POETRY REVIEWERS WANTED for “The Starling’s Song” by B. L. Bruce

FREE eBook copy of award-winning author B. L. Bruce’s The Starling’s Song (Black Swift Press, 2016) in exchange for an honest review!

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In a similar vein as her award-winning The Weight of Snow, Bruce’s newest collection of poetry explores the themes of love, loss, and nature, both human and not.

Written in its entirety during a twenty-eight day stay in a remote cabin in the forests of Northern California, B. L. Bruce’s chapbook, The Starling’s Song, affirms and renews the author’s proclaimed lyricism in thirty-five new poems.

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B. L. BRUCE is a graphic designer and publisher from Santa Cruz, California. She holds a bachelor’s degree in post-modern literature and creative writing from UC Santa Cruz. Her work has appeared in dozens of anthologies, magazines, and literary publications, including The Sun Magazine, Common Ground Review, and the Monterey Poetry Review. Recently the recipient of the 2014 PushPen Press Pendant Prize for Poetry, Bruce is the author of the 2014 International Book Awards Finalist and the 2014 USA Best Book Awards Finalist in the poetry category for The Weight of Snow. The Starling’s Song is her third book.

 

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The Devil’s Road, Episode 1: Isla Raza

Check out the new video from Broken Wagon Films’ preliminary expedition. The video features the film’s producer and scientific director as they explain the importance of this unique island in the Gulf of California, and the effect of climate change on resident bird populations–specifically the Heermann’s gull and the elegant tern, where historically 90% of the world’s populations of these two species claim as their nesting and breeding grounds.

Isla Raza is a tiny island in the Gulf of California that serves as the sole breeding ground for several important bird species. Despite being protected by the Mexican government as a wildlife sanctuary in 1964, this unique island is currently threatened by climate change and human activity. As a result, the Elegant Tern has abandoned Isla Raza as a breeding colony.

The future of Isla Raza hangs in the balance… Join us as we explore the history of Baja and document the many changes occurring on the peninsula. 

Visit www.brokenwagonfilms.com for more information. 

 

NEW POETRY: ‘The Starling’s Song’ from Award-winning Author B. L. Bruce

In a similar vein as her award-winning debut collection The Weight of Snow, Bruce’s newest compilation of poetry explores the themes of love, loss, and nature–both human and not.

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Written in its entirety during a twenty-eight day stay in a remote cabin in the forests of Northern California, B. L. Bruce’s chapbook, The Starling’s Song, affirms and renews the author’s proclaimed lyricism in thirty-five new poems.



B. L. BRUCE
is a graphic designer and publisher from Santa Cruz, California. She holds a bachelor’s degree in post-modern literature and creative writing from UC Santa Cruz. Her work has appeared in dozens of anthologies, magazines, and literary publications, including The Sun Magazine, Common Ground Review, and the Monterey Poetry Review. Recently the recipient of the 2014 PushPen Press Pendant Prize for Poetry, Bruce is the author of the 2014 International Book Awards Finalist and the 2014 USA Best Book Awards Finalist in the poetry category for The Weight of Snow. The Starling’s Song is her third book.

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Here’s an excerpt from Bruce’s new chapbook, The Starling’s Song, now available on Amazon and all major eBook retailers: 

 

MAGPIE

Once I begged to forget you.
Yet there you were,
beneath the old cypress
and then in the rain,
the sound of surfbeat echoing
against the small white house.

Often I’d dream of what it might be like
to love you, the art of it,
being recreated again and again.
Always, the dreams followed me
through the morning like a ghost.
I’d begin wanting you to love me:
the moth destroyed in pursuit,
all delicateness destroyed by flame.

And in the hours I am most lonely,
still I think of you. All those
long suffered months
learning to forgive myself,
your uncertainty, your judgment,
feeling foolishly weak-willed
and driven mad as a magpie
into those desperate breaths
before dawn.

c. B. L. Bruce, 2016

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Check out “The Devil’s Road” from Broken Wagon Films

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Get a peak (from the blog) at the documentary film I’m helping produce about an expedition through Baja! Go show ’em some love on Instagram @brokenwagonfilms.

Following a route taken by several naturalists over a hundred years prior, a group of present-day adventurers embark on an expedition to document the beautiful and unforgiving landscape of today’s Baja California.

 

Preliminary Expedition is Underway!

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2 Days Until Departure to Film “The Devil’s Road” | Broken Wagon Films

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Following a route taken by several naturalists over a hundred years prior, a group of present-day adventurers embark on an expedition to document the beautiful and unforgiving landscape of today’s Baja California.

In 1905, two American naturalists set out on horseback across the remote deserts of Baja California, Mexico. Their 2,000-mile expedition was the first of its kind to span the entire peninsula and complete a comprehensive survey of Baja’s flora and fauna. Zig-zagging from coast to coast across the desolate interior, Edward William Nelson and Edward Alphonso Goldman described plants and animals unknown to science. One hundred years later, Goldman’s decedents return to Baja to retrace the steps of this landmark expedition on motorcycles, and document the changing nature of this strange and beautiful landscape.

FOLLOW the JOURNEY on the BLOG and on INSTAGRAM @brokenwagonfilms

View the official trailer here.

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FILM (In Production): “The Devil’s Road” | Broken Wagon Films

I am so excited to be a part of such an amazing project. As the associate producer and marketing manager of “The Devil’s Road,” a feature length documentary by Broken Wagon Films, I’m here to tell you all to check out this cool project.

The filming of the preliminary expedition begins in just 4 days, when the crew will depart from Santa Cruz, California, traveling on the long road south bound for Baja California. During this stint of the journey, the crew (producer, director, and scientific director) will travel the length of the Baja Peninsula and visiting a number of islands off its coast, in both the Pacific and the Sea of Cortez. They plan to give insight into these strange and beautiful places, inspire conservation of it’s incredibly unique and rapidly diminishing environment and wildlife, and provide an intimate exploration through the heart of Baja and its natural history–all while keeping alive the work of two pioneering naturalists, Edward W. Nelson and Edward A. Goldman (my great, great granduncle!).

“The Devil’s Road” is very multifaceted. It is part historical documentary, part journey through the past and through my own personal history. It is very much an adventure film and at its paramount it is an homage to this unique and beautiful place–and a call to action to preserve it.

You can be a part of this journey by following along on the blog, or by helping support the main expedition, set to launch in 2017. 

See the film synopsis below. 

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Following a route taken by several naturalists over a hundred years prior, a group of present-day adventurers embark on an expedition to document the beautiful and unforgiving landscape of today’s Baja California.

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Edward W. Nelson (left) and Edward A. Goldman

In 1905, two American naturalists set out on horseback across the remote deserts of Baja California, Mexico. Their 2,000-mile expedition was the first of its kind to span the entire peninsula and complete a comprehensive survey of Baja’s flora and fauna.

President Theodore Roosevelt praised Edward William Nelson that he was, “one of the keenest naturalists [he has] ever met and a man of singularly balanced development.” And the work that the two naturalist did in Mexico has been described as “among the most important ever achieved by two workers for any single country.”

Zig-zagging from coast to coast across the desolate interior, Edward William Nelson and Edward Alphonso Goldman described plants and animals unknown to science. One hundred years later, Goldman’s ancestors return to Baja to retrace the steps of this landmark expedition, and document the changing nature of this strange and beautiful landscape.

READ THE FULL STORY   |  FOLLOW OUR JOURNEY  |   MEET THE CREW   |  SUPPORT OUR PROJECT

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