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Product Details

  • Paperback: 94 pages
  • Publisher: San Francisco Bay Press (January 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1604610093
  • ISBN-13: 978-1604610093
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,330,600 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Joan Gelfand was the recipient of the Chaffin Fiction Award in 2005 for "Paris Blues Redux." Joan's story "The Art Critic" was shortlisted for the Carver Prize. A songwriter, producer, essayist and community organizer, Joan's work has been published on the web and in literary magazines around the world.

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An award winning poet and writer, Joan's poetry, fiction, reviews and essays have appeared in national and international magazines, anthologies and literary journals including Rattle, Kalliope, The Toronto Quarterly, The Meridian Anthology of Contemporary Poetry, RiverSedge, The Chafin Journal and The DuPage Valley Review. Anthologies include "You Are Here: Poetry from the Streets of New York," by P&Q Press, "Touching: Poems of Love, Longing and Desire" and "The Light in Ordinary Things" by Fearless Books; "If Women Ruled the World," "Oakland Out Loud," "Continent of Light," and "The Jewish Women's Literary Annual."

Upcoming anthologies include "Broken Circles: Poets Speak Out on Hunger," by Cave Moon Press, "gapeseed," by Uphook Press, "Bridging New York," by P&Q Press, and two essays in: "Women and Poetry: Tips on Writing, Teaching and Publishing by Successful Women Poets," with a forward by Molly Peacock. To be published in Fall, 2011 by MacFarland.

Her newest book, "Here And Abroad" is a chapbook of short stories. "Here And Abroad" won the 2010 Cervena Barva Fiction Award.

Recipient of two Poets & Writers and a California Arts Council grant, Joan is Past President of the Women's National Book Association. The Fiction Editor for Zeek Magazine, Joan teaches in the California Poets in the Schools and Poetry Out Loud programs. Joan also coaches writers to build their strategy for success and frequently speaks at work-shops and conferences.

Joan's poetry collections are: "A Dreamer's Guide to Cities and Streams," published by SF Bay Press in 2009 and "Seeking Center," by Two Bridges Press in 2006. You can listen to her CD, "Transported," on reverbnation.com. Joan blogs regularly for the Huffington Post.http://joangelfand.com

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Sometimes tradition is where the best stuff lies. "A Dreamer's Guide to Cities and Streams" is the second collection of poetry from Joan Gelfand. Her work focuses on the natural word, its innate glory, and its impact on humanity, "A Dreamer's Guide to Cities and Streams" is original and fresh, while staying true to the classics. "Painting Haiku": Blue horizon defined/Horizon alone - nothing/Horizon sky - the world.
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By K. Saffran on January 5, 2009
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Joan Gelfand is a poet fully awake to the power of words. She creates compelling landscapes of her experiences living in San Francisco, growing up in New York, and of her travels in the world. And whether her rich and evocative poems are grounded in an urban setting or the natural world, you come to realize her outer world mirrors our inner world of thoughts and feelings, intuition and intellect.
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Each poem in this book is a little work of art: Gelfand has choreographed the poem's story, shaped the broad imagery, crafted the words, and developed meaning all to immerse the reader for a moment in a full experience. Like the book's title that conveys the musty richness of ecological areas within an urban context - the best of both worlds - you can smell the earth as you walk.
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Joan Gelfand inspires you to dig into all your memories, hopes, all dreams--whether they are rooted in the city or the countryside. After reading each poem, you want to curl on the coach and talk with Joan about life and art. Most of all, she makes you think and unlock your imagination. Only the good artists in the world can make this happen. Looking forward to the next oeuvre.
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A Dreamer's Guide to Cities and Streams still has me in a dreamy mood. My favorite poems in the collection were "I've Started Listening to Barbara Streisand, Again," "Requiem for a Dying World," "Dichotomy Sonnet," "Passover," "New York Park," "Daddy-O," "Recipe for Diana," and "Meditation on the Seventh." I love the sense of humor that shines through all that beauty.
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