... transfers the vision in an otherly dimensiona poet wields nib and ink across papyrus canvas unleashes verse’ kaleidoscopic magic
Beginning with a canary and ending with a warning from Eurydice, Under-Worldly gives poetic voice to the subterranean. This hybrid poetry collection examines what lies beneath, moving from water pipes in Michigan, to Colorado boomtown mines or to the emotional minefields of hair metal bands. Environmental concerns and historical re-visioning take shape in sharp phrases and expansions of tradition poetic form. Literal and figurative underworlds abound in schools, beneath a car’s hood and from Neil Armstrong’s perspective in space. Nancy Drew and Baby Doe Tabor explore new depths. When the river runs backwards at New Madrid or nightswimming tugs bodies down, these poems articulate the architecture of bones beneath the world’s flesh.
‘Then: October, Friday
Stifel’s solace, prison –
protection from the outraged living.’
Art happens when another glimpses a sight so profound that his brush transfers the vision in an otherly dimension. And so it is with words—a poet wields nib and ink across papyrus canvas unleashes verse’ kaleidoscopic magic. Such is the artistic literary gallery that is Kristie Betts Letter’s unforgettably unique Under-Worldly. (Don’t look back.) — J.L. Skirvin, editor of STARK poetry journal, award-winning author of FACE and Snow Sizzling in Soleil
KRISTIE BETTS LETTER is an award-winning teacher whose publications include The Colorado Department of Education’s Reader’s Handbook: Reading Strategies for Content Area Teachers. Her creative work has been honored by Best American Small Fictions, nominated for a Pushcart and has appeared in publications such as The Massachusetts Review, Passages North, Chariton Review, Washington Square, The North Dakota Quarterly and The Southern Humanities Review. Four National Endowment for the Humanities fellowships and an English Speaking Union fellowship to study at The Globe Theater allowed her to explore passions for the historical and environmental. Her artistic collaborations won the Jean Mellblom Sculpture award, and her collaborations with students led to a grant-funded environmental journal. Kristie teaches, writes and plays much trivia with her family in Colorado. Read more at kristiebettsletter.com.
80 p, B&W 5 x 8 in or 203 x 203 mm Perfect Bound on Creme w/Gloss Lam