Poetry, paperback, 73 pages, from Cooper Dillon Books.
"At once caffeinated and considered, razor-sharp smart and unsentimentally sweet, Laura Cherry navigates urban landscapes, childbearing, stories of childhood and modest beginnings, finding resonance and beguiling surprises in the rhythms of ordinary life. Like the three year old in one of her poems, Cherry’s crisp language 'rockets through the room firm and loud in [its] skin.' Haunts is moving, cathartic, gossipy, humorous, and always fascinating."-Stefi Weisburd, author of The Wind-Up Gods
"There is a fearlessness of spirit in Laura Cherry’s Haunts, her debut full-length collection—a fearlessness of engaging the full round of life. There is both authority of voice and winning delivery in this fine book whose concerns are wide and truly felt. I love the rightness of the music of their expressiveness. Reader, get yourself a copy of Haunts and send one to a friend!"
-Stuart Dischell, author of Dig Safe
"Some poets take a lot of time mucking up the surface of their poems, turning on the smoke machine, draping silk scarves over the lamps, etc. They don't want to be too clear. The poems in Haunts are crystal clear, but that doesn't help you see what's coming. Every turn is a surprise in this funny, wicked smart, tightly-crafted book. Laura Cherry makes me happy to be a poet."
-Jennifer L. Knox, author of Days of Shame and Failure and The Mystery of the Hidden Driveway
"The 'perfect symmetry' of the cars on a bridge—symmetry in Cherry's work occurs not in nature, but in human life. A flock of birds takes off 'on schedule' and the speaker thinks of a 'luminous plane.' Cherry even has the gall to take on the odes (and the ghost) of John Keats. In each reading of this book, a new image or idea catches me. Each time I pick it up, I can't wait to find out what's next."
-Adam Clay, author of A Hotel Lobby at the Edge of the World
Laura Cherry lives near Boston, where she works as a technical writer. She holds an MFA in Writing from Warren Wilson College.