Backing into Mountains is available from your local bookstore, on-line
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Retail $15, softcover. ISBN 978-1-893239-92-0
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poems in Backing into Mountains, always aware of their historical
moment, trace the arc of her generous consciousness as it ranges from
Gorgeous George and Casey Jones to Pablo Picasso and Richard Dawkins, from
present day Bybee Pottery in Kentucky to ancient Greece.
Like her own “Prometheus Among the Leaves,” this poet steals
fire from her sharply attentive life and, with its primal heat and light,
singes each of her poems. With
intelligence and depth of spirit, Sutton bravely confronts and engages the
world, at once thrilling and bracing her readers."
Earlier comments about Dorothy Sutton's work---
"These are superb poems."
""Full of intelligent feeling, and feeling intelligence."
"a radical honesty, wit, and wisdom that is rare indeed . . . Dorothy
Sutton's work can stand with the best . . . quite wonderful."
From the book ---
I wish I could tell you how I loved my uncle,
how he drank too much,
and how he stank of bourbon
when he wrestled me to the floor,
how our laughter filled the empty places
until he pinned my arm behind me,
made me cry uncle from the bone crunching pain,
how in five minutes I was begging for more.
I wish I could understand
why he didn't behave like other uncles
who ducked into college phone booths, flew out
as superdoctors, superlawyers, managers at IBM,
marrying beautiful women, producing doll babies
that gurgled and wet their diapers and said ma ma
for Grandmother to love on, why he drifted
from school to work and back to school again
and from woman to woman, never finding anything,
why Granddaddy told him not to come home
if all he could do was break Grandmother's heart,
how he went away and never returned,
leaving me only the toys
he had brought back to me from the war,
leaving us to cry son, brother,