Poetry Porch Announcement

    Finishing Line Press

      is pleased to announce the publication of a chapbook of poems


by Joyce Wilson

Finishing Line Press
Georgetown, Kentucky

Published December 10, 2010
A chapbook, 26 pages
$12.00 paper

Available through Finishing Line Press under Bookstore (scroll down to the W's at the bottom). You may also order a copy from the author if you click here .


Read a discussion about The Springhouse at Kathleen Kirk's blog and more comments at GOODREADS.


Joyce Wilson speaks in her poems with quiet authority, taking us memorably into the world of childhood, with its crises, disappointments, and joys. “The Springhouse” (an engaging point of entry), “The Errand,” and “Moving Out” are among those poems I can’t forget—they recapture perfectly a small girl’s-eye view. Readers will be struck, too, by Wilson’s skill in observing creatures closely and keeping them alive in words: a walking stick, a turtle, mayflies, chickens, a dead bee. I particularly love “The Turtle,” “a shining object waiting to be found.” This slim collection delivers generous pleasures, as the best poems always do.&nbs;;    —X. J. Kennedy, author of In a Prominent Bar in Secaucus

Many of the poems in The Springhouse are beautiful, some with a Frostian weight and specificity, and I much enjoyed the detailed knowledge about birds, amphibians, and insects, as well as the scrupulous attention to form and the variety of meters. The poems about the three sisters, mother, and father are poignant and restrained; they avoid self-pity, condemnation, and sentimentality, but their feelings run deep. Children in this book (in too deep water, the refrigerator box) face problematic spaces both physical and emotional, while members of the animal kingdom seem to achieve more freedom.
—Rachel Hadas, Board of Governors Professor of English, Rutgers University, author of The River of Forgetfulness

Like the springhouse that gives her collection its title, Joyce Wilson’s work offers both bracing freshness and mystery. In her poems about animals and insects, she honors the beauty of the natural world; and in her moving poems about her sister, she acknowledges its pain. Wilson richly rewards her readers’ attention by her own patient fidelity to her subjects.
—Timothy Steele, Professor of English at California State University, Los Angeles, and author of Toward the Winter Solstice

    Joyce Wilson is author of The Etymology of Spruce (Rock Village Publishing). She is editor and creator of The Poetry Porch, a magazine on the Internet for poets, teachers, and students. She teaches English at Suffolk University. Her poems have appeared in literary journals such as Ibbetson Street Magazine, Poetry Ireland, and Mezzo Cammin. She grew up in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, the setting for the poems collected in The Springhouse.

    Photographs by A. T. Wilson

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