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“It is impossible to say too much about this book by Rosemary Catacalos. There are poems in her collection that will astound, and not merely because they manipulate myth and reality so artfully but because they are spoken with the strength of a person who has learned to lament and give thanks at once, to keep ‘doing and undoing the whole cloth’ even as her ‘fingers bleed all over the loom.’”  —Cedar Rock on first edition

“The painstaking craft involved here is a sort of poetic alchemy, transmuting the base elements of life—thought, sorrow, joy—into a living thing which reaches deep into our consciousness and embeds itself there.”  —Texas Observer on first edition

“For precise balance in tone and form, and for surprising resonance throughout, Again for the First Time is a superb book of poems.”  —Texas Monthly on first edition

"Again for the First Time weaves the classic mythology of Catacalos’ Greek heritage into the daily resonances of her Mexican ancestry.... The book’s second part unpacks the dangerous luggage of heartbreak, yet her mythological narrators erase any sentimentality. [...] The lyrics dance and sing, but often bleed." —Roberto Bonazzi, San Antonio Express-News

About the Author

Rosemary Catacalos is an award-winning poet and the author of As Long as It Takes. She is a former creative writing fellow at Stanford University and the executive director at Gemini Ink, a literary arts center. She was appointed the Texas poet laureate for 2013–2014. She lives in San Antonio.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 88 pages
  • Publisher: Wings Press; 30th Anniversary Edition edition (October 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1609403274
  • ISBN-13: 978-1609403270
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,078,453 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Just got back from the Rockdale Texas Tejas Arts & books festival Where Rose was a major contributor and speaker. She had been awarded the 2013 Texas poet laureate. An outstanding speaker and I was glad to have her book an autograph. how are reading from the book was all of her experience and relationships with her family she had enjoyed through her early life. Poetry is in fact the rhythm of life.
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Again For The First Time, Rosemary Catacalos

Wings Press
978-1-60940-327-0
$16, 79 pgs

This is the Wings Press thirtieth anniversary edition of Again For The First Time by Rosemary Catacalos, first published in 1984 by Tooth of Time Books (New Mexico). Ms. Catacalos is the granddaughter of Greek and Mexican immigrants to San Antonio and this heritage has produced a rich brew. "Ariadne of the Treacherous Thread" appears in many of these poems and haunts the others. The author's words sound like time immemorial, like memory itself, bone-deep and connected through all of los ancianos who came before. Ms. Catacalos convinces me that the drums I sometimes hear are indeed real and that I can perform magic - that I am magic. If we listen to her she will help us learn how to live more appreciatively. And how to die: a respectful nod to time followed by a grin and a wink. True story.

My favorites:

"MNEMOSYNO"

in memory of Sam Sinkin

A man dies suddenly and just as suddenly a certain
wave of the hand, the rumple of a linen jacket,
the simple drumbeat of his laughter, become
crucial in a way that yesterday they were not.
Now that there will never be time for that cup
of coffee we were always going to have and that
discussion of the Bill of Rights.
Now that I'll never get to ask you about the special
way this world fit together for a man who built
a western-wear factory and read more than most
and whose mother had kept her samovar boiling and
boiling in a strange country.
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A reprint of an earlier book by this year's Texas Poet Laureate, this book does not disappoint. Lush and moving.
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