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Visit to an Extinct City

    Visit to an Extinct City, first in the series The Argument of Time, reflects on the ruins of Ostia Antica               Purchase Deerbrook Editions, www.deerbrookeditions.com Review Rome’s harbor town, Ostia Antica, the other well-preserved ancient city in Italy, has long paled beside Pompeii, whose high drama and fiery demise fixed its place in literature and the popular imagination. Not so for the port city on…

Elegy for the Floater

Teresa Carson, the youngest of ten in a blur-collar family, unflinchingly writes about her chaotic past about which she has been taught to keep silent–her mentally ill mother, her enraged and abandoning father, her schizophrenic brother, her rape at fourteen, and her long-term relationship with a married man. It is her brother’s suicide that makes the poet aware of how dangerous shame-filled silence can be, and it is his suicide…

My Crooked House

Cat hoarding. Panic attacks. Rigid perfectionism. Carson reconstructs, through a hybrid of received and invented poetic forms, the literal and metaphorical experience of the psychological homesickness that controlled her life until she confronted it in therapy, and thereby opened herself to making a true home with her second husband. Featuring: How It Happened Part I My Crooked House Workplace Humor Purchase CavanKerry Press – cavankerrypress.org/laurel_tcarson_crooked.html Reviews Carson’s search for a house…

The Congress of Human Oddities

During the week of June 28 through July 4, 1863, The Congress of Human Oddities, owned by Mister Hackariah T. Villas, an itinerant Shakespearean actor turned second-rate showman, traveled through Ohio. Because the war had afforded him the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get his hands on some top-notch curiosities, such as the Two-Headed Nightingale, he believed that season’s route was his road to riches Featuring: – Prologue – Two-Headed Nightingale –…