Sheila Bucy Potter, after a childhood spent in England and several locations around the United States, has lived most of her life in Kentucky. She has degrees in English and History from Murray State University; an MA in Medieval Literature from Southern Illinois University; and post-graduate work in English Literature at the University of Kentucky. She is the author of two previous poetry collections, Home Place and Other Poems and You Can Choose Your Friends, and her work has appeared in the Journal of Kentucky Studies, Heartland Review, Pegasus, and in Bigger than They Appear: Anthology of Very Short Poems. She is an Associate Editor for Broadstone Books, and lives in Frankfort, Kentucky.
Just Act Like Everything is Perfectly Normal: Random Memories of a Military Dependent
In Sheila Bucy Potter’s new poetry chapbook she recalls what she heard and saw and lived through as an “Air Force brat” in the middle of the Cold War, and the child she was still inhabits the “random memories” of the woman she grew into through these experiences. Some poems here are humorous; many are poignant; and others reflect the fatalism of the age that left a legacy of cynicism. Most of all, these poems tell of a child forced into early responsibility. They tell of rootlessness, of saying goodbyes to places, and of eventually coming “home” to a place where she felt “More like ET.” No doubt the poet’s fellow military “brats” will read these poems with more than a few smiles and nods of recognition. But it is even more important for the rest of us to read them, as a reminder of the demands we make on the families of those in uniform. They don’t get medals for their service, but we ought to salute them all the same.