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Release May 3, 2024

About Steel Toe Books Poetry Prize Selection

MAMMAL: SACRIFICE IS NOT A VIRTUE
by Ana María Caballero    


"It is a rare poet for whom the first comparison that comes to my mind is Anne Carson. Yes, that Anne Carson. But Mammal is a book of such rigorous thinking, rigorous language, and rigorous thinking-about-language, that it merits the highest praise. Another name I would throw into the conversation is Elena Ferrante, since this is an unflinchingly honest book about motherhood, the body, marriage and its discontents, whose narrator, by the final poem, has assumed a novelistic depth of character. By any standard it's a remarkable first book, which reminds us that in poetry, as in life, great challenges yield great rewards." 
-Campbell McGrath

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THE MAINTENANCE OF THE SHIMMY-SHAMMY

CHRISTOPHER CITRO

"This is a much-welcomed and necessary kick in the pants, chock-full of quirks and delights."

-Maurice Manning

MY FATHER'S KITES

ALLISON JOSEPH

"I cannot think of another contemporary poet who has done a finer job of combining form and content, to dazzling effect."  

-Marilyn Taylor

MONEY FOR SUNSETS

ELIZABETH J. COLEN

"As she herself writes, 'Great untapped mercies live within us.'"
- Shane McCrae

MEET SOME OF OUR AUTHORS

Steel Toe Books has 27 Authors and Counting

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CHRISTOPHER CITRO

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ALLISON JOSEPH

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ELIZABETH J. COLEN

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JEANNINE HALL GAILEY

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