find yourself deeply moved and inspired by its bold honesty. Keep this one close by because it is worth reading several times.”
—Christopher J. Jarmick, writer, poet and owner of BookTree in Kirkland, Washington

I am excited to announce the release of my new book, Coming Home to Myself, Poetry and Art by Lisa Kagan…

Spanning a decade of growth and change, this book honors the importance of following your inner compass through exploring nine essential elements of the human experience: courage, passion, patience, grace, faith, resilience, wonder, gratitude, and renewal. Serving as an intimate companion for navigating life’s passages, this collection is an ode to the kindness and generosity that the world desperately needs and the power of turning that caring towards ourselves.

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Sutherlin poet, Susan Kay Anderson, is part of the June 2021 30/30 Project at Tupelo Press

Susan Kay Anderson is part of a group of poets in a marathon fundraising poetry writing month, writing and posting one poem per day at Tupelo Press. The 30/30 Project, an extraordinary challenge and fundraiser for Tupelo Press, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) literary press. Each month, volunteer poets run the equivalent of a “poetry marathon,” writing 30 poems in 30 days, while the rest of us “sponsor” and encourage them every step of the way.

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The volunteers for June 2021 are Susan Kay Anderson, Lynne Ellis, Haider (T.L. “Nick” Gildred), Annie Goold, Brice Maiurro, Caely McHale, William Overall, Meg Weston, and Heather Hallberg Yanda.

These are poems-in-progress. Here is a sample:

Young Summer On The Beach / by Susan Kay Anderson
Did it bite or beg for water?
— from The Tower, Wild Apple / by Annie Goold

May I say
river so clear so double summer wait
forward and circling hot and cold
charm and energies so who will
slow time down
on the this beach
bare feet running
in the freezing sand
barely warm that’s
summer roaming
with a small dog
alongside the wind
anything else gone
what took forever took its time
the bonfire blaze windy laundry
these were footsteps and splashes
just like home just like relaxing
a laugh is imagined between steps
the sea so close always a friend
Let’s take a picture let’s love this
more than before let’s find this
forever this chasing in waves

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