Wednesday, December 28, 2011

One Perfect Bird Press Release

One Perfect Bird
A Collection of Poems by Letitia Trent

Knoxville, TN— Sundress Publications is pleased to announce the release of Letitia Trent's One Perfect Bird (Sundress Publications $14.99) on January 1, 2012. This is Letitia’s first full-length collection of poetry. Trent is also the author of two chapbooks, Splice and The Medical Diaries, and a third, You aren’t in this movie, to be out in 2012.

"Reading these poems I was reminded of the voice and vision of Marilynne Robinson's Housekeeping. Similarly, the emotional and psychological rawness of human thought, as crafted by Letitia Trent in surprising, elusive, and innovative lines, startles us into a recognition so profound, we're not entirely sure what we're reading or if we're reading. It's a pleasing and unsettling experience--and I daresay, what literature should and can be."

- Kathy Fagan, author of Lip

In Letitia Trent's debut collection, the poems unfold like wildflowers in the spring, each one more surprising and dazzling than the last. But they are not simply a fleeting beauty, but rather a voracious and heated sort that stays with you long after you've closed the book. These poems, rooted deeply in the places they explore, are impeccably constructed and bitingly honest. This is a collection from a new voice that must be heard.

"The poems in One Perfect Bird ride like a dirty living letter in a good, clean envelope. They are the silty Tang in our cups, the color of the hunters' vests like ribbons through the birches as they searched our forest for any rusty bursts of blood. They are primarily poltergeists; mesh net masks and subtly singing beards, bee bodies slipping from their chins like honey. If it's true that I lifted all these lines of praise from the lines in Letitia Trent's poems—and it is true—then who could blame me? For the lyricism required to describe them, I can't better their maker. No one could."

- Kyle Minor, author of In the Devil's Territory

Letitia Trent was the recipient of the 2010 Alumni Flash Writing Award from Ohio State University’s The Journal. She has also been awarded fellowships to The Vermont Studio Center and the MacDowell Colony. One Perfect Bird is currently available for pre-order through Sundress Publications at

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Poetry Book Pre-Order

All, you can pre-order my book, One Perfect Bird, from Sundress Publications.

Here are some poems from the book, if you want to try-before-you-buy:


As it Ought to Be


Wednesday, November 30, 2011

A couple of poems from my upcoming book, "One Perfect Bird", are up at Poemeleon!

Monday, June 27, 2011

Best News Ever

Delightful and amazing news on the poetry front: I will have my first book, "One Perfect Bird", published by Sundress Press in December. I cannot wait and am delighted to be among the other amazing poets and journals that Sundress publishes. I will post more as the time approaches, but you can keep up with news about the book here and on my facebook page for writing.

More soon!

Saturday, May 28, 2011

New Poems Up!

New poems up at the wonderful and bloody 13 Myna Birds, which might just be one of my favorite online journals ever, and not just because I'm in it. Selections:

When I hold on, I hold on,

though I walk around like other people,

all blood and glasses. My softness

still hangs from your eyes. I am

out of sun. I envy your mouth.


....My house

hurts me more than the old Buick,

more than new lovers come-hither

as cats do. I open my whiteness

until it pools. My softness hands

from the gap in my head.

Monday, April 25, 2011