CONTACT: Carolyn Howard-Johnson
E-mail: HoJoNews (at) AOL (dot) com
CONTACT: : Magdalena Ball
E-mail: MaggieBall (at) CompulsiveReader.com
For Immediate Release
Poetic Activism: Authors from Two Hemispheres Celebrate Earth Day for the World and Universe
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.”
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.
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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:
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
Excerpt from Magdalena’s portion of the book:
And what of water?
Simple old H2O
that clear liquid stuff
you drink every day
the most abundant compound
on the earth’s surface
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
down here of course
we take it for granted
slurp it down with abandon
let it drip down the chin
pour over the car
without a second thought.
with the knowledge
that throughout the universe
your distant stardust relations