I come from a huddle of islands,
cloud-cobbled, channel strung,
crowded with accents and tongues,
where the sky is milk-soft and mutable,
Where no talk is innocent.
Where speech sets each apart,
indelible marks of class, war,
clan. The weight of history.
Bloodroot (2016), Catherine's first full-length poetry book, explores the concepts of home, migration, roots and uprooting. It won the Settlement House American Poetry Prize, awarded annually to a collection of poems by a first-generation American. More information can be found here. It also won the 2016 Council for Wisconsin Writers Edna Meudt Award and an Outstanding Work of Poetry award from the Wisconsin Library Association.
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