Volume 2, Number 2

From the desk of Jeanne Murray Walker

Vol 2. Number 2

For a signed, personalized copy of Jeanne’s books, email jwalker@udel.edu

Helping The Morning

New and Selected Poems

By Jeanne Murray Walker

Today marks the launch for Helping the Morning:  New and Selected Poems--the book with the now famous cat on the cover.  A new and Selected Volume is a remarkable milestone in any poet’s career and I am deeply grateful!   The volume contains about two thirds of the poems from my previous seven books, most of which are now out of print.  Best place to find it?  At the Word Farm Website:  http://bit.ly/1mHxoWR .  If you’d like a signed copy, email me at jwalker@udel.edu

We’ll be celebrating the book launch by inaugurating a new reading series at 7:30 pm on October 23 at The Delaware Art Museum in Wilmington.  Please join me there if you can.  It’s at 2301 Kentmere Parkway, Wilmington, DE.  Phone:  302.571.9590.

Check my website at JeanneMurrayWalker.com for other readings throughout the year.


For a hundred miles
the fields have worn
beards of ugly stubble
and night is falling
and you can’t find
a lover, not on AM or FM,
and the hand at the toll booth
wears a glove
so as not to touch you.
You pay for yourself,
then for the car behind you,
so someone pushing headlights
through the heavy dark
will feel luck
go off like a Roman candle,
and she’ll give a car length
to the maniac who cuts her off,
and you, there in your lonely bubble,
can think of each tail light,
each anonymous fender
as a friend.

From the Reviews

“I marvel at the wholeness of Walker’s vision, and how it pits the illumination of insight against the mystery of eternity.”  Elaine Terranova

“Her words gleam in the eye, nestle in the ear, take root in the rich dirt of the heart.” Luci Shaw

“Walker’s gift is her willingness, no matter how many times she has seen the sun come up, to regard each time as a fresh beginning.”   Mark Jarman

Books I’m Devouring In the Shade Garden

The Selected Poetry of Yehuda Amichai, Arcadia by Lauren Groff, The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes

The Amazon-Hachette War

As many of you probably know, books published by Hachette, including my memoir, The Geography of Memory, are being held hostage by Amazon.  Because Hachette has refused to agree to Amazon’s demand for a greater percent of ebook sales, Amazon has raised the price of Hachette books and is discouraging their sales by slow-walking their delivery. If you’d like to read more about this dangerous feud, check out The Atlantic Monthly’s thought provoking article:  http://theatln.tc/1hezNtw

I’m boycotting Amazon, ordering everything through alternative websites like Alibris. I invite you to join me. Alibris will get TGoM to you in a couple of days.

Thanks for reading!  Questions or comments? Email me at jwalker@udel.edu