Saturday, April 21, 2007

Party Post Number 23

PG FORTE inhabits a world that’s only slightly less strange than the ones she creates. Filled with serendipity, coincidence, love at first sight and dreams come true...it also bears an uncanny resemblance to Berkeley, California.


So I have this gorgeous new cover for Waiting for the Big One, my first book with my new publisher, Liquid Silver Books, who has also (breaking news here!!) just contracted the second book in this series, Love, from A to Z.

And the series itself, lighter in tone, much shorter in length, is very different from anything I’ve done before––but, don’t just take my word for that, read the excerpts on my websites (oh, did I forget to mention ‘new website’ too?)www.pgforte.com and see for yourself.

All of which should mean I’m awash in newness. New cover, new publisher, new series, two new books...and yet.

The cover, to me, is also reminiscent of a series of poems I’d written...oh, a long time ago. Let’s not say how long, shall we? Suffice it to say: Not New. Different time, different beach, very different feel to the piece...

So what’s my point, you wonder? What does this very minor coincidence have to do with change or newness or...well, anything, really?

I dunno, maybe I’ve been in California too long. Maybe I have recycling in my blood now. But, as luck would have it, it turns out that I’ve used those old poems (one of which is copied below) as the genesis for yet another new series, currently in the planning stages, which I hope to begin actively working on by the end of the year.


Passing the day’s long span
On this sliver of beach
Wishing to bleach my soul
White as the heat
Absolved in forgetfulness,
Calm as the tropical sea,
And as clear,
A mere shadow that slides over sand––
Shedding seaweed
As I would shed grief.

If only my heart had resolved,
With the pain,
Into adamant crystal.
Instead, it dissolved,
Like this friable sandstone,
Crumbled and failed
Until all that remains are these stark,
Sun-seared strands,
That are lost and lie pinned
Between dark-twin infinities
Sky and Sea, Life and Death,
Cool mirror-on-mirror, all image, no substance,
Reflecting the depths;
Reflecting the clouds that ride over the waves;
Reflecting the light which,
Splinters like glass on the rocks.

A true State of Grace lingers
Elsewhere––not here.
Where time, like unpolished silk,
Slips too slowly through sand callused fingers.
Where all, save my skin
And your memory,

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Blogger Cherie J said...

Hi PG! Love that cover! Blue is my favorite color and that is an awesome shade. Lovely poem as well.

7:08 PM  
Blogger principessa said...

Your poem is extremely beautiful and meaningful. Love the artwork on your new book cover.

7:59 PM  
Blogger ellie said...

Congrats on your new release. The poem is expressive and profound. The design of the book is striking and attractive.

8:29 PM  
Blogger robynl said...

hi and welcome PG. I love the poem; the cover is so welcoming with the intense blue and the water.

8:45 PM  
Blogger Tessa Radley said...

Welcome PG - that cover is stunning...and serene.

Jamie Sobrato also blogged about writing poetry. I've done little bits...but not enough. I must start flexing those creative muscles.


10:59 PM  
Blogger Maureen said...

Congratulations on the new book. Your poem was moving.

2:59 AM  
Blogger pearl said...

Love your new book. Congrats on the gorgeous colors. Very impressive. Your poem is unique and enjoyable.

6:49 AM  
Blogger alissa said...

I enjoyed your lovely poetry which is special. Your book looks wonderful and the colors chosen are absolutely stunning.

6:50 AM  
Blogger sharon said...

What a unusual poem which is so special and emotional. Your book looks great and I am crazy about the colors that were selected.

6:52 AM  
Blogger anne said...

Congrats on this new book. Your cover colors are ideal and perfect. I enjoiyed your poem which is unforgettable and beautifully written.

7:07 AM  
Blogger Little Lamb Lost said...

That is a very moving poem. Beaches, sand and sea all lend themselves to poetry.

7:08 AM  
Blogger diane said...

Hi, PG. Your poem is wonderful. being able to compose poetry is a real talent. Love your book and the cover is a winner.

7:10 AM  
Blogger Kimberly L said...

Hi PG!! That was a very emotional and moving poem. I like the design of your book. It's definately unique and colorful. Goes right with the book.

2:12 PM  
Blogger PG Forte said...

Thank you all for your lovely comments.

I'd meant to be around more this weekend but, unfortunately the electrician who will never be finished uncrossing my wires (that's my projection, he is still claiming that 'one more visit' ought to do it. *sigh*) had other ideas.

4:05 PM  
Blogger joelle said...

Your poem captured my imagination with its beauty and the description. I love beaches and the sea. Your book has impact with the colors that you chose.

5:44 PM  
Blogger CrystalG said...

Great cover and poem. Congratulations on your book.

5:59 AM  
Blogger jennybrat said...

Congrats on the new contract. The cover is very eye-catching.

10:34 PM  

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