“15th-century painter Cennini spoke of the art of unseen things hidden in the shadow of natural ones Like “a sea turning in on itself” Kate Buckley's poems speak to this, moving together, folding and unfolding the echoes of a voice in place, a voice out of place, “salt licking salt—/coming home.” Follow Me Down maps out the geography of longing where sometimes “you walk the yellow fields,” sometimes “the moon sets itself on fire,” lighting up the distances between the past and the future. Buckley’s parenthetical considerations, her ache and intellect coincide in a sensuous, revelatory motioning toward that inspired sanctuary of who we are.”
—Elena Karina Byrne
“Vivid, passionate, pulsing with life in the face of loss and pain, these incantations bravely seek to void The Void. They are poems to conjure with.”
—Charles Harper Webb
Kate Buckley, a ninth-generation Kentuckian, was educated at Transylvania University and the University of Kentucky, and is currently an MFA candidate at Spalding University in Louisville. She is also the author of A Wild Region (Moon Tide Press, 2008). Her poems have appeared in such publications as Bellingham Review, North American Review, and Shenandoah. She is the recipient of the James Hearst Poetry Prize, the Gabehart Prize for Imaginative Writing, and was a 2008 Pushcart Prize nominee. She lives in Laguna Beach, California.