To those of you who loved Cynthia Jobin’s poetry and miss her extraordinary voice – a cause for celebration.
Cynthia Jobin, who died nearly two years ago, wrote some deeply moving and thoughtful verse. The independent publisher Bennison Books has now published a posthumous volume of her poetry. I’m pleased to give space on my blog to the following post from them.
Guest post from Bennison Books
Readers of John’s blog may already be familiar with the New England poet Cynthia Jobin, whose poetry attracted many followers worldwide. Admirers of her work will be delighted to learn that a collection of her poetry, Song of Paper,has just been published by Bennison Books.
Shortly before her death in late 2016, Cynthia entrusted her poetic legacy to John and Bennison Books welcomed the opportunity to work with him in producing this posthumous collection of her poetry. John also wrote the introduction to Song of Paper, an excerpt from which appears below.
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Thank you very much for sharing this news about Cynthia’s book. She was an outstanding writer and Bennison Books is so proud to have published her work.
Cynthia is greatly missed.
Thank you for letting me know, Hilary.
PS. I have your book, Hilary, but did not locate this picture in it. Should you decide on another edition, perhaps you might add this.
Thanks for posting this. I don’t know that Sugano was ever on the same bit of railroad at the same time as my father. The image I used that Sugano took was courtesy of the Thai-Burma Railway Museum. When my book was nearing publication, I read a memoir in which Sugano was mentioned committing an atrocity with a train, I almost pulled the photo of the train on the Wampo Viaduct after reading it. He was a railway and photography enthusiast and his photos are a useful record – but not a nice guy.
I didn’t think he was a nice guy, there were quite a few sadists on that project.
I am waiting for Mr Postman to appear with the volume.
I remember reading a fine tribute to Cynthia from you somewhere – perhaps on WordPress, maybe on Facebook. I agreed with every word you wrote there.
Thank you for reposting Hilary!
So good to learn this. Cynthia was a loyal blogging friend well known for her most perceptive comments on our posts
Thank you Hilary for bringing this to my attention. Cynthia Jobin was one of the blogs I used to follow and enjoy. She had a strong voice. Wonderful to see her poetry won’t be forgotten in this publication.
Do you have an ISBN for her book, so I might locate it from Book Depository? I can still hear her wonderful voice, reading her poems. We all still miss her, I think.
Yes, my copies arrived today ISBN 9781999740818. I opened it it straight to The Air on page 97 – which I had read before. It has her originality and that amazing quality of saying something new that is also instantly recognisable.
Thank you, Hilary, I can’t source it from Amazon, unfortunately.
Do you want me to post you a copy? If you email me at threadgoldpressATgmailDOTcom with your address I can post you one. I ought to say that although the poems are Cynthia’s, and wonderful, the book is a very basic Amazon creation, unlike the beautiful hardback of her first volume.
Thank you for your kind offer. There is a copy winging its way from Book Depository, Hillary. They offer an amazing service, with free delivery drom England!
Oh brilliant. I believe the Book Depositary is owned by Amazon!
I didn’t realise that!
Her writing was beautiful, I’m glad this has happened. ‘To a tulip’ really touched me.
I’m so glad to hear this. I miss her voice in several ways: her unique poetry, her sharp insights, shared through those poems or on her responses to my blog, and I miss her email notes. What a woman. What a rare talent. I will get the book.
Hilary, Just wanted to let you know that I received your card. Thank you very much and all the best in 2019!!
And to you and your family too.
I’m sure you know about this, but wanted to be certain. Wish I could be there!
Indeed I do, but our lives are a little complicated at the moment, so I won’t be attending. The good news is that our second amazing surprise grandchild, a little girl, was born last Monday in Chicago. I shall be flying out in a week’s time.
That must have been an outstanding surprise! Congratulations!
I did not know Cynthia Robin , unfortunately.. You teach me again, Hilary, after your comment reporting your father’s translation of “honi soit qui mal y pense ”
Thank you very much for the lovely card and picture. The darlings are beautiful, and yes, growing quickly!!
Thanks Hilary for your visit . I wish you were posting again .
You are so kind. I struggle to keep up with all the strands of my life and, you will laugh, even with only two beloved grandchildren. I must remain a wandering visitor for the time being. Love, Hilary
Love is the most important for your grandchildren , Hilary
I am glad , Hilary, my post about snail race recalled so good memories from your childhood in gibraltar . 🙂
I am glad , Hilay, you have succeeded to find the time to post a kind comment anout a new born great granchildren on my blog
By the way how are your two grandchildren ? And you ?
We are fine, but I have not been able to access my blog for many months. Hope you are all well. Age is not on our side!
Hilary, your card came today (Christmas Eve) and I thank you very much for the note and the Christmas letter w/ pictures!! So very thoughtful, as always!!