Flashes & Specks: Poems by Diane R. Wiener available for pre-order

Flashes & Specks: Poems by Diane R. Wiener (Finishing Line Press, 2021) is now available for pre-order, until 4/9/2021.

Books can be ordered after the pre-order period, as well, of course.

Expected shipping date for pre-ordered books is 6/4/2021.

The pre-order numbers determine how publicly available the chapbook will be, as well as the royalties level (for the life of the chapbook—my goal is to be able to get an annual pizza).

Advance praise for Flashes & Specks:

Lyric poetry is unlike its attraction to like. It proposes analogies but breaks the strings. Diane Wiener‘s poems build for and then against the like to like dichotomies of custom. There’s no one like her writing today. Stephen Kuusisto 

Reading Diane Wiener‘s chapbook, one can smell marine air, see birds flying, and feel the reach of trees as they sing and talk. We experience a poet’s “cyclical nonlinear mythical time” with awe at living among each other and nature. Readers will want to return to her sieve of words to savor the love, dreams, and hope these poems catch. –Clark A. Pomerleau

Diane Wiener‘s Flashes & Specks is a book of wit, intelligence and heart. This is a poet who is not afraid to call out absurdity when she sees it—who occupies the metaphysical plane with ease, but is also so keenly attuned to how nature speaks to us and through us and shares in our love and grief. Wiener’s poems draw us into the essential questions of our lives: “why that car was crushed/but not this one/why the sea star teemed/why the angle of light.” Buy this book; your life will be the richer for it. –Sheila Black 

Visit Cover Artist, Lucy Wales. 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.]

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Diane R. Wiener

A poet since the age of seven, Diane R. Wiener’s first full-length poetry collection, The Golem Verses, was published in 2018 by Nine Mile Press. Her poetry chapbook, Flashes & Specks, is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press. Diane’s poems also appear in Nine Mile Magazine, Wordgathering, Tammy, Queerly, The South Carolina Review, Welcome to the Resistance: Poetry as Protest, Diagrams Sketched on the Wind, and elsewhere; poetry is forthcoming in Jason’s Connection. Diane’s creative nonfiction appears in Stone Canoe, Mollyhouse, and The Abstract Elephant Magazine; her flash fiction appears in volumes 2 and 3 of Ordinary Madness. After serving as Guest Editor for Nine Mile Literary Magazine’s Fall 2019 Special Double Issue on Neurodivergent, Disability, Deaf, Mad, and Crip poetics, Diane was appointed as the magazine’s Assistant Editor. The Founding Director of the Syracuse University Disability Cultural Center (2011-2018), Diane now serves as a Research Professor and as the Associate Director of Interdisciplinary Programs and Outreach at the Burton Blatt Institute (Syracuse University College of Law); she also teaches in the Renée Crown University Honors program. Diane has published widely on disability, pedagogy, and empowerment, among other subjects. She blogged for the Huffington Post between May 2016 and January 2018. Diane is the Editor-in-Chief of Wordgathering: A Journal of Disability Poetry and Literature.

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