Jessie Carty Practicing Disaster

ISBN 13: 9780615967691

Practicing Disaster

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Jessie Carty’s newest full length book delivers what her readers have come to expect from her work: well-crafted poems that tackle a wide range of topics with wisdom and surprising moments of humor. Carty is a poet who embraces her humanity, hips and all. She knows one can experience grief and laughter, love and loss at the same time. As she writes in her poem The Rebellion, “We refused to call ourselves zany/because we were just being alive.”
—Malaika King Albrecht author What the Trapeze Artist Trusts
In Practicing Disaster Jessie Carty celebrates and reflects on the ordinary, awkward and difficult in the many different jobs and situations most average people experience. With sympathy and humor Carty relates to the teenage maid finding a condom, the Asian pedicurist sanding a callus, the annoying telemarketer, as well as elderly women who visit graveyards and the widow whose “hands wait / for proffered tissue / handkerchief or napkin / if nothing else.” She touches on the commute, the classroom, the layover, yet reaches out to the mythological Atlas, who’s reminded, “Quitting is never an option. Retirement unheard of.” This is a fun, quirky yet insightful collection to be read and enjoyed.
—Jonathan K. Rice Editor/Publisher Iodine Poetry Journal

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Jessie Carty's is the author of seven poetry collections. In March of 2010, Folded Word released Jessie’s first full length collection Paper House which won the 2010 NCPA. It was also nominated for a SIBA award. Jessie’s chapbook An Amateur Marriage was a finalist for the 2011 Robert Watson Poetry Award. Jessie’s poem “Perhaps He Scrapbooks” one 1st Place in the 2013 Kakalak Poetry Contest. Jessie works as a freelance editor, writer, and writing coach/teacher. She has also taught writing and literature courses as an adjunct and full-time faculty at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College and UNC-Charlotte. Jessie founded the literary magazine Shape of a Box, YouTube's first literary magazine as well the online journal Referential Magazine which is still in production. Jessie received her MFA from Queens University of Charlotte. You can find Jessie around the web but most often she is blogging at where she keeps additional detailed lists of all her publications and appearances.

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