Tasha Cotter

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The Aqua Notebook: (Softcover: $15: ISBN: 978-1-68114-466-5; Hardcover: $30: ISBN-13: 978-1-68114-467-2; EBook: $2.99: ISBN: 978-1-68114-468-9; LCCN: 2018954268; Poetry—American—General; Edited by: Salim Dharamshi; Release: February 20, 2019): is an invitation to discover poetry in the everyday experience. Following in the footsteps of David Lehman’s The Daily Mirror, Frank O’Hara, and Emily Dickinson, this collection offers a poetic journal crafted out of life.

Began in 2016 in an aqua notebook, this book of poetry chronicles one year. Locating the poetry and tiny moments of transcendence in our commonplace existence, Cotter crafts poetry from life, revealing the strange beauty that often exists in our daily lives.

Approachable, conversational, and immediate, this collection offers poems that are at times spontaneous, but always carefully crafted. Locating moments of real joy and peace, Cotter illuminates our lives, asking us to look carefully for the poetic that’s often in plain sight. She shows us how the smallest moments can elevate and inspire us. She writes, “Tonight I discovered what I discover / Each day: all along I wanted this / Exact miraculous thing.” These poems will challenge and inspire you.

Tasha Cotter is the author of the poetry collection Some Churches (Gold Wake Press, 2013) and the chapbooks That Bird Your Heart (Finishing Line Press, 2013) and Girl in the Cave (Tree Light Books, 2016). Winner of the 2015 Delphi Poetry Series, her work has appeared in journals such as Contrary Magazine, NANO fiction, and Thrush. A graduate of the University of Kentucky and the Bluegrass Writers Studio, she is included in the 2018-2019 Kentucky Humanities Speakers Bureau. A recipient of grants from the Kentucky Foundation for Women, The Kentucky Center, and the University of Kentucky Women’s Forum, she makes her home in Lexington, Kentucky where she works in higher education and serves as the president-elect of the Kentucky State Poetry Society. You can find her online at http://www.tashacotter.com.

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