Friday, March 8, 2024

Florida: Poetry and Prose Tour and Giveaway

 


Florida offers lush landscapes, infinite sunshine, and a chance for renewal. But its footing as a place of refuge and joy continues to shift as easily as its miles of sandy shoreline. 

Florida: Poetry and Prose

by Glenn Erick Miller

Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Florida is a land of extremes. Depending on the perspective, it can be seen as either beacon or demon. It is an epicenter of dreams, both wonderful and broken. It offers lush landscapes, infinite sunshine, and a chance for renewal. But its footing as a place of refuge and joy continues to shift as easily as its miles of sandy shoreline.

Florida: Poetry and Prose explores our complicated relationship with place. This love story serves as the backdrop for observations on identity, family, and the desperate attempt to safeguard memories against the march of time. The poems speak to the longing for human connection and the promise of permanency. At the same time, they revel in satire and the irony of setting down roots in a paradise that may soon be under water.

The collection is anchored by a pair of short stories which pit tragedy-tested love against the stark realities of nature and an increasingly uncertain world.


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SNOWBIRD


Snowbird 

is a slam.

I’ve used 

the term

myself.


Never 

is a stupid 

thought. 

I’ve used 

the word 

myself.


A snowbird knows

when to leave

and when to go back.


It is buried in her,

this call to move with the seasons, 

traveling lightly with no possessions. 

“Why deny it?” she asks. “Just accept it, 

and enjoy the scenery.”


What kind of bird 

stays? What do you call 

a bird that stores

food and insulates 

their home and puts

together jigsaw puzzles

to fritter away

the horrible night? 


What kind of bird 

chooses to wear 

a badge of 

martyrdom

when paradise 

is just

a flight 

away? 





Glenn Erick Miller is the award-winning author of "Camper Girl," a Young Adult novel and "Red's First Snow," a picture book. Another picture book, "What Can it Become?" won a Florida SCBWI's Rising Kite Award and is forthcoming.

He earned his BA from SUNY Oswego and MA from Binghamton University. During his long career in education, he has been a tutor, program coordinator, GED teacher, and college professor. He divides his time between New York's Adirondack Mountains and Southwest Florida.


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