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 it—because:
of sex, or love, or God or
toast—bread turned chore
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