On a tour in northern England, Galway Kinnell attended areading by Josephine Dickinson. She made such an impression on himwith her brilliant poems and unusual background that he has offereda rare, special introduction to her U.S. debut book. At the age ofsix a serious illness left Dickinson deaf overnight. Shenonetheless built a career as a musician, composer, and teacher,while also writing poetry filled with sound and rhythm. Theforty-five poems in Silence Fell are set on a sheep farm in thenorthern mountains. She moved there thirteen years ago and fell inlove with a local farmer, a man more than twice her age, who hasrecently died. The poems tell a unique love story through a modernshepherd''s calendar. A New York Times Book Review Editors''Choice.
JOSEPHINE DICKINSON, author of "ScarberryHill" and "The Voice", was born in South London in 1957. Shestudied classics at Oxford and taught music for many years. She haslived in Alston, a small Cumbrian town high in the Pennines, formore than a decade. The summer 2005 issue of the British literarymagazine Staple praised the best "Alt Generation" o poets(a response to the Guardian"s "Next Gen" contest), and Dickinsonwas the first choice listed by both judges.Galway Kinnell is aformer MacArthur Fellow and has been state poet of Vermont. In 1982his Selected Poems won the Pulitzer Prize and the National BookAward. For many years he was the Erich Maria Remarque Professor ofCreative Writing at New York University. He is currently achancellor of the Academy of American Poets. For thirty-fiveyears-from "What A Kingdom It Was" to "The Book of Nightmares" to"Threee Books"--Galway Kinnell has been enriching American poetry,not only by his poems but also by his teaching and his powerfulpublic readings