Spare Buttons (Finishing Line Press, 2014)

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How memory lies:
This road, a thousand times
before, now seems new.

– Lies, from Spare 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)

Three Ways of Searching (Finishing Line Press, 2013)

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three ways of searching:
the way of eagles, the way
of hounds, and stillness

(from “Three Ways of Searching” by Kelly Belmonte)

I am pleased and delighted to announce the publication of my collection of poetry, Three Ways of Searchingnow available for purchase from Finishing Line Press. Three Ways of Searching is also now available for Kindle through Amazon.

This chapbook represents a year or so of focused attention on micropoetry — haiku and tanka in particular. I am grateful for the Twitter poets who helped sharpen my attention to detail and appreciation for concision. A shout out to my friends at Lion & Lamb as well for their encouragement and nurturing.


“These small delicate poems are deceptively simple, but weighted with meaning and beauty.  This is poetry pared down to its essence, with every excess trimmed away and the result is a collection of brief poignant verses in which each image stays in the mind and speaks to the soul long after the book has been closed.”

~ Rev. Dr. Malcolm Guite, priest, chaplain, teacher, poet, and singer-songwriter at University of Cambridge, England.

“Kelly Belmonte’s poems are spare, sharp, vivid. Like an artist’s charcoal sketch, showing us the world afresh with just a few lines on a white page, these poems balance word and stillness to evoke an open-handed sense of wonder at the world we live in, as human beings with body, mind, and soul… Three Ways of Searching is a collection that I will return to often, and with delight.”

~ Dr. Holly Ordway, Chair, Department of Apologetics, Houston Baptist University

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