To Have Hoped
"In To Have Hoped, Kerry Trautman travels from assured serenity to nervous longing, through poems that challenge the fences of our beliefs in the stabilizing factors of this world. What seems so certain can slip away, what seems unknown can make itself apparent. These are the recognitions this fine collection understands. A year in the life, a life in metaphor, the seasons as prelude to our shifting beliefs. From the anxiety of a winter storm stranding the speaker inside, to backyard gardens brimming with flora and fauna, these speakers demonstrate the capacity of our humanity to hold on to, as she says, '…everything I love scurrying inside.' If you believe the world is more than just an empty stage for our chronologies than you will believe, and revel, in Kerry Trautman’s poems."--Tim Geiger, author of Cathedral, The Curse of Pheromones, and Blue Light Factory.
About Kerry Trautman (Toledo, Ohio Author)
Kerry Trautman is a founding member of the Toledo Poetry Museum and ToledoPoet.com, and is a poetry editor for the journal "Red Fez ". Kerry participates in readings and events such as Artomatic 419, 100-Thousand Poets for Change, Back to Jack, and the Columbus Arts Festival. Her work has appeared in several anthologies and journals, including "Midwestern Gothic," "Naugatuck River Review," "Alimentum," "Third Wednesday," and "Hawaii Pacific Review". In 2015, her yet-to-be-published poetry collection, Leaning Into It, was a finalist for the National Federation of State Poetry Societies “Stevens Award,” and it was a semifinalist for the Crab Orchard Series “1st Book Award.” Her chapbooks are Things That Come in Boxes, To Have Hoped, and Artifacts.