Welcome to Grayson Books
Poets were the first to teach mankind. – Horace
Poetry is nearer to vital truth than history. – Plato
Poetry is an independent ambassador for conscience: It answers to no one, it crosses borders without a passport, and it speaks the truth. That's why ... it is one of the most powerful of the arts. – Ellen Hinsey
Poetry is language at its most distilled and most powerful – Rita Dove
Poetry is not an expression of the party line. It’s that time of night, lying in bed, thinking what you really think, making the private world public, that’s what the poet does. – Allen Ginsberg
I believe in the voice of experience, and in poetry that bears the smudge marks of having been in the human fire—time, failure, error, distress, loss, rage, attachment. I believe that the most joyful poem has to bear the logo of suffering, our sponsor. – Tony Hoagland
...Poetry is a way of taking life by the throat. – Robert Frost
For every poet it is always morning in the world. History a forgotten, insomniac night; History and elemental awe are always our early beginning, because the fate of poetry is to fall in love with the world, in spite of History. – Derek Walcott
There is the view that poetry should improve your life. I think people confuse it with the Salvation Army. – John Ashbery
Lyric poetry is interpersonal. It speaks from one interior to another and creates an intimacy between strangers. It enables a connection that can cut deeper than the ones we actually experience in ordinary life, regular time. It speaks to us from beyond the grave. It crosses borders and even languages; it floats down to us through the centuries. – Ed Hirsch
It is a magical art, and always has been -- a making of language spells designed to open our eyes, open our doors and welcome us into a bigger world, one of possibilities we may never have dared to dream of. – Roger Housden
During times of celebration, of uncertainty, of transition, and of loss, people turn to poetry. It is as vital as ever.
Grayson Books publishes poetry anthologies, collections, and chapbooks by some of America’s most talented poets.
Congratulations to Frederick Foote, whose manuscript Medic Against Bomb: A Doctor’s Poetry of War has won this year’s Grayson Books Poetry Prize. Judge Martha Silano selected it from a strong group of contenders. You will be able to order his book here when published.
Runners up were:
Erin Murphy for Ancilla
Paul Martin for River Scar
and Mary Elizabeth Parker for The Body’s Lovely Fear
The 2014 Grayson Book Chapbook Competition is accepting submissions between October 1 and January 31. Find out more here here.