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Poetic Activism: Authors from Two Hemispheres Celebrate Earth Day for the World and Universe

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CONTACT: Carolyn Howard-Johnson
E-mail: HoJoNews (at) AOL (dot) com
CONTACT: : Magdalena Ball
E-mail: MaggieBall (at) CompulsiveReader.com

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Poetic Activism: Authors from Two Hemispheres Celebrate Earth Day for the World and Universe
Poets are rarely thought of as activists, and poems—especially poems about nature—rarely go hand-in-hand with geopolitical considerations. Not so with Sublime Planet, a collection of poetry (some of them award-winners) from Magdalena Ball and Carolyn Howard-Johnson.

Conceived as the 6th book in the two poets’ award-winning celebration series of poetry, Sublime Planet includes one poem that is a winner of the coveted Franklin Christoph prize and the book has been endorsed by nationally acclaimed poet Suzanne Lummis, UCLA poetry instructor. She says, “Sublime Planet begins with Carolyn Howard Johnson’s love poems to the living world, rapturous poems, expansive in spirit yet precise in detail: ‘An impossible moth/dark eye at its center, opaque/helicopter blades buzz and blur… .’ In Magdalena Ball’s darker meditations, hurt and thirst have entered the world facilitated, in part, by the machinations of civilization. While Howard-Johnson’s poems praise, Ball’s seem to sound a low warning. I recommend particularly to those individuals who reside on this planet.” 

Jim Cox, Editor-in-Chief of Midwest Book Review describes Carolyn’s poetry: “articulate, gifted, insightful, iconoclastic, and a truly impressive literary talent . . .”
Ball and Howard-Johnson are multi award-winning poets from two different hemispheres making Sublime Planet an international effort. Carolyn a resident of greater Los Angeles and Magdalena who lives on a rural property in Australia celebrate Earth Day by offering reprint rights of poems from their book to bona fide media—online or in print—everywhere. The e-book is available to prime members of Amazon free at http://bitly.com/EarthDayKind and all sales proceeds from the print book of Sublime Planet are donated to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).

Magdalena Ball runs the highly respected CompulsiveReader.com review site. She is the author of the poetry chapbook Quark Soup, which won a 2006 “Noble” Prize from MyShelf’s Back to Literature site, a poetry book Repulsion Thrust, and the novels Black Cow and Sleep Before Evening, which was a Next Generation Indie Book Awards Finalist.

Howard-Johnson is the recipient of the California Legislature’s Woman of the Year in Arts and Entertainment Award, and her community’s Character and Ethics award for her work promoting tolerance with her writing. She was also named to Pasadena Weekly’s list of “Fourteen San Gabriel Valley women who make life happen” and was given her community’s Diamond Award for Achievement in the Arts. 

Carolyn Howard-Johnson’s poetry appears frequently in review journals. She is listed in Poets & Writers highly respected catalog of poets and her chapbook of poetry, Tracings (http://bit.ly/CarolynsTracings) was published by Finishing Line Press was given the Award of Excellence by the Military Writers Society of America. 
Ann Howley, also an award-winner and known for gift cards on fine linen featuring her photography, contributed the cover and interior artwork. 
Find more information on the entire Celebration series of these poets’ chapbooks at http://howtodoitfrugally.com/poetry_books.htm
Download a media kit for Howard-Johnson from the media room at howtodoitfrugally (dot) com
Learn more about Ball at MagdalenaBall (dot) com.

Permission is granted to republish one or both of these copyrighted poems from the book or request an e-copy of the book to choose another.

Excerpt from Carolyn’s section of the book:

cinders

after the brush burns
petals fall where no apple trees
grow, swarm against a sky
like winter-flakes, soft. white.
warm. evening breathes
them to dust, or I, with the merest
touch

Excerpt from Magdalena’s portion of the book:

Alien Life

And what of water?

Simple old H2O
that clear liquid stuff

you drink every day
the most abundant compound

on the earth’s surface

sea water
water vapour
ice
70% of the human body
you know all that
yet, licking moist lips
you also know
the habitable zone
depends on liquid water
just enough warmth
Goldilocks
down here of course
we take it for granted
slurp it down with abandon
let it drip down the chin
pour over the car
waste it
without a second thought.

Drink now
slowly
with the knowledge
that throughout the universe
aliens everywhere
your distant stardust relations
thirst.

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