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Tasty Other
by Katie Manning
80 pages ~ 47 poems
ISBN: 978-1-59948-606-2,
 $14 cover price
Publisher: Main Stret Rag
Projected release date: November, 2016
A Discount Price of $8 will be available for a limited time prior to publication and may be discontinued at any time.



Katie Manning’s first full-length poetry book, Tasty Other. Is the WINNER of the 2016 Main Street Rag Poetry Book Award. These poems explore the wonder and terror of new motherhood, everything from fairy tales to her own pregnancy anxiety dreams.


Upon first seeing a rhinoceros at the zoo at age 2, Katie said to her mom, “I want to be one of those when I grow up!” She has settled for being a poet.

Ms. Manning is author of four chapbook-length poetry collections: A Door with a Voice (Agape Editions), The Gospel of the Bleeding Woman (Point Loma Press), I Awake in My Womb (Yellow Flag Press), and Tea with Ezra (Boneset Books). She has been fortunate to have her poems published in many anthologies and literary journals, including Poet Lore, New Letters, Fairy Tale Review, PANK, So to Speak, The Pedestal Magazine, and Stirring. She received The Nassau Review Author Award for Poetry and several nominations for The Pushcart Prize and Best New Poets. She is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Whale Road Review 

Ms. Manning has a PhD in English (Creative Writing; Women’s Literature & Feminist Theory) from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and an MA in English (Creative Writing) from the University of Missouri, Kansas City. She is an Associate Professor of Writing at Point Loma Nazarene University, and lives with her husband and sons in San Diego.



Sleeping Beauty’s Mother
by Katie Manning
A king and a queen wanted to have children.
They tried everything—
           travel to drink the waters of the world
           vows of silence, solitude, and celibacy
           pilgrimages to trendy shrines
           prayers to various gods and goddesses
—and nothing worked.
Finally, they tried sex.
The queen became pregnant.
The king chased after fairies.
Seven fairy godmothers came to give the baby gifts,
though the king didn’t bring the oldest fairy in the land,
so she brought herself and a curse to the shower:
The girl will prick her finger with a spindle. And die.
said the last young fairy,
the girl will only sleep for 100 years,
and she’ll wake to a prince’s kiss.

Everyone loved the lovely young fairy.
And everyone felt sorry for the little baby doll.
The king passed anti-spindle laws.
And the queen, tired of
           swollen breasts
           sleepless nights
           a king who was too friendly with fairies
thought of a century of sleep
and a new young prince
and wished she had her daughter’s good luck. 

(The Nassau Review)





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