In Cati Porter’s fourth collection of poetry, "small mammals", maternal love is extended to an assemblage of creatures big and small, with a focus on those most misunderstood of mammals, the human teenager. Everyday encounters become sublime: a conversation with a Rite Aid drugstore clerk, watching a documentary about ants with her son, a Sunday drive to look for wild burros. With equal parts curiosity and concern, small mammals takes an up close and personal look at the complexities of mothering teenage boys. It is the “What to Expect…” book you didn’t know you needed, bearing witness to what it means to be tender, vulnerable, and alive.
Poetry. Family & Relationships.
Cati Porter's most recent poetry collections are Novel (Bamboo Dart Press, 2022) and The Body at a Loss (CavanKerry Press, 2019). Poems from small mammals can be found in Rattle, VerseDaily, Terrain, Autumn Sky, Poetry Daily, and elsewhere. She is founder and editor of the long-running ,Poemeleon: A Journal of Poetry and is executive director of Inlandia Institute, a literary nonprofit and publisher. She lives with her family in Inland Southern California.