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“In her 26th book, Blue Lyrics, Toni Ortner---- through free-verse lyrics as well as tightly crafted prose poems in which she addresses and acknowledges Picasso, Van Gogh, Brueghel, Virginia Woolf, Hemingway, Adrienne Rich, and Diane Wakoski—hits all the big themes: family, love, loss, grief, the natural world, and the worlds of art, music, and literature, A sympathetic but never sentimental collection, Blue Lyrics is the ideal introduction to the universe of this accomplished poet.” —J.D.Solonche, author most recently of Selected Poems 2002-2021
“Toni Ortner’s blue surrealistic lyrics drenched in sorrow pierce our imagination with wonder. Her metaphysical questions behind the mask of death fracture expectation. “Is it one woman divided into five parts or five women?” Like Picasso’s LES DEMOISELLES d’AVIGNON, Ortner’s Cubism carries us home to enchantment.”—Terry Hauptman’s sixth book of poetry Rubies in the Mud will be followed by Fallen Angels which will accompany her upcoming exhibit of Mixed- Media scrolls.
Publishing date: December 28, 2021
Paperback: 68 pages
Dimensions: 7 x 0.2 x 10 inches
Toni Ortner has had 25 books published by small presses in the United States. The most recent ones are Daybooks I and II by Deerbrook Editions and Daybook III Morning Is Long Since Gone by Ardent Writer Press. In 2022 Shadows and Silhouettes will be published by Kelsay Books, Flying Home Daybook IV by Deerbrook Editions, and Change of Season Daybook V by Ardent Writer Press. Toni hosts the Putney Library Writers’ Salon on Zoom the first Thursday of each month from 7-8 p.m. which features writers of fiction and poetry from Vermont and other states. This winter series is streamed live on Face book. Go to putneylibrary.org Toni is Vice President of Write Action which is a nonprofit group that supports writers in Southern Vermont and the area of Brattleboro through a variety of events, readings, and contests. She lives in Putney, Vermont. Her website is toniortner.com where you can find her recent work, reviews of her books, and links to purchase them.