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Paper House

by Jessie Carty

Official Release: 30 March 2010

Through the 64 narrative poems in this collection, Jessie Carty illustrates one woman's coming of age in the face of neglect and unmet social expectations. However, these are not poems of woe. Instead, Carty flings open closet doors and jumps in, describing the dark recesses with an innocent acceptance of what is rather than what should be. Though told from an adult perspective, the childhood described is never overpowered by chanel replica handbags it�because:

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Carty's poetry is also poetry of place, but not in a travelogue or naturalist sense. It is the poetry of someone infused by place, the "I am" of place. A place where water and woods are more constant than parents and houses. Yet even that trust could be considered misplaced when:

The curves of the river crack
under our Wonder Woman boots.
We throw rocks at the opaque ice
as we march across the Yeopim River.

The births of babies and love. The deaths of elders and allusions. The reconstruction of homes and lives. An unflinching honesty folds them all into "boxes in boxes like Russian dolls," waiting for us to lift the lids.

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The Wait of Atom

by Jessie Carty

Released: 10 November 2009

This is the first chapbook in our Signature Series, which is available as a hand-crafted print chapbook and as an e-book. It contains 19 narrative poems, 17 of which are making their print debut. You won�t want to miss the quirky adventures of Atom and Zoe. Jessie�s accessible style truly shines in this collection.

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Jessie reads an excerpt from her chapbook here:


and receives praise for her work here:

From chemistry puns to keen characterizations, Jessie Carty's latest collection not only demonstrates her admirable linguistic ability, but also brings to wondrous life a marriage of elements so essential that the everyday mundane events of our lives become a celebratory ode. As in one of her poems, she has made something fresh--and the reader cannot help but be charmed.
—Melanie Faith, author of Bright Burning Fuse


Listen to Mel & J.S. read an excerpt here.

portrait of Jessie CartyWhen Jessie Carty isn't writing, reading, or organizing something, you'll find her engaged with electronics�to find new ways of folding science and technology into her poetry.

Jessie Carty's poems and non-fiction have appeared in publications such as?a href="">The Main Street Rag, Iodine Poetry Journal�and?a href="">The Northville Review.�Her first chapbook?em>At the A & P Meridiem�was released by Pudding House Publications in 2009. �Jessie has been a finalist in several poetry and chapbook contests. Her work has also been twice nominated for the Best of the Net Award. She most notably placed third in the St. Louis Poetry Center's 2008 contest, resulting in her poem "Sex Education" being published in?a href="">MARGIE. Her first full length collection?em>Paper House�will be released by Folded Word in March 2010. Jessie works as a freelance editor, writer, and writing coach/teacher with courses such as Networking FTW �and Is it Over? Finding Poetic Closure. She is also the editor of?a href="">Shape of a Box, YouTube's first literary magazine. Jessie received her MFA from Queens University of Charlotte. She is a member of AWP, Charlotte Writer�s Club, NCWN, NC Poetry Society and will serve on the new board for the Poetry Council of NC.

We are proud to call Jessie a member of the "Folded Family." Her knowledge, patience, and willingness to embrace the editorial process have been an amazing asset for Folded Word.