Saturday, May 08, 2010

The Road

I hope you will all bear with me as I indulge in some literary nepotism today.  My husband Don Koozer’s book of poetry,The Road, is scheduled to be published late this month. 

It’s an odd thing.  Don and I met in graduate school, and one of the things that brought us together in the first place was our mutual interest in writing.  Neither of us ever lost our literary bent, yet reality intervened, and we both spent much of our married life earning a living.  Here it is, thirty-five years later, and we’ve come full circle. We aren’t exactly the Burkes, or the Kellermans, but we are both finally doing what we aspired to do so long ago.

Don was homebound for much of 2009.  After the first month or two, he was able to move around pretty well, and spent many hours sitting on our back patio, doing nothing but enjoying the sun, and trees, and birds, and the neighbor’s cat.  Eventually, he began to write poetry while sitting there.  He built up quite a body of work, and had many poems published in small literary magazines all over the country.  

Late last year, he was contacted by the editor of one of said poetry mags, Bellowing Ark, out of Washington state. Bellowing Ark Press publishes not only the magazine, but poetry books as well, and the editor liked Don’s poetry enough to ask if he would be interested in letting the press issue a chapbook collection of his work. Of course, Don said he would be honored. Now, a small paperback book of poems published by a small poetry press is not going to make Don famous, and it sure isn’t going to make him rich.  But how often is an author actually solicited by a publisher who wants to publish his work?  

We at Type M have been exploring the direction that the publishing industry seems to be going, and wondering how the rise of the cyber-world is going to affect us in the future. Though The Road is poetry and not a mystery novel, the story of how this book came to be fits in with our discussion about the strange and twisty road to publication.

I have no insight into the future.  I can only observe what is happening to myself and the other authors.  I think that if one can make a tidy sum by selling his e-books on Kindle for $2.99, then more power to him.  I also think that there is a difference between writing fiction strictly to make money and writing strictly as an artistic expression.  Some are talented enough and lucky enough that art and money overlap, maybe in an e-book, maybe in a traditionally published book.  Which way will lead to success?  It’s a mystery.  It’s like trying to catch lightning in a bottle.

As for Don’s book, he and the publisher are still in the throes of pre-pub preparation - covers, arrangement, mailing lists, reviews, etc. When the book becomes available, I’ll post that information. Until then, Dear Reader, allow me to share one of the shorter poems with you. 


The last light

Of the setting sun

Surrenders to the night

And the evening star.

The end,

Like the beginning,

Is veiled in darkness.


Vicki Delany said...

That's just great. Congratulations to Don.

Donis Casey said...

Thanks, Vicki.

Debby (Deborah Turrell) Atkinson said...

Wow, Donis. Congratulations to Don. He deserves the satisfaction. Maybe that's what its all about. I'm so happy for both of you.

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