The event: Friday, January 28, 7 p.m. at Village Books.
Poets Belle Randall and Anita K. Boyle will read from their new volumes.

It’s been a pretty exciting few months while publisher Lana Hechtman Ayers and designer Tonya Namura put my collection of poems together. The title, What the Alder Told Me, is representative of the Pacific Northwest and the semi-quirkiness of the poems. But the best part for me was thumbing through the hard copy right after ripping open the box that was dropped off on the porch. I kept mumbling, It’s real. It’s real.

Here’s the press release from MoonPath Press:
January 2011

Announcing the 1st Collection in the MoonPath Press Series of Poetry Chapbooks by Pacific Northwest Authors

This inaugural MoonPath chapbook by Bellingham, Washington poet and artist Anita K. Boyle thoroughly embodies the exquisite quality of voice our press envisions. What the Alder Told Me is a collection of wise, funny, thought-provoking poems composed of taut, effervescent language, quiet strength, quirky surprise, and unflagging passion. Flowing with natural imagery, as in “paintings with infinitesimal feathers” and “the rhythm of horses chewing hay,” Boyle’s breathtaking observations captivate. And Boyle’s unparalleled Weltanschauung is evidenced everywhere, as in the section head where she informs us “Seagulls are either sitting or flying some other place to sit.” In the poem “Autumn Count,” we are apprised, “One counts on the ones who rise,” and here readers can count on this rousing, incomparable verse for a transformational experience.

What the Alder Told Me
by Anita K. Boyle
ISBN 978-1-936657-00-1; $10; 53 pages
Belle Randall. She’s just great. Belle’s newest full-length collection, The Coast Starlight (David Robert Books), gathers a large collection of perceptive, musical poems. The poems are often in seamless traditional forms, but others are wild free verse, which are given life with her formal palette. Randall’s sonnets are surprisingly nonchalant, until they reach out and smack you, like a good sonnet should. She is a master poet who knows how to play, and when to bring out the sledge hammer. Belle Randall is a Washington State treasure worthy of celebration. She lives in Seattle, and read at Open Books on the 18th of January.

Both books are available on Amazon and at Village Books.

—Anita K. Boyle