Nov 7, 2007    #152
Contact: Angela Turner

Gary Gildner explores how time changes the environment in new book from BkMk Press

BkMk Press announces the Oct. 15, 2007, publication of Gary Gildner’s new volume of poetry, “Cleaning a Rainbow.” In this engaging collection, Gildner observes the endangered wonders of the natural world amid the Clearwater Mountains of Idaho where he lives. He also considers life through the eyes of his young daughter, and he remembers his own parents, reflecting on the power of time to transform relationships.

Gildner has won praise for his lucid poetic style, as poet Dave Smith writes, “He reminds me of Randall Jarrell’s praise for a language that even dogs and cats can read—the hardest thing in the world to write well. Gildner is as good as a clear night for seeing things.” As poet and editor Paul Zimmer writes of the book, Gildner’s poems explore “that life of children, lovers, home, of complex mysteries just beyond the edge of our hands and ears and eyes.”

Gildner is the author of 20 books, including poetry, fiction and nonfiction, but “Cleaning a Rainbow” is his first poetry book in 10 years, since he won the Iowa Poetry Prize for “The Bunker in the Parsley Fields.” Gildner’s poetry has won numerous awards, including the Theodore Roethke and William Carlos Williams prizes, the Pushcart and the National Magazine Award for Fiction. Gildner plans fall appearances to promote the book in Iowa, Wisconsin, Indiana, Ohio, Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, Virginia, South Dakota and Idaho.

For more information, please contact BkMk Press at (816) 235-2558. The retail price for “Cleaning a Rainbow” ISBN 978-1-886157-63-7), 77 pages in trade paper, is $13.95.

BkMk Press was founded in 1971 and became a part of UMKC in 1983. The press publishes fine literature by contemporary authors. Financial assistance for BkMk Press is provided by the Missouri Arts Council, UMKC and private donations.

The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), one of four University of Missouri campuses, is a public university serving more than 14,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. UMKC engages with the community and economy based on a three-part mission: visual and performing arts, health sciences and urban engagement.


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