Edge of the Echo is the seventh collection of poetry by local author KB Ballentine, and she gathers poems into four sections that honor the ancient rhythms of Earth, Air, Water, and Fire. Edge of the Echo explores these elements and how they weave through the human experience and, though people are encompassed by them every day, we don’t fully understand them. At the threshold of each season there is a mystic balance between the stones and the stars. The early Celts recognized what we have forgotten: the seasons of the year reflect an invisible geography between nature and the human soul. In this world full of upheaval and clatter, we need more than ever the tenacity of nature – its magic and variety that mends our weariness. This collection of poems invites the elements to speak to us once again.
Tennessee Poet Laureate Margaret Britton Vaughn says of this collection: “Now and then poets come into our lives where words become art, sentences become canvases, poems become masterpieces. KB Ballentine’s pages draw the reader into her retrospective of life, and Edge of the Echo will hang in the gallery of our minds where images turn into pictures that have developed over a lifetime. There are poets compared to Clementine Hunter, Norman Rockwell, Van Gogh: KB is the Picasso of words stretched on a paper canvas that will stand the test of time.
Author of Gathering Stones and Fragments of Light, published by Celtic Cat Publishing, What Comes of Waiting, The Perfume of Leaving, and The Light Tears Loose published by Blue Light Press, and Almost Everything, Almost Nothing published by Middle Creek Publishing and Audio, KB Ballentine teaches English 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 the Chattanooga Writers Guild.
Ballentine will be reading from her books via Zoom with Union Ave Books (https://www.unionavebooks.com, 865-951-2180), Thursday, May 20, from 7 to 8 p.m., along with Janisse Ray and Karen Salyer McElmurray.
Edge of the Echo (ISBN: 978-1-60454-264-6) is published by The Iris Publishing Group and is now available for purchase for $18 from Iris Publishing (https://irisbooks.com/bookstore), Amazon (www.amazon.com) or Ballentine’s website (www.kbballentine.com).