Speaking words of wisdom this November
Mother Mary Comes to Me: A Pop Culture Poetry Anthology is complete and at the printer with a publication date of Nov. 19, 2020. This international anthology features 63 poets hailing from America, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Spain, and Mexico. Karen Head and I are thrilled to have work from well-known poets like recent Pulitzer Prize winner Jericho Brown, Laure-Anne Bosselaar, Denise Duhamel, Maureen Seaton, Ivy Alvarez, Alice Friman, Jeannine Hall Gailey, and Rick Campbell. And we're equally thrilled to introduce new voices and beautiful work by poets that you've likely never heard before.
With more than 300 poems to choose from, narrowing it down was one of the most difficult decisions Karen and I have ever had to make as editors. The quality and beauty of the work was just overwhelming, and we are honored to have read all of it.
As I state in my introduction, we actually came up with the idea for this anthology seven years ago. However, we couldn't find a publisher willing to pick up the project. There seemed to be a nervousness or hesitation about publishing an anthology that doesn't deify Mary in a traditional way. Many of the poems in this collection take the pop culture theme to its farthest reaches, so hats off and major kudos to Madville Publishing for taking this leap of faith with us.
We are in the process of setting up a series of online readings with contributors, so stay tuned for more details. In the meantime, you can pre-order your copy of Mother Mary Comes to Me at this link.
My wife´s copy of this book arrived here in Southern Spain yesterday; on Friday November 13th 2020.
My wife´s poem, Ninja Virgin, was inspired by myself! For I had misheard her saying "Images of Virgin".
Most mysteriously it had been sent from the parish of St Saviour on the island of Jersey!
Can you throw any light upon why it came via that route, Mr Kelley, please?