The Keyboard Letters QWERTYUIOPASDFGHJKLZXCVBNM (Diane Glancy)


  • Denise Low Baker University





Diane Glancy titles her book with the exceptional title The Keyboard Letters QWERTYUIOPASDFGHJKLZXCVBNM. This innovative collection includes poems, notes, short prose (preface and backmatter are essential to the whole), allusions to paintings, and texts.  The sum is a cartographer’s manual to the 21st century. Pieces calibrate backroads of Texas, their trajectory, with stopover points at the New Bedford Whaling Museum to see exhibits of the Pequod (or did Melville mean Pequot?) and the Mideast country of Jordan. Christopher Columbus’s ship is a moving point/target. In the acknowledgements, Glancy writes about some of her influences: “A visit to the Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida. A list of the most important discoveries of the world. A PBS television program on mathematics. A stormy day in North Texas. . .” (66). These are very personal to her experience, so the book has a journal-like quality; this is a log of her physical and imaginative explorations.

Author Biography

Denise Low, Baker University

Denise Low, Kansas Poet Laureate 2009-2011, lives in Lawrence, Kansas. She founded the Creative Writing program at Haskell Indian Nations University. She is a free-lance writer and reviewer. Her family is unaffiliated Delaware and British Isles. Her most recent books are Shadow Light, winner of the Red Mountain Press Editor's Award; Turtle's Beating Heart: A Lenape Family Story of Survival (U. of Nebraska Press); Jackalope, short fiction; Natural Theologies, critical essays about the grasslands from The Backwaters Press; and Ghost Stories, mixed genre from Woodley Memorial Press. She is director of four ledgers on the Plains Indian Ledger Art website (UC-San Diego)




How to Cite

Low, D. (2018). The Keyboard Letters QWERTYUIOPASDFGHJKLZXCVBNM (Diane Glancy). Transmotion, 4(2), 247–249.