Claudia Putnam

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I grew up in New Hampshire but have lived my adult life in Colorado, where I raised my son. I've worked in software marketing, taught comp-rhetoric, been a journalist, sold antiques, cooked greasy food. I studied International Affairs and Russian as an undergraduate and also some comparative religion and Native American studies in graduate school. I like to be outside. I write fiction and poetry, both of which appear in many literary magazines. A novel, WHILE BUTCH ROBS TRAINS, is underway. My poetry chapbook, Wild Thing in Our Known World, is available from Finishing Line Press and on Amazon. ...more

Standout Reads 2016

Late again… But you were probably needing some books to read this summer. In case you’re bored, here’s the best of what I read last year:


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The Sport of Kings, CE Morgan. Ha. After the exquisite gem of Morgan’s first novel, what did her readers expect? It’s always difficult to come out with the career-defining second book. Will it meet expectations? Be too ambitious and fail? Be more of th

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Badly written, poorly conceived, and sloppily edited. Also male-centric.. The vaunted world building was actually incredibly lazy. Civilizations that have been around for 8 million years are oddly like us in terms of how their thoughts are structured ...more
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“I have read that long ago there was a land of glass castles that sank beneath the sea. It was not called Atlantis, but Lyonesse. This happened before history and across the ocean, but when I was little I wondered about that place, how it could be so beautiful and so lost. Sometimes it seemed that the land around my New England home was like that flooded country, with mud where the streets of gold should be and mayflies swarming where there should be lovely fishes, but here and there a shard of crystal to call the heart to beauty. --"Wetlands," in Phoebe.”
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“I beam back at her. Fuck the surgery, fuck the kids, fuck the men in our lives or no longer in our lives. This is sweet. When she catches up with me, I say, How many, just how many forty-plus women would do that?

We gaze back up at the face bleeding into the chute we’ve just skied. We *did* that, I crow. Someone should love us just for that. --Hangfire”
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“Cairn Stone

This is the rock he lifted
to lay upon a cairn
in a high place.

This rock, warmed by the near sun,
felt right, somehow, in his hand.

He decided to carry it down
to his mother, who lay in bed,
recovering.

It is so easy to please
a mother. Just to think of her
for a moment, from a high place,
and to carry that thought to her

in the form of a stone.”
Claudia Putnam, Wild Thing in Our Known World

“I beam back at her. Fuck the surgery, fuck the kids, fuck the men in our lives or no longer in our lives. This is sweet. When she catches up with me, I say, How many, just how many forty-plus women would do that?

We gaze back up at the face bleeding into the chute we’ve just skied. We *did* that, I crow. Someone should love us just for that. --Hangfire”
Claudia Putnam

“Cairn Stone

This is the rock he lifted
to lay upon a cairn
in a high place.

This rock, warmed by the near sun,
felt right, somehow, in his hand.

He decided to carry it down
to his mother, who lay in bed,
recovering.

It is so easy to please
a mother. Just to think of her
for a moment, from a high place,
and to carry that thought to her

in the form of a stone.”
Claudia Putnam, Wild Thing in Our Known World

“I think literature is best when it's voicing what we would prefer not to talk about.”
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“I have read that long ago there was a land of glass castles that sank beneath the sea. It was not called Atlantis, but Lyonesse. This happened before history and across the ocean, but when I was little I wondered about that place, how it could be so beautiful and so lost. Sometimes it seemed that the land around my New England home was like that flooded country, with mud where the streets of gold should be and mayflies swarming where there should be lovely fishes, but here and there a shard of crystal to call the heart to beauty. --"Wetlands," in Phoebe.”
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“I'd like to be the sort of person who can enjoy things at the time, instead of having to go back in my head and enjoy them.”
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