Tirades and Evidence of Grace: Austin Book Award, 1991

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9780911051582: Tirades and Evidence of Grace: Austin Book Award, 1991

The Tirades are just that, how tired we are of the personal, environmental and political atrocities that have infested the planet. The And poems are about relationships, love. Evidence is a hard look at things as they are. The Of section of the book is about the death of the parent. The Grace poems are a difficult grace--how light filters through even the darkest hours so courage shines in our souls no matter what.

"They are snapshots of the soul."
Andrew B. Preslar, Review of Texas Books

"Like her grandmother and father, Bright was born into a world of books and has made a life collecting them, teaching them, writing them, and--for almost two decades now."
Elaine Ayala, Austin American-Statesman

"A metaphor--trance evolves into acute spiritual awareness in 'Urban Shadow.' The result of such a vision is not only a sense of personal terror but knowledge of what can kill the best in humanity: 'I think it has mass and is a tangible result of logic that shuts down the heart.' How terribly it does shut down, and how desperately we need poets who can endure the vision, sacrifice bliss, and strip vagueness from such an enemy that must be named if logic is ever to be overcome by its superior: the heart."
Holly Hunt Cost, Small Press

Photographs by Butch Hancock

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About the Author:

Susan Bright was founder and editor of Plain View Press, with 17 collections of poetry. She won three Austin Book Awards and was named Woman of the Year by the Austin Women's Political Caucus in 1990 for her work as a poet and publisher. Her poetry is feminist, direct, and often hilarious. She was founding director of a small press distribution organization (Texas Circuit) in the 70's and 80's in the American Southwest and was editor of Women's Way a feminist newspaper based on a Central Texas festival of the same name. She performed her poetry on local and national NPR programs and on BBC radio in England. Her poem Pie was featured on the back page of Utne Reader.

Susan Bright made a lasting impact in the lives of countless people through her dedication to literature and to myriad worthy causes.

"It is said that the thirst of Earth's
great trees calls water
from depths which are invisible
causing springs to flow" -- Susan Bright

A native of Pennsylvania, Susan Safford Bright was the daughter of William and Ann Bright. She studied at Stanford University and embarked on a literary career, founding Plain View Press in 1975, which has released more than 500 titles, including many by Texas authors. As publisher and editor, Ms. Bright mentored countless writers, who cherished her advice and kind encouragement.

Ms. Bright inspired a host of readers through her 19 collections of verse; she won three Austin Book Awards and received the Violet Crown Award from the Writers League of Texas for Tirades and Evidence of Grace; her poetry was published in England by Longram and the Poetry Business Press. Ms. Bright was a cofounder and active blogger on earthfamilyalpha.blogspot.com.

For decades, Ms. Bright ardently supported the environment, peace, and women s issues; she helped organize conferences, workshops, and such events as the Women s Way Festival, and she gave generously of her time and talents to the Coalition for Visible Ballots and the National Ballot Integrity Project, among other organizations. She worked tirelessly to protect Barton Springs, where she swam laps year round; she served on the board of the Save Barton Creek Association and advocated for the springs at city council meetings, where she sometimes recited poems about the beloved Austin landmark; in 1990, the Texas Women s Political Caucus gave her its Woman of the Year Award.

Susan Bright made a lasting impact in the lives of countless people through her dedication to literature and to myriad worthy causes. After her death in Dec of 2010, The House of Representatives of the 82nd Texas Legislature paid tribute to Susan Bright in H.R. 176 on Feb 24, 2011.

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