grew up in the Cow Hollow neighborhood of San Francisco, a city that has deeply influenced her
is the author of Cloud Fire (Spuyten Duyvil NYC, 2012) and several chapbooks, including Updraft (Finishing Line, 2010).
How refreshing to come across a book like Katherine Hastings'
marvelous Cloud Fire, rich and verdant in formal experiment and range.
Mixing lyrics, narratives, curses, blessings, spells, and unabashed love poems, the work is hard-won and honest, generous and rigorous.
In poem after poem Katherine Hastings
ever-vigilant, observing eye, sharp as it is poignant.
deepest concern seems our perilous locale and planet: "My city whose streams are rock doves and parrots, whose bright arm is a spring board for love and suicides," and yet "we breathe here better than anywhere, distressed.
- Gillian Conoley
For Katherine Hastings
, "The mirror is a lake of longing.
Katherine Hastings is a poet whose words embody light; she is the ambassador of luminescence to American poetry today.
It is no wonder that clouds catch on fire in this magnificent and transformative collection.
In poems like "Whittenberg", where an atmosphere of light invades and reshapes, "Pushing off from the Wall", where white cells of water, jewel-lined/undulate amoeba-shapes, and "Twister" clear blue prophecy is proclaimed.
(No one saw her
glide among the lake or river/ a radiance wrapped in flame), and "Mother," ("Light transfers from the formless/smatters across the given/world"), and so many others, Hastings
truly succeeds in evoking a continent of light on radiant pages...There is no voice like hers!
KATHERINE HASTINGS is the founder of the WordTemple Poetry Series, host of WordTemple on KRCB, and publisher of the Small Change Series of WordTemple Press.
own books include Updraft (Finishing Line Press, 2010); and Sidhe (dpress, 2006).
chapbook Fog and Light is included in Ahadada Reader 3 (Ahadada Press, 2011).
poems have been published in many journals and anthologies including the Comstock Review; Rattle; Parthenon West Review; California Quarterly; Calyx and others.
grew up in the Cow Hollow neighborhood of San Francisco and currently lives in Sonoma County, CA.