Books by Kathleen Driskell

The Vine Temple, Kathleen Driskell
Carnegie Mellon University Press

Poems that meditate on light and darkness in the natural world.

In The Vine Temple, Kathleen Driskell invites readers to walk with her through past landscapes, including a Confederate cemetery near her turbulent childhood home and more recent hikes in a nearby park, where the sacred and sublime reveal themselves in the natural world. Driskell's poems examine the transmutability of human language and its ability to liberate and exhilarate, while at the same time often encouraging terrible darkness.

Creativity & Compassion: Spalding Writers Celebrate 20 Years
Co-edited with Katy Yocom, Good River Books

Commemorating the twentieth anniversary of the nationally distinguished Spalding low-residency MFA in Writing Program, this collection presents essays offer a trove of insights and accumulated wisdom from over 50 faculty members, directors, staff, and alumni. Each essay is dedicated to the Spalding ethos of creativity and compassion. Here, you'll find explorations of craft, literary figures, the writing life, the interrelatedness of the arts, publication, production, and more. By turns practical and lyrical, inspiring and consoling, this writing illustrates the extraordinary literary spirit that defines the Spalding literary family. All sales proceeds benefit the Spalding MFA Scholarship Fund for students.

Blue Etiquette: Poems, Kathleen Driskell
Red Hen Press

Weatherford Prize Finalist

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 have nots in her new collection. As America watches its middle-class quickly decline, Blue Etiquette rings with relevance.

Next Door to the Dead: Poems, Kathleen Driskell
University Press of Kentucky

Winner of the Judy Gaines Young Book Award

"When Kathleen Driskell tells her husband that she's gone to visit the neighbors, she means something different than most. The noted poet - whose last book, Seed Across Snow, was twice listed as a national bestseller by the Poetry Foundation - lives in an old country church just outside Louisville, Kentucky. Next door is an old graveyard that she was told had fallen out of use. In this marvelous new collection, this turns out not to be the case as the poet's fascination with the 'neighbors' brings the burial ground back to life.

Next Door to the Dead transcends time and place, linking the often disconnected worlds of the living and the deceased. Just as examining the tombstones forces the author to look more closely at her own life, Driskell's poems and their muses compel us to examine our own mortality, as well as how we impact the finite lives of those around us."


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