MORPH by Jessie Carty
"Jessie Carty’s MORPH is a coming-of-age collection for all the nerdy girls and boys who were 'angry at still being unseen-unrealized-misinterpreted-mispronounced,' who 'needed a fresh / set of letters, a new narrative' to survive the torment of adolescence. These poems explore the way gender is assigned in childhood, and they pay homage to comic book heroes and heroines, to Buffy and the vampires, to movies like Dune and Labyrinth, to sci-fi and fantasy, all vehicles of power and revenge. The speaker of these poems understands that language, math, and science are the ways forward to transformations, to taking on the Truth or Dare of any given life."
—Sandy Longhorn, author of Blood Almanac
In Jessie Carty’s most definitive collection of poetry yet, the poet explores identity through a playful juxtaposition of memory and fantasy. Says Collin Kelley, "The poems in MORPH are fragmented, delicate, and searing as Jessie Carty examines the often intense need for personal transformation. If we could become someone—or something—else, would it make our lot in life better or worse?"
Jessie Carty is the author of Paper House, At the A & P Meridiem, The Wait of Atom, Fat Girl, and An Amateur Marriage. She received her MFA from Queens University of Charlotte.