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Poems that meditate on light and darkness in the natural world.
In The Vine Temple, Kathleen Driskell invites readers to walk with her through past landscapes, including a Confederate cemetery near her turbulent childhood home and more recent hikes in a nearby park, where the sacred and sublime reveal themselves in the natural world. Driskell’s poems examine the transmutability of human language and its ability to liberate and exhilarate, while at the same time often encouraging terrible darkness.
About the Author
Kathleen Driskell is the author of numerous books and poetry collections, including Next Door to the Dead, winner of the Judy Gaines Young Book Award. Her poems and essays have appeared in Shenandoah, The Southern Review, Rattle, Appalachian Review, and many other literary magazines. She is chair of the Naslund-Mann Graduate School of Writing at Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky.
Praise for Seed across Snow
"With humor, sass, a luxuriance of line and a sense of our interior worlds so sure that she can follow a thread of feeling to a knot of thought and back through the thought to feeling again, Kathleen Driskell gives us important poetry, brilliant and necessary."
— Molly Peacock
Praise for Next Door to the Dead
"I’ve always loved Keats’s phrase ‘the mighty dead’ but I never understood it fully until I read Kathleen Driskell’s quietly explosive meditations on life and death. There’s a somber beauty to these poems; in them, the dead and living visit each other easily, singing of the rich mysteries on both sides of the divide."
— David Kirby