Left of the Lake has published a collection of poems by Kenosha Poet Laureate Brent Mitchell.
Brent Mitchell has lived all over, done all sorts of work from cowboying in Texas, to construction, as well as teaching. He is a high school drop-out with a master’s degree in theology. As a musician, he has written songs in publishing houses on music row, and with publishers at SESAC, has recorded a number of CDs, and has played his music all over the US, in England and in Mexico. His music is deeply informed by poetry. His father, as well as his father’s brother were poets. Mitchell recalls from his childhood in Texas that they often quoted long works, from Auden, Shakespeare, or Whitman, especially when inspired with tequila. "Poetry was for them, and I suppose for me as well, a substitute for prayer" he says.
He is the 2015-17 Poet Laureate of Kenosha, Wisconsin, where he lives with his wife Stephanie and their four children.
What's Being Said About the Book
“The language is stunning. I love the compressed narrative, emotions evoked by the imagery, the natural world sketched out in profundity. Some things are simply told and some bristle with startling juxtapositions like color opposites sizzling side by side...” Martha Elizabeth, winner of the J. Frank Dobie Prize for Poetry and author of The Return of Pleasure.
“Out of the fountain of a heart settling the ashes of its own determination, the poet speaks to stillness. It is what we know, what we hope, these ashes forming the stillness that is the door to our divine origin. In Mermaids, Cowboys, and the Lord of Death, Mitchell opens the door to love with sincerity, the promise of light.” Afaa Weaver, winner of numerous as well as some of the most prestigious awards for poetry, including the 2015 Phyllis Wheatley Award, three Pushcart prizes and the 2014 Kingsley Tufts Award.