This Enduring Gift
A Flowering of Fairfield Poetry
76 Poets Who Found Common Ground in One Small Prairie Town
Compiled and selected with introductions by Freddy Niagara Fonseca and a foreword by Donovan. Endorsed by two US Poets Laureate. Paperback and Hardcover versions with 300 poems, 16 chapters and 796 pages. Publisher: 1st World Publishing. Links to TEG‘s Website and Facebook.
Pictured below, Freddy invites Roger Pelizzari to read his poem, The Beginning of Real Time, during the book launch at Revelations Cafe and Bookstore in Fairfield, Iowa, September 24, 2010.
The room was filled with poets and guests that night. I’m sitting in the front row, and was also invited to read a poem. Since we were running out of time, I read the short tanka. Here are my poems, selected from the ones submitted, published in This Enduring Gift: Five Haiku, the tanka, Cold Wet Night, and Poetry—The Art of the Voice, which was later selected as the POEM OF THE DAY: Poetry – The Art of the Voice, by Ken Chawkin.