Duck Lake Books presents


poetry by

Martin Willitts, Jr.

Book Release Date
March 15, 2020

ISBN: 978-1-943900-07-7
paperback / perfect bound and laminated
104 pages


copies will arrive on or before the “Book Release Date”

Unexpected is a volume of 70 musically lyrical poems that vividly express great love: the love of man supremely tied to the earth and nature, the love for what is good and virtuous in people, the love of the poet for the language that sustains him. Like a gardener sinks his fingers into the soil, Willitts Jr sinks his language into the poem, and for the same reason: to create life-giving sustenance and beauty.

Martin Willitts Jr. has published 25 chapbooks, including the winner of the Turtle Island Quarterly Editor’s Choice Award, The Wire Fence Holding Back the World (Flowstone Press, 2017).

Among his 15 full-length poetry volumes is the winner of the National Ecological Contest, Searching For What is Not There (Hiraeth Press, 2013); and the 2019 Blue Light Press Award Winner, The Temporary World.

Other awards include

Big River Poetry Review's William K. Hathaway Award, 2012
Bill Holm Witness Poetry Contest; 2013
“Trees" Poetry Contest, 2013
Broadsided award, 2013
Dylan Thomas International Poetry Contest, 2014
Rattle Ekphrastic Challenge, Editor's Choice, June 2015
Rattle Ekphrastic Challenge, Artist's Choice, November 2016
Stephen A. DiBiase Poetry Prize, 2018


Martin Willitts Jr. is a retired Librarian living in Syracuse, New York. He is a visual artist of Victorian and Chinese paper cutouts. He was nominated for 15 Pushcart and 13 Best of the Net awards. He provided his hands-on workshop "How to Make Origami Haiku Jumping Frogs" at the 2012 Massachusetts Poetry Festival and the 2015 Amherst Poetry Festival.

Revised December 20, 2019
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