Sunday, April 30, 2017

You'll Go Wild for The Wildness of Flowers by Beverly Zeimer!

We here at NightBallet Press are publishing our 100th title,
and we couldn't be more pleased or excited about this milestone!

It is our pleasure to present The Wildness of Flowers by Beverly Zeimer!


The Wildness of Flowers, a poetry collection by Ohio poet Beverly Zeimer, is the long-awaited follow-up to her award winning chapbook Pick a Way (Pudding House Publications, 2009). From burning movie magazines to keep warm, to playing Grandma and Jesse James, to the mama doll she got for Christmas one year, Zeimer remembers, explores, and celebrates, with vivid detail and a deft hand, rural life in southern Ohio.

Beverly Zeimer was awarded a grant by the Greater Columbus Arts Council in 2013 to further her work in encouraging aspiring writers to preserve their varied traditional cultures in poetic form. She has been published in various journals and anthologies, including Love Poems and Other Messages for Bruce Springsteen (Pudding House, 2009), A Community of Voices: Reflections on Identity and Diversity (College of Wooster, 2010), and Every River on Earth: Writing from Appalachian Ohio (Ohio University Press, 2015).  She lives in the Darby Valley near Big Darby Creek, where she enjoys the quiet of nature.

Excerpted from her author's statement in Pick a Way:

"My interest in poetry dates back to childhood when my mother, inspiring a lifetime love for the language, taught me verse.  Migrating from the Appalachia, my grandparents, and parents, were tenant farmers, and our family learned to make the most of its resources, the ancient tradition of poetry free for the taking.  I spent hours memorizing poems, and each Sunday, I recited a piece in church.

A member of a writer's group, I work with other regional poets, welcoming their critiques, and I revise many times to mold my poems into colorful detail.  I write in narrative free verse, as in keeping with the freedom of rural living.

My desire is to record these stories and pass them on, assuring that no account of my relationship with Ohio's rich cultural heritage is left out.  My hope is that one day, the lifestyles of tenant families, migrant workers, and farm laborers will be preserved in a larger, comprehensive collection of poems."

The Wildness of Flowers contains 28 pages of 21 poems, and is printed on crisp white paper.  The cover is a textured white cardstock with a bright coral cardstock insert, and a cover photo (taken at the OPA's recent ekphrastacy anthology release) Photo Pro-ed by the editor.  But the best parts of the book are the poems contained within!

This book is available now, for only eight dollars (which includes the three dollars postage). And best of all?  You can order it right here, right now, through PayPal!  You don't have to have a PayPal account to order--just a debit or credit card. NightBallet Press also takes checks and money orders, but please contact the editor first.

Help us celebrate the release of our 100th title(!) and treat yourself to the loving and soulful reminiscence that permeates Zeimer's The Wildness of Flowers!

A One Year Subscription to NightBallet Press has been made available, with eight titles already available for mailing, plus several more scheduled to be published by September 2017, and The Wildness of Flowers is one of those eight!  This incredible offer means that you'll receive every book that NBP publishes during its sixth season--September 2016 to September 2017--free of postage charges--for a one-time payment of only fifty dollars/$50.00!  If you wish to be a "wingman" and celebrate with us the art and heart of poetry, hit the PayPal button below and I'll put your package of books in the mail pronto!

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