I am blown away. Flummoxed. Exalted!
There is a new brilliantaceous star atop my publishing tree this Christmas, thanks to editor, artist, and poet Carol Bass. Many moons ago, Carol accepted three of my poems for her then-unnamed anthology, which (as she puts it) “began as a plea to the state of South Carolina to protect its many rivers, not to squander the waters to out-of-state industrial farms and sell its rivers to Wall Street entities, but to respect its citizens rights and its God-given resources .”
A couple of weeks ago the finished book arrived: a gorgeous, full-color-throughout compendium of poems, paintings, prose, and photographs that is easily the most beautiful anthology—physically, visually, literarily—that I have ever seen.
I have to say, selfishly, that a particular thrill rippled (!) through me when I read the astonishing list of writers among which Carol had included me. Here is a selection:
Rainer Maria Rilke
William Carlos Williams