The Ardent Writer Press

Toni Ortner — Daybook III

Daybook III, by Toni Ortner, is a collection of prose and poetry portraying the many surreal ponderings on life of author Toni Ortner. It also includes the drawings and paintings of Linda Rubinstein. Both women are based in Vermont.

 

The Ardent Writer Press welcomes author Toni Ortner with her musings on life in the surreal

Daybook III: Morning is Long Since Gone.

“Toni Ortner’s Daybook III, Morning Is Long Since Gone infuses her inner life’s dreamscape, her singing tree with realities that scream over the land. Ortner’s surreal meditations in corridors persistent with memory evoke a world of redemption shattered in the ashes of hope. She writes in a minor key, for love, for life, with apocalyptic images that disturb and surprise. Listen, as Ortner’s waves rhythmically wash over us, like murmured prayers trapped in frozen rivers, crossing borders into a metaphysical disturbance in the field. She invokes: Is this what it means to grow old,

To fold space around you like a cloak.
Terry Hauptman
Author/Poet of On Hearing Thunder, The Indwelling of Dissonance, and The Tremulous Seasons, a triptych of poetry books from the North Star Press

FROM THE AUTHOR

The Daybook Series is inspired by the work of Virginia Woolf in which she said, “What sort of diary should I like mine to be? Something… so elastic that it will embrace anything solemn, slight, or beautiful that comes to mind. I should like it to reflect the light of our life.”
Daybooks I and II were published by Deerbrook Editions. The entries in the Daybook III Morning Is Long Since Gone are dated and contain what drew my attention like a magnet. It might be a conversation, a dream, climate change, the plight of refugees, a memory, a letter to the dead, or a vision of the future. I try to capture the spontaneous flow of the mind at play.

I have written since the age of six and have had 26 books published by small presses. Honesty is critical, and I have not minced words when dealing with difficult subjects such as cancer, death, betrayal, divorce, poverty, the loss of love, illness, or breakdowns. I can’t say my life is exceptional because my readers have experienced some of these circumstances too. I write what happens to integrate it. Writing has helped me to survive.

Since March l3 I have been writing a Pandemic Journal that expresses the fears and anxieties most of us feel as a result of the spread of the virus. I am high risk and was isolated for two months before I removed my mask to move closer to my daughter and her family.
I do not take my health for granted; each day I celebrate the beauty of nature in Vermont.

Daybook III, by Toni Ortner, is a collection of prose and poetry portraying the many surreal ponderings on life of author Toni Ortner. It also includes the drawings and paintings of Linda Rubinstein. Both women are based in Vermont.

If you want to see my recent work or reviews of previously published books go to vermontviews.org and look at Old Lady Blog which is my column.
I want to take this opportunity to thank Steve and Doyle for their critical feedback, editing, and support of my work. I could not ask for a more wonderful publisher.

For more information about Toni and her works, visit  http://toniortner.com/

A list of some of Toni’s works and links are as follows:

Giving Myself over to J.S. Bach

The Ides of March: Selected Early Poems

Writing Shiva

Entering Another Country

Dream in Pienza and Other Poems: Selected Poems 1963–1977

Fractured Woman

A White Page Demands Its Letters

Summoned

Never Stop Dancing

Real Stories: The All-Inclusive Textbook for Developmental Writing and Reading

Meet Linda Rubenstein

Artist for Daybook III

A Sense of Foreboding In ‘Daybook III,’ Toni Ortner leverages the power of brevity in fiction that feels all too real in our current reality

Vermont artist Linda Rubinstein makes one-of-a-kind and multiple artist books – volumes that she designs, constructs, writes and draws. Her work has been seen regionally and nationally in solo and group exhibitions and graces numerous private collections. Linda, and her architect husband, Chip Greenberg, live on a rural road with where they have raised two children, and an abundance of flowers, vegetables, and house plants. She is an active member of the Vermont arts community.

Discover Linda at lindarubenstein.com

Linda Rubenstein's Artwork, Goldenrod, for the Title Page of Toni Ortner's Daybook III

Golden Rod (Title Page)
Watercolor and colored pencil 2019

 

Links to Amazon Sales Pages for Daybook III

Daybook III by Toni Ortner (August 1, 2020 Release)