New Poetry Collection
Finishing Line Press is now taking pre-publication orders for Maureen's new poetry collection, Earthward. The publisher bases the size of the print run on how many pre-publication orders they receive, so she's hoping you’ll consider purchasing her book.
Earthward can be ordered now and will be printed and shipped in October. The cost is $14 plus $2.99 shipping. I’ve included a mail-in order form at the end of this email, or you can order online from Finishing Line Press.
I’ve been honored to receive reviews from poets I admire:
With a naturalist’s eye for the precise and sensuous image and a writer’s care for the precise and sensuous word, Maureen Eppstein plants our human griefs into this book, roots them, and invites them to quicken into new life.
—Jane Hirshfield, author of Come, Thief
What captivates me about Earthward is the way Maureen Eppstein transforms ordinary landscapes into miraculous acts of affirmation. Turning compost becomes an opportunity to ponder death and resurrection, braiding garlic reminds us of the “pleasure taken in braiding the hair of the beloved”. This is poetry of quiet lyrical depth, that reconnects us with land and spirit. Earthward invites us to stand deeply rooted in each moment, “in awe and wild surmise at all this human brain can not yet comprehend.”
—Devreaux Baker, author of Red Willow People
In Earthward, Maureen Eppstein unites what would break us with what will bring us back to life. The wild ones, like us, must eat, and so kill. Lost sisters are mourned by proxy. Some things we love are transplanted and transplanted again, surviving and sometimes thriving. The tenacity Eppstein describes is the foundation of our lives. There are those who say that to write about the extraordinary one must look lovingly at the ordinary. Eppstein knows where, and how, to look.
—Camille T. Dungy, author of Smith Blue
Please mail all orders to the Finishing Line Press address below or order online at www.finishinglinepress.com.
Please send ______ copy(ies) of Earthward, by Maureen Eppstein,
at $14.00 per copy plus $2.99 shipping.
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Maureen Eppstein is the author of two previous poetry collection: Rogue Wave at Glass Beach (2009) and Quickening (2007), both published by March Street Press. Quickening was also first runner-up in the 2007 Finishing Line Press/ New Women’s Voices competition. She has been a finalist in several other book contests. Her poetry has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, includingPoecology, Calyx, Basalt, Written River, Sand Hill Review, and Aesthetica 2014, and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Crossing the boundary between the arts and the sciences, her poems have been included in a textbook on computer graphics and geometric modeling and used in a university-level geology course.
The poems in Earthward explore the cyclical patterns of life. Here is a sample poem:
Osprey With Fish
Undercarriage of leg and talon
joins two bodies similar
as life and death conjoin
in a continuum
Huge wings slow over forest,
a fading cry.
The cover image is by Tony Eppstein.