“Rich with closely observed detail, narrative depth, and poignant historical reflections, this is a generous and beautiful collection.”
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“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.”
“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.”
“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.’”
“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.’”
|2021||Nominee||National Book Award
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
Midwest Book Award
|Book award nominations for The Blue Divide.|
Linda Nemec Foster is interviewed for Cervena Barva Press’ YouTube series, Behind the Book/in News, The Blue Divide /by Administrator
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/in News, The Blue Divide /by Administrator
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/in News, The Blue Divide /by Administrator
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/in News, The Blue Divide /by Administrator
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/in News, The Blue Divide /by Administrator
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/in News, The Blue Divide /by Administrator
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/in News, The Blue Divide /by Administrator
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/in News, The Blue Divide /by Administrator
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/in Feature, News, The Blue Divide /by Administrator
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/in News, The Blue Divide /by Administrator
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/in News, The Blue Divide /by Administrator
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.