New release! April 2018, Flutter Press
In "Mix Tape," Nina Bennett has written a love song to Memory Lane that works nostalgia into a grey chorus of old wounds healed, or not, by the raucous melodies of youth.
Danny Earl Simmons, author of The Allness of Everything
Nina Bennett’s collection Mix Tape captures the sound track from a life of a music devotee with an attuned auditory channel. On this sensory journey, we remember hard rock through a 12-string Rickenbacker and the ethereal harmonies of a Hammond organ.
Through her poems we come to believe that music saves lives, in the poem “Saturday Night Fever” she works the beat of the song with its “103 beats a minute,/verse after verse, until the paramedics arrive.” Populated with precise detail and emotionally packed prose it will reacquaint you with the powerhouse musicians that span generations. I suggest listening to tracks on YouTube while reading this well put together book. Her words will rock you, and might even save your life.
Julene Tripp Weaver, author of truth be bold: Serenading Life & Death in the Age of AIDS
Nina Bennett is a consummate storyteller. Her largely narrative poems in Mix Tape tell closely observed, crystallized stories of rock music, of growing up in the sixties, and of the difficult lives of her social work clients. As a fellow boomer, I identified closely with many of her poems. Anyone who loves music and their fellow human beings will, regardless of their age. In “Habitual Offender,” she tells of being let off the hook for driving around with her radio on too loud by a fellow rock-fan judge. Turn your radio up, reader, and enjoy this concert of musical, nostalgic and social justice poetry.
Jan Steckel, author of The Horizontal Poet