The poems in this collection, like the dark side of the moon, or the dreams of the dead, gently insist that almost everything that happens in our lives, large or small, is possible only because it is secretly nourished and reinforced by situations that might have happened instead. Not only that, but some of these alternative scenarios may actually occur alongside the final, realized events, but there is simply never enough room in the Story for the nascent versions to be assembled and acknowledged. These poems offer a vivid array of scenes, with their alternatives brought temporarily out of hiding and given a chance to make themselves known as either a supporting cast, or maybe even as members of a fully-operating set of parallel realities.
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Anita Sullivan is a piano tuner, poet, editor, publisher, gardener, translator, birdwatcher, and rock art enthusiast. What do these have in common? They are delightful activities, but not so good for earning a living, even doing them all at once! Nonetheless, she owned and operated her own piano tuning business for almost 30 years, tuning and repairing modern pianos as well as historic ones. During that time she published the books listed on this site, earned an MFA in Poetry from Pacific Lutheran University, traveled to Greece six times, and was an occasional commentator on National Public Radio’s “Performance Today.”