Poetry that explores both the history of places and how language's living presence becomes an inhabitant of locales as well. Poet Elizabeth Dodd's world stretches from the lightless cave home of an eyeless, transparent fish known as a blindcat to the imagination of painter Georgia O'Keeffe. In this brilliantly crafted new collection, Dodd reveals her mastery of the medium-her closely observed images, compelling metaphors, and deep understanding and sympathy for the natural world, the rhythms of geologic time, and the seasons of the living year. Dodd possesses the rare gift that links the vagaries of the human experience with the mysterious truths of universal life, the vastness of the night sky with the equally vast potentials of the human heart. These are poems to be savored, treasured, and never forgotten.
Elizabeth Dodd is a professor of English and director of the Creative Writing Program at Kansas State University. Her first collection of poetry, Like Memory, Caverns, was selected for the Bobst Prize in Poetry. Dodd's poems have appeared in a variety of journals and two anthologies. She is the recipient of a fellowship in poetry from the Kansas Arts Commission.