My new collection of poems, Bloom, is now available! Published by Ireland’s Salmon Poetry — which also published Riverfall and has a superb lineup of poetry collections and anthologies and puts together a beautiful book — the collection contains 36 poems in three sections, including the long, 8-part poem “Inflorescence.”
Tthe poet Alison Hawthorne Deming says of the book:
Simmons B. Buntin writes with scrupulous attention to the agency of love in a wounded and venomous world. Whether he considers Hiroshima or dead albatrosses, the small marvels of finches or ladybugs, or his daughter’s accidental plunge through a plate glass window, his poems celebrate nature, family, and the healing power of beauty.
And here’s the official blurb:
Set largely in the rugged but resplendent borderlands of Arizona and Sonora, Mexico—and ranging as far afield as the Israeli desert, the Sweden of his mother’s youth, the Midway Atoll, and Hiroshima, Japan, on the 40th anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bomb—Simmons B. Buntin’s second collection of poems, Bloom, gathers unexpected insight from our built and natural landscapes to blossom into poems of striking beauty and stunning realization. Shine, the book’s first section, ranges from the violet light of the last night in Eden to a daughter’s coming of age and desire. Flare, the second section, weaves from roadside wildflowers to an evening in SoHo to a mother’s memory of Nazi bombers overhead before her own storied migrations to America. And Inflorescence, the final section, braids the experience of a daughter recovering from emergency surgery following a severe accident, with the slow and mesmerizing bloom—or inflorescence—of the yard’s magnificent agave. In reading the poems of this finely crafted and lyrical book, you’ll find that—like the daughter releasing ladybugs in the poem “Shower”—the open room of your heart, too, will be filled with “pure red joy.”
Purchase your copy now on the Salmon Poetry website! And if you’re in Tucson on Saturday, November 6th, please join me from 5:30 to 9 p.m. in the Civano Neighborhood Center for the Bloom Launch: BBQ, Potluck, Reading, and Signing. Contact me to RSVP — all are welcome!