I Am South by Donna Snyder Reissued

Donna Snyder: I am SouthIn Donna Snyder’s debut collection of poetry, I Am South, readers are exposed to the vivid psyche of a poet unafraid to release the passions, fears and reasoning of inner toil and resolve. Snyder’s poetry is like a painting that tells mystified stories and is very revealing in all their discretion. The language of the poet is elaborate and intense evoking images such as darkness: “it is a black night and I dive over and over / from the prow of a black boat/ into the blackest water” (“To Continue is Imperative,” 27), mythology: “He turns his feathered back on the siren’s song / a choice will lead him back to the horned man’s woodland” (“Dreaming in Cards,” 23), and sex: “the sound of movies and silk hosing swishing / the young thighs crossed and uncrossed in the darkness / If only I had never said yes to fervent kisses beneath my ear” (“Blame it on Neruda,” 15). For all the poetic language, Donna is exceedingly forward in some of her work, as in “Like a Cloak of Many Colors,”

I can’t write in subtleties by nature
I articulate experience in blatant terms
name the emotion
… I can’t write in ambiguities
my job is to name a thing and make its existence
compel response
… you know what I mean when I say it” (38)

and the title poem, “I am South,”

Gravity pulled me from north to south
to find some truer self
South is where I learned to swallow Pablo Neruda
like rum
South is where time stretches out like a bus trip
in exotic lands
And south is where I can both swear and sweat
in Spanish
There is antiquity here everywhere
and I have become part of it.” (37)

Through the images and poetic devices, Donna Snyder presents a collection both kaleidoscopic and in-your-face, and gives nods to such writers as Octavio Paz, Rainer Maria Rilke, and Pablo Neruda. First published as a chapbook in 2010, I Am South is now re-issued as perfect bound edition and brings readers poetry that has proven to age gracefully over the course of four years.

I Am South by Donna Snyder is available through Amazon and other fine retailers.


Something Wicked This Way Comes

Something Wicked This Way Comes

The debut novel by Michael Aaron Casares. Coming Soon from Virgogray Press.

Beneath Our Feet – New Poetry Collection from Mary B. Harrison



It is with deep humility and gratitude that Virgogray Press has now released a new collection of poetry by Missouri poet, Mary B. Harrison. Beneath Our Feet has been a long time coming from Virgogray Press, and a production process that took longer than initially planned, the collection has finally arrived. I am pleased with the outcome, as Mary has expressed satisfaction, as well. It is a beautiful and sad collection of verse that really draws from life, but reflects it in snapshots of poetic expression. I am pleased to have this grouping of poetry, this body of art in the Virgogray Press library among the other gems of the underground and independent literary canon.

In Beneath our Feet, Mary B. Harrison’s poems are ghost-like snapshots, visual memories, history poetic as conveyed in the writer’s verse. Reflections at the evening of reality, Harrison’s poetry is a force of nostalgia behind a quiet, yet sharp voice. Astounding visions, moments weighted with sadness and notes of depression, the memories in a life of loss. Whether the curse of longevity, or good fortune, Beneath our Feet is a solemn account, a creative vision sculpted by the poetry of the thought-full poet deeply interred in her craft as readers witness through her movie reel instances of poetic imagery and detail. Still, this collection is a brief candle, a respite poignant and deliberate, a noted sharing by a poet brave and skilled, a lucid withdrawal into the whispers of fine literature.