“V.C. McCabe is a modern, necessary Appalachian voice in poetry. Not wanting flyover country to be forgotten, willing to show her zone of conflicted earth in all its guts and glory. In Give the Bard a Tetanus Shot, she displays Appalachia to be yet another home for complicated, maddening, beautiful humanity…
…McCabe brings a welcome voice to rural, environmental poetry. Juxtaposing beauty with the slander humans sometimes visit against the land, McCabe is able to ultimately bring out the pathos and humanity of a land toward whom disrespect ought to lessen in light of poetic credence.”
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.
Foreword by CRYSTAL GOOD, author of Valley Girl, featured on TEDx, Huffington Post, and Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown
“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