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Loving from the Backbone Paperback – April 30, 2015
"Rebound" by Kwame Alexander
Don't miss best-selling author Kwame Alexander's "Rebound," a new companion novel to his Newbery Award-winner, "The Crossover,"" illustrated with striking graphic novel panels. Pre-order today
About the Author
Catherine Arra’s poetry has been published in various journals online and in print. Recent work appears in Nine Mile Magazine and The Timberline Review. Red Ochre Literature published her first chapbook, Slamming & Splitting in 2014. She lives in the Hudson Valley in upstate NY. Her interests include hiking, biking, wildlife preservation, photography and yoga.
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Indeed, it is the edginess and occasional anger in the tone that makes these poems so true to women's experience. "One of the Girls" speaks to any woman who has ever felt haunted by a man's past loves. "He Says" recalls the "classic dilemma" of how (or if) a relationship evolves from desire to deeper, more lasting love. The title poem explores the lover's wonder as they journey "with only a God-sense/of our reptilian sex," toward beings who can love "from the backbone at the base of evolved spines."
The poems are sensual, luscious, filled with images and sounds from nature--"the swishing of earthworms burrowing in soft sod/the sucking sounds their tubular bodies make." Insightful and delightful....I look forward to reading more from this poet.