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Although the realms of dream and desire permeate the poems in Cathy Colman's ravishing new collection, Beauty's Tattoo, it is the way experience itself marks us that this book so powerfully envisions. Cathy Colman shows us how living leaves the evidence of its passage along the lengths of our bodies, both without, and within. The many poems cast as letters in this collection are emblematic of one of the book's central ambitions—to establish a potent, rock-solid bridge of intimacy between the poet and her readers. Cathy Colman's exquisite poems are epistles to the past, reflections upon the future, and heart-breaking meditations upon the metaphysics of daily transcendence. This is a book to treasure. --David St. John<br /><br />Although the realms of dream and desire permeate the poems in Cathy Colman's ravishing new collection, Beauty's Tattoo, it is the way experience itself marks us that this book so powerfully envisions. Cathy Colman shows us how living leaves the evidence of its passage along the lengths of our bodies, both without, and within. The many poems cast as letters in this collection are emblematic of one of the book's central ambitions—to establish a potent, rock-solid bridge of intimacy between the poet and her readers. Cathy Colman's exquisite poems are epistles to the past, reflections upon the future, and heart-breaking meditations upon the metaphysics of daily transcendence. This is a book to treasure. --David St. John<br /><br />Here's a book you will not put down. Like climbing "a fiery stairway," or finding the unlikely "encounter between a piano and a Rothko" in a garden, like entering "Kafka's garage" or "floating down the highway/ in a snowstorm" Cathy Colman's stunning second poetry collection, Beauty's Tattoo enters a place of fearlessness. Her contemporary range of topics excites the gallery of possibility, and there, emerging from a "fugitive kind" of exile, the body's wild card is played against the mind in a kind of self-reflecting dissonance and philosophical insight that can only belong to beauty and its many incarnations. Edgy and simultaneously elegant, Colman's language is always musically and imagistically alive like a snake at both ends: it works like consciousness overhearing itself. Beauty's Tattoo is moving and funny. One thinks of Andre Breton's concept of passion (Colman's "passion like water" floods these poems and carries them far into our memory), with its wild magnificent eyes having to "mix in the human struggle" in order to be authentic, to be troubled by beauty, to be known and known again. --Elena Karina Byrne<br /><br />I've been an admirer of Cathy Colman's work for over 15 years now: her intoxicating blend of stop-in-your-tracks imagery, her lettuce-crisp diction, the mixture of Eros, imagination, and longing. These new poems courageously step into the darkness and emerge with beads of light. --Jeffrey McDaniel<br /><br />I've been an admirer of Cathy Colman's work for over 15 years now: her intoxicating blend of stop-in-your-tracks imagery, her lettuce-crisp diction, the mixture of Eros, imagination, and longing. These new poems courageously step into the darkness and emerge with beads of light. --Jeffrey McDaniel

I've been an admirer of Cathy Colman's work for over 15 years now: her intoxicating blend of stop-in-your-tracks imagery, her lettuce-crisp diction, the mixture of Eros, imagination, and longing. These new poems courageously step into the darkness and emerge with beads of light. --Jeffrey McDaniel

Although the realms of dream and desire permeate the poems in Cathy Colman's ravishing new collection, Beauty's Tattoo, it is the way experience itself marks us that this book so powerfully envisions. Cathy Colman shows us how living leaves the evidence of its passage along the lengths of our bodies, both without, and within. The many poems cast as letters in this collection are emblematic of one of the book's central ambitions—to establish a potent, rock-solid bridge of intimacy between the poet and her readers. Cathy Colman's exquisite poems are epistles to the past, reflections upon the future, and heart-breaking meditations upon the metaphysics of daily transcendence. This is a book to treasure. --David St. John

About the Author

Cathy Colman received her B.A. at San Francisco State University and her M.A. in English at San Francisco State University, graduating with honors. Her book Borrowed Dress won the 2001 Felix Pollak Prize for Poetry and made the The Los Angeles Times Best-seller List the first week of its release. Her poetry has appeared in The Colorado Review, Ploughshares, Prairie Schooner, The Journal, Mudfish, The Southern Review,The Los Angeles Review, The Spoon River Review, Barnabe Mountain Review, Quarterly West, Pool, The Squaw Review, Rivendell, Contemporary 88, The GW Review, Hair-raising, The Tebot Bach Anthology: How Luminous the Wildflowers, Chance of a Ghost Anthology (Putnam/Tarcher), Writers on Writing (Putnam), and elsewhere. She has won the Browning Award for Poetry and the Ascher Montandon Award for Poetry. She has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize six times and was a former reviewer for The New York Times Book Review. She collaborated with composer Robert Johnson and their vocal piece honoring the fall of the Berlin Wall was presented at the Kennedy Center. For eighteen years she has taught poetry and fiction at UCLA extension and privately. She has been a guest lecturer/reader at University of Southern California, California College of Arts and Craft and was a featured reader at The Los Angeles County Museum of Art Poetry Series, The Getty Museum and The Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, among many other venues.
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