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The Orchard Street Press is pleased to announce the publication of  Zero, a Door an exciting new collection of poems by Wendy McVicker of Athens, Ohio.

Pauletta Hansel, Cincinnati Poet Laureate Emeritus and author of Palindrome, the Weatherford Award winner for best Appalachian poetry writes: “Zero, a Door is an interweaving of all that the poet encounters as she walks through that door ‘and into the world.’ McVicker sees with an artist’s eye and listens with the ear of a poet to what the world speaks to us, the grasses with their ‘wind-brushed hiss/a kind of silence.’….These poems are beautifully attached to ‘all/the lovely details/of this scarred world.’”

Brad Modlin, the Reynolds Endowed Chair of Creative Writing at the University of Nebraska, Kearny and author of Everyone at This Party Had Two Names, notes: “These poems want to gather every violet, even every twig, off the forest floor….Marked by complex relationships to nature and humans, these poems, like many of us, want to resist attachment while trying to embrace every beautiful thing….Read this pitch-perfect collection with a pen. You’ll want to underline the wisdom and return to it.”

Chiquita Mullins Lee, fiction/non-fiction writer, playwright, and poet, comments: “Wendy McVicker has the poet’s gift of transformative sight and hearing…Her poems ache with empathy, wisdom, and despair at a shattered world full of fragmented people. She identifies and connects us with our origins even as she queries through a lens of ecclesiastical familiarity what really matters and exhorts us toward gratitude…May the world continue to welcome her into its den of light.”

Zero, a Door is available (both online and via the mail) for $12 from:

The Orchard Street Press
P.O.  Box 280
Gates Mills, Ohio 44040

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Sales price: $12.00