By Stephen Page
Cati Porter’s Seven Floors Up is about wifehood, womanhood, and most expressively, adulthood. Porter reveals in varied forms of verse the roles of a contemporary married mother.
The narrator of the poems has a husband, two children, a cancer-ridden dog, a mother, a stepmother, a mother in law, and a couple of people in her extended family who are terminally ill. She often reflects on how she got to where she is, and in her everyday occurrences she inadvertently divulges to the reader that being an adult means accepting responsibility and not showing that you are falling apart inside. Protecting her children from every day scrapes and falls is big on her list of things to do. To keep her life from getting heavy, she often looks for and finds the humorous things in her life.
This is a well-written book containing a good combination of serious and funny poems. It is an interesting read for anyone.
You can find the book here: https://www.amazon.com/Seven-Floors-Up-Cati-Porter/dp/093241267X
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