• It’s a Deal!

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    Edited by Robert F. Lawson and Carol S. Lawson
    Chrysalis Reader #18

    The eighteenth volume of the annual Chrysalis Reader anthology explores the bargains that shape our lives through poetry, essays, and short fiction. Read more

    Paperback, 224 pages


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We don’t often think of our daily lives and social connections as a marketplace, but sometimes that’s exactly what they are. Sometimes the interactions are win-win, and sometimes the outcome hangs on a single breaking point.

The eighteenth volume of the annual Chrysalis Reader anthology explores the bargains that shape our lives through poetry, essays, and short fiction. Among the fifty-three entries in this volume are poetry from poet laureates William Kloefkorn, Judith Ann Levison, Linda Pastan, and Wesley McNair. Acclaimed poet Robert Bly writes of regret and “long-legged birds.” Professor Michael Thomas’s short story “Are You an American?” highlights the desperation of Mexico’s rural villages; artist David S. Rubenstein gives a medical researcher a second chance; Pushcart Prize nominee Frank Scozzari spins a tale of revolution and sacrifice. Rounding out the volume are two Bailey Prize winners: Byron Edgington, whose journey home to see his dying father means tough choices, and Chloe Joseph with a poem about a mother’s infidelity.

About the Author

Robert F. Lawson’s poetry has appeared in Three Rivers Poetry Journal, Salt Lick, Plum Review, Phoenix, Negative Capability, Lullwater Review, Kalliope, Hampden-Sydney Poetry Review, and others. He recently retired from Maine Public Broadcasting as the major gifts and planned giving officer. A co-editor for the Chrysalis Reader and former editor for Simon & Schuster, Lawson does freelance editing and writing consultation.

 

Carol S. Lawson holds a master’s degree in literature from Bennington College. Her long and varied career in publishing has included managing a medical journal for Harper & Row, publications and press work for the US Public Health Service and the Environmental Protection Agency, and the executive editor position at the American Birding Association.

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