Woodall said her work has been published in literary journals before, but that this is her first book. She said that many of the poems focus on her childhood in Big Bend, Texas. She said that her father did research on reptiles and amphibians when she was growing up and that much of the imagery in the poetry reflects her environment at that time.
“I was a teenager in the middle of the desert just wanting to find a mall,” she said laughing.
Much of the poetry in the book, called “Living Over Caves,” also focuses on her experiences raising children, as well as landscapes of Kentucky, where she has lived for the past decade.
“Much of it is about celebrating those not-so-heroic moments in life, from coming of age to becoming a mother,” she said.
Woodall said the poems were all written from 2004 to the present. Even though a lot of it relates to her childhood, it is “definitely from an adult perspective.”
Woodall said she heard around the end of July that Finishing Line Press was interested in publishing the book. The tentative publication date is Feb. 22, although there could always be delays, so the company simply said it would be in February in its press release.
“A keen observer of the small but significant things around our world and in our lives, poet Brandy Woodall, a native Texan now living and writing in Western Kentucky for over a decade, bridges the landscape of her past to the one in her present,” the press release says. “The collection features short, lyrical poems that celebrate the small, quiet moments of everyday life in a mother’s soft, even tone. The tightly thumbed poems are filled with metaphors that are ripe, real, and meant to be savored long after the book is closed.”
For the full story on Brandy Woodall's poetry collection, see the new Cadiz Record.