Award-winning poet comes to Scranton

AMANDA RAGUSA
Staff Writer

COURTESY OF WIKIMEDIA COMMONS  A RONA Jaffe Award recipient, Catie Rosemurgy, read her poetry at The University Thursday. She is author of both “My Favorite Apocalypse” and “The Stranger Manual.”

COURTESY OF WIKIMEDIA COMMONS
A RONA Jaffe Award recipient, Catie Rosemurgy, read her poetry at The University Thursday. She is author of both “My Favorite Apocalypse” and “The Stranger Manual.”

Author Catie Rosemurgy traveled to The University from Philadelphia for a public reading of her works in the Rose Room of Brennan Hall Thursday.

Earlier that day, Rosemurgy participated in a Q&A with several students and members of the faculty. She began by allowing everyone in the room to introduce themselves, immediately revealing her friendly and approachable personality. Rosemurgy said that as she gets older, the discretion and self-awarness in her writing has become less important. She got her start by writing angry poems based on letters from an ex-boyfriend which she claimed were “just for fun.”

Rosemurgy read poems from two of her books, “The Stranger Manual” and “My Favorite Apocalypse.” Miss Peach is a character she created in her poems found in “The Stranger Manual.” Rosemurgy described Peach as “a cross between Barbie and Godzilla.”

At the reading, she was asked to comment on Peach and said, “Miss Peach, she’s a terrible person.” Her personality is evidently blunt and relatable. One line from one of her poems titled “Graduation Address,” explains how we tend to look into the past and realize the “stupidity” of our younger.

Much of Rosemurgy’s work is quite erotic. Some of the lines in her poems are not obviously so, but if one simply analyzes the words, it is easy to find its true meaning.
Rosemurgy kept the audience chuckling, especially when reading “Spring Break” and “Fifth-Year Senior” from “The Stranger Manual.” Many in attendance said her appearance at The University was a delight. John Meredith Hill, professor of poetry, was very excited to have her here and looks forward to future visits from established authors.

 

Nov. 13, 2014

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *