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Catherine Graham is the author of five poetry collections and the debut novel, Quarry. Her most recent poetry collection, Her Red Hair Rises with the Wings of Insects, was a finalist for the Raymond Souster Award and CAA Poetry Award. She received an Excellence in Teaching Award at the University of Toronto where she teaches creative writing and was also the winner of IFOA’s Poetry NOW. Her work is anthologized in The Field Day Anthology of Irish Writing, Vol IV & V, The White Page/An Bhileog Bhan: Twentieth Century Irish Women Poets and has appeared in The Malahat Review, Poetry Ireland Review, Poetry Daily, Gutter, The Ulster Tatler, The Glasgow Review of Books, CBC Books and elsewhere. Recent reading invitations include Thessaloniki International Book Fair, IFOA, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Seamus Heaney HomePlace, Linen Hall Library, Bangor’s Open House Festival, as well as University of East London CapLet Series and the International Anthony Burgess Foundation in Manchester. Her sixth poetry collection, The Celery Forest, appears fall, 2017.

 

 

 

 

It Begins When You Stop Looking, Stops When You Are

 

 

My Kool-Aid is dripping, tomato soup’s overcooked, clams with red sauce, leak week, Lil Red, my little friend, joining the cast of Pad Men, on the blob, Crayola red, Ninja red, Uncle Red, code red, Satan’s baby, birthing a blood diamond, opening the floodgates, I’m having the painters in, surfing the crimson, riding the cotton pony, Carrie at the prom, rusty pipes, Miss Scarlett has returned to Tara, shark week, The Great Flood Cometh, on the rag, the visitor, juice press, moon time, red wedding, on Wednesdays we wear pink, my bloody valentine, lining the drawers, Aunt Ruby is visiting, having a party at my pad, the Red Baron, experiencing technical difficulties, dredging the love canal, the server is down, the kitty is sick, expelling my hysteria, flying my colours, lady days, Mother Nature, T.O.M., ragging, the regular discharge of blood and mucosal tissue from the inner lining of the uterus through the vagina—air—air—end of sentence.    

 

 

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