Today's poem is "Nor Hell a Fury"
from Animals of Habit

The Kent State University Press

Catherine Pierce attends the University of Missouri, Columbia, where she holds a creative writing fellowship and is a Ph.D. candidate. Her poems are being published in Mid-American Review, descant, and Willow Springs.

About Animals of Habit:

"In ‘Love Poem to the Phrase Let’s Get Coffee,’ Catherine Pierce writes ‘I adore / your elegant manner, / one hand on the car door, / the other on the ass.’ She writes with her own tricky elegance, one that acknowledges yet adores language’s self-serving grace. Pierce deftly blends repetition with sophisti-cated syntax, and a sinister wit glows inside the emotional wisdom of her vision. Animals of Habit is an exhilarating book."
—Andrew Hudgins

"If I didn’t know the poet personally, I’d think the name Catherine Pierce was a pseudonym, for these poems are not merely edgy, they are razor-sharp—they disembowel. What an extraordinary command of structure, persona, and humor this poet has! In one fell swoop, she has re-invented the ‘love’ poem and eschewed both pretentiousness and the anti-intellectual by being always smart and entertaining."
—Kathy Fagan

"Catherine Pierce has written a fiercely funny suite of poems on what it means to be 'modern'—to be the devotee of doo-wop, as well as the sticken-by-suddenness (aka fear, and its random sightings). She is as hyper-conscious of lacunae in writing as she is by the blanks in love. The speaker in these poems dares to be daring and we, as witnesses to the live wire and hair triggers, read on with delight!"
—Lynne McMahon

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