by Crysta Casey



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    Crysta Casey’s poems, like her paintings, suggest on first encounter the appealing qualities of naive art, but that’s a gloss. Behind the good humor and bright, off-kilter details—elevator buttons, coffee spoons, the sailboat on the wall “forever sailing”—we soon sense anguish and bravery and masterful truth-telling. Any reader will recognize these reports from Marine Boot Camp, Camp Pendleton, the Psych Ward and the streets as authentic and heroically humane. I can attest that they are also unforgettable. 

    _Kathleen Flenniken, former Washington State Poet Laureate


— Published by 

Cave Moon Press

    Crysta approved this manuscript before her death, and it brings together the full loop of her poems about her time in the Marines, her subsequent breakdown and hospitalization, and her life in Seattle thereafter.  As Kathleen Flenniken points out, Crysta's work is often misunderstood. Crysta spent years refining her poems, working with profound humility, but also noteworthy tenacity.  In her final days at the Seattle VA, when she was too ill to write, she read the works of other poets.

    _Deborah Woodard, poet, writer, literary translator, teacher, and creator of confounding puzzles.


    A lived intensity focuses and collects at the center of Crysta Casey's Green Cammie, and the reader is immediately in a world of believable curses and small praises delivered through acute observation. The terse language seems so right for the vagaries of war. Each poem, through its fidelity to simplicity and orality, tends to illuminate a far-reaching field.

    _Yusef Komunyakaa


— Published by 

Floating Bridge Press

Also available through Crysta's favorite bookstore, Open Books


    Crysta Casey, a former Marine Corps journalist, declared herself a Resident Poet and moved to Seattle in 1980. This is her first book.


— Published by

Bellowing Ark Press.

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    Created from manuscripts left after her death, this eBook is a collection of some of Crysta Casey's work, a number of poems having been published elsewhere, with others appearing here for the first time. Included are audio recordings of readings given by Crysta, as well as by a number of well regarded Washington State poets.


Available free

on the iBookstore


    Crysta Casey, Resident Poet. A Life Celebration and Selection of her Poetry. This eBook is a brief introduction to the late poet, Crysta Casey. A few poems, a sampling of her visual artwork, how she decided to become a poet, her struggle with schizophrenia and her battle with cancer.


Available free

on the iBookstore

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