Congratulations to Daril Bentley and his book The Long Lake and Other Poems.
The Long Lake makes a distinction between the immutable laws of time and the seemingly immutable laws of human precedent. We accept convention and run to the pill and to psychobabble, forgetting that there is comfort, peace, and happiness to be found all around us in nature and in our fellow beings. Herein are contemplations, many in the lyric pastoral tradition, that explore our relation to the natural world and to one another. The Long Lake symbolizes a gratitude and contentment that may not be corrupted or made complicated—and that may not ultimately be thwarted.
DARIL BENTLEY is the author of six volumes of poetry. Mr. Bentley has been a semifinalist for the Yale Series of Younger Poets Award, finalist for the New Mexico Book Award for Poetry, and twice finalist in the Scottish International Open Poetry Competition, among other honors. A career editor, he has edited the works of numerous eminent philosophical thinkers and theologians. He lives in Addison, New York.
“With publication of my latest title in 2009 I will have published four volumes of poetry with Outskirts Press. I have found no other alternative publisher that matches Outskirts Press’s professionalism, quality, responsiveness, support, and overall balance of the many parameters of value. A Writer’s Digest International Self-published Book Awards reviewer said of The Long Lake that all of the entries should strive to achieve what it had in quality of production and content (both parameters of the contest).”
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