Books Authored


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Talking Diamonds: Poems
Linda Nemec Foster (poet)
75 pages; New Issues Press, Kalamazoo, MI 2009.

""In this luminous new book of poems, Linda Nemec Foster shows us that there are no 'ordinary' lives, that each life is meaningful and even magical, whether we know it or not. The brilliance and power of Foster's language, which has been evident in earlier volumes, is even stronger in this book.'
--Lisel Mueller


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Listen to the Michigan Public Radio interview with Linda and Laszlo

Ten Songs from Bulgaria
Linda Nemec Foster (poet)
20 pages; Cervena Barva Press, Somerville, MA 2008.

The first lines in Linda Nemec Foster ’s Ten Songs from Bulgaria, sing 'Small lives, small lives/ we are trapped inside/ small lives.' The paradox here is that Foster’s poems reveal how large and rich the worlds are in which these small lives are lived. In line after line, we encounter the depths and reach of those who live outside the zones of everyday safety. Foster makes herself vulnerable to a world 'as tangible as fog' with her own penetrating observations. She walks 'the long journey' and her poems reflect the haunting music of ode and elegy.
--Jack Ridl

Listen to free excerpts of Cry of Freedom and order this CD of Laszlo Slomovits' music that was inspired by the poems in Ten Songs from Bulgaria.


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Listen to the Landscape
Linda Nemec Foster (poet)
Dianne Carroll Burdick (artist)
72 pages; dimensions (in inches): 9 x 7; 28 hand-colored photos; 2006

Mirroring the human response to the natural world, this book is a rare synthesis of stunning landscape photography and understated haiku poetry. Dianne Carroll Burdick has photographed what she sees but expressed what she feels by hand-coloring her photographic images. Linda Nemec Foster has followed the traditional form created by Japanese poets over five hundred years ago to pen elegant haiku.


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Amber Necklace from Gdansk: Poems. Linda Nemec Foster. Louisiana State University Press, 2001.

"Place and people, language, history, habitat and blood: the free range of Linda Nemec Foster's richly textured witness is a gift—these poems, jewels."
--Thomas Lynch


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Contemplating the Heavens: a sequence of poems by Linda Nemec Foster. Ridgeway Press, 2001.

"A beautiful, beautiful book. A stunning gem of poetry, art, and book design."
 --Faye Kicknosway

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Order the CD of Steve Talaga's music that was inspired by "Contemplating the Heavens"


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Living in the Fire Nest. Linda Nemec Foster. Ridgeway Press, 1996.

"Linda Nemec Foster writes from a place of deep passion—vivid, vital, alive to the sizzle of story and need. Her sounds and images crackle and explode..."
--Naomi Shihab Nye


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Trying to Balance the Heart.
Linda Nemec Foster
Sun Dog Press
1993
 [Out of Print]

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A Modern Fairy Tale: The Baba Yaga Poems
Linda Nemec Foster
Ridgeway Press
(1992)
[Out of Print]


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A History of the Body: Prose Poems
Linda Nemec Foster
Coffee House Press
1987
[Out of Print]

Poems
Commissioned by newspapers, stage productions, and poetry performances
"A Poem for the Season of Fire and Ice" Grand Rapids Press, December 22, 2002.

"Six Poems" Linda Nemec Foster. Still Life With Conversation by Rebecca Emlinger Roberts, editor. Ridgeway Press 1993.

Six poems by Linda Nemec Foster were included in the original dramatic assemblage, "Still Life With Conversation," directed by Rebecca Emlinger Roberts. Ortonville Community Theater, Ortonville, Michigan, 1993. The text of the play, "Still Life With Conversation," was published by Ridgeway Press in 1993.

"The Obsessed Fan Speaks" Linda Nemec Foster. Elvis in a Boxby Robert Turney, Producer; F. Richard Thomas, Editor. Years Press 1992.

The poem "The Obsessed Fan Speaks" was included in the production "Elvis in a Box," produced by Robert Turney at the Kellogg Center Auditorium, Michigan State University, May, 1992. Published in a boxed assemblage, edited by F. Richard Thomas, 1992.

"Fragments of Athena" Linda Nemec Foster. The Fear of Women by Robert Turney, Producer; F. Richard Thomas, Editor. Years Press 1991.

The poem "Fragments of Athena" was included in the production "The Fear of Women," produced by Robert Turney at the Buckham Fine Arts Gallery in Flint, Michigan, May, 1991. Published in a boxed assemblage, edited by F. Richard Thomas, 1991.

"The Electrolux, The Salesman, The Housewife" Linda Nemec Foster. Nature Adores a Vacuum by Robert Turney, Producer; F. Richard Thomas, Editor. Years Press 1990.

This poem was included in the production, "Nature Adores a Vacuum," produced by Robert Turney at the Kresge Art Museum, Michigan State University, April, 1990. Published in a boxed assemblage edited by F. Richard Thomas, 1990.