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Dogs Are Not Cats is the new poetry chapbook by Terese Svoboda, proudly published by Madhat Press.
A dazzling master of craft with a body of work that includes five books of poetry, six novels, a memoir, a book of translation and over a hundred published short stories, Terese Svoboda's subject is human suffering. Called disturbing, edgy and provocative by Book Magazine, her work is often the surreal poetry of a nightmare yet is written with such wit, verve and passion that she can address the direst subjects. Terese Svoboda has such range of subject, of emotion (from whimsical play to chillingly dead serious), that these poems take you on a wild ride, fast and dangerous, but always in control. This is a goddamn terrific book! , writes Thomas Lux about Weapons Grade (2009). She recently wrote two novels, Pirate Talk or Mermelade (Dzanc Books, 2010) and Bohemian Girl (Bison Books, 2011).
The 2007 Graywolf Nonfiction Prize-winning memoir, Black Glasses Like Clark Kent about her uncle who served as a military policeman in occupied Japan carried a secret until his suicide after the revelations of Abu Ghraib was called Astounding! by the New York Post and was selected Best of Asia 2008 by the Japan Times. Her work has been chosen for the Writer's Choice column in the New York Times Book Review, a National Endowment for the Humanities grant in translation, and an O. Henry Award.
Cannibal, her first novel, won the Bobst Prize and the Great Lakes Colleges Association first fiction prize. Vogue called Cannibal a woman's Heart of Darkness and it was also chosen as one of the ten best books of the year by Spin. Her second novel, A Drink Called Paradise, one of Voice Literary Supplement's ten best reads of the summer, was partially based on her experience living in the Cook Islands. Booklist called it a stunning novel, frighteningly mysterious and complex. The New York Times called Trailer Girl and Other Stories a book of genuine grace and beauty.