- Paperback: 46 pages
- Publisher: Finishing Line Press (February 24, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1635341191
- ISBN-13: 978-1635341195
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.1 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,160,059 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Getting Ready to Travel Paperback – February 24, 2017
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Getting Ready to Travel is a short volume, but it speaks volumes in its own elusive, allusive, illusive, and paradoxical way. Imagine a book co-authored by Mother Goose and William Blake and you’ll get an idea of it. Better yet, give it time and a flexible mind, and enjoy its slippery riches.
—George Ella Lyon, Kentucky Poet Laureate (2015-2016) author of Many-Storied House
Using rhythmic devices that have an almost (but not quite) childlike quality, and explosive visions that are too thoroughly grounded in the real world to be surreal, Llewellyn McKernan’s Getting Ready to Travel leads us through a bracing experience in rhyme and imagery. To take this journey with her is to make a surprising and deep spiritual preparation for our own life journeys.
—Meredith Sue Willis, author of Out of the Mountains, Oradell at Sea, and many more
I touch all the hills I used to know. // Black elephants I called them. // Now they are snow. What to do with such a vision? Prepare to be astonished as you embark on ultimate travel where life, death, and purpose are the consideration, not leisure. The poems themselves are deftly woven with rhymes and surprising line breaks that loosen formality and claimed my attention. There’s also an understated eroticism lacing some that give their surreal wrestlings a piquancy both unique and compelling. [If you have only one trip to take this year, this is the one.]
—Marc Harshman, Poet Laureate of West Virginia
About the Author
Llewellyn McKernan is a poet, children's book writer, and teacher who has lived and worked in Huntington, WV, for over thirty years. She has a Master's Degree in Creative Writing from Brown University and a Master's in English from the University of Arkansas. She has been an adjunct English professor at St. Mary's College, the University of Arkansas, and Marshall University. Among the eleven writing grants she has received are ones from the American Association of University Women, the West Virginia Commission on the Arts, and the West Virginia Humanities Council. Her work has won ninety-six prizes, awards, and honors in state, regional, and national contests. It has also appeared in forty-three anthologies and in such journals as The Kenyon Review, Appalachian Journal, Southern Poetry Review, Antietam Review, Appalachian Heritage, Now &Then, and others. Five of her poetry books for adults have been published: Short and Simple Annals, Many Waters, Llewellyn McKernan's Greatest Hits, Pencil Memory, and The Sound of One Tree Falling. Four poetry books for children have also been published: More Songs of Gladness, Bird Alphabet, This Is The Day, and This Is The Night. Almost all these achievements occurred while she was living in West Virginia, where she still lives with her husband on a rural route. "If home is where the heart is," she says, "writing poetry is always home to me, and I've written more poems in West Virginia than anywhere else on earth."
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