Entomological catastrophes are rarely
a source of poetic inspiration. Ditto Goldbach's prime number
conjecture. Poet and spoken word artist Michele Battiste, however, is
anything but a stodgy traditionalist. She is more likely to panegyrize
her food processor than to lament the icy decisiveness of Death (the
fact that one of her favorite hobbies is collecting epidemiological
statistics on the world's major diseases notwithstanding). Her work is
vivific, yet thoughtful; intellectual, yet sultry - one moment wizened
and worldly, the next, purring with vernal allure. Additionally,
Battiste's command of the English language is a marvel. Her verse is
bursting with bewitching imagery and the rhythmic elegance of Latin
jazz. And she can unfold a trope like a peacock's fan, revealing a
staggering bounty of striking patterns and unexpected connections. As
far as this (NY Times) critic is concerned, Battiste is a major
She's sure to become one of the true luminaries of American poetry in
the 21st century.
Michele blogs about contemporary poetry at
Poetry in the 11111011010.
Photo by Tom Sundro Lewis
Michele lives in Boulder, CO where she writes, studies,
teaches and wades in the creek.
She is the author of four chapbooks and two poetry collections: Ink for an Odd Cartography, (2009) and the forthcoming Uprising (2013), both from Black Lawrence Press.
According to Jim Daniels, editor of American Poetry: The Next Generation,
"(Michele Battiste's) poems are driven by some super high-octane duende. They spin and spill all over the place with a controlled recklessness and a sustained energy. She's ready to take flight at the smallest provocation, wings oiled up, in tune with the mad universe."
Uprising is available for pre-order! It hits the shelves in October, but you can order a (deeply discounted!) copy now at the always amazing Black Lawrence Press.
I have new work online at Everyday Genius, Midway Journal, and Misfit Magazine. Check out these amazing journals and give them some love!
I'm thrilled to be included in the amazing anthology A Poetic Inventory of the Rocky Mountain National Park. I wrote about rock squirrels and mortality.
Print: I have a poem in the current issue of Upstairs at Duroc and in the upcoming issue of Salmagundi. Please keep your eye out for these publications (or better yet, ask your local bookstore to carry them), and pick up a copy if you can.
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