Pretty Little Rooms by Katie Chaple


Pretty Little Rooms by Katie Chaple


WINNER! 2012 Devil's Kitchen Reading Award in Poetry

A Tom Lombardo Poetry Selection

ISBN 978-1-935708-39-

8.5 x 5.5 paperback

80 pages

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“These poems are exceptional in their ability to uncover the hidden life, to unleash the secret magic in the objects and events of our everyday world. Katie Chaple is a seeker of consequence and a bright new voice in American poetry. This is an extraordinary first book, fresh and energetic, but also wise and mature.” 

  — Dave Bottoms, author of The Onion's Dark Core


“Katie Chaple's poems are highly intelligent and her imagination is prodigious—she goes right to the edge of ‘too far’ but never over it. Her voice is authentic ‘rounded from the mouths of versions of versions.’  Show me a better first book and I'll drop an anvil on my toe.”   — Thomas Lux, author of God Particles


“Katie Chaple is a poet of passionate detail.  The poems in Pretty Little Rooms display a writer wholly engaged with the world and its characters, objects, and creatures. Charlie Chaplin and Mme Du Barry, skulls and swimming pools, gods and spiders—all find their place, all are considered.  I find it so refreshing to hear the original voice that propels these sly and beautifully crafted poems with their mordant wit, self and outward knowledge, and dare I say lust for the nouns of existence. A wonderful debut collection!” 

  — Stuart Dischell, author of Backwards Days


About the Author

KATIE CHAPLE has been awarded a Visiting McEver Chair in Poetry from Poetry @ TECH as well as residencies from Bread Loaf and the Vermont Studio Center. She is currently the editor of Terminus Magazine and teaches poetry and writing at the University of West Georgia. Her work has been widely published in magazines and journals such as Antioch Review, Birmingham Poetry Review, Crab Orchard Review, Passages North, and Washington Square, among others.