My publishing record is a little gawky and somewhat untidy, though colorful. There are a number of books and a chapbook published, all of which I love and which exemplify my passion for poems. I have edited the selected poems in this book by dismantling previous collections. They are presented in sequence by the titles in which they first appeared and, in that way, the book is its own story.
My unconscious models for the construction of these poems have been Selected Poems of Norman Dubie and A.R. Ammons Collected Poems both of which have provided a definitive influence on my life and work. I mention them because their work is so different and, at the same time, similar to mine. This is not to say that they are my only influences. There are so many other brilliant "ghosts," talented minds I appeal to when trying to put my particular way of experiencing the world to paper. So, I thank them all and include in that thanks my publishers, past and present.
Martina Reisz Newberry