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.
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.