Belly-Up Rosehip: a Tongue Blue with Mud Songs

By Tyler Detloff. Swimming with Elephants Publications, 2019.

Belly-Up Rosehip: a Tongue Blue with Mud Songs, the debut book of poems by Tyler Dettloff, engages with northern wilderness spaces and themes of medicines, blues, and Anishinaabemowin language. Swimming with Elephants Publications selected Belly-up Rosehip as a contest winner in the publishers 2018 open reading session.

Dr. Robin Wall Kimmerer, author of Braiding Sweetgrass, says that Belly-up Rosehip is an “evocative collection [that] invites a gathering of the lost and the found beneath a sheltering shingwak [white pine]. Peopled with trout and tamarack, Tyler Dettloff’s words taste of iron, of spruce gum and honey.” The debut collection also includes interior artwork by Michigan artist Claire Moore of heART in Hand design.

Tyler Dettloff is an Anishinaabe Métis, Italian, and Irish writer, professor, musician, gardener, and water protector raised on the edge of the Delirium Wilderness. He currently lives in Gnoozhekaaning (Bay Mills, Michigan) and teaches College Composition at Lake Superior State University.