Valium will be released on August 25, 2009. The first publication in the VGP Chapbook Anthology series, this book collects both poetry and prose from several talented writers, including: Carla Arthur, Donna Snyder, Eneida Garcia, Jonathan Penton, Anne McMillen, Marc Olmsted, Chevalterre Nabil, R.L. Burns and Michael Aaron Casares.
Here is an excerpt from the Forward in Valium:
“The idea for the Virgogray Chapbook Anthology Series is not only to collect various voices among poets writing today into a single publication like a journal or magazine, but to capture their views on specific topics as identified by the anthology theme. In this way a consensus may be formed of an opinion of poets and writers on the topic laid out in the publication. These anthologies cannot be done without the bravery, boldness or assertiveness of writers willing to share their work, no matter what the tone or perspective on the chosen topic. What the Chapbook Anthology Series aims to do is to present the most lucid, fluid and genuine works to the reader. Truly, poetry and writing is one of the most important forms of expressionism as it deals with words, a direct commune between people to share ideas and thoughts, feelings and experiences.
These goals were undoubtedly met with the release of Valium, the first in the Virgogray Chapbook Anthology Series, and I thank all those who contributed and all those who submitted their work for consideration. On Valium, poets were asked to send in their work on the topic of psychological prescription drugs. What I found in most cases was a resounding struggle between the benefits and the disadvantages of psych-drug usage. Whether poems pertain to direct use, a lack thereof, or under the influence of, what can be certain, at least within the confines of this publication is a general message of discontent concerning the topic of prescribed-psychologicals. That is not to say that all the work maintains a negative tone—far from it, but the message is clear, and I thank the poets who are brave enough to stand up for what they feel in their hearts to be true. “