Pushing my Buttons…

Image by Benjamin Earwicker via FreeImages
Image by Benjamin Earwicker via FreeImages

Summertime and the livin’ is easy…

Yes, and yet I find myself pushing buttons again, or rather, pushing Spare Buttons, my latest poetry collection. But the drumbeat will be winding down soon, as the preorder phase ends in two weeks, on August 8th.

In the meantime, I want to thank the readers of All Nine for supporting my poetry (and poetry in general!) over the years and more recently with my two books, Three Ways of Searching last year and now Spare Buttons. It’s been wonderful this summer to feel the virtual wave of encouragement as many in the All Nine tribe have taken it on as a personal challenge to to let their peeps know about my latest project.

I am especially psyched about Spare Buttons since it is dedicated to my mom, Alice Martin, who has been an inspiration to me my whole life. Several of the longer poems (yes, there are a few that are longer than 5 lines!) in the chapbook are drawn directly from my years growing up under her steady hand and nurture.

Press run is determined by preorders, and we’re about half way to our preorder goal. A huge THANK YOU to all who have helped to make that possible. For this final push, would you please consider passing along a copy of the order form to a friend who might be interested in the collection?


I’ll leave the last words of this post to a couple special poet friends who are good at pushing buttons…

“In Spare Buttons there is a poignant wholeness in the lost and found pieces of life. A lyric grace emerges from the seemingly every day—the steeping of tea, an empty park swing, the familiar road that looks new again. And if you, dear Reader, rest here for a while—in and yet away from the world—you will be blessed.”

~ Nancy Tupper Ling, poet and children’s author

“If any poet ever saw Heaven in a wild flower – or a button, or a cup of tea – Kelly Belmonte is that poet. But she also sees – and refuses to hide – the potential loss of Heaven in our reaction to these objects as well. She laments that, “This need to give the world back to itself exhausts me.” On behalf of the world, I say thank you for the sacrifice.”

~ Doug Jackson, Assistant Professor of Spiritual Formation Logsdon Seminary/South Texas School of Christian Studies, author of Nothing There is not More (Finishing Line Press, 2014)


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