Along These Rivers
Recalling the scent of steel and “the sweet smell of our father’s labors,” the “blackish green” of the Monongahela, and other aspects of Pittsburgh’s story, Along These Rivers: Poetry and Photography from Pittsburgh (Quadrant Publishing) is a compilation of written and visual images from Pittsburgh artists created in honor of the city’s 250th anniversary. Editors Judith R. Robinson (CGS ’80) and Michael Wurster gathered works to reflect the city’s creativity, flavor, and diverse attributes. The book has been nominated for an Independent Publishers (IPPY) award.
Arab on Radar
Reflecting upon her emotions as an Arab-American post-9/11, Angele Ellis uses verse to explore family memories and life experiences, both personal and political, in Arab on Radar (Six Gallery Press). Dedicated to her family, including those who have become “family” throughout her life, Ellis (A&S ’79) offers a mixture of poetry about her past, including images of her grandfather (pictured on the cover), meditations on love and loss, and her own political views, which have been influenced by her work with the peace and justice community. —LP
A lily pushes to bloom, already piercing through the green of the bud with its vibrant red petals. A poet sits seemingly asleep with his latest work in front of him. Two canaries remain caged without a keeper. Images like these create the misty tone in author Annabelle Clippinger’s book of poetry Cloud Banner (Potes & Poets Press). A Pitt English instructor and director of the PITT ARTS program, Clippinger writes about nature, life, and art, using verse and philosophical reflection to connect the reader to the “beauty of idea.”
The poet William Pettit (A&S ’94) reflects on the struggles and changes he experienced after moving from Brooklyn, N.Y., to the Italian countryside in Ghost Songs (Casagrande Press). His collection exposes the heartfelt emotion of leaving behind friends and loved ones, the pleasures and challenges of nature, and the whims of language and communication in a foreign country. Through his verse, Pettit beholds and reflects upon these observations as he conjures the “ghosts” of the past while away from home.