Joan Burt's brilliant first book is an intimate portrait of the memorable Belle and her eccentric, exceptional family. The poet's language recreates the robust complexity of her Montana life. It is an intimate glimpse of Belle's universe. The poems introduce us to a spectacle of characters moving across this landscape. Burt's language and intensely remembered observation brings us directly to this surreal, gorgeously evoked landscape. A debut collection of effervescent, unforgettable poems, awarded the Red Mountain Discovery Prize for a first book.
Joan Burt grew up in Montana and received her degree in Fine Art from Montana State University. Her poetry has appeared in a variety of literary journals, including The Santa Fe Literary Review and Bosque Magazine. Diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2002, and facing the limitations that her illness presented, she made a successful transition from painting to poetry: "Poetry is, so far, the only rhythm that works for me." Joan lives in Santa Fe with her dog Mazey and her life-partner Bill.