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Review of Little Venus in Poets’ Quarterly

By Tightrope Books | October 13th, 2009 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment

Kerri Buckley says, “Drysdale should be commended for such brutal and painful honesty. If we read it, we will flinch for her. It took an act of courage to publish her poetry.”

Read the whole review here: http://www.poetsquarterly.com/

Carla Drysdale in New York

By Tightrope Books | October 9th, 2009 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment


Carla Drysdale, author of Little Venus, has two upcoming events in New York:

Wednesday, October 28th at 6 pm: Perfect Sense reading with Jean Valentine at Cornelia Street Cafe, 29 Cornelia St,
New York

Friday, October 30th at 7 pm: Goodbye Blue Monday, 1087 Broadway in the Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn: to get there, take the JMZ trains to Myrtle Ave or the J to Kosciusko St, walk a few blocks to the corner of Dodworth St & Broadway, and take a plunge.

Carla Drysdale’s poems in Little Venus challenge the reader, tackling the hard subjects of child abuse, sexual exploitation and the failure of some families. The character of Little Venus runs through the poems burning with rage and want in an incendiary chant that the reader can’t ignore. Little Venus is a haunting collection that will stay with readers long after the last page is turned.

Carla Drysdale was born in London, Ontario and was educated at Ryerson university in Toronto as well as Sarah Lawrence College in New York. Her poems have appeared in Canadian and US journals, including the Literary Review of Canada, Canadian Literature, The Fiddlehead, Global City Review, Confrontation, and LIT. She lives in Geneva, Switzerland, with her husband and two sons.

Tightrope Teaser Tuesday: Little Venus by Carla Drysdale

By Tightrope Books | August 11th, 2009 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment

Welcome to the second edition of Tightrope Teaser Tuesday, where we give our readers the briefest of glimpses – teases, if you will – into our new, backlist, and forthcoming books. This week we’re excerpting Little Venus, a poetry collection by Carla Drysdale available in October 2009.

Carla Drysdale’s poems in Little Venus challenge the reader, tackling the hard subjects of child abuse, sexual exploitation and the failure of some families. The character of Little Venus runs through the poems burning with rage and want in an incendiary chant that the reader can’t ignore. Little Venus is a haunting collection that will stay with readers long after the last page is turned. Early readers have called the poems in Little Venus “relentlessly truth-telling,” “vulnerable and furious,” and “unflinching.”

Carla Drysdale lives in Geneva, Switzerland, with her husband and two sons, where she is a news editor for World Radio Switzerland. You can find her poetry blog at http://allbornperfect.blogspot.com/.

Enjoy “House,” the opening poem from Little Venus.

Ranch style homes squat
along Rural Route 4,
their view of the horizon broken
by a ten-year-old girl, not wanting to go home.
Every seven steps white line repeats
then breaks off to grey.
Plush waves of rye wheat
undulate beneath an orange sky,
pressing her down.

This is her house
once a muddy hole in the ground
holding the family’s amazement
as it sprang, Beam upon Beam
into a place to sleep and eat.
Scent of sawdust and new carpet
when they moved in.

In a few moments, she’ll
discover her mother’s body
rolling from couch to floor
as Bob Dylan sings on the stereo.
The girl’s pulse pumps her through
screen door to bring back help.
Her mother will be carried away,
hands waving, in a haze
of valium and vodka, lying
on an ambulance bed. Life saved.