CC.Marimbo, a small Berkeley CA press, released Cathryn Shea's first chapbook, Snap Bean in 2014. In the tradition of handmade chapbooks, Snap Bean is 36 pages, hand sewn and produced in small batches. SOLD OUT
What people have said about Cathryn's first chapbook:
Focused chiefly on the domestic life, with all its “important confusion,” but also ranging into the transpersonal, Shea holds a particular regard for subjects that have vanished or are on the verge of vanishing, and does her best to rescue them with her appealingly quirky style, sometimes comic, sometimes melancholy, and always vested with affection. Tom has a new poetry book coming out from Tupelo Press in 2017.
--Thomas Centolella, Author of Almost Human (Tupelo Press 2017), Terra Firma, Lights & Mysteries, and Views from along the Middle Way (Copper Canyon)
Joseph Zacardi, former Poet Laureate of Marin County CA, says: Cathryn Shea's poetry is woven with sound. Shea writes about the convolutions and satieties of marriage and the experience of the everyday, the delights and the disappointments, while leaving the reader room to reflect and to discover. In this book she has made a tapestry, never missing a beat or skipping a stitch. Joe's latest poetry book is A Wolf Stands Alone in Water (CW Books, Oct. 2015).
The humor and tears of Cathryn Shea weave together outdoor living, personal illness, domestic folly, and the struggles of a tribe literally on the top of the world. At times magical, always healing, a courageous book of poems. --César Love, Author of While Bees Sleep (CC. Marimbo) , says about Snap Bean: Some of the killer lines -- "acute recklessness of graffiti," "unknowable cleanliness," "fish sprout bulbous nodules," etc.
The domestic becomes astral in her poems. What a treasure of a book. --Ann Robinson, author of Stone Window (Bark for Me Publications)
Roy Mash, author of Buyer's Remorse (Wordtech Communications) says: Just wanted to say how much I'm enjoying Snap Bean. I love the curiosity shop of your mind -- and how I'm learning so many tidbits -- particularly thinking of 'merkin' and the Dr. Strangelove character, things I'd never have found by myself.
"The Secrets Hidden in a Pear Tree" is forthcoming from dancing girl press in 2019. (More info about this chapbook to follow next January!)