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From the turbulent landscape of the '60s and '70s, the promise of that era and America's loss of innocence, to a world where barbeque can be Fed-Exed across the country through a simple toll-free request, Bowman's first collection of poetry celebrates community and the beauty and miracles of everyday life.
Paperback, 50 pages
Published March 1st 2000 by Carnegie Mellon University Press
(first published 2000)
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"I want words meat-hooked from the living steer," Lowell wrote, as if foreseeing 1-800-HOT-RIBS, the début collection by Catherine Bowman, a skilled young poet who seems to manipulate the language with a branding iron in one hand and a bullwhip in the other. Bowman's native soil is Texas, and though she casts a cold eye on its codes of Bubba Machismo and Cheerleader Femininity, she knows that denying one's roots is equivalent to using a butcher's cleaver to perform an act of self-amputation. She ...more
"Spice Night" is one of my favorite poems ever and I loved the language in all of them. I'd been wanting to read a book of poetry and I read the right one. Even if this book was just "Spice Night" on every page I would've been good w/that too. This book made me wanna write more poetry. This book made me wanna write poetry on everything I see and also breathe it and live it and recite it from memory while staring @ the moon.