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Listening to Water
The Susquehanna Watershed Anthology
Edited by Jennifer Hill-Kaucher and Dan Waber
Cover Art by Christine Goldbeck
We were sharing poems our favorite way, among friends, over beverages, within the slow swirl of an autumn breeze, at the dining room table, when Michael asked us if we'd be interested in editing an anthology for him and FootHills Publishing. Sure, we said, what sort of anthology? Michael went on to tell us how he thought it would be appropriate to put together an anthology of poems from the Susquehanna Watershed area, because that's what FootHills' first book had been, almost 20 years ago. Who would dream of saying “no”?
In the process of putting together the collection you now hold in your hands we used several criteria. First, the poems selected had to strike us both as being excellent poems. Second, the excellent poems had to be emblematic of the anthology's area of focus, the Susquehanna Watershed. By “emblematic” we mean that they had to perform the dual function of making residents of the area say “yes, that's us all right” and allowing non-residents to say “oh, now I understand the region better.” Third, the excellent, emblematic poems had to blend organically with the other poems selected. We didn't want to assemble a collection that throbbed with flashpops of disconnected poems. We wanted to assemble a collection that flows, like the Susquehanna herself - an anthology that twists and winds its way, surely, into every aspect of the lives of the people of an entire region.
Here's to 20 years of FootHills Publishing, and here's to 20 more.
Dan Waber & Jennifer Hill-Kaucher
Listening to Water
is a 100 page hand-sewn book with spine - $16.00
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