On this site you can learn more about Paula Bonnell's four collections of poems.
By clicking on their titles, in the sidebar or wherever they are given in blue,
you'll arrive at the pages for each book where you'll find cover images, quotes given for the books.
For Before the Alphabet, there are also some readers' reactions. Some poems from the books can be read through this site.
Below, here on the home page, there's more about Ciardi Prize book Airs & Voices
Also here are links to individual poems -- not in the books -- from online publications,
some of them below on this home page, plus others through links in sidebar (which appears on all pages on this site).
Easy to do. All you need to know is the cost (below) and the address: PO Box 51860, Boston, MA 02205.
Message - hard cover with dust jacket $20
Airs & Voices - trade paperback $13.95
Before the Alphabet - chapbook, saddle-stitched $13.99
tales retold - perfect-bound chapbook $13.99
for shipping, add :
1 book $3
2 books $4
3 books $5
4 books $6
Compute the amount, write a check, put in the mail, and
you’ll soon have the book(s) autographed by the author with gratitude.
From advance praise for tales retold, published in April of 2017:
"In this remarkable collection Bonnell enters sideways, as it were, stories and histories
that we thought we knew well.
Lucid and lithe, her words tilt us into new regions of possibility."
-- Peter Schwenger, author of At the Borders of Sleep: On Liminal Literature
"In tales retold, Paula Bonnell burrows inside familiar tales from myth, legend, and popular culture, reimagining them to reveal insights that often amuse and always surprise. I admire Bonnell's subtlety . . . These are poems worth pondering."
-- Elaine Ford, author of The American Wife: Stories
for more, click the book's title just below:
For "free samples" of Paula Bonnell's work, see links below.
Both from the Artists And Airplanes issue of The Poetry Porch, Spring 2017
The Fictional Cafe -- a weekly online magazine -- featured six of Paula Bonnell's poems
in its September 7, 2016 edition.
The titles are "Waking from a Nightmare," "East of the Sun, West of the Moon," "Stories, Doors", "Instrumental", "Migration", and "Someday."
"Canoe Trip"a ten-in-one summertime series, from the 2016 issue of The Poetry Porch
"Crossing the Equinox"a poem about the autumnal equinox published in the Spring 2016 issue of Calliope
first published in the 2014 print edition of Slippery Elm Literary Journal,
then in 2015 published in Slippery Elm Literary Journal Online Edition
an avian encounter, from the 2015 issue of The Poetry Porch
A Spy at Large in the Printed Matter
a sequence of six Reports
from the 2015 Slippery Elm Literary Journal Online Edition
"My Ordinary Love" (including an audio of Paula Bonnell reading it)
from Rattle #43,
the Love Poems issue, Spring 2014.
Also featured on Rattle's website as its daily poem for September 4, 2014
To read other poems, scroll down to the "Quick Links" section of the sidebar at your right.+-=+-=+-=+-=+-=+-=+
An interview, Summer 2015
Scroll down to the eighth interview to hear Josselyn's conversation with Bonnell, and
while you're there you can also check out as many others as may interest you.+-=+-=+-=+-=+-=+-=+-=+
A chapbook telling the story of a child's kindergarten year in free verse
Read more about Before the Alphabet and reserve your autographed copy by clicking on its blue title in the sidebar to your right.
Anywhere in the site, clicking on the blue titles will take you somewhere else where more is given for the poem or book. It's a little like chutes and ladders.
For a report on an April 18, 2013 reading in Boston, and for work -- two poems, an essay-- and tidbits, just go to theIn the window page via the tab words in the blue bar above.
For more poems, see QUICK LINKS, at right, below.
For an overview of all three Selected Works, you are invited to visit BOOKS.
Quick Links will take you directly to places in the site where you can find poems currently posted and places elsewhere where you can buy the books or read more about them and their poems. Mi casa es su casa. Please make yourself at home.
In October 2008, USA Book News selected Airs & Voices as one of seven finalists for its Best Poetry Book 2008 Award.
