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Given a nod by USA Book News, this collection of ecologically oriented poems traverses a wide terrain, moving from the loss of species to the beauty of the natural world, from drought to the exploration of alternative planets. It's an exhilarating collection that breaks boundaries and leads the reader deep into the personal heart of perception.

HowToDoItFrugally

Sublime Planet
As Featured in the Earth Day Issue of The Pasadena Weekly

Coauthored by Carolyn Howard-Johnson and Magdalena Ball
Photography by Ann Howley

Awards: Finalist USA Book News 2013

ISBN: 9781482054705
To order e-book or Kindle (ASIN: B000BRLF5GA): http://bitly.com/EarthDayKind
To order paperback: http://amzn.to/SublimePlanet

To hear Magdalena read the title poem: http://magdalenaball.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/SublimePlanet.mp3

Celebration Series Fan Page on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/CelebrationSeriesPoetryChapbooks

Proceeds from Sublime Planet go to World Wildlife Fund

 

"Lucid and erudite." ~ Midwest Book Review

Released by award winning poets Carolyn Howard-Johnson and Magdalena Ball to celebrate Earth Day, this is a collection of poetry that weaves the personal with the universal.

 

Here are some recent endorsements:

"Sublime Planet begins with Carolyn Howard Johnson's love poems to the living world, rapturous poems, expansive in spirit yet precise in detail:
‘An impossible moth,

dark eye at its center, opaque

helicopter blades buzz and blur... .’

 

In Magdalena Ball's darker meditations, hurt and thirst have entered the world facilitated, in part, by the machinations of civilization. While Howard-Johnson's poems praise, Ball's seem to sound a low warning. I recommend Sublime Planet particularly to those individuals who reside on the planet." ~ Suzanne Lummis, UCLA poetry instructor and LA's unique contribution to the poetry world

 

"The [environment] is a hard one--not to get didactic or preachy, remembering to be a poet first, and both you [and Magdalena] succeeded. Congratulations and the best of luck with Sublime Planet."  ~Rochelle Jewel Shapiro, author of Kaylee's Ghost

 

". . . a breath-taking book of poetry . . . " ~ Joyce A Kovelman, Ph.D., author

 


Excerpt

This Franklin Christoph prize-winning poem appears in Carolyn's section of Sublime Planet:

Endangered Species

A dragon, hiding as dragons
do, to pounce upon prey, shock

them into submission with forked
tongue, spiked tail, blue-green

scales, brimstone breath. But not
a sea dragon, this—nearly misnamed

a seahorse—dainty—
disguises herself in briny

fronds, sways with the current.
her delicate horn-shaped

snout trumpets silence.
Long like a dragon,

long as a water-lily stem,
soft, and—presumably,

slick. She flourishes
her leaf-like fins, the translucent

shade of her underwater forest
of amber seaweed pads, exactly,

matches her dance to that of the kelp,
ballet in slow motion

so the visitor to her underocean
home will not see her. She will take

them by surprise
with tenderness.





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Reader Reviews for "Sublime Planet, A Chapbook Celebrating the Planet and Universe"

Reviewed by Jamal Abukou 1/30/2015
Enjoyed the book. Awaiting the next. Jamal Abukou


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