This is the second collection of poetry I put together with the help of a photographer by my side. The idea for this publication sprouted during one of my graduate classes where I was studying modern poetry. As an older student, I felt like I was experiencing many of the poems in a new way or through a new lens. The poems I studied inspired the photography throughout the book. The poetry of the book is also somewhat new and what I might consider raw. I wanted to place in this publication poems that pushed the envelope, which were more graphic at times and also more abstract. This book theme holds true to the words from HD Doolittle's epic "Red Rose and a Beggar" which inspire the title: "my verse, I can't get away from it. I've tried." With this publication I hope to show the unavoidable draw of poetry and it encompasses every part of a person's life.
About the Author
Katrina K Guarascio resides in New Mexico where she teaches high school English and is an active member of the poetry community. She produces a monthly poetry performance in Rio Rancho, Second Saturday Slam and brings poetry to the youth by sponsoring the Rio Rancho Youth Poetry Community. Shawna Cory is a writer/occasional photographer native to New Mexico. Currently, Shawna acts as the Art Show Director for Guerrilla Photo Group (an Abq.-based, weekly creative collaborative run by commercial photographer Rip Williams). She is an Albuquerque native and received her B.A. in Art History (2008) from the University of New Mexico, where she focused on the history of photography and creative writing.