Romance In The Air
The intimacy between artist and subject suggested by the collection’s title courses through the poems’ veins. Life drawing requires attentive observation and a willingness to commit to seeing that which is right in front of us. Like an artist’s attempts to reduce the complexity and changeability of a real-life scene to a single (undoubtedly flawed) interpretation of it, the poet’s task is similarly imperfect.
—Daniel Clark, Co-Editor, Briefly Write
from "Control and chaos", a review of Kris Spencer's Life Drawing, which we published in December (Read Clark's response and interview with Spencer here)
On Valentine's Day, we launched KBB to...crickets. Because the comments weren't enabled yet. Hold your applause no longer, our comments section is now open to anyone with a pulse and/or ethics and morals (bots and trolls still holding). Going forward, let's hear a little commotion for the poetry!
We had plenty to celebrate last month at Kelsay Books, and this month we have an abundance of news to share with you. Such as, KB now offers hardcover and e-book—all features fully enabled—options, in addition to our classic paperback chapbooks. No matter your preference, we love you all the same.
Love is in the air this spring, from The Orchards to NYC. Just this week, Briefly Write published a warm interview with Kelsay Books author Kris Spencer alongside a nice review of Spencer's debut collection, Life Drawing. When you are done reading it, stick around to find out when our journal submissions open, and how you can register for our upcoming readings.
Did I mention our fifteen new titles released in Feburary? Here they are:
- Dusk Janet Emig
- Paradise Reexamined Anita Pulier
- This Late Hour Burt Myers
- Rhapsodies in Blue Sean Murphy
- Lifeaholics Anonymous Neil Carpathios
- The Big Indignity Peggy Gerber
- The Death of Weinberg Walter Weinschenk
- The Wordless Lullaby of Crickets Yvonne Zipter
- Five Points South: Poems from an Alabama Pilgrimage Nancy Owen Nelson
- The Other Side of Who I Am Kip Knott
- Nostos Anastasia Vassos
- Leatherwood Falls: Blue Ridge Mountain Poems Brenda Kay Ledford
- Midwest Hymns Dale Cottingham
- Bourbon and Branch Water Cedar Koons
- Scribbled Lines: Life in Pieces Dr. Michael Roberts
Plus, Kelsay Books is looking forward to three in-person readings this year! Stay tuned for details in the next blog and check out our NYC Open Mic announcement below.
Did you know?
Our journal of poetry and prose, The Orchards, opens for submissions tomorrow, March 15! Please review the guidelines here. We nominate 3 poems from each issue for the Pushcart Prize, and two poems in each issue for The Grantchester Award (cash prizes). Submissions close June 15, 2023.