The Bluebird Run is a monumental collection of 180 new sonnets that range from humorous flights to poignant meditations on loss, love, aging and the fate of humanity in the face of looming environmental and social crises.
Ricardo Sternberg, author of Some Dance, writes, “These wonderful sonnets are alive in their language and in the rich variation of their music as they explore the permanent themes of love, death and nature.”
Keeler has previously published two memoirs, Waltzing with the Captain: Remembering Richard Brautigan and Trash Fish: a Life. He has written seven collections of poetry—most recently, Almost Happy from Limberlost Press. He illustrated Jim Harrison’s chapbook, Livingston Suite, NPR’s Car Talk aired his song “WD-40 Polka,” and Garrison Keillor read his poetry on three segments of The Writer’s Almanac. He lives in Bozeman where he taught in the English Department at Montana State University for nearly four decades.
Poet Mark Gibbons describes Keeler as “a poet committed to making the formal informal and the ineffable accessible while exploring this journey of living and dying, this dog-eared catalog of loss.”
In addition to the trade paperback of The Bluebird Run, Elk River Books is offering a limited linen hardcover edition of only 26 copies. This special collector’s item comes with a broadside of Keeler’s poem “A Belly Full of Stream,” letterpressed with handset type on Moravia paper by Aaron Parrett of the Territorial Press in Helena. Each broadside will be hand-painted and signed by Keeler, whose artwork is featured on the book cover.
“If these sonnets were trout streams they’d be full of rainbows and cutthroats alike.” –William Pitt Root