Winner of the 2019 Main Street Rag Poetry Book Award
"Cathryn Cofell’s Stick Figure With Skirt is at turns humorous and morose. But no matter what, these poems are always pleading to or against loneliness, “Please memo me home…Please home me…” This book is Dickinsonian in its way of believing in the power of the mind, the internal world, the imagination that always reaches beyond the self."
– Jericho Brown, author of The Tradition
Main Street Rag, 2019
$14.00 (plus shipping)
In Sister Satellite, Cathryn Cofell writes with power and a hard-earned, wide-ranging scope.
As poet Oliver de la Paz writes, “the language of Cofell’s debut collection shimmers in amplitudes of love.” Love, yes, but hers is an engaged love that won’t let us go easily. Her poems provide an answer to the politics and pressures of our times, as Cofell writes about women’s lives and bodies in lines which are funny, bold, defiant, angry and celebratory. Married love and unvoiced lust, pregnancy, miscarriage, adoption, abortion and aging all figure into the mix. Cofell writes her version of the truth bravely, movingly and with new vision and tenderness.
Cowfeather Press, 2013
WITH OBVIOUS DOG
A spoken-word CD of some of Cathryn's more musical poems, set to music written and performed by former WI Poet Laureate Bruce Dethlefsen and first-class musician Bill Orth.
Bruce sings, plays bass and percussion. Bill sings, plays guitar and bass. Cathryn gets to shake the apple.
Cat and Obvious Dog are bad like Jesse James, a masterful blend of poetry and music.
- Charlie Rossiter
"Sweet Curdle is one of those rarities in contemporary poetry— a book that's virtually impossible to put down, every bit as mesmerizing as a well-plotted novel. Each poem in this beautifully crafted collection compels the reader to flip to the next as you accompany Cofell from despair to joy to apprehension; from love's strained dependencies to its richly realized physical passions; from the gorgeous throwaway recklessness of youth to the careful self-examinations of mid-life. Consistently engaging, Sweet Curdle becomes genuinely irresistible whenever Cofell's subtle wit comes out to play."
- Marilyn Taylor (WI Poet Laureate 2009-10)
Marsh River Editions, 2006