Madeleine Mysko's first full collection of poems is forthcoming in early 2019 from Cherry Grove Collections. The "crucial" here is the work of the poet in voicing human experience as a kind of praise. Oftentimes, poetry is found in the deep reach, in the unconscious. For the cover art, the poet has chosen the work of her daughter, Martha Mysko. Among the poems included in Crucial Blue is “Incipient Fireworks,” chosen by Donald Justice as winner of the 1997 Howard Nemerov Sonnet Award (The Formalist, Vol. 8, Issue 2, 1997).