Reading/Book Signing | Three Poets Read from New Collections
White Horses, Linda Blaskey
A Prayer for Ducks, Ethan Joella
In Search of Warm Breathing Things, Katherine Gekker
About the Books:
White Horses is as much about acceptance as it is about love and the darkness that meets us in fields, in kitchens, in bedrooms. These poems run wild with life, and Linda Blaskey’s honed lines chop up the landscape, natural, emotional, and spiritual. Her debut collection is sharp as fence wire.
- STEPHEN SCOTT WHITAKER, National Book Critics Circle
“Is anything common? “ Katherine Gekker asks in her debut collection, In Search of Warm Breathing Things. The answer, in these richly detailed poems, is no. Gekker is a keen observer, able to “unlock the beauty hidden” in the ordinary. An iridescent grackle becomes a symbol of hope, “collarbones shimmer like wings.” Weaving images of the natural world with glimpses of a struggling marriage, Gekker portrays life in all its emotional complexity. “Two bees are fighting or courting — I can’t tell which,” she writes in “…to Cast a Shadow Again.” Yet there are moments of joy, the promise of transformation. “My shift billows, diaphanous…. I can seduce anyone tonight beneath fronds slicing like blades.”
I'm drawn to the winding, crafted lines in these poems that take the reader on a long, gratifying trail and never allow the reader to lose their string. Ethan Joella's use of enjambment is spot on and creates an enjoyable turn at every corner. The internal rhyming adds to the poetic value of this work. I am moved by A Prayer for Ducks as a collection of love poems to the poet's family that weaves in prayer and significant images that tell a story of persistent gratitude.
Abstract, by editor Elissa Cottle (Red Bird Chapbooks), for A Prayer for Ducks
Linda Blaskey is the recipient of two fellowship grants from Delaware Division of Arts. She is poetry/interview editor for The Broadkill Review and is coordinator for the Dogfish Head Poetry Prize. Her work has been selected for inclusion in Best New Poets and the North Carolina Poetry on the Bus Project. She spent her childhood on the plains of Kansas and in the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas. She now lives in southern Delaware with her husband on a small horse and goat farm.
Ethan Joella is president of the Rehoboth Beach Writers' Guild and teaches English and psychology at University of Delaware. He also runs his own business that specializes in writing workshops and online course development and instruction. His work has appeared in River Teeth, The International Fiction Review, The MacGuffin, Rattle, Delaware Beach Life, Cimarron Review (forthcoming) and The Delmarva Review. His has published two chapbooks of poetry: Where Dads Go and A Prayer for Ducks.
Katherine Gekker is the author of In Search of Warm Breathing Things (Glass Lyre Press, 2019). Her poems have appeared in Little Patuxent Review, Delmarva Review, Broadkill Review, Apple Valley Review, and elsewhere. Her poetry has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net. Gekker’s poems, collectively called “…to Cast a Shadow Again,” have been set to music by composer Eric Ewazen. Composer Carson Cooman has set a seasonal cycle of her poems, "Chasing the Moon Down," to music. Her poetry has been called “affecting” and “elusive” by the New York Times and “ethereal” and “sensuous” by other newspapers. Gekker was born in Washington, DC. She founded a commercial printing company in 1974 and sold it 31 years later. When not writing, she practices piano.