Publication First: #BookReview: Rooted and Winged by Luanne Castle

Another First!

I am very pleased to share that my review of Luanne Castle’s poetry collection, Rooted and Winged, has been published by Anti-Heroin Chic.  It’s the first time I’ve had one of my book reviews published in a literary journal.

Here is a link to the review: “Review of Rooted and Winged.”

A Poem from Rooted and Winged that Made Me Smile

Because it made me smile when I first read it, I’ve made a recording of “Your Foot Bone Connected to Your Heart Bone.” I hope you enjoy it!

Music Credit: “Dem Bones,” by Four Flats Quartet

Meet the Poet

Luanne Castle’s Kin Types (Finishing Line Press), a chapbook of poetry and flash nonfiction, was a finalist for the 2018 Eric Hoffer Award. Her first collection of poetry, Doll God, winner of the 2015 New Mexico-Arizona Book Award, was published by Aldrich Press. Luanne has been a Fellow at the Center for Ideas and Society at the University of California, Riverside. She studied English and Creative Writing at the University of California, Riverside (PhD); Western Michigan University (MFA); and Stanford University. Her Pushcart and Best of the Net-nominated poetry and prose have appeared in Copper Nickel, American Journal of Poetry, Pleiades, River Teeth, TAB, Verse Daily, Glass: A Journal of Poetry, Saranac Review, and other journals. An avid blogger, she can be found at She lives in Arizona, where she shares land with a bobcat and her intrepid cubs.

Purchase Links


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107 thoughts on “Publication First: #BookReview: Rooted and Winged by Luanne Castle

  1. Your reading of the poem is excellent! I always loved that song and we sang it as children in our house. I also liked the grandmother-granddaughter connection. The words “being a daughter of a daughter” rang true and made me realize why the bond between me and my maternal grandmother was so strong.

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  2. Luanne Castle is a very gifted poet, demonstrating that prose poetry is not as easy to write as it seems. Writing reviews is also an art form, Liz, and you prove this always. Your reading (and singing) are moving as well. Hearing the poem helps me visualize myself as a child in that rocker and my lost connections to those women who came before me.

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    1. Yes, she certainly is. I need to add Kin Types to my TBR, and she has a couple of other projects in the works I’m looking forward to reading.

      I’m glad that you enjoyed my review and the reading–and that the poem itself resonated with you.

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  3. Liz, as always, you do justice to another author. FYI, your wonderful review/opinion of my novel “The Attendant” is shared by others; it has been optioned for a film by one of the producers of the the Oscar-winning Babette’s Feast. Thanks, and keep doing your good work…your own, and others. continue…

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  4. I loved the video clip, blending music with your teaser.

    Your review absolutely sings, Liz. I especially liked the line: “Do our roots–particularly our family background–give us the ability to fly, or do they tether us?” I know Luanne’s work is rich with imagery, whimsy, and connections to the natural world. All best with this publication, Luanne!

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    1. Thank you very much, Merril! I’m planning to do an audiobook of my short story collection that’s on the back burner while I work on the new novel and haiku collection.

      I also like the idea of the three of us connecting in the same issue of Anti-Heroin Chic.

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  5. A beautifully written review, that makes me intrigued to explore the poetry of Luanne Castle. It seems to me that the time in life when we have less years before us than behind us, is also the time when we are most eager to explore our roots and find out what has promoted us or held us back. Lovely review of very thought-provoking poems.

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    1. Thank you, Therese. I hope you’ll have a chance to check out Luanne’s poetry. I agree that having more years behind us than before us leads to exploration and reflection about where we came from and the people who shaped us.

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  6. Congratulations to you and Luanne, Liz! Thank you for the links. Your recitation, and. singing was pure joy – I listened in several times and saved this post to come back to listen again. Poetry given voice energizes.

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  7. Your reading of Luanne’s poem was perfect and I loved the music with it. I remember that song from somewhere. I am no good with reviews. They are harder than one would think so I applaud your recognition for such good reviews. I wish I had any grasp of poetry but I’m ashamed to admit, I’ve had rare exposure whatever to it. I do enjoy Luanne’s posts though.

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    1. Thank you for your thoughtful comments, Marlene. I’m glad you enjoyed my reading of Luanne’s wonderful poem. When it comes to writing reviews, I’ve had to fall back on my English major roots. The ways and means of poetry are much more difficult to pin down than those of fiction. There is a certain quality of magic to poetry.

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  8. Liz, congratulations on your first review publication in a literary journal – the review is thoughtful, engaging and informative! I find poetry reviews the trickiest of all and you’ve mastered the review of this genre! It was lovely to hear your expressive reading of the poem. Congratulations to Luanne on a review that will leave her smiling, I’m sure!

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  9. So glad I happened onto your site — I love anything to do with writing & would be thrilled if you’d write a guest blog post for my site! My blog is for anyone who loves writing, books, and all the arts. If you think it might be fun or helpful to have my followers (who total about 10k across my various social media) meet you, here’s the link for general guidelines:

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