"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

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Pond Water & Mud <3 Sharing a poem from my latest book (Un)Hinged

Thanks to Sammy Greenspan and all the good folks at Kattywompus Press ❤ Here’s a peek into this odd, little book ❤

Woman Made of Pond Water and Mud

mouth o’ing like fish, fighting for breath in the run-off, in the sludge, in what’s left
of the autumn light gold-slicking the green green surface. She fights to recall what it means to keep breathing.

Meaning is, she knows, manufactured, manufacturing, making, made. What will
we construct today, this day where cold rain pools all across the yard, and where
the gathering dark makes it hard for even the slightest steps of dreaming?

As a child she learned early to clean fish, buckets of struggle she and her brothers carried
home from the creek, the pond, the river, home to the scrape, the knife, the filet,
the tweezer pull of pin bones, careful delicate extractions, lessons in vigilance,
before her mama’s sure hands transformed their catch into sustenance.

She never could look in there, in the pail, couldn’t watch as those fish–
bass, stripe, crappie, cats–fought so hard, banged in circles against the smooth
unending plastic, ramming and gasping, drowning in air. She didn’t have to, look,
or ask, when even now her own small amphibious heart thudded
within the curve of her ribs, this breath, then that, the only meaning
even vaguely in reach of her grasp.

-Mary Carroll-Hackett, (Un)Hinged, Kattywompus Press, 2019

Purchase (Un)Hinged Here! 

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Birthday Reading in Staunton, VA :-) Come Join Us!

Hey Virginia Peeps! Come help me celebrate my speed limit birthday! Poetry Reading!!! 

I’m thrilled to be reading with Seth Michelson at the Nu-Beginning Farm Store in Staunton, VA next month! Thanks and Big Love to the beautiful and generous Stan Driver for putting this event together 

Come on out and join us!

Saturday, April 7, 2018, 2-4pm
221 North Lewis Street
Staunton, Virginia

Check out this wonderful venue here! 

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Reading at Longwood this week!

Okay my Virginia lovelies! 

I’m thrilled to be part of the Longwood Authors’ Reading Series, this coming Wednesday! 

Wednesday, October 19, 2016 at 8pm

Wygal Auditorium on Longwood’s campus

Reception (Free food!) to follow. 

I’ll be reading from my newest book, A Little Blood,  A Little Rain, as well as The Night I Heard Everything, both from FutureCycle Press.

And maybe…. we’ll have a lil contest and give away a couple free copies of the new book! 😉 

 

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Book Give Away! Enter Now for a Chance to Win My Latest Book, A Little Blood, A Little Rain

Goodreads Give-Away!

Because FutureCycle Press and Diane Kistner rock!!

Enter to win a copy of my latest book A Little Blood, A Little Rain!

 

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Poetry House Concert Happiness! Scott Depot WV <3 Thanks to Mary Imo Stike and John Stike <3

I was in West Virginia this past weekend for a house concert style poetry reading in Scott Depot WV, hosted by the kind and generous Mary Imo Stike and John Stike 🙂 The mountains as always were beautiful, my hosts warm and lovely, and the audience, around twenty-two people in attendance–were spirited and funny and smart and a very eclectic talented bunch themselves, in sooo many ways! We were also blessed with the beautiful musical talents of The Wild Hares! Awesome, funny, Doug, Jim, and Mike rocked the tunes before and after the reading 🙂

The conversation after the reading was just amazing! Talk of–yes, poetry :-)–but also of physics and spirituality, language and issues of class bias, tradition and preservation, the search for truth in so many ways beyond academia. I learned–and laughed :-)–with every conversation. I felt blessed to be in their presence. And twenty more copies of my crazy books out into the world! 🙂 Thank you, Mary and John, and thank you, West Virginia, for an incredible reading experience! 

I do believe these house readings, the revival of the salon, are crucial to the future of poetry. So many readers and thinkers and lovers of words outside the insulated walls of academia! I’m grateful for that, and I can’t wait to meet more of them! ❤ 

Some of my favorite pics from the trip 🙂 ❤

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So Excited and Grateful! Readings Upcoming This Fall!

Grateful to some generous lovely people for hosting readings for my crazy lil prose poems 🙂 Upcoming readings this fall,  from A Little Blood, A Little Rain (FutureCycle Press 2016), Trailer Park Oracle (Kelsay Books 2016), and The Night I Heard Everything (FutureCycle Press 2015).

August 13 – Scott Depot, WV, Hosted by Mary Imo and John Stike

October 1 – Heritage Village, Calhoun County Park, Grantsville, WV, Hosted by Lisa Hayes Minney

October 19 – Longwood University Writers Reading Series, Farmville VA

October 26 – Waterbean Reading Series, Waterbean Coffee, NorthCross Shopping Center 9705 Sam Furr Rd., Ste A, Huntersville, NC

December 5 – Readings on Roslyn, Winston Salem, NC, Hosted by Kathryn Milam

 

Grateful especially to these generous hosts, and to the publishers who made these books possible ❤

Diane Kistner, Robert S. King, and all the great folks at FutureCycle Press

and

Karen Kelsay Davies, Editor of all All Things at Kelsay Books and Aldrich Press

Please check out their whole beautiful catalogs!

If you’re interested in hosting a reading or event, please contact me at carrollhackettma@gmail.com  

Daily Prompt Love! <3 Mountains, and Mystery, and Music–Oh My! :-)

 

13 August 2016

Headed off to wild and wonderful West Virginia for a reading. Driving through these amazing Appalachian mountains always fills me with such awe.

Make art about the mysteries felt in mountains.

WV aug 2016

14 August 2016

Road Angel named Bay, a very large beautiful young man working as a cashier in a roadside stop, his smile like a bright bright beacon, caught me doing a lil dance in the aisle to the BeeGees piping in overhead. He grinned and immediately started dancing too 😀 So we finished out Stayin Alive while I paid 🙂

Make art about dancing with strangers. 🙂

dancing with strangers

15 August 2016

Feeling this this morning, the music.

Some days I catch a rhythm, almost a song/in my own breath”~Philip Levine

Make art about the music you hear, in anything, in everything.

music in everything

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