The Demise of Rooster Rockstar: Selected Poetry, Photography, and Art, by Betty LaVelle, is now available. Sometimes, it is the hidden joy within and not the rooster that causes the sun to rise. And sometimes, it is the rooster. Poet and photographer Betty LaVelle gathers the best, the worst, and even some of the simplest memories of her well-traveled life to weave this genre-busting memoir in verse, art, and photography. Rick Roberts of the band Firefall calls it “a beautiful book,” admiring LaVelle’s poems which range “from quick jabs of sunlight to the lingering shadows of a loved one lost.”
Verse and art unite in this spirited collection, featuring photographs and artwork by the author, poems by James LaVelle, and photographs by Katarina Orel. Whether popping popcorn or contemplating her grandparents’ demolished bar—once a famed watering hole for several Nebraska counties—LaVelle’s buoyant spirit holds sway. The offerings in this little book bring generosity, warmth, humanity, and hard-won resilience to print. Enjoy the vivid strokes of an artist passionate with life, and its losses. The book is available from Amazon or the author’s website.