Judith Bowles - Unlocatable Source, Joanne Rocky Delaplaine - The Local World, & Kirsten Hampton - The Ocean Cannot Be Blue

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Writing with the same elegant language, meticulous technique, and rhythmic control that characterized the poems of The Gatherer, Bowles in her second collection articulates and celebrates the fine details of everyday life. Reading Rumi, for instance, the poet finds that she needs a second bookmark “to mark what I find/When I open the book like a fruit/I have split and it spills in my hand,” turning the act of reading into a rich feast. Also an accomplished fiction writer, Bowles instills her lyrics with tantalizing narrative threads: “ I love loving him for his breath/Which is there to be found if his words/Are unlocked from the page through my hands…”


A Maryland native and co-director of the Café Muse reading series, Delaplaine won first place awards in both the 2014 Bethesda Literary Festival Poetry Contest and the 2013 The Northern Virginia Review contest. In her acutely observed debut collection, she maintains a dual focus on geographical and temporal place, offering an intimate engagement with landscapes and waterways such as Delaware Bay, Sycamore Island, and the Potomac, where “the river buoys me like my father did /when he taught me to float.” Yet rooted in the local she also finds the wider world, as when she looks at a black coat and glimpses “your father shiver, leaving Russia.”


Hampton, a writer and filmmaker, has published her poetry in journals including Blueline, Innisfree Poetry Journal, and Potomac Review and won a CINE Golden Eagle Award for producing Hidden Books: the Art of Kumi Korf, which considers the creative process through the lens of Rilke's Letters to a Young Poet. Composed of lyrics that together gain the traction of a powerful narrative, her new collection focuses on the personal and historical impact of miscegenation and the Loving v. Virginia case. As “Detail from ‘One Drop’ Rule,” in its entirety, has it: “If there is one/emerald anchovy/darting in the water/the ocean cannot be blue.”


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Fiction & Poetry
Unlocatable Source Cover Image
ISBN: 9781625493163
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Published: Turning Point - July 16th, 2019

The Local World Cover Image
ISBN: 9781625493262
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Published: Wordtech Communications - September 25th, 2019

The Ocean Cannot Be Blue Cover Image
ISBN: 9781625492999
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Published: Turning Point - December 15th, 2018

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