Blue Bucolic is the second chapbook by Rebecca Kokitus. Off the backs of rust belt denizens, this collection details suburban life and aestheticism, femininity, and innocuous childhood memories that transmit their echo into the narrator's adulthood. This manuscript also contains photographs that accompany and accentuate select poems.*
Limited edition (30 copies): Ruination with coal and other weathering techniques. Bound with 100% hemp cord saddle-stitching (results will vary)
Package: Limited edition copy plus a previous Thirty West title and (2) broadsides.
*Proceeds of each copy sold will be donated to Futures Without Violence
Rebecca Kokitus's Blue Bucolic is an impressive and raw collection. The tone of melancholy and nostalgia gives the reader a definite sense of place -- a dissolving and rusted-out town that sticks to your ribs. The collection is dark and moody and exciting all at once, a true testament to Kokitus's expertise in crafting dense and heart-wringing imagery through bare, striking language.
-Madeline Anthes, Acquisitions Editor of Hypertrophic Literary and Assistant Editor of Lost Balloon
Kokitus is an emotional historian who has expresses poverty, mental illness, and fruitless longing with precision and depth. Hers is a view of a life and place being devoured by neglect. Of nature reclaiming and occupying both the physical and metaphysical space she drifts through. She writes as if the world has already ended and in places you believe, at least for her and hers, it has. Accompanied by equally stark and wrenching photos by her sister Abigail, the book reminds me of a Tarkovsky film; quiet and terrible and beautiful.
-Jeremy Gaulke, founding editor of APEP Publications
About the Author
Rebecca Kokitus is a poet from Schuylkill County, PA, now residing in the Philadelphia area. She is the author of the chapbook, Seasonal Affected (APEP Publications, 2019). She has had poetry and prose published in various journals and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2018. You can find her on Twitter and Instagram at @rxbxcca_anna. Blue Bucolic is her second chapbook.