* Nominated for the 2013 Pushcart Prize
Notes on the Road to Now: ($15, 146pp, ISBN: 978-1-937536-47-3, Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-68114-150-3, LCCN: 2013943181, 6X9”, June 2013, Click to Purchase): is composed of sixty-six related poems (twenty have appeared in journals, reviews, and anthologies), which provide a fascinating look at the progression from the cocksureness of youth to the reasoned inquiry of experienced maturity. In addition, the poems create a background story of a long-term relationship that accepts, endures, and to some degree overcomes the challenges that love and time offer. Through a variety of people, places, and experiences Notes on the Road to Now leads the narrator (and ideally the reader as well) on a journey from “I was so much older then” to “I’m younger than that now.”
Whispers from the Past: Poems: ($15, 116pp, Print ISBN-13: 978-1-68114-187-9, ISBN-10: 1681141876, EBook ISBN-13: 978-1-68114-188-6, Hardcover ISBN-13: 978-1-68114-189-3, LCCN: 2015910908, 6X9″, July 2015; Purchase on Amazon or Barnes & Noble): An old teacher’s attempt to sound a warning (or perhaps a lament) that as a society we are in danger of losing touch with our history, our literary traditions, and our cultural heritage. In this his fifth book and third poetry collection, the award-winning poet, Paul Bellerive attempts to rediscover and then to capture the artistic bits that combined with our personal experiences are the DNA of who and what we are.
Paul Bellerive has been writing and teaching writing at the college level for more than thirty years. His fiction and poetry have appeared in numerous anthologies, magazines, reviews, and journals. Whispers from the Past is his fifth book. His work has received two PushCart Prize nominations, and won the SCARS Publications Editor’s Choice Award for poetry in 2013 and 2014. He is also a recipient of the Bay Area Poets Coalition (Berkeley, California) Award for Excellence.