Winner of the John Ciardi Prize for Poetry
Selected by Mark Jarman
To buy now, click on the blue link to the publisher, BkMk Press, in the sidebar (below the titles of individual poems), to arrive at the publisher's catalogue page for Airs & Voices. To buy online, click on the little gray "Order" box at the upper right-hand corner of the page. Or you can call BkMk at (816) 235-2558 and order the book over the phone if you prefer.
Other ways to buy Airs & Voices include calling (800) 799-4148, the Carleton College Bookstore. Both Airs & Voices and Message are in stock and both books have Carleton extras included -- at no extra charge,.Also available from Grolier Poetry Book shop by phone (617) 547-4648, fax (617) 547-4230, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition, you can buy Airs & Voices online by clicking the link to Small Press Distributors (in California) the right-hand sidebar (just above the titles of individual poems) under the "Quick Links" heading.
Would you like to learn more about the book itself?
Richard Wilbur called Airs & Voices "enchanting," adding that it deals "subtly with painful or touching things,
as in 'History & a House.'"
Maxine Kumin said Airs & Voices is "full of quirky insights that keep Bonnell's poems fresh and interesting."
"A clear, subtle, witty, and authentic voice," said X. J. Kennedy. " 'The Voices' may be one of the wisest comments on the catastrophe of 9/11 an American poet has made."
Read the full text of these three poets' quotes by taking the link below:
$13.95, 78-page trade paperback format
A description of the poems in Airs & Voices appears on the Books page.
In a handsome perfect-bound format, tales retold
is poems giving new takes on stories from myth, fables, folk & fairy tales, even 20th-century news. Principal and minor characters offer their perspectives on what's happening.
"The life of the mind begins here." -- Megan Marshall
author of Margaret Fuller: A New American Life and The Peabody Sisters: Three Women Who Ignited American Romanticism
"The intelligent child [Bonnell] conjures up has a mind as supple and lively as these ecstatic, wry poems." -- Miriam Levine
author of The Dark Opens and Devotion, a memoir
"The words a story in poems on the title page of Paula Bonnell's Before the Alphabet made me rejoice for narrative in contemporary poetry. Like all stories, these poems reveal a deeper story beneath the surface. I value this work greatly."-- Nick Samaras
author of Hands of the Saddlemaker and American Psalm, World Psalm
The world as peaceable kingdom is interrupted by wars and rumors of wars.
Lyric and narrative poems, including "Eurydice," a re-telling of the myth
poetry collection manuscript
This as-yet unpublished collection was a finalist in the National Poetry Series. "Plain Speech" and "Scenic Postcard" -- both reachable through the Quick Links below -- are from Abracadabra
A SPY AT LARGE IN THE PRINTED MATTER
in Slippery Elm Literary Journal's Online Edition
poem in spring 2015 issue of Poetry Porch
My Ordinary Love
poem published in Rattle 43, the Love Poems issue, Spring 2014, including audio of PB reading it
Before the Alphabet
See images and buy this brand-new chapbook. Quotes are in the top sidebar, above.
SNReview - Spring/Summer 2012
3 poems: "Indrio Road" and "60th Anniversary" and "A New Sight from a Familiar Place Shown to me by a New Friend"
Comments on the Spring/Summer 2012 issue of SNReview & Bonnell poems in it
Intersections -- Poetry with Mathematics
"In Konigsberg" from AIRS & VOICES is featured.
Small Press Distributors
You can buy AIRS & VOICES online from SPD.
Access the text of the poem Garrison Keillor read on The Writer's Almanac
from Abracadabra -- a collection by Paula Bonnell which was a finalist in the National Poetry Series -- "Scenic Postcard" is now featured on Rattle's website as the September 7, 2014 poem of the day
Scroll down the MESSAGE page for a spring poem
"The Faraway Nearby" and "Plain Speech"
from AIRS & VOICES and from Abracadabra, these two are "In the Window" -- just scroll down
Buy Airs & Voices direct from the publisher, online