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Poetry has always been an essential part of Jet Widick’s life, but it wasn’t until her celiac diagnosis—after 15 years of living with a mystery illness—when she discovered how emotional strength and good health can open up one’s world to inspiration and desire, both which propel a person into the realm of possibility and shift the way we perceive our own capabilities.

That’s where the name Jet comes in.

Her sons gave her the nickname Jet (short for Jeanette) once she became healthy and transformed herself; determined to grow into the mighty oak tree from the acorn. The name embodies her journey of self-exploration, fueled by her love of nature, and taking off with tremendous creative energy and vitality.

"The natural world has so many advantages from inspiration to health benefits. The best gift I’ve received from exploring the majesty of this impressive world we live in and its royal beauty is how it opened up my heart to writing poetry, and to my inner artist. I write in bits and short bursts—sort of what it feels like to wiggle in and out of boulders as you climb up a mountain. The greatness of the colors, the mountain air, the peace, the blues and earthy hues enhance my thoughts and turn off the distractions; then it all comes spilling out like one of those narrow creeks down the side of the mountain after a big rain."

Jet Widick’s complex, yet simple poetry is a reminder to live in the moment and to wake up to nature’s everyday miracles. Her poems are full of warmth, conscience, fortitude and whimsy, and cover a range of themes that reflect the lovely little things that make up our everyday lives—which so often go unnoticed—yet are truly the most important ones of all.

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BOOK REVIEW

22 THINGS

BY Jet Widick • POSTED ON March 22, 2019

Widick’s (Gluten Free Soul Pilot, 2017, etc.) latest poetry collection highlights the magic in the mundane.

One of the key themes of this collection is that moments of wonder and miraculousness are hidden in the everyday. The author focuses on such details with energy and aplomb in her strongest pieces. One of the best is “destiny,” which tells of the simple joys of a summer evening outside one’s house: “In your backyard / Take a brain break / Free floating on the Alucia, / A vanguard / You don’t have to go far / Starry skies, mind tricks, pink sand / Jazzy sounds.” The author wonderfully shows how quickly little things like starry skies and jazz can give way to moments of rapture. Here and elsewhere, Widick writes in short bursts, but she pulls off the neat trick of maintaining a smooth flow even when her lines are brief. Less effective are the volume’s occasional monorhymes, particularly in the opening poem “collage”: “Words from many places / Reaching out and touching bases / Greetings, messages with traces / Of love filled warm embraces / Poems with smiling faces / What we are is Lucky Aces.” The unrelenting singsong manner here feels a bit too precious, and it may distract readers from the poet’s evident skill. But this small weakness is more than offset by the volume’s simple, effective design, directed by Kristen Alden, who works in a palette of black and white with poem titles that run vertically up the side of each page. This layout is arresting and has the happy effect of putting Widick’s titles and verses into a closer and more productive conversation than they might otherwise have.

Mostly fun and energetic poems that also have a striking appearance.

Pub Date: March 22, 2019

ISBN: 978-0-578-48979-7

Page count: 46pp

Publisher: North Coast Post

Review Posted Online: July 8, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1, 2019

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SELF-HELP

GLUTEN FREE SOUL PILOT

BY Jet Widick • POSTED ON Oct. 24, 2018

Blogger and former nurse Widick and creative consultant Alden offer a debut self-help book with recipes for readers who want to go gluten-free.

Although celiac disease is now a well-known phenomenon, there was a time, not long ago, when many people suffering from gluten intolerance were misdiagnosed. Widick should know; it was an agonizing 15 years before she found out what ailed her. The focus of this book is to dispel readers’ fears of changing their diet—whether they have celiac disease or not—and it aims to make the transition to healthier choices as smooth and easy as possible. This isn’t, however, a one-size-fits-all approach; rather, the book celebrates individual needs and tastes: “Wellness is a dynamic, individual, ever-changing, fluctuating process. We should aim to strive for a personal harmony that feels most authentic to us.” Everything in the book is designed to get readers thinking about steps that they can immediately take on a journey to better health. To facilitate this process, the authors suggest journaling ideas and offer mental exercises to foster inspiration. Because any life-changing decision requires a plan, the authors model their strategies after classic aviation principles. As such, readers are urged to create an individual “flight plan” by progressing through metaphorically titled chapters, including “Flight Route,” “Timeline,” and “Fuel Calculation,” among others. Overall, this collaboration brings a fresh approach to the gluten-free movement. Throughout the book, the prose style is engaging, not preachy, and Widick intersperses the text with her own poems. Alden, meanwhile, brings her eye for design to the colorful photo illustrations, which add a welcoming element to the recipes, such as a “strawberry spring mix salad with flaked crab.” An image of a plate of “artichoke hearts with bacon parm crisp,” for example, is mouthwatering. The “shrimp tacos with chili-lime mayo,” meanwhile, appear to be ideal for a summer dinner party or a satisfying weeknight meal.

An upbeat, approachable culinary guide.

Pub Date: Oct. 24, 2018

ISBN: 978-0-578-40091-4

Page count: 214pp

Publisher: Time Tunnel Media

Review Posted Online: Feb. 26, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 15, 2019

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ADDITIONAL WORKS AVAILABLE

Sage Spirit

Sage Spirit is a companion to Sage Words, both collections of hand-lettered and illustrated poetry written from the heart. Jet's thoughtful poems, set to delightful one-of-a-kind illustrations, wrap you in hope, humor and encouragement. They bring perspective to life's everyday problems and big questions, all with a note of understanding. If you need a reminder to stay appreciative, to check in with your self-confidence, or to ignite creativity for your next idea, check in with these books. Open any page and feel the boost! The Sage books are a beautiful culmination of three passionate hearts. Each page is filled with the thoughtful poetry of Jet Widick, illustrations and hand lettering by Kimberly Taylor-Pestell, and design and creative direction by Kristen Alden.
Published: Feb. 16, 2017
ISBN: 978-1366337863

Sage Words

Sage Words is a beautifully hand lettered and illustrated collection of poetry and spoken word pieces written from the heart. Author Jet Widick draws the reader-poetically and artistically-into looking at one's day and finding new ways of seeing what could be mundane turn into a quirky spiritual happening. And that is what art is. It reminds one of something in life we may have forgotten. The Sage books are a delightful culmination of three passionate hearts. Each page is filled with the thoughtful poetry of Jet Widick, illustrations and hand lettering by Kimberly Taylor-Pestell, and creative direction and design by Kristen Alden.
Published: Aug. 19, 2016
ISBN: 978-1367334762

White Wild Indigo

White Wild Indigo is both a children’s book and an illustrated collection of poems for adult readers. Author Jet Widick writes in a casual and playful tone that centers around our everyday experiences and taking delight in the present moment. This book is a celebration of these moments in catchy rhymes and wordplay, brought to life by Annie Moor’s bright and cheerful illustrations. Jet Widick's poetry is a colorful mosaic of life experiences: the places we’ve been, the people we meet, and the things we love. Featuring a treasure trove of humorous poems about our favorite foods to glittering gems about science and art, every child who opens this book will find a whimsical world of surprises to inspire a lifelong love of poetry.
Published: Sept. 29, 2017
ISBN: 978-1543911183