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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86  ·  rating details  ·  29 ratings  ·  4 reviews
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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Diann Blakely
"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
Overwritten & overwrought, although "Spice Night" is great. Acrostics & other obvious exercises should have stewed a little bit more before summiting the page.
Don't tell Cathy, but there were only about two poems in this collection that did anything for me....Her style just isn't my style.
A captivating collection of poems.
Spice Night was my favorite piece.
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