Review of My Book at Bunny’s Pause

High praise from Scotland! Scottish book critic Bunny’s Pause says of my debut poetry collection, Give the Bard a Tetanus Shot:

“McCabe has a rich, inviting style of writing that has a habit of nestling up next to the reader making them feel all snug and cosy…Her choice of words have been delicately crafted for her poems, giving the reader a sensual experience as they consume its mouthwatering contents…You can’t help but want to light some candles, grab a soft blanket and settle in with a warm drink as you read her poetry.

The environment not only plays an important part in these poems but echoes the raw truths we ignorantly try to ignore. It’s powerful, compelling poetry and speaks from the heart…

…McCabe portrays human behaviour in all it’s exquisite beauty with grace and elegance.

…There were moments I found myself surrounded by the tranquil Appalachian mountains, life in a rural area. But heartbreakingly had to pay witness to the disasters it has unfortunately suffered…Where we grow up is always going to be considered our home but when that safe place is wiped away what do you have left?…McCabe stresses this in her poems, allowing the reader to see that no matter how far we travel, our home can never be replaced.”

Read the full review here.


Buy Give the Bard a Tetanus Shot

Published by V. C. McCabe

V.C. McCabe is an Appalachian poet, the author of Give the Bard a Tetanus Shot (Vegetarian Alcoholic Press, 2019), and Assistant Editor, New International Voices at Ice Floe Press. Her work has appeared, or is forthcoming, in journals such as EPOCH, Prairie Schooner, and Poet Lore. Her website is

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