The Wait of Atom
by Jessie Carty (Goodreads Author)
In this collection, Jessie Carty weaves nineteen narrative poems together to tell the story of a quirky married couple. Atom copes with stress by thinking about the Periodic Table of Elements. Zoe has a penchant for dress-gloves. And while they are often out of sync with each other, they always work in unison to keep Atom's secret.
Paperback, 23 pages
Published November 10th 2009 by Folded Word
(first published 2009)
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Jessie Carty is skilled at making the reader experience the "everyday" from a different angle or point of view. Rich details such as the kohl lining the parts speaker's face in "Fantasy," the colors and gestures in "Pink was the Color of his Weakness," and evolution of tin sheets in "Arts & Crafts" come to life on the page. "Ars Poetica" and "Covalent Bonds" are my favorites in this quirky and creatively themed chapbook. Great read to start off 2012!
I discovered Jessie Carty via YouTube a couple years ago. After watching her videos and browsing her website, I recently decided to purchase one of her (chap)books. It was something I’d been meaning to do for a while and I’m glad I finally did. The Wait of Atom really surprised me. For whatever reason I didn’t expect these poems to resonant with me the way they did. Furthermore, I liked the periodic table theme despite my complete oblivion about all things science. Favorites here included: "The...more
Jessie Carty's poems, fiction and non-fiction have appeared in publications such as Iodine Poetry Journal, decomP and Connotation Press. Jessie is the author of five poetry collections including the most recent chapbook release "An Amateur Marriage" (Finishing Line, 2012) which was a finalist for the 2011 Robert Watson Prize. Her first full length collection "Paper House" (Folded Word, 2010) won t...moreMore about Jessie Carty...