The Very Edge is an intense collection of urgent and inspiring poetry that brings together writers in English, Spanish, and French. Co-edited by Polly Alice McCann and Araceli Esparza, it celebrates thirty-six contemporary poets such as New York poet, Anne Whitehouse, and Kansas Poet Laureate, Huascar Medina. Let them take you on a journey across border towns and prairies to the top of the Swiss Alps; fly from the waters of the Amazon to Manhattan rooftops into an arid land where you can sit at the table and hear stories woven from the frayed edges of our hope. 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.