Announcing the Winner of the 2009 Perugia Press Prize

by Jennifer K. Sweeney

Life-affirming but without illusions, How to Live on Bread and Music, showcases poet Jennifer K. Sweeney’s mature consciousness and circumspect intelligence.  This collection, made up of poems that stand firmly on their own, takes us on a physical and spiritual trip, symbolized in recurring images of the train.  Exploring broad themes such as identity formation, nostalgia, and impermanence, the poet passes through risk to find refuge in the sensory world.  What is most remarkable is Sweeney’s ability to confide without burdening, her gift for arranging enough silence between words for us to locate the pulse of meaning.

Jennifer K. Sweeney lives in Kalamazoo,  Michigan.  Her first book, Salt Memory, was winner of the Main Street Rag Poetry Book Award in 2006.


Perugia Press Prize: accepting submissions NOW!
for a First or Second Book of Poetry by a Woman
A prize of $1000 and publication by Perugia Press is given annually for a
first or second unpublished poetry collection by a woman.  Submit 48 to 72
pages with a $22 entry fee between August 1 and November 15.  Send an
e-mail, SASE, or visit the Web site for complete guidelines.

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