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Cathedral of Wish
Cammy Thomas




Four Way
2005 • 64 pp. 6 x 9 1/4"
Poetry

$14.95 Paperback, 978-1-884800-63-4



Winner of the 2006 Norma Farber First Book Award from the Poetry Society of America

In Cammy Thomas's poems we are immediately thrust into the ice-crack of family legacy, guided by Thomas's chilling unsurprise in the face of violence or violent austerity. The simplicity of her language suggests that this austerity is fundamental, irrevocable, and yet something in Thomas's fierceness also suggests it can be faced down.

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“Cammy Thomas's tough little lyrics revisit a childhood as if through a prism: they contain the whole, but refract it into distinct panes so we can see up close what would be too terrible intact. What's most moving to me is the way the child survives as a ghost inside the adult, allowing the adult to say what was, until now, unsayable.” —Chase Twichell

From the Book:

the instruments don't notice
the cold seeping under the door
at a turn in the road he sees
trees red overhead
the end of purity of the body
to live in layes
of cities built on ruins
then the straightaway home
stone wall pruned shocked pines
the field across the street
its stale pond filled with dogs
from " Autumnal"



CAMMY THOMAS's poems have appeared in Agenda, Marlboro Review, 88: A Journal of Contemporary American Poetry, Sahara, the on-line journals Perihelion and Blaze, and elsewhere. She received an MFA in poetry from Warren Wilson College and a PhD from Berkeley, where she specialized in Victorian poetry. She lives in Lexington, Massachusetts, and teaches at Concord Academy.



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