The Sultan, The Skater, The Bicycle Maker
Winner of The Ledge Press 2011 Poetry Chapbook Competition
"Wonderfully speculative fabular storytelling -- terrific work."
-- Tony Hoagland
The Sultan, The Skater, The Bicycle Maker won The Ledge Press 2011 Poetry Chapbook Competition and is available to purchase. The chapbook includes 28 poems, each titled after an imagined person ("The Sultan," "The Skater," "The Bicycle Maker," along with 25 others). The first poem in the chapbook, "The Clockmaker," is posted on my home page.
The art featured on the chapbook cover, "On that small hilltop in the mountains their lives were intertwined," was created by Elly MacKay. You can find her on Etsy, or at her website (linked to her name).
Winner of the Midwest Writing Center's
2012 Chapbook Contest, judged by Shane McCrae
"These are richly sensuous poems of rural experience."
-- Carl Dennis, author of Practical Gods, winner of the Pulitzer Prize
"Cindy Hunter Morgan is an amazing poet....This brief collection, Apple Season, has caught my attention with her attention to the fine details of her childhood and with the clearly wrought images she finds to make me want to read these poems again, and then again."
-- Dan Gerber, author of A Voice from the River
"Like her grandmother who guided her through this world, Cindy Hunter Morgan guides the reader through this rich, detailed landscape, capturing the subtle sounds and smells and tastes of someone really paying attention."
-- Jim Daniels, author of Having a Little Talk with Capital P Poetry
"It seems simple enough to say, as Cindy Hunter Morgan does, that 'everything is singing' -- the language is bare and direct -- but it is no simple thing to have recognized the singing, to have borne the song, and to have brought it new to a poem. Cindy Hunter Morgan performs similar feats of awareness and fidelity again and again in Apple Season; again and again she makes the world new with visionary intelligence and deceptively simple language. An image like 'your fingers curled slightly // around the handles of your purse / as though holding the reins of a horse' is boundless read without context, and both boundless and apt in its place. I'm thankful I had the chance to read this book. You will be too."
-- Shane McCrae, author of Mule and Blood
Cover art and formatting by Renee Busha, Sliced Moon Designs