The Memory of Gills 

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The Memory of Gills is altogether an astonishing, seductive, and finally irresistible book of poems. Carter is a skillful, imaginative, and witty visionary. Here is a poet who hears the voices of the sensate world calling, pleading, cajoling, and although she says, in 'Hearing Things,' 'I don't / know how to answer, what / to say,' don't believe her. She does know. And her poems say what she knows with a zest and inventiveness that no reader will soon forget."--Kathryn Stripling Byer

"Carter's poems are utterly unique--wry and quiet and carrying a velvet sledgehammer. Her pitch, her tone, her sly humor is perfectly tuned. This is not just a brilliant first book, it is a brilliant book, period." --Thomas Lux

"Catherine Carter's first volume of poetry [has] an offbeat, sometimes-gallows humor--the poems' subjects range from roadkill to stingray-human sex to a traffic ticket for avoiding toads on the road...[Considering] our connections of blood, home, and exile, The Memory of Gills nonetheless speaks of hope that we belong where we are. --R. H. W. Dillard

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