Finishing Line Press announces the publication of
The Need for a Bridge, a chapbook of poems by Joyce Wilson
Twenty original poems inspired by the bridge over the Fore River in Massachusetts.
I am delighted to announce the publication of my chapbook The Need for a Bridge. The 20 poems were
inspired by driving over the Fore River bridge, getting stuck in traffic on
the bridge, and researching the history of the many bridges that have covered the Fore River. I did not know, until I
spent some time reading The Patriot Ledger
archives at the Thomas Crane Library in Quincy (Massachusetts) that people have been complaining about the bridge
going up and impeding traffic since 1918! We all have our stories about our frustration with the old bridge, and this
book has formalized some of mine. It has been a meaningful endeavor to research these poems, present them at readings,
and meet those of you who also know the bridge and have been inconvenienced trying to cross it. Some of you even live
there. — JW
“Send us a bridge to love, not love to hate.” What commuter stalled in “hurry-up-and-wait” traffic could fail
to appreciate Joyce Wilson’s new collection The Need for a Bridge? These poems, intricate portraits spanning
time and distance, celebrate connections. Through the power of poetry, we come to care about the Fore River
Bridge and its people and see how this bridge has the capacity to remember.
— Alice Kociemba, author of Bourne Bridge
The poems in Joyce Wilson’s new collection are quintessentially American in their concern for human connection and
formal lyric expression. Her bridges span the generations of the particular lives that cross back and forth over them,
as well as the surges of turbulent history that are never far from them — as her poem about Selma makes clear. The Need
for a Bridge is both the necessity of recognizing our human limitations, and the poetry of transport.
— George Kalogeris, author of Guide to Greece