Me: Hi Mir! What’s new?
Me: Well…as you are probably are keeping up with world events I’ll focus on something personal and positive. I have a new book of poetry out. STAR GAZING from Cholla Needles.
Me: How did that happen?
Me: Well, last autumn I gave a reading in Joshua Tree. I love the Cholla Needles magazine. The whole poetry scene there felt great—so grassroots and homey, but full of interest. And editor Rich Soos is a quintessential small press publisher with a lot of heart. The whole thing just took me back to my roots in community and to a lifetime in independent publishing.
Me: Sounds nice! I bet you wanted to send them a manuscript.
Me: I did, but I couldn’t figure out what. Finally my husband Rich Feldman gave me the idea—a collected book of my poems about astronomy.
Me: Great idea! Did Rich realize it would all be about him?
Me: Maybe not at first. But he loves the sky, and has shown me a lot, so he has an, excuse me, “starring” role.
Me: The poems go back to the 80’s?
Me: Just a few. And I wrote a lot of new ones. One for each planet, in fact. But not following the usual archetypes. For example, Venus is “The Warrior.”
Me; Was it hard to pick what went in?
Me: Well, I discovered that the moon, or Venus, seems to rise in most of my poems! But I stuck to ones with a real astronomical theme, including observatories, model solar systems, comets, and yes, my famous cousin Carl.
Me: How can people get a copy?
Me: Well, Mir, there are copies stacked up in the study…oh, you mean OTHER people! For a signed/review copy just write me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can get a freebie from me for just a tiny review.
On Amazon: https://amzn.to/2EmPiBt
Me: Are you happy?
Me: Usually I get nervous when a book comes out. But this volume has a really nice vibe—feels good, looks good. People seem to like it! So, yes.
Me: And what are you wearing?
Me: A Cosmic Shirt.
Me. Did you get that just to promo the book?