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Catherine Doty; Baron Wormser, fwd.

2004 • 68 pp. 6 x 9 1/2"

$14.00 Paperback, 978-0-9723045-0-4

Those moments in childhood that shape who we will become, and all that will come to define our lives, dominate the poems that Catherine Doty has collected in her debut volume. With humor, affection and a sharp awareness of the larger truths that can be found even in the mundane, Doty explores the luminous, sometimes curious relics of memory.

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“Catherine Doty has an uncanny sympathy for childhood and its clinging to whatever feelings keep it afloat… What is remarkable is how truly she is able to locate the emotional throb that vibrates through each setting, each memory, each encounter.” —Baron Wormser

From the Book:

Every day, our mother says,
kids die on those goddamned things,
and she nods at the lone yellowhorse
with the red vinyl bridle
and four black, shining hooves
like police hat brims.
Not only do we stop our five-part
begging, we walk wide around the beast,
though Mary brushes the coin box
with her sleeve.

From “Outside the Mainway Market”


Runner-up for the Paterson Poetry Prize (2005)
Runner-up for the ForeWord Magazine Book of Year (2004)

CATHERINE DOTY is the recipient of the 2003 Marjorie J. Wilson Award, an Academy of American Poets Award, and fellowships from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts. She was born and raised near Garrett Mountain in Paterson, New Jersey, and has taught thereabouts for many years.

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