Deerbrook Editions releases new title from local poet

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BRATTLEBORO — Southern Vermont author Toni Ortner has released a new deluxe prose poem book called "Daybook 1," from Deerbrook Editions.

Arlene Distler from Write Action says the writing in "Daybook 1" is lyrical but rooted in present tense, observations deeply felt.

"It consists of spiritual musings, political musings, musings about Life. The writing is unselfconscious, but finely hewn," Distler writes.

"At times it's difficult to tell if a scenario is imagined or 'real' which for me enhanced my engagement and enjoyment. After all, the imagined can seem to the imaginer more real than 'reality;' dreams can take on a life of their own and impact our relationship with the embodied world. Ortner seems to find expansion, reflection in the dream world. It adds a rich texture to the passages here.

"There can be deadpan humor when imagination mixes with the banal as in recollecting the figure of Death from a dream: He stood there with a raincoat slung over his shoulder. He was chewing gum. It smelled like Dentine.

"That it is all together in 'Daybook' -- dream, thought, memory, event creates a fluid landscape that captures well the interstices between a rich inner life and its sometimes difficult-to-navigate outer manifestations."

Toni Ortner is a writer based in Putney. She is very involved in the local literary scene, as host of the Write Action Radio Hour on WVEW the last Sunday of each month. Ortner interviews writers about their lives and their work. She has served on the organization's Board for 12 years. Ortner has had 26 books of poetry and prose poetry published by fine small presses. Her recent work and reviews of her published books are located at under Old Lady Blog, a regular column.

"Daybook 1" is available now from Deerbrook Editions



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