Birchsong: Poetry Centered in Vermont, vol. II, a new anthology of 111 contemporary poems by 67 Vermont poets, has been published by The Blueline Press in East Dorset. Illustrated by artist Mary Schwartz from the same town, the book is a rich collection of poetry reflecting the Vermont landscape, its people and its culture. In the six years since the first Birchsong volume, which appeared in 2012 following tropical storm Irene in 2011, there have been changes to the Vermont countryside and in the way of life here, yet the constants that endure throughout the cycle of years and seasons will be recognized by all who revere the natural world. "The poets represented in this volume [one] are all attuned to nature and its meanings for our lives. The variety of forms, tone, perspective, and subjects weave a fascinating tapestry," wrote Anthony O. Tyler, former editor of Blueline.
The second volume (2018) is edited by Northshire Poets Alice Wolf Gilborn, Carol Cone, David Mook, Marcia Angermann, Peter Bradley and Monica Stillman. The Blueline Press, licensed in Vermont, was established by Gilborn mainly as a reprint press, though it has published original works on occasion, including the first Birchsong.
"…A remarkable portrait of Cynthia (Cee) Wolf. …Alice Gilborn…has made her relationship with her mother into a literary treat which is funny, enlightening and profoundly, joyously satisfying. It is bound to stir some hope that our traditional family values are still of value, if we will only search for them." Denver Post
"Gilborn's essays are a vital contribution to Adirondack literature. Written during her years as Founding Editor of Blueline: A Literary Magazine Dedicated to the Spirit of the Adirondacks, there 18 essays are at once eloquent, realistic, and always insightful about the region's unique character."
"I cannot think of a new collection of poetry I've enjoyed more than Alice Wolf Gilborn's Taking Root. It's memorable for so man reasons, not the least of which is the author's delicate touch and her precise awareness of the nature outside and the landscape within as she deals with issues of love and loss." Joseph Bruchac