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And Luckier

Leatha Kendrick

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Here's a book about the adjustment to age, the imperfections in the world,
loss and what it makes of a person, and the poet as an "absentee Nana," her
grandchild living far away. What does it mean, in a climate changed world,
to pass the "stiff diorama" of degraded farmland to a scattered family?
Kendrick valiantly copes with not having all the answers in And Luckier. Her
combination of melancholy and gratitude provides all we can't know of life
and its endings with a majestic understanding.
--Molly Peacock



Praise For And Luckier

Here's a book about the adjustment to age, the imperfections in the world, loss and what it makes of a person, and the poet as an "absentee Nana," her grandchild living far away. What does it mean, in a climate changed world, to pass the "stiff diorama" of degraded farmland to a scattered family? Kendrick valiantly copes with not having all the answers in And Luckier. Her combination of melancholy and gratitude provides all we can't know of life and its endings with a majestic understanding.—Molly Peacock

And Luckier opens with a dispassionate question: "who might it serve that you / would grow downhearted?" The poems that follow take us through many voices, subjects, and perspectives, bringing us at last to this hard-won counsel: "So much suffering. We cannot uncause it / But we can set ourselves to mend, / ... I will pick up the rubble. / I will carry one stone at a time." —George Ella Lyon

Some poets wear their hard-earned wisdom as lightly as earth holds the most delicate of its blooms—with roots fierce and stubborn, with stems "tough enough to wait out the drought / that comes before the bloom." I love Leatha Kendrick's new collection, And Luckier, for its graceful, ferocious holding. "What will your seeing make?" Kendrick asks in her opening poem. Hers has made these poems of witness and of healing, and we, her readers, are all the luckier for them. —Pauletta Hansel

Accents Publishing, 9781936628568, 76pp.

Publication Date: March 30, 2020



About the Author

Leatha Kendrick is the author of five poetry collections, most recently And Luckier, from Accents Publishing. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Exit 7, Tar River Poetry, Appalachian Heritage, New Madrid Review, the Southern Poetry Review, the James Dickey Review, Still: An Online Journal, the Baltimore Review, The Southern Women’s Review, and in anthologies including The Southern Poetry Anthology, Volume 3—Contemporary Appalachia and What Comes Down to Us – Twenty-Five Contemporary Kentucky Poets. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. A revered teacher, she leads workshops in poetry and creative non-fiction and has taught at the University of Kentucky, Morehead State University, the Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning in Lexington, Kentucky, and at writers conference. She lives and writes in Lexington, Kentucky.