University Press of New England "Cathy Bowman is informed by a deft, rhythmic sense of music and an irreverence that always makes her poetry an interesting journey and experience. Her poems are full of surprises, subtle political observations, and a mature sense of voice that is uniquely her own." --Quincy Troupe
"Catherine Bowman's lines derive their authority not from the pitch of her own voice but from the vigor of the American vernacular, which is to say that hers is poetry devoid of self-pity, big on keen-sightedness and sharp-edged enough to cut its way through the present into the future." --Joseph Brodsky
Blackwell North Amer Notarikon includes Catherine Bowman's signature narrative-meditative poems as well as a one-thousand-line poem written in one hundred ten-line stanzas, each line made up of ten syllables. The poem is both map of and meditation on forgetting and remembering. Numeric and alphabetic systems, tens and 10s, punctuate this homage to a ten-year marriage, a decade, music, food, and New York City. In "1000 Lines" the stanzas, even the tiniest syllables, become wonder cabinets filled with mementoes and fragments as the speaker, a self-described pseudo-numerologist, obsessively attempts to retrieve an irretrievable past and to reveal and access the world through the powers of ten.