Launching a poetry book is difficult enough, but during a pandemic is doubly hard. It was about a year ago that I received an email from Finishing Line Press that announced astonishingly enough that my manuscript was accepted for publication and I was a finalist in the New Women’s Voices Contest.
Wow, I was elated. COVID-19 was not in my vocabulary or anyone else’s.
But then, in February we read the news about a virus in China. It seemed far away. But one two, three, became thousands of America’s getting sick or succumbing to this deadly virus. Everything shut down and everyone was trying to stay safe.
So, my book launch is virtual but I promise peach cobbler when this over. This book means so much from the cover photo I took at a fruit stand near Marysville, CA and the city of my birth to the photo taken in Ireland and the Castle where the O’Neill’s immigrated from to America. You will find poems about country living, farming, the seasons, the natural world, relationships good and bad. I believe you will find a poem and hopefully more than one that will resonate with you. If so, that is all the reward I need as a writer. You can pre-order here: Link to my book