May 30, 2017

Heaven Was the Moon


In this perfect-bound chapbook of 28 poems from March Street Press, Kory Wells explores the influences of Southern small town life, contemporary suburban sprawl, music, motherhood, prejudice, faith, and more. Her mentor Bill Brown says, “These poems charm with satire, tenderness, and deep spiritual urgings.” Her first writing teacher, Darnell Arnoult, calls HWTM a “beautiful clutch of poems.”

Preview a few of the poems featured in HWTM that have been published in various journals online:


Heaven Was the Moon in the News 

“Each [poem] is like a little story,” says The Murfreesboro Pulse.  Read the article Poet Writes of Life in Murfreesboro in Verse.

How to Buy

HWTM is available

  • directly from Kory
  • in middle Tennessee at Landmark Booksellers in Franklin
  • through Kory’s Little Book and Music Shop on
  • Sadly, the book is no longer available from the publisher, as March Street Press ceased operations when owner Robert Bixby passed away. This also affected availability on Amazon, although some used and new books are available through various Amazon sellers.
More Praise for Heaven Was the Moon
In a materialistic world, Wells seeks “flash of doe tail and dogwood,” revelations that “outlast wind, weather and memory.” Her crafted words honor Faulkner’s old verities of the heart: love, compassion and sacrifice. Informed with the lives of real people, these poems charm with satire, tenderness and deep spiritual urgings.
– Bill Brown, The News Inside and many other works; 2011 Tennessee Writer of the Year

All is motion and change in this perceptive coming-of-age collection. Uprooted young to suburbia, a “new frontier” of signage and commerce, Wells deftly straddles the “elusive country…mythic in its calm,” and the mind-cluttering here and now. Ride along with this seeker who leaps with humor and unblinking revelation.

– Linda Parsons Marion, Bound and Home Fires

In this beautiful clutch of poems, Kory Wells skillfully examines the space between restriction and liberty, the palpable way people and place pull at our lives like gravitational forces.

– Darnell Arnoult, What Travels With Us and Sufficient Grace