KB Ballentine

KB Ballentine, local poet and educator, will hold a reading and book signing of her latest collection of poems, “The Light Tears Loose.”

“The Light Tears Loose” is the sixth collection of poetry by KB Ballentine. These poems move from illustrations of light into dark – then darker – territory before they morph back to light. Past and present circumstances often feel overwhelming, but it is in seeking that “silver lining” that we find reason to move forward, to keep going when the way seems vague or threatening.

Our fear in living does not keep us from experiencing love and beauty, friendship and brightness along the way. As witnesses in the world, by connecting with nature, we can indulge ourselves with rest and renewal because we see it happen day after day, season after season. Darkness and winter come to us all but so do sunshine and spring. This is what we hold on to, even when the shadows creep so close we can’t breathe. Keep moving forward: on the other side is the light.

Teresa Cader, author of History of Hurricanes and The Paper Wasp, describes the book like this:

“In The Light Tears Loose, KB Ballentine explores the physical and psychic gradations of light and dark with a naturalist’s eye for exquisite detail and a musician’s ear for the sonic power of language to carry meaning. In these poems, self and nature reveal themselves in the flux of creation and destruction, torn loose from their immersion in the daily sensual world. Continuing her search for mystical union, Ballentine faces loss with spare lyricism and haunting grace. The book’s profound embodiment in the natural world serves as ballast and celebration.”

Author of five previous collections of poems, two of which were award winners, KB Ballentine teaches English, creative writing and theatre at Rhea County High School. An adjunct at Chattanooga State Community College, Ballentine also finds time to lead an Open Mic and participate in various writing venues throughout Chattanooga.

Ballentine will be reading from and signing her books at Barnes and Noble in Hamilton Place Mall on Friday, July 26, from 6 to 7.30 pm. Books may be purchased locally at Barnes and Noble and may also be purchased online from Blue Light Press, Amazon, and Barnes and Noble.