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April 23, 2013


Beth, thank you so much for this gracious post. I'm delighted to have been able to work with you on these various projects -- from Brilliant Coroners to two booklength collections of poems! -- and I am so happy that you've been a part of midwifing this new book into being. I love every Phoenicia book I own (I think that's all of them!) and I'm honored to be part of your catalogue.

Congratulations to you both, and to the artist responsible for the amazing cover

Cripes! I was so excited to see that this book is reviewed by Naomi Shihab Nye, whose work I've read for my creative nonfiction classes. Buying this book as soon as I can muster some money for my book-buying fund.

I am a ditz! Just ran off and forgot to hit "post"... Shall try again.

So glad that you decided to use one of Mary's painted collages--and I think people should note how clever you were in your management of the piece. You took out a vertical slice, used your brilliant design skills to achieve the perfect balance of solids and complex forms, and made great choices on font and color, picking up just the right colors from the collages.

And I am looking forward to holding Rachel's book in my hands and sitting down for a read! Congratulations to you, Rachel, and Mary. Splendid collaboration.

(fyi: http://thepalaceat2.blogspot.com/2013/04/in-realm-of-updatery.html)

Double ditz! Well, I'm not sure why the link isn't working, as I've used the same one elsewhere, and it works. Just go to the top of http://www.thepalaceat2.blogspot.com: little horn toot for you all.

Thank you, Julia; thank you Sharat! I was delighted that Naomi agreed to write a blurb, too. And stay tuned while you save your pennies: sometime soon I will offer a short sale with special prices exclusively for readers of The Cassandra Pages.

Thank you so much, Marly! That's very generous of you...it was such fun to play with Mary's image, and didn't feel like work at all. Hope you'll enjoy these poems.

"Waiting to Unfold" is a title that just shouts vulnerability as well as reaches towards strength. I love that balance, which it sounds like Rachel's volume really explores.

You're right, Ro, it does just that. Thanks for commenting, and if you read the book please let us know what you think!

Congratulations Rachel,Beth and Phoenicia Press for your talents, integrity, persistence and creativity. You have the golden touch which reaches the heart.

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Who was Cassandra?

  • In the Iliad, she is described as the loveliest of the daughters of Priam (King of Troy), and gifted with prophecy. The god Apollo loved her, but she spurned him. As a punishment, he decreed that no one would ever believe her. So when she told her fellow Trojans that the Greeks were hiding inside the wooden horse...well, you know what happened.