The Very Edge is an intense collection of urgent and inspiring poetry that brings together writers in English, Spanish, and French. It features New York poet, Anne Whitehouse, and Kansas Poet Laureate, Huascar Medina. Co-edited by Polly Alice McCann and Araceli Esparza, it celebrates thirty-six contemporary poets. Fly from the top of the Swiss Alps, across towns and prairies; from the waters of the Amazon to Manhattan rooftops and through a dry and arid land where you can come to the table, hear histories woven and find that frayed edges reveal true heart and spirit. With art direction by designer, Kēvin Callahan, this book features several artists including the work of textile designer and photographer, Samantha Malay, and incredible meditative portraits by award-winning artist, Mano Sotelo.
Araceli Esparza, a Latinx poeta, writer, and one of the founders of says about this book. "We all believe in the power of belonging." These poems are not just about identity. Editor, Polly Alice McCann explains, "You could say this collection of poetry is a table where we come together. But it's harder than that. It's hard, like the flatbed of a truck which all of in the back for a ride. Each poem is urgent, gripping, I'd like to think it takes the reader on a journey past the edge where we can be together."
Eric Machan Howd
Anthony Thomas Lombardi
Katharyn Howd Machan
Janet McMillan Rives
Janet M. Powers
NOBODY the Poet
Our International Poetry Contest with winning poems from 2019 in English Spanish and French to be released August, 2020.