TUNED: Selected Poems by Kyla Houbolt
The second chapbook by the Greenway poet of the Piedmont, Kyla Houbolt.
Kyla Houbolt’s TUNED warms to the touch of particular life—the memory of singing frogs, weather “hot as the inside / of a mad devil’s ear,” a vacant two-story building. Openness and a crisp perspective characterize these poems as they acrobatically tumble and play. Even so, there is steadiness to the attention of this collection and no stinting of love; not for the changing climate, or a hungry goat and a boy—not for “the smallest whale sounding / her delicate spout reflected / in bright cloud bellies.” Houbolt’s poems are a joy; floating songs caught with silken threads.
—Hannah VanderHart, author of What Pecan Light