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The initial 2006 trade paperback edition of this book received such an enthusiastic welcome, many libraries throughout the USA and Canada asked that it also be made available in a hard-cover edition. This beautifully presented 2009 hardcover is now on sale at Amazon (you can use the above link) and many other bookstores. If your local library is not stocking this essential book, you can request them to order it from Baker & Taylor or their usual supplier. The ISBN is 978-1-4116-6418-0.
This new hardcover edition of Across the Long Bridge includes 134 poems (one more than the paperback) in its 276 pages (eight more than the paperback), beautifully illustrated with many more photographs and line drawings.
Poets represented in Across the Long Bridge include Osmond Benoliel, Raymond Southall, Jacqueline Cooke, Katherine Edgren, Ned Condini, Joyce Meyers, John Flanagan, Laurie B. Moore, Mark Stuart Woodcock, Marie-Suzanne Niedzielska, Eileen Favorite, Rochelle Brener, David Hedges, Joseph A. Soldati, Jayme S. Lempke, Marianna Busching, Angie Chuang, Brooks Robards, Greg Schwartz, Judith Goldhaber, Graham Burchell, Yolanda Coulaz, Helen Tzagaloff, Lucille Gang Shulklapper, Johnmichael Simon, Sari Grandstaff, Beth Linda Block, Patricia K. Nolan, Kaye Voigt Abikhaled, Dee C. Konrad, John Howard Reid, Daniel E. Speers, Marie Delgado Travis, Lynn Veach Sadler, Shulamit Bat-Or, Graeme King, Becky Sakellariou, Michael Swan, Ian A. Hawkins, Karin Hoffecker, Cheryl Loetscher, Tom Berman, Debbie Camelin, Tara Lee Lavelle, Laura Shull, Charlotte Ann Zuzak, Tamaso Lonsdale, Niki Nymark, Alice R. Marks, Susan Bass, Andrew McSorley, Nancy Wood Orton, Gillian Lynn Katz, Joanne A. Milevec, John B. Lee, John Alexanderson, William Schulman, Mitchel Montagna, Sharon Burris, Neroli Cochrane, Maria C. Vidale, Patricia Crawford, Karen Taggart-Hatlen, Richard Strausbaugh, Erika Snow Robinson, Vanessa Padla, Pansy Camellia Wright, Beth A. Dragon, Sherry B. Hanson, Arnold Perrin, Sharon L. Slayton, Helen Bar-Lev, Katherine Edgren, Clare Kirwan, Robin B. Butler, Elizabeth Bodien, Graham Vivian Lancaster, Tyler Iseley, Carol Carpenter, Mary Kathryn Vernon, Sue Chenette, Harold Fleming.
As with other anthologies in this series, I have taken the opportunity to include a few of my own poems, as well as compositions by my associate judge, Professor Dee C. Konrad. The aim is not so much to promote our own work but to give intending contestants an idea of our tastes and convictions. Entitled, "My Search", here is a short piece, heavily influenced by Spanish poetry, such as "Adagio" by Leopoldo Lugones.
I thought I saw a smile up in the sky,
teardrops formed by the wooded wind
and tulips drooping spasmed heads to cry
on labors spurned yet lost. A sly cygnet sinned
against pale doves outlined on a sylvan-tipped roll
of nascent, nimble cloud. On his ivory, iridescent perch,
a macaw mumbled grace, arching his feathers in doll-
like plumes of catatonic harmony. Perdita, I search
the sky for you, my dear, hunting forests of cloudy lace
for a scent, a sigh, a sign, a spate, a wholesome place
where rain and sky mingle in that soul-sweet embrace
that forms the love, the radiance, the lost gloss, the base
of your once-impassioned, purified Perdita face.