Nothing says happy National Poetry Month like a brand new
April 1, 2022 - Meadowlark Poetry Press is over the moon to announce the upcoming release of Songs for Ghosts! This is California poet Julie Valin’s first Meadowlark book and second poetry collection, following The Distance Between (Six Ft. Swells Press 2011).
About the Book
Nothing dies for good in this poetry collection. In plainspoken
and free verse rock ‘n’ roll style, Valin celebrates the moments that make and
break us, the travels that invigorate us, the people who mean the world to us,
and the feelings attached to the ceaseless entrance and exit of these moments.
Memories intertwined with songs is a motif, and, with a soundtrack (linked to Spotify) included
in the back, the book reads as if it's an invitation to hang out with the poet,
listening to her handmade mixtape.
About the Book Launch Event
For our California readers and anyone wanting to travel: The Wild Eye Pub presents an After Hours Poetry
book release with Julie Valin and Bill Gainer, longtime friends and forerunners
of the After Hours Poetry gang.
Julie and Bill will be celebrating their new book releases with
poems, stories, songs, drink and all-around merriment.
Doors will open at 6 p.m. for dinner and drinks, so arrive early!
Show will start promptly at 7 p.m.
Questions? 530-446-6668 or email@example.com
Learn more about the event here...
About the Author
What Readers Are Saying
Julie Valin’s poems in Songs for Ghosts are that crackle and pop
of the needle hitting the record, the first sliver of moonshine through the
window, the thump in the chest when love calls, the sound of a radio on in an
empty room, and the songs you choose to play when ghosts appear. There is a
deep rhythm to these poems. They are that 1980s first synthesizer kiss, the
alternative circa 1991 combat boot kick in the heart, the razor wire of punk
that leaves scars to be proud of, and they soothe and sin like the blues.
–Todd Cirillo, Kisses From a Straight Razor, Six Ft. Swells Press Publisher
Julie Valin is a poet of barrooms and jukeboxes, buttercups and
bird ghosts, snapshots and lazy angels. In her collection, Songs for Ghosts,
she takes her reader on a vivid ride, filled with music and sunlight, nostalgia
and hope. She tells the reader, “All the poets have already said it the right
way,” but that doesn’t stop Valin from saying it her way. The poems offer the
reader a dynamic, honest, melodic adventure, in a world where she lets us know
from the beginning, “I am the radio left on in an empty room.” Valin’s
affection for the connection between music and memory are an ongoing theme,
playing throughout her poems. It’s as if the reader is sitting beside her when
she writes, “...I go back to the Blues, / sip my coffee / with a splash of
bourbon, / watch the record spin behind the glass, / and listen to poets sing /
80-year-old words / to fill me up / once again.” This is an invitation to pull
up a barstool and pore over the dazzling Songs for Ghosts.
–Kirsten Casey, Ex Vivo: Out of the Living Body, Poet Laureate of Nevada County, CA
I don’t know what that thing is . . . that thing that makes a poem
great, but whatever it is, Julie Valin has got it. She writes of ghosts,
record players, and the romance of cheap beers—of things lost and the
sensuality of everyday moments—every word a frayed yet somehow perfect
translation of the endless longings of the heart. Like an old master blues
picker, she plays the truth in every note, and lifts our spirits to the moon.
–Shawn Odyssey, Edgar and Agatha Nominated author of The Oona Crate Mystery series
The poetry of Julie Valin’s Songs for Ghosts is immediately
accessible and engaging, alive with music and precise imagery. These poems are
full of the stuff of life; the big passions as well as the quiet moments that
reveal our common humanity. Simultaneously playful and full of hard-won
insight, this collection maps the human condition with the truth and humor of
Valin’s unique voice.
–William Taylor Jr., Pretty Things to Say
In Songs for Ghosts, Julie Valin’s rhythmic, addictive voice pays
tribute to life’s sublime, beautiful, and hauntingly painful details—it sings!
–Kim Culbertson, Songs for a Teenage Nomad and Catch a Falling Star
Julie Valin’s poetry is a delight: amusing, heartfelt,
thought-provoking. Valin infuses many of her poems with her love of music;
readers feel as though they are with her, driving down the road, crooning along
to the radio. In Playin’ the Storm Out, she writes, “My own blues, / my own
flat notes and rises: / a song in the windchimes, / the sad and hopeful
harmonica / of my memory / never taken out and played.” In this collection,
Valin captures that sense of ineffable longing most of us have felt at some
time, though have not been able to give voice to. For all of what life
encompasses, read Songs for Ghosts.
–Judie Rae, The Weight of Roses and Howling Down the Moon