By Frederic Reamer
Providence, RI – How do the most important people in your life view you? How do you want to be viewed by others? Do you aim for some sort of ideal persona? As Cathleen Calbert notes, sometimes our answers to these questions come from a very unusual source.
Calbert's short stories, poems, and essays have appeared in many publications, including Ms. Magazine, The New Republic, and The Southern Review. She is the author of three books of poetry: Lessons in Space (University of Florida Press), Bad Judgment (Sarabande Books), and Sleeping with a Famous Poet (C.W. Books). Her awards include The Nation Discovery Award, a Pushcart Prize, and the Mary Tucker Thorp Professorship at Rhode Island College, where she currently teaches.