Sunday, March 20, 2011

It's ready!


I was surprised last night with a message from my publisher, telling me my new chapbook, Patina, is on their website and ready for purchase.  It's over a month earlier than expected, so needless to say, I was thrilled.

Last June, I submitted my first poetry manuscript to the Finishing Line Press Open Chapbook Competition.  When hearing nothing by November, I was convinced it was a wash.  Just before Christmas, I was elated to learn I was chosen as a semi-finalist and they accepted my chapbook for publication.

Patina, is a 26 page collection of some of my very first poetry, stemming from my love of ancestry and all things vintage.




Tess Kincaid’s Patina reveals a poet already keenly focused on her materials. Poem by poem they speak to her and she engages them in a poetic dance that by turn waltzes, tangos, and quick-steps its way through a collection exploring family and personal history. Kincaid has a wit to match her craft. The poems’ surfaces invite entry. Their depths do not disappoint.   --Kathryn Stripling Byer

Just as natural patina can passivate objects from further decay, the poems in Tess Kincaid's debut collection form a lasting sheen for the keepsakes of memories that the poet strives to hold.  These vignettes display a polished resonance that haunts yet astonishes the reader with its stunning word choices and sonic musicality.  Like a master craftsman, Kincaid creates her own distinct pattern & style through vivid imagery, precise language, and unique figurative expression.  Her poems remain indelible as the personal past she has restored.   --Greg Sellers

The poetics of Tess Kincaid's Patina balance between discipline and whimsy. Her lyrics and character sketches achieve something many poets do not even try to do:  bring us characters trying to love the world, and a world fertile with sacraments of meaning.          --Annie Finch


Tess Kincaid’s Patina is aptly named, with its acute sense of how the past taints the present and its impressive demonstration of how the poetry of this moment bears the shadow of centuries of tradition.
   --John Biguenet



Okay, now here's the scoop. Finishing Line is a small press and depend on authors to help promote their books. I have an advance sales period of approximately six weeks, before the pressrun is determined.  So, if you are interested in purchasing a copy, please do so as soon as possible by clicking on this link:



A huge thank you to my faithful readers, who have been a tremendous encouragement along the way. You are the best. I could not have done it without you, sweet people. 

79 comments:

  1. Congratulations Tess - what a wonderful name Peachy Bright is - and what a sad story.

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  2. Mazel tov!! Yay! Going to pre-order now.

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  3. I like it! Best of luck and congrats.

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  4. Congratulations ... would love to read your work. All the best.

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  5. Oh, hooray for you! And for us -- I'm headed over now to get one of my very own. Way to go, Tess --

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  6. I just ordered mine!

    Beautiful poem.

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  7. Terrific news, Tess. Your poetry deserves to be out 'there'. As we sometime say, over here, I'm really chuffed for you!

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  8. Beaming with joy for you !!
    I got completely lost in their wonderful site..thx for that as well by the way. You've inspired me.

    I will order , but wonder what the difference will be price wise for an international order. :( I only say that because I saw about ten other books I'd love to have...

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  9. Deb, I know! There's a wealth of fellow poets at FLP. I think the difference of postage is stated at the top of the ordering page: $3.99 shipping for international orders vs $1.49 U.S.

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  10. Congratulations on the publication of Patina.
    May the words from your heart and hand find their way into the hands and hearts of many :)

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  11. Well done Willow! Can I now say that I 'know' a famous poet? I shall say it anyway.

    I'll keep my fingers crossed for a 'best-seller'. Bisou, Cro.

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  12. so thrilled for you Tess, congratulations!!! xo

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  13. Congratulations Tess !
    I'm off to pre-order.
    ~Jo

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  14. Congratulations. Well deserved.

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  15. Tess so very proud and excited for you! Truly wonderful, Patina, I adore the word itself.

    Xoxo
    Karena
    Art by Karena

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  16. I am thrilled for you Tess...you have such an amazing talent and your writing deserves a wide audiance! I love the cover it is captivating....perfect for your poetry! :-)

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  17. Brava, Tess! Way to go-- I'll look forward to it. xxxj

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  18. Tess, I am so happy for you.
    Congratulations!

    "like a splash of cold Mississippi"
    "April hope swarms a homebound boat"
    Your poem is marvelous.

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  19. WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOT!

    Way to go, Tess!

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  20. Oh, this is wonderful, wonderful news! Tess, I'm so proud (can I say that? Is it, in fact, too maternal?)!!!!

    Thrilled doesn't describe it. A chapbook. That's nirvana.

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  21. congrats, cant wait to get a copy :)

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  22. Congratulations, Tess,
    well done! :-)

    The charge for international shipping is very reasonable. Years ago, mailing a magazine cost already $9 at the post office.

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  23. Hi! Willow...
    Congratulation!...I will place your book on my merry-go-round and pick-up a copy too!
    Your poem "Patina" is...beautiful!

    The story about your great-great uncle, Peachy Bright, a Union soldier from Indiana, who along with his brother, Isaac, is so sad!
    Nice blurbs! Thanks, for sharing!
    DeeDee ;-D

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  24. Congratulations; that is such exciting news! Off to have a look......

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  25. Cool! May it sell a million.

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  26. Many many congratulations, Tess! Such wonderful news. And we can say we knew you "when."

    Poem is gorgeous (you told the story here, as I recall).
    Brava!!

