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Volume 25, Number 4 — April 2018

New Book of Poetry by ETSU Author Published

January 01, 2007

Wind Publications is pleased to announce the release of Breathing in Darkness, a collection of poems by Ted Olson, Director of Appalachian-Scottish and Irish Studies at the Center for Appalachian Studies and Services at East Tennessee State University.

Olson's poems, creative nonfiction, essays, and photographs have appeared in a wide variety of magazines. For many years he has performed traditional and contemporary American, British, and Irish songs and ballads at educational and entertainment venues. Olson has captured the music of these vibrant songs of the earth and heart in this collection of resonant poems.

Olson will be reading and signing Breathing in Darkness at Malaprop's Bookstore in Asheville, N.C. on Thursday, January 25 at 7 p.m.

What Others Are Saying:


"The spare, distilled poems in Breathing in Darkness have in them both the beauty and the dread of being. These excellent poems are 'deep in life,' in D.H. Lawrence's phrase, and they take the racing pulse both of the self and of the world." — Richard Wilbur

"The poems in Breathing in Darkness spark quick moments of insight, surprise. Olson's taut lyrics evoke a life, a world. Alert to both familiar detail and wider context, Olson sees the drama in the daily event, and the significance of the larger perspective. These are poems of families, of fathers and the complex stories of fathers and sons, as well as the vexed history of the American South. They are also poems of a lover, of the bonds that connect us, the painful and thrilling bonds we live by." — Poet Robert Morgan

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