English Professor Matt Vetter has published a chapbook of poetry, Kentucky Lullaby, with Finishing Line Press.
Kentucky Lullaby is Vetter’s first chapbook, a collection of 25 lyric poems examining the complexities of fatherhood and the Appalachian experience. For two of these poems, “The Shapes of Leaves” and “Poem at Sulphur Hollow,” Vetter received
the Danny Miller Memorial Prize in Poetry. His poem “Wild Flowers,” originally published in The Louisville Review and also appearing in this collection, was selected by former U.S. Poet Laureate Ted Kooser to appear in the nationally syndicated
column American Life in Poetry.
In his review of the chapbook, George Eklund,
author of Wanting to Be an
Element, writes: "These poems are offered in a striking, mature voice formed out of Vetter’s exquisite relationship with language, the self, and the world. While the images, settings, and actions are tinged richly with tonalities of the southern highlands,
the poems bring us to the core of the universal experiences found in family life touched by the paradoxes and ontological mysteries."
Vetter’s poetry has previously appeared in numerous regional and national literary journals including Inscape, Journal of Kentucky Studies, Literary Mama, Midwest Quarterly, Public Republic, Semantikon,
Poetry Fix, Red Lion Square, American Life in Poetry,
The Louisville Review, New Southerner, and Zane Traces.
The chapbook is available through Barnes & Noble, Amazon Books, and the publisher's website.
Department of English