Tuesday, March 27, 2012

The Power of Endorsements

It's all about trust. If a person endorses a book who is otherwise well-known and respected in his or her field, it is equivalent to a trusted advisor telling you: this is worth looking at. Even if you don't know of the endorser, if he/she is affiliated with a trusted entity or organization, then that alone suffices to lend merit to their commendation. For example, Claudia Emerson endorsed EQP-author, Bruce Guernsey's book, From Rain, Poems: 1970 - 2010. Do you know who Claudia Emerson is? Doesn't matter. She won the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry in 2006. That means she knows what she's talking about. How do we know that? She won the Pulitzer Prize. What do we know about the Pulitzer Prize? That it is significant.

It takes a long haul to win that prize, and anyone who has done it is worth listening to. We are pleased to have her endorsement. Bruce Guernsey's poetry is deemed "amazing" by a proven winner.

Bruce Guernsey’s From Rain: Poems, 1970-2010 contains work from the poet’s four books and seven chapbooks, as well as new and uncollected poems—the volume abundant in lessons crafted within the contexts of family, of nature, and of the world at war. Guernsey remains keenly aware of the shifting place of the self within these various, volatile worlds, and, while understanding that all can “vanish at the flash of a shadow,” he never loses the capacity for seeing “the glass pure sky” of love and joy.  From Rain is finally a beautifully mortised, cohesive whole, the collection very much like “this paper you touch, a metaphor for earth.”  This truly is an amazing collection.
Claudia Emerson
Winner of the 2006 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry