In his first full-length poetry collection, Rodd Whelpley finds worlds of memory and imagination in his backyard.
The poems in BLOOD MOON, BACKYARD MOUNTAIN explore the familiar, backyard geographies of the tiny: birds, June bugs, creeping Charlie, desiccated leaves, old dogs that must constantly be walked. They also map the expansive territories of the imagination and the past—the places where family and friends have died, the yearnings for love with more depth, for life with more living. They are at once personal and universal, private and inviting.
Rodd Whelpley manages an electric efficiency program for thirty-two cities across Illinois and lives near Springfield. His poems have appeared in numerous journals. His chapbooks include Catch as Kitsch Can (Prolific Press, 2018), The Last Bridge is Home (Kelsay Books, 2021), & Whoever Said Love (ELJ Editions, 2022).