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Old 04-21-2012, 11:55 PM
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Hello everyone,

White Violet Press just published my chapbook "The Harvest." The publishers price is $14.00, and their venue is amazon.com.

While I am very appreciative of people purchasing my book anywhere, I am offering an alternative way to purchase it. In agreement with Karen Kelsay-Davies, the editor, I am selling a limited number of signed copies of "The Harvest" from my own website for the publisher's price of $14.00 plus shipping. If you like my poetry, or just have a minute to check out the site, please visit:

http://poetrytheharvest.weebly.com/

Please note, also, that "The Harvest" is 44 pages long and contains 30 poems, one of them a 4 page blank verse narrative, so it is longish for a chapbook. Of course, I know as well as anyone that it is quality, not quantity, that counts in any collection, so I will end this post with the blurbs from the book jacket:

"There is a good deal of darkness in Jeff Holt's poems, yet his sprightliness of language and his gift for form can make them an invigorating experience for the reader."--Richard Wilbur

"Jeff Holt's poems are strongly crafted examinations of usually grim subjects, many of them apparently drawn from his work as a Mental Health professional. The candor and focus of his language together with the unobtrusive dexterity of his technical control make for poems of stark, almost brutal forcefulness. His is a very distinct voice, drawn to dark subjects, which he examines with a rare combination of honesty and hard-won art."--Dick Davis

"Whether these poems--many of them flawless examples of strict forms--convey the voice of the abused or the abuser, betrayed or betrayer, wily plotter or bewildered survivor, each invites the reader into a situation--a life--that Holt understands intimately, thanks to his years of work with the people he portrays. More important still, his words bequeath to the reader his own compassionate, hard-won and frustrated concern for those we seldom see or hear, as only genuine poetry can.

Read this book. Once the shock passes, you'll be profoundly grateful you did."--Rhina Espaillat

My deepest thanks to Richard Wilbur, Dick Davis, and Rhina Espaillat for their kind comments.

I hope to hear from you! Note: if you want to ask me a quick question, the best way is to email me at jholt71@hotmail.com, as opposed to pm'ing me here, as I do not check this site every day.

Thanks!
Jeff
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Old 04-22-2012, 05:10 AM
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Those are wonderful blurbs from eminent poets, but your past work speaks on your behalf even more eloquently. Congrats, Jeff!

Best,

Ed
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Old 04-22-2012, 05:36 AM
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What Ed said.
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Old 04-22-2012, 02:19 PM
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Well done, Jeff! I am delighted to see the White Violet Press off to such a rousing start.
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Old 04-22-2012, 03:59 PM
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Jeff and I are swapping our White Violet Press chapbooks. I'm looking forward to receiving mine in the next little while. Great blurbs, Jeff!
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Old 04-22-2012, 04:48 PM
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Thank you Ed, Janice, Gail and Catherine! And Gail, Catherine, and Ed, I am sending your copies off today. Gail, thank you again for suggesting swapping chapbooks, and Catherine, I'm looking forward to yours!

Jeff
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Old 04-22-2012, 07:57 PM
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This is a tremendous year for new volumes of poetry, and it just keeps getting better!

Congrats Jeff,
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Old 04-24-2012, 09:57 PM
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Thanks Rick!
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