Review: A Door with a Voice at Tarpaulin Sky

Noh Anothai had me at Sappho. 🙂 Here is an excerpt from his review of A Door with a Voice:

“Like Sappho in reverse, Manning ‘[uses] the last chapter of one book from the Bible as a wordbook’ for each poem. She thus shatters the world’s most widely read religious text and creates sixteen miniature mosaics out of the broken pieces.”

What a thoughtful and thought-provoking review! Thanks, Noh, Tarpaulin Sky, Fox, and Agape Editions!

Interview at Carpe Noctem

This was such a fun interview that I did about my forthcoming book Tasty Other (and other poetry-related things). Thanks, Nicole Ross Rollender! Here’s one of my favorite parts…

Do you think poets have a responsibility as artists to respond to what’s happening in the world, and put that message out there? Does your work address social issues?
I don’t think poets have to respond directly to current events, but then I don’t think poems have to have a clear message. Some poems show us an image like a painting. Some play with sound. I do think that creating poems—and any act of artistic creation—is a way of responding to what’s happening in the world regardless of the content of those poems. To say that beauty and art matter in the face of violence and fear is radical.

A Door with a Voice: Poems, Review, & Interview

The past two weeks have been some of the worst of my life. My mother-in-law was killed in a car crash that put my father-in-law in the ICU, and now it looks like he won’t make it either. We are so heartbroken.

I’m thankful right now for any happy news that I can get, and I have three pieces of good poetry news today.

  1. Five poems from A Door with a Voice were published in Eunoia Review.
  2. Erika Dreifus posted a review of A Door with a Voice.
  3. Nancy Chen Long posted an interview with me about A Door with a Voice.

And if you’re interested, you can read the poetry collection itself: A Door with a Voice.

A Door with a Voice: Micro-Review!

Thanks to Karissa Knox Sorrell for this micro-review and recommendation of A Door with a Voice!

“A Door With a Voice by Katie Manning is an exceptional collection of poems whose words come from chapters in the Bible. Manning’s idea was to take the final chapter of different books of the Bible and use them as word banks to create poems. I love how Manning deconstructs the language and reconstructs it to create her own powerful narratives.”

And how wonderful to have my work recommended alongside Maggie Smith-Beehler and Sandy Marchetti!


The Gospel of the Bleeding Woman Turns 3

With everything else going on, I almost missed wishing a happy 3 years to my first chapbook, The Gospel of the Bleeding Woman! It has a beautiful cover, but I especially love seeing adorned with a barcode and Dewey decimal number. Library books are cool.
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If you want to celebrate with me, you could ask your local library to order a copy. Or you could send me a message and buy a signed copy for yourself or someone else (KatMann @ Bonus points if you do all of the above and send me pictures of you with the book. 😉