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Catie Rosemurgy's second collection, The Stranger Manual, is a wild rush across the American grain. The poems follow an unlikely character named Miss Peach, an unpredictable, cartoonish shapeshifter, who emerges onto the page dragging the myth of the individual, various gender scripts, and the grand tradition of the poetic persona along with her. She becomes an outsider, a hero, an intruder, a rock star. The town around her, Gold River, is also always in flux—part center and part mirage. The Stranger Manual celebrates the fractious nature of self and society in poems that are fabulist, speculative, and alluring.

Catie Rosemurgy is the author of the poetry collection My Favorite Apocalypse. She has received a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship and a Rona Jaffe Award. She lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and teaches at the College of New Jersey.
Catie Rosemurgy's second collection, The Stranger Manual, is a wild rush across the American grain. The poems follow an unlikely character named Miss Peach, an unpredictable, cartoonish shapeshifter, who emerges onto the page dragging the myth of the individual, various gender scripts, and the grand tradition of the poetic persona along with her. She becomes an outsider, a hero, an intruder, a rock star. The town around her, Gold River, is also always in flux—part center and part mirage. The Stranger Manual celebrates the fractious nature of self and society in poems that are fabulist, speculative, and alluring.

"The Stranger Manual reminds us that even as poetry mines the dire circumstances of physical being, its zigzag hungers and outcries, its methods constantly swerve toward celebration. Catie Rosemurgy's penetrating meditative force is fueled by a feral play, and we can't help but be swept up in its ricocheting humor, riptide imagination, and mordant, sensual thrill. Reader, prepare for a scorching."—Dean Young

"In The Stranger Manual Catie Rosemurgy invents a new voice for a new time. Inventive, but eerily familiar, the riddles and surprising images in these poems sneak up on the reader in their beauty and terror. There is an elaborate, compulsive ascension to the music and meaning as themes and rhythms are repeated, and changed, as in no book I remember reading. The passion ot the lyrics turns meditative in an instant as the heart and the eye move across the pages with the poet. Rosemurgy is an important voice, and this is a groundbreakmg book."—Laura Kasischke

"Rosemurgy's oddball second book is spoken in the voice of a quirky alter-ego named 'Miss Peach,' who says about herself, 'There is a cartoon about everything/ I've ever done.' Indeed her adventures are rife with Loony Tunes–like hyperbole and darkly comic violence. Miss Peach speaks with the self-deprecating vigor of an angsty teenager, but with the wisdom of someone who's lived a bit. We follow her through her days, going shopping ('. . . Miss Peach has a spring catalog for a To Do list, and she moves her legs/ like a prodigy'), looking after her health (one of Rosemurgy's many lengthy titles reads 'Miss Peach Seeks Treatment at the Rural Health Care Walk-in Clinic') and attending college, where, 'he kissed me as if to apologize.' Her self-flagellating confessions—which are often wordy and prose-like—amusingly, and beautifully, bear the burden of off-center insight that is the result of experience and pain: '. . . Having a flowering core/ . . . hurts in the way that being flower-like always hurts,// which is to say sexually, as if the whole self/ has exceeded the skin, which it hasn't, which means// we always seem to be opening but never do.'"—Publishers Weekly

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"Rosemurgy's oddball second book is spoken in the voice of a quirky alter-ego named 'Miss Peach,' who says about herself, 'There is a cartoon about everything/ I've ever done.' Indeed her adventures are rife with Loony Tunes — like hyperbole and darkly comic violence. Miss Peach speaks with the self-deprecating vigor of an angsty teenager, but with the wisdom of someone who's lived a bit. We follow her through her days, going shopping ('...Miss Peach has a spring catalog for a To Do list, and she moves her legs/ like a prodigy'), looking after her health (one of Rosemurgy's many lengthy titles reads 'Miss Peach Seeks Treatment at the Rural Health Care Walk-in Clinic') and attending college, where, 'he kissed me as if to apologize.' Her self-flagellating confessions — which are often wordy and prose-like — amusingly, and beautifully, bear the burden of off-center insight that is the result of experience and pain: '...Having a flowering core/ ...hurts in the way that being flower-like always hurts,// which is to say sexually, as if the whole self/ has exceeded the skin, which it hasn't, which means// we always seem to be opening but never do.'" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

Catie Rosemurgy's second collection, The Stranger Manual, is a wild rush across the American grain. The poems follow an unlikely character named Miss Peach, an unpredictable, cartoonish shapeshifter, who emerges onto the page dragging the myth of the individual, various gender scripts, and the grand tradition of the poetic persona along with her. She becomes an outsider, a hero, an intruder, a rock star. The town around her, Gold River, is also always in flux—part center and part mirage. The Stranger Manual celebrates the fractious nature of self and society in poems that are fabulist, speculative, and alluring.

About the Author

Catie Rosemurgy is the author of the poetry collection My Favorite Apocalypse. She has received a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship and a Rona Jaffe Award. She lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and teaches at the College of New Jersey.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781555975470
Author:
Rosemurgy
Publisher:
Graywolf Press
Author:
Rosemurgy, Catie
Subject:
General
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
General Poetry
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Subject:
Single Author / American
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
20091231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
88
Dimensions:
9.07 x 7.08 x 0.47 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Rosemurgy's oddball second book is spoken in the voice of a quirky alter-ego named 'Miss Peach,' who says about herself, 'There is a cartoon about everything/ I've ever done.' Indeed her adventures are rife with Loony Tunes — like hyperbole and darkly comic violence. Miss Peach speaks with the self-deprecating vigor of an angsty teenager, but with the wisdom of someone who's lived a bit. We follow her through her days, going shopping ('...Miss Peach has a spring catalog for a To Do list, and she moves her legs/ like a prodigy'), looking after her health (one of Rosemurgy's many lengthy titles reads 'Miss Peach Seeks Treatment at the Rural Health Care Walk-in Clinic') and attending college, where, 'he kissed me as if to apologize.' Her self-flagellating confessions — which are often wordy and prose-like — amusingly, and beautifully, bear the burden of off-center insight that is the result of experience and pain: '...Having a flowering core/ ...hurts in the way that being flower-like always hurts,// which is to say sexually, as if the whole self/ has exceeded the skin, which it hasn't, which means// we always seem to be opening but never do.'" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by ,
Catie Rosemurgy's second collection, The Stranger Manual, is a wild rush across the American grain. The poems follow an unlikely character named Miss Peach, an unpredictable, cartoonish shapeshifter, who emerges onto the page dragging the myth of the individual, various gender scripts, and the grand tradition of the poetic persona along with her. She becomes an outsider, a hero, an intruder, a rock star. The town around her, Gold River, is also always in flux—part center and part mirage. The Stranger Manual celebrates the fractious nature of self and society in poems that are fabulist, speculative, and alluring.

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