The Static Herd

The Static Herd

A book of text and illustrations 

Published by Calamari Press, April 2014.

Available here: Calamari Press and on Amazon.

Nice things some people have said about this book:

The intense lyricism of the language is luminous in nature and beautiful and mysterious, as are the William Blakian illustrations... A wondrous field guide to the painful process of entering the interior of loss. 

Chuck Kinder, author of Honeymooners

When the body betrays it forces you to learn its language, turning patients and kin into spontaneous islands of urgent expertise. Through overlaid registers of plainspeak and medicalese, illustration and dreamscape, THE STATIC HERD enacts a coming to terms with the kaleidoscopic loss that ricochets through a family befallen with grave illness. Hardly maudlin, Beth Steidle's lyric bravely inserts itself into the hard-fact lexicon of diagnoses and examinations. By turning unfeeling jargon out from within she creates a system for understanding. This debut book, to quote its own author, is 'a creature that breathes.'"

Corrine Fitzpatrick

"THE STATIC HERD is an abnormal tissue of medical records and memory, and a sublime poetic exhumation that precedes the final internment."

—Matt Pieknik, KGB Bar Lit

Reviewed by KGB Bar Lit Magazine.

Reviewed by Heavy Feather Review.

Reviewed by decomP.

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