Projector Published by SFA Press
Projector is like a home movie showing us crystalline images of what gets left out of the American Dream—here we have homemade Go-Karts, wig stores set on fire, and dive bars filled with Shriner hats, one-armed Vets, and a bum with a toothache who gets his tooth pulled between stanzas. At times, elegiac, at times wry, at times celebratory, Catherwood’s a master at finding both the meaning and the music in everyday situations. His graceful triolets, prose poems, dramatic monologues, and sonnets are nuanced and informed. Projector is a marvelous book.
––Beth Ann Fennelly, Poet Laureate of Mississippi and author of Tender Hooks and
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There’s nothing fraudulent nor overstated in the often-harsh world that Michael Catherwood presents in If You Turned Around Quickly. Yet, too, there’s surprising beauty, “where a shadow/waits like breath against a cool pane of glass,” or “how sunlight feeds/dust on Venetian blinds.” Catherwood surveys his boyhood past, his years of hard drinking, and his love of art, of painting especially (Max Beckman, van Gogh) in which, perhaps, he “Believe(s) for a moment the sky is clear,/so crisp you can see into your first days.”
Richard Wyatt, author of Gathering Place