Here’s a photo of the beautiful galley I received from Graywolf  last week. I’ve read more than a few accounts of writers who were unhappy or baffled or let down by their books’ covers; I feel extremely lucky to have a cover that is very personal to me and my family and to have had a chance to work with the talented and original Frances Pelzman Liscio, who created the artwork. (If you’re looking for a cool Valentine’s Day present, check out her amazing botanical prints at 

Erin Kottke, the marketing and publicity manager at Graywolf, also included a handsome postcard with a poem by William Stafford:

You Reading This, Be Ready

Starting here, what do you want to remember?
How sunlight creeps along a shining floor?
What scent of old wood hovers, what softened
sound from outside fills the air?

Will you ever bring a better gift for the world
than the breathing respect that you carry
wherever you go right now? Are you waiting
for time to show you some better thoughts?

When you turn around, starting here, lift this
new glimpse that you found; carry into evening
all that you want from this day. This interval you spent
reading or hearing this, keep it for life–

What can anyone give you greater than now,
starting here, right in this room, when you turn around?

(from The Way It Is: New & Selected Poems by William Stafford)


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