Books

OPEN YOUR MOUTH LIKE A BELL

forthcoming, WRITE BLOODY (spring 2018)

 “Sincerity is the only currency I bring,” writes Mindy Nettifee in her haunting poem Election Eve, a piece composed in a state of not-knowing, just days before the 2016 U.S. election that delivered the presidency to Donald Trump. In this third full-length collection of poetry, Nettifee’s powers are on the wax. The book follows a course of descent, tapping wells and constructing thresholds to underworlds. She’s plumbing the dark unknown, in search of wild memory and buried trauma and the stories of the dead. She is seeking the roots of the personal, familial and cultural madness blossoming aboveground. Her studies of the unconscious mind, archetypal psychology and western mysticism are in conversation with punk chaos, feminist politics, and the evolution of kissing. The lineage of poems as spells is humming and cracking beneath the surface, asking questions about what it takes to imagine, create and enact change. 

Open Your Mouth Like A Bell is ultimately a book of love poems to poetry itself, or rather, to the gift of language and its powerful mercury. Nettifee won’t banish the mystery, but does not leave us in the dark. By the end of the book we are led up and full circle, reinitiated into the bright, light-filled, mundane world. Only everything has changed. Here, in the surreal real and the strange and sacred ordinary, we must use our own voices to emotionally echolocate, to sense new landscapes both inside and out. We must tell the stories it is impossible to tell. We must speak until we feel the ring of truth. 

 

GLITTER IN THE BLOOD

WRITE BLOODY (2013)

The definitive guidebook and rebel yell for poets seeking radical growth. You want to write great poems: poems that challenge, inspire and awe; poems that forever alter your audience and yourself. Those poems take imagination, skill and some serious guts.

This is not an easy step-by-step up a how-to staircase. This collection of essays, prompts and exercises is the safecracker’s toolbox you need to tap in to your creative source, find what’s sparkling in the dark, and get its life-blood and electricity flowing into your writing.

"I've read countless books on poetic form and theory in various undergraduate and graduate writing workshops. I did a six-week retreat in Ireland with some of the best writers across two continents. I've picked the brains of nearly every professional writer I've ever met. The simple truth is that this is the best book on writing poetry in print. Mindy doesn't just unpack the writing process, she sets the curtain on fire and shatters the looking glass; she tears down the fourth wall." - Ronnie Stephens, Teacher and Writer

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RISE OF THE TRUST FALL

WRITE BLOODY (2011)

The second full-length collection of poetry by Mindy Nettifee.

"Mindy Nettifee’s Rise of the Trust Fall is an intimate cartography of the poet that is at once lush with emotion and sharp with a bright, raw edge. This beautiful collection of poems will make you rise, rise up." - Roxane Gay, PANK Magazine

"Mindy Nettifee is destined to be the next Dorothy Parker." - Poetic Diversity

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SLEEPYHEAD ASSASSINS

MOON TIDE PRESS (2008)

The debut collection of poetry by Mindy Nettifee, covering the topical icecapades from sisters to death omens to awakenings to sex in parking lots to werther’s original hard candies.

"The thing that strikes me like a ladies’ Monday night bowling league every time I encounter the poetry of Mindy Nettifee is its amazing stillness.  When she reads, it is as if the words hang in the air.  They don’t float; they have a determinate weight.  They assemble there, in the air, until the meaning has been all but wrung out of them.  They don’t go racing by; they won’t vanish.  They have staying power." - Poetix.net 

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