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The majestic, determined poems in Carla Drysdale’s stunning debut chapbook Inheritance act as a dual lens to art and motherhood. They reflect the thriving childhood of the poet’s sons and also refract their mother’s childhood, demonstrating that what is inherited can both be passed on and reversed. In Drysdale’s poems, the fruit of tenderness is always set inside a rind of candor. She practices a poetics of strength: not only does vigorous language define her poems, but their sheer force of char ...more
Carla Drysdale's first book of poems, Little Venus, will be published by Toronto's Tightrope Books in Oct. '09. Drysdale received an MFA in Poetry from Sarah Lawrence College in 2009 and has been published in LIT, Global City Review, The Same, Confrontation, Literary Review of Canada, Canadian Literature and others. She lives near Geneva, Switzerland, with her husband and two sons. "