"This work is unlike any other, in its range of rich, conjuring imagery and its dexterity, its smart voice. Carroll-Hackett doesn’t spare us—but doesn’t save us—she draws a blueprint of power and class with her unflinching pivot: matter-of-fact and tender." —Jan Beatty

Monday Must Read!

laurie kolpThis week meet Laurie Kolp. Laurie is an avid runner, lover of nature, mother of three, and wife to former Marine who enjoys living life one day at a time in Southeast Texas. She is the author of Upon the Blue Couch (Winter Goose Publishing, 2014) and Hello It’s Your Mother (Finishing Line Press, October 2015). Laurie’s poems have appeared in more than four dozen print and online journals worldwide including the 2015 Poet’s Market, Scissors & Spackle, North Dakota Quarterly, Blue Fifth Review, and Pirene’s Fountain.

You can find out more about Laurie on her website, http://lauriekolp.com

Praise for Laurie’s work!

Laurie Kolp’s new collection Hello, It’s Your Mother is a poetry that threads the hard truth of loss and grief to daily living – piano lessons, coffee tables, blueberry scones, and phones.  It’s the ordinary made universal in the relentless will to sort the fragments of life, to give us something to hold, and Kolp does this well. Her writing skill never falters, never loses voice, allowing the real moments of mother / daughter relationships to find a strong connection in all readers. This is a remarkable and penetrating work.~Sam Rasnake, author of Cinéma Vérité (Editor of Blue Fifth Review)


Because Kolp writes of the everyday, she writes of the familiar. These poems and the life they paint are recognizable. We see ourselves in the poems; we share the emotions they evoke; and the life and lives they represent become our lives. ~Glynn Young of Tweetspeak Poetry, Author of Poetry at Work

Laurie’s Work and More Online:

Upon the Blue Couch- Amazon, Barnes & Noble

Origami Poems Project (free micro-chap)- What You Left

Turtle Island Quarterly- Muffled (bottom of Chapter 1)

Gnarled Oak- haiku

Otter Magazine- Crushed Rose

Black Heart Magazine- 3 poems

Here is a link to an interview by Robert Lee Brewer on Poetic Asides.


Happy Reading!



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