Today we kick off 2015 with a new edition of The Fates of Stars and Other Poems. This second edition is revised, expanded, and illustrated. It contains new poems and ink drawings and over 30 new pages. Now over 100 pages! You can get it now in paperback from Amazon, and we offer a Kindle version, too.
From the Introduction:
The first edition of The Fates of Stars and Other Poems, published in January 2014, enjoyed a number of favorable reviews and sold both in the US and around the world. It collected a cycle of poems from 2012 and 2013 which grew out of sessions with a writers’ workshop. But in 2014, I completed a set of poems which continued the themes of that body of work. This second edition includes them.
While expanding the collection, it occurred to me that I created several poems in a process that may interest readers: redaction. So, some of the poems now sit side-by-side with images of their original redacted versions. These are pages of printed text blacked out with marker so new combinations of words or themes present themselves.
This second edition also includes many ink drawings added as visual complements to the poems. As a lifelong fan of comic books, I like to see words and pictures together. Maybe you do, too.
Finally, in terms of expanding this second edition, I made the pages and the font size larger. While quite successful in its Kindle format, the printed text of the first edition seemed a little too small. Designing the first edition opened the door to some professional work helping other authors in 2014. Those experiences gave me an improved sense of designing a book for print and encouraged me to give The Fates of Stars a tune up.