FATE LINES /DESIRE LINES $14.00 ISBN 978-1-939301-86-4 92 pp., paper bound. 2014
Fate Lines/ Desire Lines, by Caleb Puckett, is a superb collection from a poet with an original voice and a daring approach to language. He speaks to all kinds of lines that define our lives, especially storylines about what our lives are and are not. Puckett inhabits the landscape of possibilities, designing his own poetic forms, re-inventing traditional forms, and giving new life to prose poems and free verse. Puckett prompts us to think through those lines we carry and carve across the earth. Fate Lines/ Desire Lines balances between choice and compulsion, nature and persuasion. See the excitement this collection generates in Eileen Tabios’s review: “The innovative diction makes it difficult for the eye to pass by. Instead, the reading slows so that one can savor the fabulous language in these poems.” See more of the Tabios review at Galatea Resurrects #22
Originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico, Caleb Puckett lives with his wife, sons, and dogs in Ottawa, Kansas, where he works as an academic librarian. He has two book-length collections from Otoliths, Tales from the Hinterland and Market Street Exit. In addition to writing, Puckett serves as editor-in-chief for a library science journal, associate poetry editor for Nimrod International Journal, and editor for the online literary journal Futures Trading (futurestradinglit.weebly.com).