Poetry. Women's Studies. Hybrid Genre. The landscape in Opal C McCarthy's SURGE includes failed girls, damage done to bodies by self, strangers, nuclear encroachment, a mythic daughter, a feral self and a fierce voice. McCarthy's poems splay across the page in luxurious crooning, a space owned by the girl-poet, unfailed. SURGE is incantatory, rooted deep within the body and stretching outwards, sunbound, needing nothing more than that epic roar. The companion piece to this book, a lyric essay called "Surge: An Oral Poetics," is available from eohippus labs press.
Opal C McCarthy lives in Minneapolis, where she practices bodywork, teaches, performs, and creates community healing events to celebrate + induce fierce women's voices, radical tenderness, and reproductive freedom. Opal graduated from the MFA program at the University of Minnesota in 2011, and SURGE is her first book of poetry. Opal's poems and essays have appeared in alice blue review, La Petite Zine, dear camera, Invoke, The Pinch, and Midway Journal.Author City: MINNEAPOLIS, MN USA