The Orchard Street Press is pleased to announce the release of How We All Fly the captivating new poetry collection from Bill Griffin of Elkin, NC.
About How We All Fly, Patricia Hooper, author of Wild Persistence (University of Tampa Press), writes: “Bill Griffin’s poems combine the trained eye of the naturalist with the metaphorical mind of the poet…boiling water poured into a frozen bird bath…becomes holy water, initiating the hope that the ‘God of holy ice’ will look after our children…Through close observations of the physical world, these clear, direct poems yield insights into the corresponding life of the spirit.
Rebecca Baggett, author of The Woman Who Lives Without Money (Regal House Publishing), observes: “This tender and elegiac collection…is imbued with (Griffin’s) deep knowledge of the NC piedmont and its inhabitants—animal, vegetable, and mineral—each of them described with bone-deep love. Griffin’s voice is solid and certain, his work free of unnecessary frills and obscurity…How We All Fly leads the reader up and onward, infusing even inevitable losses with tenderness, trust, and hope.”
Bill Griffin is a family physician in rural North Carolina. His poems have appeared in numerous publications, and he has published several collections, including: Crossing the River (Main Street Rag, 2017) and Riverstory : Treestory (Orchard Street, 2018). He has served on the Board of the North Carolina Poetry Society for two decades and showcases the work of Carolina Poets at his blog: griffinpoetry.com. In 2008, Bill and his wife, Linda French Griffin, collaborated on Snake Den Ridge, a Bestiary, an illustrated book of poems set in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. In 2020, the choral suite The Wanderer’s Carols, lyrics by Bill and music by Mark Daniel Merritt, premiered for Christmas at Biltmore House in Asheville, North Carolina. In 2012, Bill spent a week at the North Carolina Zoological Park as Poet in Residence for the Poetry of Conservation project.
How We All Fly is available for $15, both through the mail and online, from:
The Orchard Street Press
P.O. Box 280
Gates Mills, Ohio 44040