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

"In 'Vision,' one of many arresting poems in Talking Diamonds, Linda Nemec Foster's protagonist sees Our Lady of Guadalupe in an unlikely Hawaiian setting. Half-waking from reverie, she recognizes that the Virgin is in fact tattooed, front and back, on a native man: 'And you tell yourself this isn't a miracle,' she writes, 'only a tattoo; this isn't anything/extraordinary, only your life...' But that is precisely what makes her new collection so compelling: from what Wordsworth called the simple produce of the common day---a child's piano recital, a family photograph, a wretched piece of motel art---Foster exacts an energy that is, precisely, visionary, even miraculous. This is an effort so widespread in contemporary poetry as itself to seem a commonplace, and one that generally fails. Not so in Talking Diamonds, which challenges, intrigues, awes, and ultimately gratifies, poem after excellent poem."
--Sydney Lea


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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]