Central Heating is a profoundly generous collection of poems:  moving, insightful, as it embraces both empathy and peace.

James Bertolino

Betty Scott travels beneath sadness and joy (“A Courtroom and a Waterfall”) to know the language of the poem and in that place every voice matters: daughter, wife, doe and faun, dogs, dry creek beds, fathers, sisters, worms, and the earth.

Darrell Bourque

Washington state poet Betty Scott has mastered many poetic formats and styles of poetry for her book, Central Heating. Savor it slowly for its wisdom, then reread to dance to its beat.  In her short poems, her quick reversals engage us, “love that unites us, also unties us.” In contrast, she uses a chorus, ironicRead MoreBernice Lever

Bernice Lever

Betty Scott’s poems explore worlds: the natural world; the world of family and community; the spiritual world; most importantly—that mysterious world of the self. Their reach is wide, yet they speak with a distinctly personal voice. That voice is humane, grounded in wisdom. It is the voice of a writer who has lived fully, whoRead MoreEd Stover

Ed Stover

I am so honored to commend to you Central Heating, Betty Scott’s inspired collection of poetry. Scott’s poems remind me of the epic moments I might miss in what might so easily seem the minutiae of the day, and the tender details that humanize and consecrate the larger-than-life occurrences. Most of all her poems neverRead MoreDoug Wadkins

Doug Wadkins

In Central Heating, Betty Scott embodies Henry James’s admonishment that the writer should be someone “on whom nothing is lost!” Nothing is too small or insignificant—a stalwart pansy poking through cement, a windshield-hugging lady bug (“So regal in her coat of black and red”) or too large (war, racism, ecological devastation, “our cruelties [that] breedRead MoreLisa Russ Spaar

Lisa Russ Spaar

Playful, poignant, brutalized, and heart-shattered. Spiritual, skeptical, goofy and unguarded, scarred to the bone—the memorable and well-made poems of “Central Heating” offer as wide a tonal range as range of poetic form (sometimes prosaic, sometimes metrical, occasionally rhyming, always crafted).

Tod Marshall

Betty Scott’s poems come bravely to the heat of a central question: “how does the spirit / stay alive?” They show that the spirit’s livelihood may depend on vivid consideration of the surprises gleaming in the places where “the infinite and minuscule breed,” even among the deaths and demolitions that closely live

Zach Savich

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