Literary Hook: Preview reading of ‘The Alleliua Tree’ at Barnes & Noble Feb. 25

Christine Swanberg

By Christine Swanberg
Author and Poet

Puddin’head Press and Publisher David Gecic of Chicago have announced the publication of my latest book, The Alleluia Tree.

The book contains 80 poems, new and selected. Most of the poems have been published in magazines and in this newspaper before they were compiled in this collection.

The cover photo is by Jeffrey Swanberg. Back-cover blurbs are included below to offer the flavor of the book.

I will give a preview reading with the Wednesday Writers at Barnes & Noble, CherryVale Mall, at 2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 25.

The book retails for $12, plus tax. For those who would like to purchase a copy, call Puddin’head Books at 888-Books98.

Back-cover blurbs

Nancy Susanna Breen, poet, editor and blogger at, explained: “In The Alleluia Tree, Christine Swanberg examines every situation with eyes peeled for signs of resurrection and hope. She discusses life’s tragedies and hardships with unflinching, clear-eyed honesty, but bravely holds out for the glimmer of redemption and the promise of restored life. Whether writing about post-Katrina New Orleans or the winter-starved birds of the title poem, Swanberg puts every detail in place through fresh imagery and elegant language, the reader elevated above the gloom and grit by a spiritual vision further enhanced by a true appreciation of the sensory treasures that surround us.”

Glenda Bailey-Mershon, founding editor of the Jane’s Stories anthologies, added: “The Alleluia Tree sings with clarity and precision, the well-developed song cycle of a poet at the height of her craft, and cognizant of the full arc of life: small, sweet moments, like an encounter with a family of deer at the moment ‘the sky is past indigo’; great, sweeping bridges over life passages; self-failings; and imperfect relationships that nonetheless nurture and suffice. These poems chirp with humor and go suddenly quiet with deep grief, amid so many other notes that can only be handled well by a sure, swift voice. Readers can be confident they will encounter themselves as well as unexpected blessings in these pages.”

From the Feb. 22-28, 2012, issue

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