poems by William O’Daly
Forthcoming 5 May 2018:
Yarrow and Smoke is William O’Daly’s love song to gray valley and starless river, to the parched land where he has built his life among beached cans and bottles, waiting for rain. Come. Visit O’Daly’s magical valley. Hear “the silence of a sunlit yard,” see “the pure white of absence.” Sit at the edge of firelight. Taste the night wind steeped in yarrow and smoke.
WILLIAM O’DALY has translated eight books of the late-career and posthumous poetry of Chilean Nobel laureate Pablo Neruda, and most recently Neruda’s first volume, Book of Twilight — all published by Copper Canyon Press. His books of poems include The Whale in the Web, published by Copper Canyon Press, as well as The Road to Isla Negra and Water Ways (a collaboration with JS Graustein), both published by Folded Word. A National Endowment for the Arts Fellow, William was a finalist for the 2006 Quill Award in Poetry and was profiled by Mike Leonard for The Today Show. He has received national and regional honors for literary editing and instructional design, and was a national board member of Poets Against War. Most recently he was awarded by the State of California for his work on the California Water Plan.