Just Published: The Ledger of Mistakes, by Kathy Nelson
Praise for The Ledger of Mistakes
“Why remember the dead?” poet Kathy Nelson begins this sobering meditation, a descent and rise through what’s lost and sometimes found again, her keen eye on the natural world, her mother in the Bardo and in life, both trouble and love restored, unshakable grief, regret, triumph, mystery… And why exactly? Because we need these poems as lens, as touchstone. And such lovely, startling interventions of language and image! Vivid detail, layer upon layer—say, a “landscape stitched with fencerows,” or to hold a breath “until someone unlocks the door.” That someone is this most remarkable poet. “Last night,” Nelson writes, “I found a hidden stairway leading down/into a maze of rooms …” And what a rewarding gift for all of us, to follow her there.
—Marianne Boruch, Bestiary Dark
Kathy Nelson is a graduate of the Warren Wilson Program for Writers. She is the author of two chapbooks: Cattails (Main Street Rag, 2013) and Whose Names Have Slipped Away (Finishing Line Press, 2016). In 2019, she was awarded the James Dickey Prize by Five Points, A Journal of Literature and Art. Her work has appeared in Kakalak, LEON Literary Journal, New Ohio Review, Southern Poetry Review, Tar River Poetry, Twelve Mile Review, Valparaiso Poetry Review, and other journals. She lives in western Nevada.