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My Debut Poetry Book, Give the Bard a Tetanus Shot, On Sale Now!

My debut poetry collection, Give the Bard a Tetanus Shot has been released!

You can buy the book directly from my publisher, at Amazon, and other major retailers. And you can find it at most independent bookshops (including my beloved local Taylor Books) on the shelves or online via IndieBound. Full list of where to buy my book is here.


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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

Advanced Praise:

“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

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Poetry Forthcoming in The London Reader

My poem, “Passengers,” will be published in a forthcoming issue of British literary journal, The London Reader.

Poetry Forthcoming in FreezeRay

Three of my poems, “Villanelle for Villanelle (after Killing Eve)”; “Car Full of Girls (Freshman Year, 1993, Listening to The Cranberries)”; and “Patti Smith Performs at CBGB, 1975” will be published in a forthcoming issue of FreezeRay literary journal.

Poetry in FEED Now Available

The new issue of FEED, featuring my poem, “Hunger After Dark,” is live! “Hunger After Dark” is the 2nd poem down on the page.

Poetry Forthcoming in The Shoutflower

My poem, “Sentinel Species,” will be published in The Shoutflower in Spring, 2021. The Shoutflower is a beautiful, perfect bound, print literary journal, so I’m very excited to have my work appear in their next book.

Poetry Forthcoming in Rogue Agent

My poem, “Papier-mâché,” will be published in a forthcoming issue of Rogue Agent literary journal.