ROOM TO SWING A CAT by Ruthie Kennedy
150 x 230mm, 40 pages, black and white printing, saddle stitched, 2021
I am star-struck reading this book. Ruthie Kennedy’s writing sets all my nerve endings aflutter. Nobody writes of the thrill and agony of “growing sideways” better. Every sentence and line is itself a kind of throbbing, fizzing nerve ending, sending signals of pain and pleasure and pain-in-pleasure and pleasure-in-pain. This poetry aches with what it feels like to feel. It stings like a grazed knee. If Room to Swing a Cat doesn’t propel its author purring towards literary stardom, there’s no justice in the world.
- Colin Herd, editor of Adjacent Pineapple and author of You Name It, Swamp Kiss and more