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All You Do Is Perceive
Joy Katz

Four Way
2013 • 84 pp. 6 x 9"

$15.95 Paperback, 978-1-935536-35-2

Joy Katz regards the world with wonder and sharp insight in this new collection centered around new motherhood

The Latin root of perceive means “to seize entirely,” and that’s exactly what these poems do. Here there is “no door / just the edge of an infinite pour” into motherhood, cities old and new, and the histories that comprise us. The centerpiece of the book is a series of poems revolving around a new mother, a mix of peril and ecstasy that suffuses the entire book, whether the speaker is beholding her adopted baby, a President finishing supper before declaring war, or an ambulance that “dazzles like a cocktail ring.”

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“There are all kinds of reasons for reading these poems—their deftness of movement, a whimsy that deepens into something like myth…the intensity and sheer intelligence of their feelings.” —James Richardson

JOY KATZ is the author of two previous books of poetry. She teaches at Chatham University and lives in Pittsburgh.

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