About the book
An internet search for an old girl friend found a notice of her death only
a few weeks before. Over the years I had written poems about Barbara, from
the days when our world was vivid and new, and this book is in celebration—and
valediction—of those enchanted times.
Sample of the work:
Montebello Night, 1951
Odor of night-blooming jasmine
brings her back, star-shadow
of her hair sways on the door.
Mixed night chorus—tree frogs, crickets
fill our silence of goodbye.
Eyes dark in starlight,
she waits, forever twenty-two
wherever jasmine blooms.
About the Author
David Treadway Manning, a California native, lives in Cary, North Carolina
and was winner of the North Carolina Poetry Society’s Poet Laureate Award
in 1996, 1998 and 2006. Twice a Pushcart nominee, his poems have appeared
in New Orleans Review, Southern Poetry Review, RATTLE, 32 Poems Magazine,
Slipstream, Tar River Poetry and other journals. His seven chapbooks
include Out After Dark (2003), Detained by the Authorities
(2007), and Light Sweet Crude (2009), all from Pudding House; The
Ice-Carver, winner of the Longleaf Chapbook Competition in 2004, and,
most recently, Continents of Light (Finishing Line Press, 2010).
His full-length collection, The Flower Sermon, was a finalist in
Main Street Rag’s poetry book competition in 2007. Yodeling Fungus,
an excursion in comedy, was released in 2010 from Old Mountain Press
in North Carolina.
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