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by Kate Gale (Goodreads Author)
Poetry. Known for her gutsy, sensual, dark and glittering poems, Kate Gale writes the world as it is: hard, cold, asking you for your money and then shooting you anyways. One of a new breed of successful, edgy poets, Gale is unwilling to soft-soap the way the world works. These poems are tingling, raw, and clouded with sadness.
Paperback, 70 pages
Published October 1st 2004 by Tupelo Press
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Great read! Gritty poems with teeth about life in small town America with all the interwoven characters & place: the cat named Loan Shark, Newton's Bar, & of course Jesus. She has poems that grapple with god that are truly unique perspectives: kites & malls. In the prose poem "Dominoes" she writes, "I invited god over for dinner to talk about/wrestling. She helped me rub the chicken with paprika and lemon. We/agreed on a wine. We ate rice. She told me her grandson pays the blues in/a ...more
There is something disturbingly soothing about the voices in Kate Gale's poems. Like a voice coming through the wall at 3am that knows exactly what you've been doing in there with the shades down. The poems in this book are not rough, but with few words they toss you around the room pretty good. I normally only read poetry a little bit, from time to time, but this one I sat down and savored each poem until I found myself on the last page. It just kept pulling me in an pushing me away again and a ...more
Dr. Kate Gale is managing editor of Red Hen Press, editor of the Los Angeles Review, and president of the American Composers Forum, LA. She was the 2005-2006 president of PEN USA. She is author of five books of poetry: her most recent, Mating Season, from Tupelo Press; a novel, Lake of Fire; and Rio de Sangre, a libretto for an opera with composer Don Davis. Her most recent projects include a co-w ...moreMore about Kate Gale...