POETRY REVIEWS-Kay Kinghammer
About The Author...
Kay Kinghammer is a full time poet, currently living in Seattle, Washington, USA. In the last two years, she has been published in “Granny Smith Magazine;” “Mad Swirl;” “Prospective – A Journal of Speculation” volumes 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7; “Electric Windmill Press”; “Pacific Poetry”; “A New Ulster;”and in Retina: Literary Journal. Her work has been included in the following anthologies, “The Blue Max Review” – an anthology from Rebel Poetry in County Cork, Ireland; and “The Inspired Heart” – an anthology from Melinda Cochrane International in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Her first full length collection of poetry, Inside the Circus, was published by Loyal Stone Press in May, 2013, available from Amazon.com. Her second book of poetry, Stolen Kisses, Starlit Caresses – a Journey, was published by Melinda Cochrane International in September, 2013, available from Melinda Cochrane International and from Amazon.com. She is currently working on her third book.
GPAGE - Short Book Review
The thing that hooked me from the very beginning was the truth and honesty in this work. Kay Kinghammer has a knack for showing emotion through amazing imagery. Even down to the subtle discomforts that we have all experienced at one time in our lives. This work is inspired by a true story and it reminds me of the every day trials that we all go through in real life with relationships and family. Her different emotions pour out in different lines that make you feel her angst and frustration with her situation. You can't put the book down because you need to know what comes next! What sort of drama will ensue?
This poetry book is indeed a journey and you feel her in lines like this one "Planned our days, as I did my job, silently, resentfully." We have all been there at some point in our lives especially when a relationship is unravelling. "Stolen Kisses, Starlight Caresses A Journey" is like a poetic travel diary that makes you feel like you are there and along for the ride. I'm looking forward to reading more of Kay's work!
GPAGE Author Interview - November 2013
Question: What or who inspired you to write this book?
Answer: I had been thinking a lot about this trip recently and simply started writing about it. Eventually it turned into this book.
Question: Do you plan on writing anything else like this in the future or plan on continuing this as a series?
Answer: My newest book will be a series of poems about my family, myself and our connection to the Wenatchee River in Eastern Washington.
From The Forward Of "Stolen Kisses, Starlit Caresses A Journey
Many years ago, my lover and I planned a trip across the United States. We bought an old Volkswagen van and rebuilt it for the trip. John taught himself to do all of the mechanical repairs that were necessary. Together we sanded down all the rust spots, filled the holes in the body with steel wool and putty, and repainted the exterior with pale green house paint.
We gutted the interior and built a foldable double bed in the back. I am proud to say that I learned how to use a Skill-saw and built a bed for my son that fit over the two front seats. We installed a very small refrigerator and portable (one burner) propane stove.
We practiced for this trip by visiting all the places in Washington State that was possible to drive to and back on a weekend. This was good practice as Washington has every type of environment that we would run into on our long trip – mountains, deserts, rain forests, rolling hills, farmlands and so on.
What we could not practice or prepare for were the changes in our relationship. There were problems in our relationship of which I was more or less unaware. I assumed (always a mistake) that those problems would somehow magically mend themselves. My lack of self-knowledge and our inability to communicate made sure that was not possible. This segmented poem is about that trip, and our relationship, in an as honest and fair a manner as I am able to write. Memories, people, and places change in more than thirty years. Any geographical errors are all mine.
Other Book Reviews
The Reader can feel the frustration of the Poet, they are all in close quarters in the van, it is difficult to be intimate, her partner is enigmatic and not very forthcoming, her relationship with her lover is unravelling, the poem begins badly. In the first stanza, “Stolen kisses,/Starlit caresses,/Forgotten.” sets the stage. And things begin to go awry, they decide to stop for the night in Columbia and “Roaring, shrieking, thundering,/The train runs past in the nighttime/Yanks us wide awake, /We are surrounded by men with guns!/”Private property,” they shout/”Get out! Now!”. As they explore The Ice Caves, ““Careful,” you say as I take/My last step, as my feet fly/From beneath me. My slippery shoes/Provide no grip./My legs extended,/In front of me, invisible”. As if out of sight, out of time they are in a relationship that is not meant to be somehow, existing in darkness struggling for the light, a postcard from the 1970’s. This “Secret battle, this battle that neither,/Of us knows we are fighting, this battle/Between love and expectation, between/Resentment and true affection, this battle/Of the sexes, fought by one man/One woman on a cross country journey,/From not quite paradise to not quite hell and back.” In the background the Watergate Scandal plays out and Richard Nixon is deposed, he is the first president in the history of the United States to ever resign, it is 1974. This poem comes from a place of the 1960’s, the emancipation and Flower child days that somehow went awry, and there is the influence of the Feminist writers. The poem is a narrative, although in a Modernist style (with the first letter of each line capitalized), it is a good example of American feminist poetry and draws from the Beat Poet tradition. - Rebecca Anne Banks