In this lyrical, often wry, sometimes heartbreaking and just occasionally horrifying selection of poems, internationally award-winning poet, Anne Casey invites you to step into her shoes, take a self-guided cruise through the State of Womanhood with its redacted facts and multiple travel warnings, feel the red hot sting of betrayal, and leave behind nights of secrets and dread to rise with the rage that her fine sisters gave, a scattering of blue skies and a pocketful of hope on the long walk home.
“In these unsettling, uncompromising poems. Anne Casey goes dark and deep in her (self) portrait of a woman walking home. The woman is young, in her prime, and older looking back at the painful border crossings of her life. She is Casey and Everywoman and she has a wicked wit.
Casey carves through the skin of experience to show the insides, to expose buried horrors. This is a deeply political book, a feminist anthem, but not exclusionary. In “Welcome to your Life Cruises self-guided tour [Official transcript]” you will read the most fall off the chair, go into convulsions, hilarious yet deadly, examination of a woman’s life voyage ever written.
But this is not just a collection of brilliant individual poems. There is something rotten and drop-dead beautiful in this oh so complicated life of a woman. Casey’s walk home will be read and re-read to understand the state of woman in our time, from where she set off, and where she is going. Join her on the cruise. Walk with her. Look and listen with eyes and ears open to every step, every memory.”
Indran Amirthanayagam, Author The Migrant States, Editor The Beltway Poetry Quarterly