Beth’s books are here!
Facepalm is Beth’s third book and a slight departure from poetry. In this whimsical collection of stories, BW recounts some of the most awkward conversations she has experienced on the road. BW says, “These are some of the facepalm moments that made me laugh, or stand there in puzzled silence, and immediately go call my mom and say, ‘Omygawd, you won’t believe what just happened!’ These are all people who, bless their hearts, didn’t buy anything. And these are just the ones I remember!”
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In Ladder to the Light, the follow-up to her debut poetry collection Kazoo Symphonies, BW explores deeper and more complex emotional territory. Inspired by an image from a Jane Hirshfield poem ‘Mule Heart’ in which grief and joy are carried in “two waiting baskets,” Wood seeks to find balance again and regain footing after heartbreaking loss. Ladder to the Light chronicles her journey from grief to gratitude to believing in love again—poetry as a ladder toward the light. Ladder to the Light was chosen as a finalist for the 2019 Oregon Book Awards – Stafford/Hall prize for poetry and is the winner of the 2019 Oregon Book Awards Readers’ Choice Award.
“Beth Wood is a courageous witness, careful perceptive notice, graceful word swimmer, and honest chronicler of soul-wrenching nights and unfathomable bliss. These poems are about how things and people echo off of other things and people, and why it matters so deeply. You will remember and recognize your own moments in her moments, and will also be taken to places you’ve never been. These constellations of words are gifts born of careful, raw, vulnerable attention to beauty, but also born of living a real life, in which things happen that we don’t choose, that tear us open and dare us to survive.” –David Lamotte, Award-winning singer-songwriter, international speaker, author of Worldchanging 101: Challenging the Myth of Powerlessness
Kazoo Symphonies is BW’s first book of poetry, a long-held dream finally realized. Kazoo Symphonies, with chapters on nature, life, love, and growing up, is, simply put, great storytelling.
“I have long loved Beth Wood the lyricist and award-winning folk musician. She is a solid songwriter with a powerful voice. Now she brings her voice and the magic of her lyricism to poetry. No matter what form or genre she employs, Beth’s gift of storytelling shines through. Kazoo Symphonies is simply this: great storytelling. And it’s worth every page.” –Nathan Brown, Poet Laureate of Oklahoma 2013/14