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When Kathleen Driskell pulled an old edition of Emily Post’s Etiquette from the used bookstore shelf and blew dust off the blue linen cover, she instantly found herself and her family within those pages—not as the Worldlys, Oldlineages, or the Gildings (archetypes Post created to demonstrate how to properly manage a grand house full of servants), but as the housemaids, cooks, and useful men working for those very rich. The noted poet—whose collection Seed Across Snow was twice listed as a national bestseller by the Poetry Foundation—explores class, the workplace, and those tense interactions between the haves and the have nots in her new collection. As America watches its middle-class quickly decline, Blue Etiquette rings with relevance.
About the Author
Kathleen Driskell is an award-winning poet and teacher. Her poetry collections include most recently Next Door to the Dead and Seed Across Snow, listed as a national bestseller by the Poetry Foundation. Driskell’s poems have appeared in many literary journals including the Southern Review, North American Review, Shenandoah, and Rattle and are featured online on Poetry Daily, Verse Daily, and in American Life in Poetry. At Spalding University, Kathleen is professor of creative writing and a director of the low-residency MFA program. She lives with her family in Louisville, Kentucky in an old country church built before the American Civil War.