My debut poetry collection, Give the Bard a Tetanus Shot has been released!
You can buy the book at major retailers like Amazon, Amazon.co.uk, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, Book Depository, Hudson Booksellers, Target, IndieBound, and most independent bookshops, including Powell’s, either in-store or via IndieBound. Full list of where to buy my book here.
Give the Bard a Tetanus Shot reveals the reality of rural life with elements of the surreal. Comforts of country living are juxtaposed with poverty, domestic violence, the opioid epidemic, and environmental destruction both natural and man-made-made—including the 2012 Mid-Atlantic Derecho, the 2014 Elk River Chemical Spill/Water Crisis, and the historic 2016 WV Floods.
“There is fire and ice and brilliance in this collection by V.C. McCabe.”
– PETER HELLER, author of New York Times Bestseller The Dog Stars
“McCabe’s poems are timely in their depiction of Appalachia’s environmental devastation, and she writes movingly about hard times, but she also shows us beauty.”
– RON RASH, author of 2009 PEN/Faulkner Finalist and New York Times Bestseller Serena
“V.C. McCabe’s poems are bound to the land, by fire and flood, by vine and asphalt. This outstanding debut volume is the home that she has made for us”
– ELIZABETH CATTE, historian and author of What You are Getting Wrong About Appalachia
“Sometimes painful, often strange, and always inviting you in… to overhear lives that straddle myth. After a while, you start to believe in the birds leaving the throat of the speaker’s sister, the carnivals and zombies and holy clouds of confetti. These poems coil and veer, are never complacent in their movement, and are never afraid to lean on the surreal.”
– KEEGAN LESTER, author of This Shouldn’t Be Beautiful but it was and it’s all i had so i drew it
“V.C. McCabe’s poems have West Virginia at their heart. It’s easy to feel at home in these poems, and home can be a frightening place. This collection reminds me of early books by Irene McKinney. The poems have that power, center, and resonance. I know I will read this book again and again.”
– ACE BOGGESS, author of The Prisoners and I Lost the Art of Dreaming It So
“Give the Bard a Tetanus Shot is an exceptionally capable debut from an accomplished poet. Anyone who looks back at their past with a sense of longing and yearns for what was left behind, who looks around their community and wants something more for it, who has struggled in an endless loop of destruction and hope, will find beauty and solace in these pages.”
– Amanda McLeod, Amanda McLeod Writes
“V. C. McCabe’s imagery, her deft hand at conveying heartache for time’s destructive passing ensures that those who purchase this collection will jealously guard it and will be hard pressed to let it out of their sight. In short, it would be best for fans of poetry, Americana and those with a fascination for Appalachia to secure their own copy.”
– Laura DiNovis Berry, Berry’s Poetry Book Reviews
“McCabe’s writing is gritty and ebullient, with heart. The Bard perceives the world with a Vonnegut-like moroseness and black humor, combined with the apocalypse party ethos of Don DeLillo’s White Noise…”
– Jessica Drake-Thomas, This Week, I Read
Official Book Trailer: