The Poet's Notes on Her Poem
I was blessed to edit THE ANCHORED ANGEL: Selected Writings by José Garcia Villa (Kaya, 1999). The anthology received PEN Oakland's Josephine Miles Literary Prize. In my Notes for the Prize's Acceptance Speech, you will see several of Villa's poems including "Poem #21 (Girl Singing)." That poem came to inspire my series "Girl, Singing" including the above poem. As instigated by poet-editor John Bloomberg-Rissman, my poem came to be the prompt for nearly 40 poets and artists who, together, created the anthology 1000 VIEWS OF GIRL SINGING (Leafe Press, U.K., 2009).
As one can imagine, I was floored by the effect of my poem on others. But in the book, I presented a sheepish admission through this Afterword: