NC Literary Hall of Fame



Under the Music of Blue by Dede Wilson

FutureCycle Press
$15.95, paperback
ISBN: 978-1-942371-26-7
April, 2017
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"Dede Wilson's poems display a fresh verbal music in their intentionally spare lines. As in Japanese poetry, the integrity of the image predominates, yet these poems exist in the interval between the visible world and the surreal world of dream, memory and imagination, letting the strangeness of the most everyday objects and occurrences shine through. I treasure these poems not only for the precision of their language but for the singularity of their vision."
—Patricia Hooper

"In Under the Music of Blue, Dede Wilson's poems have a floating quality, yet I sense an ever-present undertow of grief. I was glad to see she included 'Seasons,' with its last quiet killer lines. Not to mention such surprising and excellent images as 'beak and creekbone,' 'fallalery of lilies' (I don't even want to know what fallalery means—just to savor the mystery of it is sufficient), and 'the mandolin's open throat.' Her hypnotic lyrics remind me of the gentle shower that followed last night's thunderstorm, the strange changes of light, the dark grace that comes after."
—Stephen Knauth

"Dede Wilson's poems are often—but not always (and that's what gives this book its freedom)—spare as scroll paintings. I'm also struck by the variety of contexts in which the blue of her title appears: the plain bowl her grandmother used to catch rainwater; her mother's silk pajamas; Lizst, whispering; the sky over a young woman joy-riding through a field; and, last but not at all least, the Chinese master who 'in washes of lacquer and bone dust' renders a bowl of blue plums."
—Lola Haskins

Under the Music of Blue is a full-length collection of poems that hum with lyrical clarity and illuminate ordinary life. In choosing to publish this book, FutureCycle Press commented, "Beautiful lyrics by an accomplished writer. Even the sad ones made me feel at peace. My interest never flagged. Further, this is the sort of book I'd keep on my bedside table to dip into during the wakeful midnight hours."

Under the Music of Blue is Dede Wilson's sixth book of poetry. Her first book, Glass, was published as runner-up for the 1998 Persephone Press Award. Sea of Small Fears won the 2001 Main Street Rag Chapbook Competition. This was followed by One Nightstand, a book of light verse in forms followed by a primer to poetic forms, published by Main Street Rag in 2004. Eliza: The New Orleans Years appeared in 2010, also from Main Street Rag. These poems comprised a fictional account of the life of Wilson's great great grandmother; the story was performed as a one-woman show at the Flex Theater in Jackson, MS, as well as at Carolina Actor's Studio Theater in Charlotte. In 2013, Finishing Line Press published her chapbook, Near Waking. Dede is a former travel editor for the now-defunct DallasTimes Herald. She lives in Charlotte.

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