It’s been a year since we’ve been in lockdown and things are beginning to look up. For those of you in northern states, I’ve heard the smell of spring might be in the air and there is the sign of early buds. Daylight savings this weekend!
There are big glitches in the vaccination systems across states but they are finally happening.
In Florida where I now live, we are principally a two season state—wet and dry— but the longer I live here, the more I notice the monthly changes in the air, the vegetation, and bird life. After an unbearably hot and humid summer, the breezes and cooler temperatures have been absolutely refreshing.
But enough about the weather.
I have BIG NEWS.
My poetry chapbook is on schedule to come out in early July and the presale period has begun. This is a very important time, especially for poetry books because as you may imagine, they are not well heeled, funded enterprises and without some money upfront, many go bankrupt. This particular press requires the poets to sell a certain amount of books upfront to help with printing.
This book of poems, THE ME I WAS WITH YOU, was written over many years and is a journey through life’s losses—both big and small—who shape us into the people we become.
The cover art is called The Tree of Life and was created by my longtime friend, Judith Prest who is a multi-talented poet, photographer and artist. I knew as soon as I saw it, it would be a perfect cover for the book and was so glad everyone was in agreement. Especially Judith! Is there anything she can’t do?!?
Some of the beautiful things that have been said about the book by fellow poets:
“It takes faith to coax a plant/from root to bloom” and so too, Tramontano has coaxed poems from experience of the Holocaust, from betrayal and chipped bone china, and a mother’s failing memory. Here are poems of deep human feeling as told through the “luminous particulars,” as Jane Kenyon would say: wisteria and white-capped waves and the furniture left when the family house must be sold.
–Holly Wren Spaulding, Familiars
In The Me I Was With You, Jan Tramontano tenderly explores the precariousness of human life. She does not flinch from loss carried in our bodies, in our small touches. For a lost love, she writes, I feel you in my fingertips. Fully accepting the pain of loss, she concludes a blanket of gloom falls/on ground frozen brown/but strivings of life still thrive. These haunting poems mark life’s passage and remind us of what it truly means to be alive.
–Cecele Allen Kraus, Tuscaloosa Bypass, Elevation of the Mundane
With a sharp eye for the telling detail, Jan Tramontano’s poetry provides an intimate, unsparing picture of life in all its deeply felt, intricately layered and compellingly told. Jan Tramontano is the real thing. This a book you will return to again and again.
–Howard J Kogan, A Chill in the Air, Indian Summer
Order online at finishinglinepress.com. Click on Preorder forthcoming titles or Bookstore. Credit cards are processed through PayPal.
Send $14.99 plus $2.99 shipping by check of money order for Finishing Line Press/ PO Box 40324 Georgetown, KY 40324.
Books ship July 2, 2021.
What Love Becomes is a work of literary fiction that traces the intimate landscape of two contemporary marriages from their idealistic, yet misguided beginnings. Each couple mistakenly believe their happily ever after will come without really knowing who’ve they’ve married.
Lisa goes to college in high spirits. Determined to cast off her family’s persistent warnings that life is a tragedy waiting to happen, she is devastated when it does.
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