Liza's Monday and Other Poems

By Bettie Sellers

Liza's Monday and Other Poems

52 pp., 6 x 9, 1 halftones

  • Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-3652-8
    Published: January 1986

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Written in 1986, Bettie Sellers's book of poems speaks for ordinary women whose lives have been confronted with unfortunate circumstances. Writing in a narrative and lyrical style, Sellers brings life to new stories and songs based on the downtrodden women she has encountered.

About the Author

Bettie Sellers earned a B.A. from LaGrange College and an M.A. from the University of Georgia, both in English. She accepted a position at Young Harris College in 1966 where she remained until she retired in 1997. Sellers published several works of poetry including Wild Ginger. She was named author of the year by the Dixie Council of Authors and Journalists in 1979. Sellers died on May 17, 2013, at the age of 87 in Hayesville, NC.
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"Bettie Sellers writes with both narrative strength and lyrical subtlety. Now story, now song, her poems are a way through which her place and people say themselves."—Jim Wayne Miller, Western Kentucky University

“In Liza’s Monday Bettie Sellers has accomplished more than poetry of quality mood-telling, she has given us perspective through the lyrical, yet stunning, lives of people she knows from heartside out. These fragments—though fragile, tough, restless, patient, enduring, aching—are brilliantly sculpted by tools of language that could be managed only by the hands of an artist. Sellers is not only an artist, but one of the most gifted of her contemporaries.”—Terry Kay, author of The Year the Lights Came On

“Bettie Sellers is a realist, and her theme is human bondage. In Liza’s Monday she speaks for downtrodden women whose lives have been circumscribed by need, poverty, and familial obligation. As portrayed by Sellers, these women are neither pitiable nor exceptionally heroic. What is exceptional is the author’s narrative skill and her compassionate objectivity.”—Ben Howard, Alfred University