Synopses & Reviews
In Fabulae, Joy Katz interrogates the physical world, constructing a sensual and striking autobiography. She turns to the familiarity and strangeness of the female body, its surfaces and inner workings, often, although her subjects range from Thomas Jefferson to an Adam and Eve plagued with obsessive-compulsive disorder to the streets of New Yorks diamond district. The poems, by turns funny and philosophical, point to how we suffer from desire: the danger, she writes, is that we might love the world like heaven and be lost.” But they come back to delight in a flawed world especially the palpable beauty of words, and even the erotic shapes of the letterforms that make them up.
Joy Katz is the quintessential storyteller, spinning her marvelous tales out of the gossamer of the imagination, but always with the goal of capturing the flash and flicker of the real world. In her fine nets, she defamiliarizes the history we thought we knew and weaves her own voice, brilliant, mocking, passionate, clear as a bell, into the muffled sighs of a history thats been hidden from us. But the pleasure of reading Fabulae comes also from the way the elements of narrative, from the simple to the fabulous, are compressed into beautifully crafted poems. Theres no background hum in this wonderful bookno skimming allowed. Katz combines the art of the fabulator with the art of the sculptor. Hers is a distinctive and original voice.”Maura Stanton, author of Glacier Wine
The coordinates for the landscape so beautifully staked out in Joy Katzs Fabulae are language and desire, the dangerous and the fear that we might like it like heaven . . . and be lost. In poems shot through with grace, intellect, and control, Katz considers the history and culture we all stand, finally, as heirs to: from Dachau to the deceptively still surfaces of American suburbia, from Proserpina to Plath, from the subjugation of women to the lust for empirethe result is a collection as rich as it is ambitious, announcing an already accomplished new voice in poetry.”Carl Phillips, author of Pastoral
About the Author
Joy Katz held a Wallace Stegner Fellowship in Creative Writing at Stanford University and the Nadya Aisenberg Fellowship at the MacDowell Colony. She has taught literature and writing at Stanford and at Washington University in St. Louis, where she received her M.F.A. Her poems have appeared in numerous journals including Antioch Review, Chelsea, Fence, and Southwest Review. She was trained in industrial design and works in Manhattan as a graphic designer, editor, and writer.