Sinking Spring, PA (PressExposure) May 16, 2009 -- Poet John Yamrus has been publishing his craft for nearly forty years, employing a wry intellect and a belief in the notion that true poetry is often found outside of the accepted circles and instead within those who have a true passion for poetic expression. In his latest book, New and Selected Poems (ISBN 978-1-929878-00-0), Yamrus has compiled seventy-six of his poems, sixteen of which are being published for the first time. While the book offers a look at some of Yamrus' work dating back to 1985, New and Selected Poems also can serve as a great introduction to the writer for those discovering his poetry for the first time.
John Yamrus has published more than 1000 poems in magazines around the world, and he has produced sixteen books of poetry and two novels previous to the release of New and Selected Poems. His work has been translated into Spanish, Swedish, Italian, Japanese, French, and, most recently, Romanian. His poetry has been discussed in classrooms at both the high school and college level. John Yamrus has received accolades and public recognition for his writing, with 2009 marking his second consecutive nomination for the Pushcart Prize for Poetry.
Throughout his poems, John Yamrus approaches his writing with an honest look at the world around him. From the perfect companionship found in a loyal dog to the inevitable march towards declining health and death to the frustrations often experienced by writers sitting in front of a blank screen or pad of paper, Yamrus displays a careful selection of words and phrasing to create a lasting impression. His language catalogs a combination of respect, irritation, reverence, and disappointment in the people and actions observed to form his collective muse.
Yamrus also challenges those who find their comfort within the world of other poets to be more critical of their peers and predecessors. He rails against the notion of academics in sheltered circles deciding which poets should be deemed worthy of memorializing in anthologies and dissertations. He also warns the casual poet against taking pleasure in work that is easily applauded by others but without passion and a sense of soul. Through his poetry, John Yamrus encourages others to take risks and maintain artistic honesty in their own work as well.
"This publication is not to be viewed as a career overview," shares John Yamrus concerning his latest release. "Instead, I selected a variety of poems that I wished to see brought together in one volume. I believe New and Selected Poems will be a great book for those who already enjoy my work as well as readers who want to discover my poetry for the first time."
New and Selected Poems by John Yamrus is published by Lummox Press. The collection can be purchased through Amazon.com, the publisher, or by request at your favorite bookstore.