Last Friday, I had the pleasure of attending the launch party, poetry reading and open mic night to celebrate the release of Kelly Ramsdell Fineman's chapbook, The Universe Comes Knocking, published by Maverick Duck Press.
Kelly had a migraine at the event, but rallied to read from her
collection, which includes the title poem as well as meditations on the
layers of meaning in everyday objects (peas, buttons, a chair). Ordinary
objects have history and significance and extraordinary meaning; Kelly
relays the stories behind them. And then there is the haunting
"Attention to Detail," one of my favorites in the collection, about the
price we sometimes pay for excellence. The book ends with "Stuck Doing
Chores on a Summer's Evening," a twist on a Robert Frost poem, which
never fails to get appreciative laughter when she reads it live.
If you'd like a sample, you can find a few poems online: "Copernicus" on Kelly's own blog, and "Shelling Peas" on Jama Rattigan's blog. Or you can get the whole thing for your very own here.