This fairly extraordinary and completely unexpected news filled my screen yesterday when I opened my newsletter from Orion magazine, a magazine I have read and loved for decades: Orion’s poetry editor, Camille T. Dungy reviewed and recommended my book A Fine Canopy. My special gratitude to her for putting A Fine Canopy in such fine company. I have admired Camille’s work since 2009 when her anthology Black Nature first crossed my path. (And yes, I chalked a fragment from her poem “What to Eat, What to Drink, and What to Leave for Poison” first thing this morning, my penultimate offering for this year’s poetry month. You can read more at