A collection of vibrant and accessible poems filled with traditional wisdom.
By Katie Hartsock ‧ RELEASE DATE: Sept. 15, 2023
In her second collection of poetry, Hartsock combines musings on nature in the Great Lakes region, classical myths, and her own experiences with chronic illness. The wolf tree is used as a metaphor throughout the book, and is described in vivid detail in “The Wolf Tree in Film”. This tree is a symbol of life, and is connected to those with diabetes in the title poem. “The Nipple Shield of Achilles” explores the challenges of motherhood, while “Musculature” reflects on mortality. “John Wayne Brings Wyatt Earp a Cup of Coffee” is an imaginative meeting between Ovid and Jesus Christ. Hartsock’s collection is unique in its ability to bring classical figures and mythology into the modern world, and her unpretentious tone and flawless descriptions make it an engaging read. She also incorporates personal relationships, as seen in “Marriage Bed With Medical Devices”, creating a beautiful and jarring effect. This collection is sure to confront modern problems head-on, and is sure to leave readers with a lasting impression.
Pub Date: Sept. 15, 2023
Page Count: 104
Publisher: Able Muse Press
Review Posted Online: June 29, 2023