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MOUTH & FRUIT | Poems by Chryss Yost | Gunpowder Press (2014)


ISBN 978-0-9916651-1-2
80 pages
Gunpowder Press, Santa Barbara


Mouth & Fruit—what a hearty debut! If ever there lived a hands-on poet, her name is Chryss Yost. Wired with feeling and touch, reverie and thought, anger and hunger, these sleek poems dart, dive, sizzle, and sometimes sting. The subtle California sea the gifted poet swims and feeds upon (and feeds) feels as vast as her appetite for life. Birth, death, growth, horticulture, baking, dining, mothering, love, lust; the inseparable spiritual and sensual realms—Chryss Yost’s lush language and imagery ferry us to each destination for keeps, no been-there-done-that.
— Al Young,
California’s poet laureate emeritus

Chryss Yost’s poems are like the coastal light of California, so brightly made you almost miss the grief between the lines. “I sit on your patio, alone,” she writes. “My empty glass as heavy as a gun, / My satin straps and clasps not yet undone.” She admits the shadow self into the western glow, which makes it truer, more fully lived. There’s a classical clarity in lines like dry white wine: “We are renewed, to wonder which came first: / that flow of water or this endless thirst?” This is poetry of warm intelligence, sensuality and grace. A marvelous debut.
—David Mason

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magnifying_glass_icon Chryss Yost, Santa Barbara Poet Laureate

Santa Barbara’s newest Poet Laureate, and former [Santa Barbara] City College student (2003-2005), Chryss Yost enjoys an apple and reads a few of her poems from her book entitled Mouth & Fruit on Sunday, April 20. Yost became the Poet Laureate of Santa Barbara in April of 2013, and will keep that title until 2015. | Courtesy of The Channels, Santa Barbara City College


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