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Sunday, March 30, 2014

Cat Dixon's debut book of poetry

Cat Dixon, self-described confessional poet, had her debut book of poetry, Too Heavy to Carry, come out mid-February from Stephen F. Austin University Press.  Here's the jacket blurb:
"People expect that their lives move in majestic sweeps, but that’s only because memory and legend work that way, but reality works in the small moments of our experience. Too Heavy to Carry explores those moments by focusing in close. This wonderful collection aims to name the evils that people live through: loneliness, betrayal, inadequacy, and loss. Dixon easily captures not just the glimpse of hope, but shows the agony and obstacles one must endure before she crawls out of the bottom of the well. This is a must for survivors of any variety—divorce, depression, domestic violence, abandonment/neglect and other painful experiences."
Her poetry is often visceral as if carved out with a blunt instrument. Here's a video interview with the poet and a brief excerpt.  Here's her website with a few sample poems.

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