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Almanac of the Invisible

By Leatha Kendrick
drawings by Arwen Donahue
Monterey, Kentucky: Larkspur Press, 2014. Special edition of 42.

4.5 x 7"; 68 pages. Printed on Somerset Book paper. Handset in Cloister Lightface type. Printed on a hand-fed C&P. Drawings by Arwen Donahue. Handbound by Carolyn Whitesel in her own decorated papers over boards with cloth spine. Design, composition, printing, and binding by Leslie Shane, Carolyn Whitesel, and Gray Zeitz. Numbered. Signed by the poet and artist.

Oregon Ferry Review of Books: "This collection feeds that hunger for the unsweet, for the homely, substantial nutrients of the soul presented in an exquisitely crafted book of equally exquisite poems.

"Balanced between grief for a dying father and joy for the birth of a first grandson, the Almanac is divided into three sections: 'Shadow' takes us from winter into spring, 'Against the Silver Rim,' spring into summer, and 'Sipping the Invisible,' summer into fall, a cycle from death to death. But though the book follows the seasons, it is not restricted to a single year. Rather we are given a survey of the poet’s life, her childhood on the farm, her years as a young mother, her own brush with death as a breast-cancer survivor, and her present as grandmother and caregiver.

Larkspur Press: "Leatha Kendrick's essays, poems and fiction appear in journals and anthologies ... Recipient of awards including two Al Smith Fellowship and the Sallie Bingham Award, she writes, teaches, and mentors writers across Kentucky.

"Arwen Donahue earned her BFA at the California College of the Arts in Oakland, California. ... This is the fourth book she has illustrated for Larkspur Press."

Almanac of the Invisible

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