Medusa’s Hairdresser: Skyclad: ($15, 94pp, 6X9″, Print ISBN: 978-1-68114-099-5, Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-68114-186-2, EBook ISBN: 978-1-68114-100-8, LCCN: 2015943201, July 2015; Purchase on Amazon or Barnes and Noble): “is Bob Dylan’s Blond on Blond converted to magnificent poetry. It will revolutionize poetry in a way that that album revolutionized music.” —Klaus Gerken, poet and editor of Ygdrasil Literary Journal
“With all the cheek of a blasting cap, Maria Jacketti’s poems unspring like a nest of hair.” —Craig Czury, Thumb Notes Almanac
“Maria Jacketti’s new release, Medusa’s Hairdresser, paints where the wind tells her to go. You will find no clichés in her work. From this book, one discovers an unprecedented journey into a world of surprising images, such as a line from her poem ‘Witch Watch,’ where Maria writes, ‘Angels like to stop watches; so do nuclear bombs,’ or from her poem ‘Song for Change,’ ‘Oh gorgeous bucks, you golden kibble, it’s time for you to fickle-kiss.’ These and more are just a few of the unconventional yet enchanting lines that are sure to draw you in. Make sure you don’t read too long! You might find yourself cast in stone, forever lost in her language. A great book sure to entertain, enchant and stimulate a whole new approach to reading and appreciating poetry. Revolutionary work.” —Melanie Simms, former Perry County Poet Laureate, President, Association of Pennsylvania Poets Laureate
“Maria Jacketti paints with words as she shares her anthracite coal region heritage/history! Medusa’s Hairdresser: Skyclad showcases the beauty of her poetry, love of nature, family and the world, while also raging against that which is unjust and unfair. Even in poems where I do not share her sentiment, I revel in her gift of putting her heart into words.” —Regina Drasher, Northeastern Pennsylvanian performing artist and writer
Maria Jacketti is the poet laureate of Hazleton, Pennsylvania and a reporter and columnist at The Hazleton Standard Speaker. She holds an M.A. in creative writing from New York University and has received a poetry fellowship from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. Her book-length translations of Pablo Neruda and Gabriela Mistral have been read worldwide for more than two decades.