Blood Moon, Bright Stars is an attempt to extend what Denise Levertov, Ben Linder, Dr Gustavo Parajon and many others undertook in their lives as activists. It is, among other things, an explanation for my efforts to support individuals and groups that are part of Artists for Soup, people seeking to build sustainable communities with housing, food, education, and healthcare. Artists for Soup is being born in the small city of La Paz Centro, Nicaragua. We hope to increase food security through developing bio-intensive gardens and solar ovens, among other projects. As rivers of people stream out of torn countries and our climate heats up, I imagine people working in big ways and small to help their sisters and brothers build communities and find fertile ground.
Molly McGlennen, whose poems in Fried Fish and Flour Biscuits explore modern Native American life, writes that Blood Moon, Bright Stars “is an act of dedication, where the quiet work of everyday people supplants the logic of indifferent tourism and first-world perspective.” John Balaban, author of After Our War, says: “These are finely made poems, rich in the tropical landscapes and towns of Central America, and wise in their scenes of ordinary lives lived there.” Ann Hagedorn, author of The Invisible Soldiers, says: “Even for those who do not typically read poetry, this is truly a must read for it teaches us all, as great poetry can do, to slow down, observe, and learn more than the fast moving world around us can even begin to teach us.” Anjana Appachana, whose Listening Now is set in India, writes: “The subject of each poem is not just acutely observed; it also speaks to the spirit. Rooted in Central America, political and personal, the poems transcend boundaries and linger in one’s heart.”
All proceeds of BLOOD MOON, BRIGHT STAR will go to Artists for Soup. For a copy of the book, send a check for $20 to Judith Nichols/ Artists for Soup/P.O. Box 835/ Millbrook, New York 12545