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Five-star review for I Tumble Through the Diamond Dust

Jim Bennett, who reviews poetry for KBR (The Kindle Book Review) and is himself a poet, liked I Tumble Through the Diamond Dust rather a lot, giving it five out of five stars: "Willett writes speculative fiction, so these poems are unusual. They are also a lot of fun. Willett’s illustrator, Wendi Nordell, has added to our enjoyment of this book with an amazing full-page drawing accompanying each poem. That makes this an even more unusual work..." He singles out five specific poems, "The Telling," "Saint Billy," "I Remember His Eyes," "I Will Ride Off the Horizon," and "Emily Alison Atkinson Finds God," and ends with: "My personal ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 11:43, July 19th, 2018 under Blog, Books, Poetry | Comment now »

Audiobook of I Tumble Through the Diamond Dust now available!

The audiobook of my collection of science fiction and fantasy poetry, I Tumble Through the Diamond Dust, which I narrated myself, is now available through Audible and iTunes. Of course, when you buy the audiobook, you don't get the wonderful illustrations by my niece, Wendi Nordell (except for a small portion of the cover art), so I recommend getting both. The print book is available through my bookstore, as well as through Indigo and from the publisher, Your Nickel's Worth Press. Here's one of the poems, "Saint Billy": [audio mp3="https://edwardwillett.com/wp-content/uploads//2018/06/Saint-Billy-without-preamble.mp3"][/audio]  

Posted by Edward Willett at 13:39, June 23rd, 2018 under Audiobooks, Blog, Books, Poetry, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

Successful poetry book launch, complete with music!

I Tumble Through the Diamond Dust officially launched on Saturday night, with a great event attending by thirty-five people or so, in the basement of The Artesian on 13th (a former church converted into a theatre). There's been one great review of the book so far. Shelley A. Leedahl, herself a Saskatchewan poet, writes: “Prolific Regina writer Edward Willett took a great idea and ran with it…and the result is this creative, entertaining, and occasionally spine-tingling collection of poems that no one but Willett – well-known for authoring sixty books, including twenty science fiction and fantasy novels – could pull off.” Read the whole review! Like a copy? You can get it here: Amazon.ca | ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 17:10, June 11th, 2018 under Blog, Books, Music, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

Illustrated collection of science fiction/fantasy poetry released!

I Tumble through the Diamond Dust, my new collection of fantastical (science fiction, fantasy, and horror) poems, illustrated by Alberta artist Wendi Nordell (my talented niece), is now available in both print and ebook formats! Buy it from Amazon.ca, Amazon.com, Kobo, or the Apple store in ebook format, or in print through Chapters/Indigo or the publisher, Your Nickel's Worth Press. Here's the description: Within these pages lie twenty-one poems… and twenty-one worlds: worlds in the farthest reaches of space, worlds steeped in myth and legend, worlds that never were, and worlds that yet could be. Written by award-winning science fiction and fantasy author Edward Willet, and beautifully illustrated by Alberta ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 10:58, April 28th, 2018 under Blog, Books, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

Complete cover for my poetry collection I Tumble Through the Diamond Dust

Here's the complete cover of my upcoming poetry collection, I Tumble Through the Diamond Dust, illustrated by Alberta artist Wendi Nordell (who happens to be my niece). The back copy reads: Within these pages lie twenty-one poems…and twenty-one worlds: worlds in the farthest reaches of space, worlds steeped in myth and legend, worlds that never were, and worlds that yet could be. Written by award-winning science fiction and fantasy author Edward Willett, and beautifully illustrated by Alberta artist Wendi Nordell, each poem was inspired by—and contains—two lines of published poetry from Saskatchewan poets, sent out every weekday by former Saskatchewan Poet Laureate Gerald Hill as a Poetry Month challenge to members of the ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 21:58, April 5th, 2018 under Books, Poetry, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

A review of Line Dance. Apparently I have a sense of humour. Who knew?

Here's the first review I've seen of Line Dance, the collection of poems that resulted from...well, I'll let the reviewer explain, because I'm tired of typing various versions of this: Each weekday during Poetry Month in April, Hill [Poet Laureate Gerald Hill] e-mailed SK Writers’ Guild members a pair of first lines he’d selected from SK poetry books and invited folks to respond with poems of their own. Some, like professionals Brenda Schmidt and Ed Willett, sent poems every day. In the end, almost 500 pieces were submitted, and SK writing veteran-turned publisher, Byrna Barclay, bound what editor Hill deemed the best into a handsome package, featuring Saskatchewanian David ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 12:51, November 6th, 2016 under Blog, Books, Poetry | Comment now »

Hear me read a Hallowe’eny poem

Looking for something both poetic and Hallowe'eny? (And who isn't?) The Science Fiction Poetry Association has a page of audio files of SFPA members reading their Hallowe'en-related poems--and it includes a file of me reading "He Really Should Have Written," one of the poems I wrote for Poet Laureate Gerald Hill's "First Lines" project back in April. A shorter version of this poem appears in the new First Lines anthology published by Burton House Books, which launches November 24 at McNally Robinson in Saskatoon (I'll remind you, don't worry.) Here's my audio file, although I urge you to over to SFPA and listen to them all! The image above is a ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 11:17, October 20th, 2016 under Blog, Poetry, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

Latest issue of Grain Magazine (which I edited) now out

Grain Magazine 42.3, the second volume of this venerable literary magazine that I've guest edited, is now in the mail to subscribers. I really enjoyed working on it with poetry editor Kelly-Anne Riess and fiction editor Cassidy McFadzean. Among the duties of the managing editor is to come up with a title for the issue. I chose "The Maps We Make," and here's my editor's note, explaining why: Casting around for a title for this issue of Grain, I netted this quote from the novel Love Over Scotland, by Alexander McCall Smith: “Regular maps have few surprises: their contour lines reveal where the Andes are, and are reasonably clear. More precious, ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 12:39, July 15th, 2015 under Blog, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

The Daily Toast: To Home

Background here.

Posted by Edward Willett at 7:33, April 3rd, 2014 under Blog, The Daily Toast | Comment now »

In honour of National Poetry Month 2: Within this box of glowing white…

Within this box of glowing white I type, in pixels black, These words. I try to get them right, Yet still I feel they lack A certain something. Yeats I'm not Nor am I Keats or Austen. My forte, I would say, is plot: This scansion is exhausten'. And so, although 'tis poetry This month is meant to honour, I don't think it's the month for me. Why, I can't even find a last line that has the right number of beats and ends with a rhyme for "honour."

Posted by Edward Willett at 23:35, April 1st, 2014 under Blog, Poetry | Comment now »