Beautiful Brutal: Poems About Cats (Paperback)
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This graceful, unflinching collection of 22 poems explores the real cats in our lives -- the companions, the hunters, the strays, the kittens who grow up and grow old with us. Beautiful Brutal turns the "sentimental cat poem" upside down, reminding us of the deep, wild mysteries we seek in cats -- and see reflected in ourselves.
About the Author
Raised in northern California and western Massachusetts, Amy Miller worked as a horse wrangler, electronic assembler, photographer's assistant, and ad salesperson before settling into a career as an editor and print project manager. Her writing has appeared in Northwest Review, Nimrod, Rattle, Many Mountains Moving, ZYZZYVA, Fine Gardening, The Writer's Journal, Tiny Lights, and The Poet's Market, and anthologies such as What the River Brings: Oregon River Poems and London Calling: A Clash Anthology. She has won the Whiskey Island Poetry Prize, the Cultural Center of Cape Cod National Poetry Competition, and the Cloudbank Award, was a finalist in A Prairie Home Companion's Sonnet Contest and for the Pablo Neruda Prize and 49th Parallel Award, and has twice been nominated for the Pushcart prize. Her previous chapbooks of poetry and nonfiction include Tea Before Questions, The Mechanics of the Rescue, and Fred Meyer, Mi Amore. She works as the publications manager for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.