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Including such (mostly) wry headings as "Following the Orthodox Men," "The Word Wife" and "To a False God," the four sections of Katz's debut track Jefferson writing to Marbois, make "A Visit to Seattle" ("Leaves falling in mild air") and follow cats as they explore a house's open ducts. These fabulous moments, domestic and otherwise, "return the world already in progress: steaming milk, opening newspapers," but "At Terezin" can wonder, darkly, "how, traveling, I so easily grow accustomed to less. A window seat on a bus. A seat on a bus. A bus. A bed to myself. Some light."
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Newcomer Katz offers surprising takes on femaleness, beauty, life, death, and the vagaries of perception in aesthetically immaculate yet emotionally and intellectually assertive poems. She conjures a scene with Orthodox Jewish diamond dealers and a woman determined to break out of all that orderly black and white. Elsewhere a mother watches her two daughters sunbathe beside a pool; a grandmother is "glad the age of pleasing is past"; a woman remembers Dachau; even Eve puts in a striking appearance. A smart, imaginative, and mesmerizing collection. Donna Seaman
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Product Details

  • Series: Crab Orchard Award Series in Poetry
  • Paperback: 72 pages
  • Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press; 1st edition (April 12, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080932444X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0809324446
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,373,629 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By choiceweb0pen0 VINE VOICE on April 13, 2004
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As the title suggests, stories are a central theme in this collection. Katz is especially skilled at taking a fresh approach to historical places, figures, and events. One especially memorable poem, "A Nation So Ignorant of Itself" deals with John Wesley Powell exploring the Grand Canyon, the experience itself and afterwards how terrible it must be to discuss what he has seen with others, that they can never see or understand. Other poems are incredibly location based, like "In the Old Jewish Cemetery, Prague" which focuses on a crowded cemetery where tombstones are placed on top of each other and look "like molars in a small jaw."
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The poetry of Joy Katz blends the art of a fabulator with the art of a sculptor to create a sensual and impressive autobiographical poetry in Fabulae. Her poetry ranges from the comedic to the philosophical and weaves a linguistic delight through her remarkable and memorable use of word rhythms and imagery. The Word Wife: When the silence between them/was a new thing--a morning in a garden--/he took a pencil and sketched her feed./He matched her ankles/in crisp lines falling like wisps/of hair from a boy's first cut./The quick strokes were moths/lighting her body, the background/white, like the word wife, first light/touching the violet's hair. The new word/husband, hush of a car up the street./Pigeons swallowing their tongues beneath the eaves.
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Sometimes I feel bulldozed, I feel burrowed and tunnelled reading this collection. Joy Katz is a remarkable poet. She has has written a stunning book.
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