The Blue Divide

Cornerstone Press
Stevens Point, WI
2024 (2nd edition)

The poems in this powerful new collection explore the history of conflict and resilience—whether it occurs during the Nazi occupation of Poland, the Balkan wars in Bosnia and Croatia, or within the intimate tableaux of a family’s dissonance. Weaving poems into three distinct sections, Linda Nemec Foster pays close attention to not only what divides us, but also to what can heal and redeem our common journey: an artist’s notebook; the imagined life of Mary Magdalene; a fascination with Mount Fuji; a mother’s obsession with vintage movie stars; a dead father’s love. The Blue Divide resonates with the landscape of the world and the landscape of the heart.

Notable Reviews

“Rich with closely observed detail, narrative depth, and poignant historical reflections, this is a generous and beautiful collection.”

Publishers Weekly
(Read the complete review here)

“In The Blue Divide, Linda Nemec Foster navigates the edges and depths of worlds both here and beyond…to map what flows between us. Testimonial to human endurance and love song to the human spirit, this gem of a book, retrieved from the deep by a poet at the height of her prowess, is as wide as a ‘cavalcade of blue sky’ and as deep as ‘the blue damask of morning.’ Hold these poems up to the light to see the wide blue world (and the world in you) changed, for good.”

Robert Fanning

“With clarity and intensity, Linda Nemec Foster dives deep into the shadows, and deep into the light—global landscape, personal touch; faith and art; the sensual and the cruel; forward and backward through generations of family, acknowledging loss wherever it occurs—all with her trademark tenderness and resilience.”

Jim Daniels

“Both a tourist and an inhabitant everywhere: whether in Warsaw, Cleveland, Sarajevo, New York City, Geneva, Poughkeepsie, Oahu, or Ypsilanti, Linda Nemec Foster finds the stuff of poetry and makes it real and tangible. From ‘the thin line of horizon,’ she reminds us that ‘everything/everything is connected. Whether/we can dare to believe it or not.’”

Laurel Blossom

“I love the restlessness…the urgency of the poems in The Blue Divide, and their deep seriousness—how they peer into the present through layers of history, and peer into history through the lens of the personal; how they’re on intimate terms with both public and private violence—and can we tell the difference, after all? Tender, brutal, unflinching, magical—these poems [are] infused with the holiness of the real and the mystery of transcendence: ‘face becoming blossom becoming starburst becoming sea.’”

Cecilia Woloch


Second edition of The Blue Divide published by Cornerstone Press

The publisher of the first edition of The Blue Divide, New Issues Press, has closed its doors after going out of business. However, Cornerstone Press (University of Wisconsin—Stevens Point) has decided to publish a second edition and keep the book in print. New listings on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other online booksellers reflect this […]

Linda Nemec Foster is interviewed for Cervena Barva Press’ YouTube series, Behind the Book

Linda was interviewed by acclaimed poet and writer Diane DeCillis for the Cervena Barva Press‘ YouTube series, Behind the Book. This series, by invitation only, highlights recent books. In this program, Linda and Diane discuss her new book, The Blue Divide.

DMQ Review’s Virtual Salon Features The Blue Divide for January, 2022

Linda’s new book, The Blue Divide, was selected to be featured on the DMQ’s Virtual Salon for the month of January, 2022.

The Blue Divide is Reviewed in North of Oxford

Linda’s latest poetry book The Blue Divide (New Issues Press, 2021) is reviewed in North of Oxford, an online poetry journal based in Philadelphia.

Linda Nemec Foster Reads for the South Florida Poetry Journal’s Online Series

Watch the video recording of Linda’s reading on August 24, 2021 sponsored by the South Florida Poetry Journal. 

Linda Nemec Foster Featured on Kelly Fordon’s Blog Discussing Poems from The Blue Divide

Linda Nemec Foster is featured on Kelly Fordon’s blog and discusses a poem from her new book, The Blue Divide.

Linda Nemec Foster Book Launch Reading of The Blue Divide During Schuler Books Event

Listen to the recording of Linda Nemec Foster’s reading for her Grand Rapids’ book launch for The Blue Divide.

Linda Nemec Foster Interview with Jeff Milo from A Little Too Quiet

Linda Nemec Foster is interviewed by Jeff Milo for his podcast, A Little Too Quiet (sponsored by the Ferndale Public Library in Ferndale, Michigan).

“Life Cycle of Clouds” by Linda Nemec Foster Poetry Video

A poem, “Life Cycle of Clouds,” from Linda’s new book, The Blue Divide, was produced as a video by students from Western Michigan University.

Linda Nemec Foster’s The Blue Divide Reviewed by Publisher Weekly

Linda Nemec Foster’s poetry book, The Blue Divide, has been reviewed by Publisher Weekly.

Linda Nemec Foster’s Poem, “City of Stone, City of Trees”, Premier Video Screened at REELpoetry Video/Film Festival

Linda Nemec Foster‘s poem, “City of Stone, City of Trees,” was selected to be produced as a video/poem with watercolor animation by Matvey Rezanov (who worked on the Oscar-nominated film “Coraline”) and music score by Lena Orsa. The piece was screened at the REELpoetry Video/Film Festival sponsored by Public Poetry in Houston. The Festival’s program […]

Linda Nemec Foster’s new poetry manuscript, The Blue Divide, is accepted for publication by New Issues Press

Linda Nemec Foster’s new poetry manuscript, The Blue Divide (previously titled Pictures of the Floating World), was recently accepted for publication by New Issues Press as an Editor’s Choice selection.


2021NomineeNational Book Award

Pulitzer Prize

Kingsley Tufts Award

UNT Rilke Prize

W.C. Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America

PEN Voekler Poetry Award

Anisfield Wolf Book Award

American Book Award

Balcones Prize for Poetry

Paterson Poetry Prize

Michigan Notable Book

Ohioana Book Award

Society of Midland Authors Book Award

Eric Hoffer Book Award

Poetry Center Book Award

Foreword Indies Book Award

Housatonic Book Award

Lenore Marshall Prize

Bobbitt Prize

Midwest Book Award

Book award nominations for The Blue Divide.

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