If you agree with me that a poem can be as bountiful as a rich Victorian narrative; and as wise—that is, confusedly, shoulder-shruggingly wise—as the scrolls of the ancient sages; and can elegize, but still sparkle; and can sparkle, while still admitting the seam of darkness that worms its way through things; and can demonstrate how politics and domesticity share a common border; and can understand how classical culture and popular culture are equally sustaining pools; and can make a recipe of mordancy and tenderness; and might have the best footnote in history; and can toss off, almost casually, the kinds of lines that—even divorced from context—might be swung overhead like parade batons, like circus torches, like tribal bull-roarers . . . then you’ll want to join me here in the “Wow, I Like No Need of Sympathy Club.” Your membership fee is the same as your membership privileges: this book.”                            

--Albert Goldbarth

What’s New
• Fleda’s new collection of poems, No Need of Sympathy, (BOA Editions, 2013)  has been nominated for the Kingsley Tufts Award.
• Fleda’s essay, “Strong Brown God,” has won the 2013 New Letters Award and will be published there in the spring.
• Fleda has two poems in Image Magazine, Issue 77.
• “Bill’s Clay Figures,” an essay with photos by David Poinsett, is in the Fall 2013 issue of The Georgia Review .
You can read the backstory of this essay on their website.

In the Media:
• Fleda talks about writing on How A Poem Happens, http://howapoemhappens.blogspot.com/
• Fleda’s interviewed on Michigander Monday,  http://goo.gl/hxwMK