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  27. AWESOME, Tess!!! I am so excited for you! I want to be a proud owner for sure...I'm off to go see it and get myself a copy. You so deserve this--I honestly do think you'll be someone we read about in the years to come. A Great Big Congratulations!

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  28. Tess, I am so happy for you! Congratulations. I will be ordering a copy!!!

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  29. Sweet. Congratulations.

    Order is in.

    Peachy... the man who would be king. If only my parents had named me so.

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  30. Congratulations Tess. Just as so many are encouragement for you....I believe YOU are inspiration for countless bloggers!

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  31. warm congratulations tess, on this huge accomplishment. i put my order in today.

    xx

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  32. done...can't wait to receive my copy

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  33. congratulations. love the cover and the title too.

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  34. Yay Tess! Many, many congratulations and I'm ordering pronto.

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  35. Oh, fantastic! I've just pre-ordered mine as well. Congratulations to you, Tess.

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  36. Congratulations. Beautifully done.

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  37. I don't visit your site often, but so glad I did today. What wonderful news. Congratulations! I love your poem.

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  38. At last! Congratulations. Can't wait to hold it in my hands. BRAVA!

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  39. *clap, clap, clap* Best of luck to you Tess! Your poetry is such magic. You deserve every success!

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  40. Thanks, everybody, for your kind words. This is a dream come true for me. xx

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  41. Congratulations Tess! I ordered my copy today; I'm really looking forward to receiving it.

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  42. Gotchur book ordered and paid
    Ms Poet, Tess Kincaid...now i gotta wait until August. I may not be alive, come August-grin!
    PEACE...and sell a truckload of books!

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  43. I love this poem and to think it is about your ancestor. Congrats! You deserve this. I'm off to order a copy.

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  44. Ooooh!!! Congratulations! I hope they can deliver to japan too! Can't wait for August!

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  45. A world of congratulations from a new follower of your blog. This is wonderful.

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  46. congrats Tess... this is quite a well deserved celebration for you as a writer.

    looking forward to buy your chapbook..

    i am so thrilled for you :)

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  47. Congratulations! I am very happy for you.

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  48. That's a great achievement... congratulations

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  49. Big happiness for you! I went to pre-order, but it says "new title coming" or something, so I'll go back and check later. What joy it will be to hold a book of your poems in my hands.

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  50. How delightful and well-deserved!

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  51. Oh I'm SO excited for you!! Have ordered and can't wait to receive. Just wondering how we will get autographed :)

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  52. Yes, that is the main concern... how and when do we get the poet's signatura???
    :) brilliant news... and just a few hours ago I wrote to you about fate... whatever happens is the answer :))

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  53. Ruth, I have to garner pre-orders to determine the pressrun, so if you are considering, please do order a copy now!

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  54. An extra big CONGRATULATIONS! You are brilliant! You've inspired me to get back to my children's poetry.

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  55. Shaista, I haven't quite figured out exactly how to inscribe books. FLP's set-up makes it tricky.

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  56. Wonderful! I ordered today, and it will be a treasured possession with your wonderful poetry! I love the pocket watch!

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  57. Congratulations! Ordered and can't wait to have it in my hands!!

    rick

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  58. Congratulations, Tess! I'm off to place my order now.

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  59. BRAVA Dear Tess! I am so happy for you! This is a well-deserved honour! Your poetry TRULY is wonderful....you have something to say - and you say it and draw us all in with you! The mark of a true poet!

    Love,

    ♥ Robin ♥

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  60. Many congratulations! What a thrill for you:-)

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  61. Many congratulations! It sounds absolutely wonderful.

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  62. Tess, I remember this poem, but it is so much better than I realized on first reading it. Far be it from me to play the critic, but I have coined what I hope is an original phrase for many of your poems: poignant, measured realism!
    PATINA -- perfect title for your works.

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  63. A h u g e thank you for your kind support. Thanks to all of you who ordered books today. You are THE best. xx

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  64. I really love this poem, Tess!

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  65. Wanted to tell you that your photo on the website of the poets is the most glamorous of all!

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  66. Man, oh manachevitz, the willowites
    have massed, and pay pal is spinning
    like gas meter on full throttle.
    For you to be able to start this
    publishing is thrilling, exciting,
    and gratifying. I reposted your
    entire PATINA posting on my site
    with the link to here, and to
    Finishing Line Press. Maybe we'll
    pick up a few strays from those
    folks who have loved all the
    poems of yours I have reposted
    this year.

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  67. Thank you, Glenn, I really appreciate your support and for the shout-out on your blog. You're the best. xx

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  68. How exciting Tess! Would love a post on your visit to the Aston Martin showroom to spend the fruits of your labour.
    Millie x

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  69. This is soooo exciting!!! Congratulations, Tess! We have preorded and can't wait to receive it. Love this poem : )

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  70. A HUGE congrats on your publication! You are extremely talented and I look forward to every new poem you post here.

    I can't wait to start reading Patina and I am off to pre-order it right now.

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  71. Thank you all, so much! I'm overwhelmed with your kind generosity.

    Millie, funny, you never see poets driving Aston Martins. ;^)

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  72. Sending you heartfelt congratulations, Tess! I think of you sometimes at home weaving your words. Your choice of words is addictive...always intrigued to see what will inspire you next.
    Best wishes,
    Catherine

    The cover is lovely...
    and the HAT suits you fine!

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  73. How exciting! Congratulations!

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