Chapbook cover, Flashes & Specks: Poems by Diane R. Wiener (Finishing Line Press, 2021). Pre-orders are available between 2/8/2021 and 4/9/2021 at: https://www.finishinglinepress.com/product/flashes-specks-by-diane-r-wiener/. Expected shipping date for pre-ordered books: 6/4/2021. (Books can be ordered after the pre-order period, as well, of course.)
Artist Lucy Wales can be found online at: https://lucyloowalesdesign.marketing. Commissions are welcomed.
[Image description: Full-color book cover featuring original artwork—“The Origins”—by Lucy Wales. Book title in rectangular banner, top; deep blue background with white sans serif, capitalized lettering. The words “Poems by Diane R. Wiener” (at the very top) look as if made with an old school label maker, with the effect of appearing to be embossed. The words “Flashes & Specks” (after a white horizontal line) have blue spots in the lettering, as if mottled—possibly like a Crip appaloosa horse. The main scene on the cover is a fantastical world depicting steampunk grasshoppers, slugs, and snails. The slugs are suspended from shells (like hot air balloons) as they travel from a watery planet-orb through the sky to the land below. When they land, the shells connect to their bodies, and they become snails. The grasshoppers, aloft, have top hats and gears; the slugs-to-snails have steam engines on their shells (with accompanying, emergent smoke) and wear monocles. The artwork is multi-media—ink with watercolor. The color palette is a reflective mixture of the environments depicted—blues, greens, grays, and tans, with some creams, ivories, whites, and, indeed, magic.]