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Unread 10-10-2018, 02:44 PM
Siham Karami Siham Karami is offline
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Default My New Book To Love the River

Thrilled to announce the publication of my first full-length poetry collection (and first poetry book, period), To Love the River, by Kelsay Books!!! It will be available on the publisher’s website TODAY, much sooner than expected. Amazon should have it by next week. So I am clicking my heels, floating mid-air, trying to find cloud 9 on my GPS, that sort of thing.

This book has been in the works for a few years; some of you may recognize poems therein, many of which were workshopped here. The debt of gratitude I owe to the Sphere is beyond description. I cannot begin to thank all of you, so many who generously gave encouragement, advice, and necessary criticism, without which this book would not exist. When I first came here, I had been so isolated I hardly knew how to address people, what terms to use, etc. To say the Sphere has been deeply transformative to both my life and my writing would be an understatement. I read some of these poems to one of my daughters last night, who understood so much of the experience and emotion that went into this, and saw how art can validate and augment a life at the same time as it concentrates something so expansive into a very small space.

The cover art (you can see on the link to the book on Kelsay Books website above) is by a Swedish mystic and pioneer in abstract art, Hilma af Klint, who is just now being discovered by the art world with her first one-woman show, decades after her death in 1944, at the Guggenheim Museum. This picture was the inspired suggestion of the inimitable and generous Mary Meriam, who has helped me in countless ways. There aren’t enough superlatives for her. And if I start naming names... so many of you have had an impact in ways you might not even know.

The book will be on Amazon a little later, and in about a month I will have copies to sign and send if interested (pm any time). I’m also looking for reviewers — if anyone can help with that in any way please pm me. Thanks again.

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Unread 10-10-2018, 02:59 PM
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Biggest congrats.
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Unread 10-10-2018, 03:38 PM
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Oh, well done you.
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Unread 10-10-2018, 04:24 PM
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Lovely news, Siham. Congratulations!

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Unread 10-10-2018, 05:38 PM
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Arrow --- you have had a huge impact on many of us with your incisive responses to our poems, your great good humour, your open and passionate heart, your generous encouragement, your courage. You are a great friend to poetry and poets. For these reasons, I will treasure your book. And moreóbecause the poems within it testify to a life committed to life, every single bitter, beautiful twist and turn of it.

Heartfelt congratulations, dearest Arrow, and may this book find a way into many hands.

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Unread 10-10-2018, 06:59 PM
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Wonderful news, Siham. Congratulations on this terrific milestone.

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Unread 10-10-2018, 07:10 PM
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Excellent, Siham. Congrats!

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Unread 10-10-2018, 08:47 PM
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Whoo-hoooo! Huge congrats, Siham. And what Dinkum said.
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Unread 10-10-2018, 08:54 PM
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Congratulations, Siham!
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Unread 10-10-2018, 10:53 PM
Siham Karami Siham Karami is offline
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Thanks so much, Orwn, Ann, Jayne, Calligraphy (a river’s worth of thanks!), Richard, Martin (my first Erato friend!), and Mary (what can I say?), for all your kind words and support!!!

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