Hello, Daisy Chain’rs! @thebilljim here to tell you a bit about poet and fellow New Englander, @brian_simoneau. Brian is the author of “River Bound,” which in 2013 was awarded the De Novo Poetry Prize, selected by poet Arthur Smith.
I’m a sucker for a good cover, and my goodness does this one deliver. This looks like the cover to a record I’m likely to take down from the shelf on a stormy late summer night, when the melancholy just settles into your bones like an old friend.
Of this collection, Dorianne Laux had this to say: “No detail is too small for Simoneau’s gaze, which takes each nail and board and beam surrounding it into account with a carpenter’s knack for shape, structure, precision.”
But the blurb that really made me want to rush out & order my copy of this book ASAP, is this from Arthur Smith: “What better place to discover song than in your own hometown?” As someone who has a complicated love/hate relationship with my hometown, this hit. Hard.
Here is the poem “North of Stinson Beach” from this collection – it was also featured on Verse Daily: