The cover image is titled "Tiger Crow" and was created by Joy Christine Mlozanowski.
This cover did not come easy. It was very light in color in some place so I had to manipulate some of the contrasts and other things, and actually paint some sun light into the picture. It was quite blanched out otherwise. I need it to print well.
Also, there were many alternatives before the perfect artwork was found. For instance:
This cover, which I like, is too biblical, which is fine except for how it relates to the poems in the book. This cover didn't come easy, either. Since the dimensions were a bit odd, I had to perform some painting in Photoshop. I might use this cover for Redactions or another book. I do like it.
So I went back to read the poems again, and I read this image in the book:
which looks like an indigo scarab
from satellite view.
That's the second stanza from "Rowing, In Negative." This prompted a number of other cover varations, and it is also when I realized how limited my self-taught Photoshop skills are.
And then a sepia version, which is a semi-complicated endeavor in Photoshop:
There were many other versions of covers, but I must have deleted those.
In the end, there is a terrific new collection of poems out in the world, and I am happy to have been a part of it.
You can pick up a copy here: http://www.amazon.com/If-Tigers-Do-Not-Come/dp/0988809206/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1372963688&sr=8-1&keywords=if+tigers+do+not+come
Here are the front and back covers as they are now. The trim size is 5.5" x 8.5" inches and was printed by BookMobile.