Patti White is the author of three collections of poetry. Tackle Box (2002) won the 2001 Anhinga Prize for Poetry and the title poem was adapted into an award-winning short-film. Yellow Jackets (2007) was well received and, her most recent collection Chain Link Fence (2013), has received critical acclaim. In a review for The Iowa Review Brent House wrote, “Chain Link Fence is suffused with an awful grace of images colliding, with an awful grace of the liminal spaces we occupy.”
Patti’s essay “The Sound” appeared in Gulf Coast in 2013; her poems have appeared in journals including Iowa Review, New Madrid, Forklift Ohio, DIAGRAM, North American Review, and River Styx. Patti teaches creative writing at the University of Alabama, and is director of Slash Pine Press.
We are thrilled that Patti was kind enough to send us a short story fo the first issue of Mulberry Fork Review. When the editors read the opening paragraph, we were hooked:
My mother looks like Elizabeth Taylor. She walks into the Officer’s Club and immediately the band strikes up with “Unforgettable”. The old Nat King Cole version, a flourish of strings, delicate piano, a deep and subtle bass line like a sip of neat whiskey. Mother is dressed like Elizabeth Taylor in The Last Time I Saw Paris — that 1950’s glamour, chiffon and seamed stockings, a shawl or shirtwaist or belted coat, something off the shoulders, heavy in the wet Parisian night.
Read the rest of Patti White’s story Revlon Red on page 66 of Mulberry Fork Review Issue One.