Getting the Mail


Getting the Mail  is available from Finishing Line Press, Amazon, and other national and local booksellers.

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P. O. Box 1626
Georgetown, KY 40324.

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From the unexpected blessing of an Elvis impersonator to the delight of circling chimney swifts at a soon-to-be-abandoned country schoolhouse, Lentes explores the magic of everyday living.  With these poems, we are joyfully reminded of “secrets deep in denim pockets” and “mysteries put up in Mason jars.”

—Denton Loving, author of Crimes Against Birds


In the world of Getting the Mail, machines eat mountains; dead streams run orange with mine waste, and “flood torments.” But Lentes’ powerful sense of connection—to her Appalachian homeplace, to community, and to her students—sings through it all. She has taken “The Road Marked Poetry,” and we are privileged to travel it with her.

—George Ella Lyon, author of Many-Storied House
Kentucky Poet Laureate 2015-2016


In Getting the Mail, the ordinary becomes sacred, the small becomes large, the page fills with light in these beautifully crafted poems. Common things–frost, horses, the past–are seen with insight and compassion, and metaphor is contained in bright force, offered without sentimentality and with real tenderness.

Cathy Lentes gets it right when she sees the boy who does not see as others do, or when she hears the drum of walnuts on the barn roof, or even when she finds rare reflections as she washes windows. She is fetching the mail for us, and along the way, helping us notice the daily simplicities and the people who live them. In these poems, she is carrying for us the messages of what is real, laced with gentility and great affection.

—Anne-Marie Oomen, author of Love, Sex and 4-H


Other recent titles in which my work appears

Print: 978-1-77133-353-5
ePUB: 978-1-77133-354-2
PDF: 978-1-77133-356-6
224 Pages
April 26, 2017

Every River on EarthEvery River on Earth
Writing from Appalachian Ohio

(Ohio University Press)

Edited by Professor Neil Carpathios
of Shawnee State University

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Authors: David Baker, Ivars Balkits, Roy Bentley, Don Bogen, Tonya Bomsta, Jeanne Bryner, Michelle Y. Burke, Christopher Citro, Ed Davis, Cathryn Essinger, David Lee Garrison, Ron Giles, Benjamin S. Grossberg, Richard Hague, Michael Henson, Hayley Hughes, Mark Allen Jenkins, Christina Jones, Jennifer Schomburg Kanke, Diane Kendig, Rebecca Lachman, Janet Ladrach, Cathy Cultice Lentes, Sue Lonney, Herbert Woodward Martin, Preston Martin, Julie L. Moore, Jean Musser, Joel Peckham, Donald Ray Pollock, Brooks Rexroat, Brian Richards, Adam Sol, Lianne Spidel, Myrna Stone, Scott Urban, Michael Waterson, Laura Madeline Wiseman, Dallas Woodburn, and Beverly Zeimer.

From Amazon:

Every River on Earth: Writing from Appalachian Ohio includes some of the best regional poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction from forty contemporary writers, both established and up-and-coming. The wide range of material from authors such as David Baker, Don Bogen, Michelle Burke, Richard Hague, Donald Ray Pollock, and others, offers the reader a window into daily life in the region. The people, the landscape, the struggles, and the deepest undercurrents of what it means to be from and of a place are revealed in these original, deeply moving, and sometimes shocking pieces.

The book is divided into four sections: Family & Folks, The Land, The Grind, and Home & Away, each of which explores a different aspect of the place that these authors call home. The sections work together beautifully to capture what it means to live, to love, and to die in this particular slice of Appalachia. The writing is accessible and often emotionally raw; Every River on Earth invites all types of readers and conveys a profound appreciation of the region’s character.

The authors also offer personal statements about their writing, allowing the reader an intimate insight into their processes, aesthetics, and inspirations. What is it to be an Appalachian? What is it to be an Appalachian in Ohio? This book vividly paints that picture.

Every River on Earth is available through online retailers and in local independent bookstores.