Nina Romano's beautifully rendered elegy to her mother conveys the intensity of a daughter's love--profoundly on display. Romano moves from the lyric to the narrative, always staying true to place and time and surety of voice. I can't wait to share this with my customers. They're in for a real treat.
Welcome to my website!
I also happen to be the fiction and poetry editor of Bridle Path Press at: www.bridlepathpress.com, where you can submit your work and read poems in our Poet’s Corner, an occasional feature. We also have monthly essays from published writers on craft in writing: poetry, fiction and non-fiction, including memoir, in our From the Masters Series. Essays stay posted for one month and then are archived. This month’s featured author is humorous mystery writer Cindy Sample.
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A little something more about me…
I think of myself not just as a writer of fiction, but as a novelist. I am blessed in that I also happen to be a poet. I’ve only recently begun to think of myself as a poet, and that’s strange because I’ve published a great deal of poetry. But it’s nice to be able say this definitively here. Writing poetry enables me to write about what I want to write about. I can always throw down something on paper and feel I’ve accomplished something. It may be a phrase, a metaphor, an image, a description, a piece of a conversation I’ve just overheard or even a word I think is great like: synchromesh.
If I read poetry it puts me in a great mind set for writing prose. It gives me a sense of place and rhythm, a desire to say what I feel in a quick burst of energy. Poetry is at once a study in language, as well as a microcosm that allows one to synthesize into small parts what they observe and feel–therefore as my friend Leonard Nash says, it is a difficult form of writing, even harder than short fiction or flash fiction. What is really strange is that to write a poem for me comes naturally, yet to say in fiction the same thing is difficult. I have more words, more space to work with, yet it’s not easier–in fact, it’s just the opposite. However, I’m still at it, after all these years, and still hoping that poetry will lead me to finish my novel. I have completed a draft and have revised it many times. This year, I’m revising it for what I hope will be the last time.
I have a poetry collection, She Wouldn’t Sing at My Wedding, out this year, and forthcoming is a debut short fiction collection, The Other Side of the Gates. I’ve had a new collection of poetry, Faraway Confections, recently accepted for publication and also a chapbook, Prayer in a Summer of Grace.