After all the time, revisions, and yes, rejections, Finishing Line Press and I are pleased to announce the forth-coming publication of my poetry chapbook, The Good Parts. How apropos that this poetic journey ends at the finishing line.
Pre-Orders help determine the size of the press run. So, please, order now. Thank you.
Only $13.99. Now available to pre-order on my Finishing Line Press author page.
Pre-orders will ship on January 3, 2020. Thank you!
Blurbs for The Good Parts (Thanks, guys!)
In these closely observed and wildly imagined poems, Eric Blanchard leans in for the good parts without discarding the not-so-good parts. All points of view are welcome when you open your mind, listen to your neighbors’ complaints, walk the dogs, and maybe drink too much. Eric uses self-deprecating humor touched with a bit of melancholy to bring these down-to-earth portraits to life. Here are the foibles of domesticated manhood, lighthearted conversations with animals, and dreamy romantic fantasies. As it should be, every good part is shadowed by the longings and failures of characters we feel like we already know.
These poems will knock you over with their quirky insight, intensity, humor, and beauty. In them, Jesus delivers pizza, the Sun rotates around a flat Earth, a lover “holds her beer bottle like a teacup,” and the heart’s replacement parts come with instructions in three languages (but you must supply the love). The good and the bad parts of life are here, and Eric Blanchard’s reflections on them tell you why we go on living.
—David Lee Garrison, author of Playing Bach in the DC Metro and Carpeing the Diem: Poems about High School
Anyone who appreciates the efforts of a wordsmith, recognizes the craft that goes into the honing of any one poem, let alone a collection. Offered in three sections, Eric Blanchard has created The Good Parts. It’s like a fine literary tapestry, worthy of display anywhere pilgrimages are made to appreciate the creative efforts of the masters. Each poem stands well on its own, but Eric has woven emotional threads from a broad spectrum of textures, materials, and colors into a work of progressive scenes that reflect the all-encompassing experiences of life.
Using social commentary and self-analysis, selections like “Opening the Mind,” “Sweet Tea,” “Indiana Memories,” “The Little Nun That Could,” “The Honeymoon That Was Not,” “I give myself permission,” and the stunningly poignant “Missing Pieces” reveal his portrayal of relationships, heartache, loss, self-actualization, and ultimately an acceptance that one is not in complete control of the world around him. It brings me much joy to share The Good Parts with you. I cannot recommend it enough.
—O.P.W. Fredericks, Former Editor, Touch: The Journal of Healing
Author Bio (I should try to blame this on my publicist.)
In many ways, Eric Blanchard is like a collection of his own poems, constantly struggling to find a unifying theme. Growing up in Texas, Eric dreamed of dropping out of high school, but when the haze of adolescence cleared, he found himself in law school instead. After being a trial lawyer for a decade and a half, he ran away to Ohio, where he taught school and lived life for about a minute. Eventually, he returned home to help care for his parents. Eric’s poetry has been included in numerous collections, both online and in hard copy. In 2013, his prose poem “The Meeting Ran Long” was nominated for Sundress Publications’ Best of the Net anthology.
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