Hi, friends! It's been awhile, hasn't it?
Thanks for sticking around . . .
I'm super excited to announce that my second chapbook, Kettle Whistles the Blues, is now available for pre-order from Robocup Press.
Here's how three writers I admire described the book, which is illustrated by my cousin, Johna:
"With this delicate voice steeped in tea rituals, Kayla Pongrac offers proof that a tiptoe’s tread can be louder than a stomp."
-Alina Stefanescu, author of Objects in Vases
"Kettle Whistles the Blues is a study of melancholy. Yet, driven by Kayla Pongrac’s minimalistic, captivating tone and J.P. Baroni’s loose, inviting sketches, Kettle hints at the benefits of quietude too often overlooked or dismissed by our culture at large. Pongrac affirms that to be alone is not always to be lonely—that to “sip and enjoy” a simple cup of tea is to do more than meets the eye. It is a defense of unhurried contemplation, and of the examined life."
-Catherine Kyle, author of Feral Domesticity and Gamer: A Role-Playing Poem
"In Kettle Whistles the Blues, Kayla Pongrac describes the solitary ritual of drinking tea alone. The book’s eleven short texts, referred to as 'steps' rather than poems, offer a formula for solitude: the perfect recipe for loneliness. Pongrac does not reveal whether her protagonist’s loneliness is voluntary, and this is what gives Kettle Whistles the Blues its mysterious charm. It can be read as an ode, a wish, a protest, or a sigh."
–Nadia de Vries, author of First Communion and R.I.P. Nadia de Vries
This chapbook would make a great Christmas gift (just sayin'!), so if you're interested in ordering a copy, please click on this link and use coupon code NEWTITLESFALL2016 for $3 off!
Thank you for your support! :)
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