About *** Outside of a Cat ***

(This page is for my personal blog, Outside of a Cat. For more about me, visit my website: http://annettecboehm.wordpress.com/about/ )

Hi, I’m Annette and I’m a book-addict.

annette c. boehm

I love books. I love the feel of them, the weight of them, the smell of them. I read every single page of a book — including endpapers. I read a lot, and I love to write. Second-hand book shops are my candy stores.

In 2015, I completed my Creative Writing Ph.D. at the University of Southern Mississippi. I write poetry, some of which has appeared in literary journals. My first full collection, The Knowledge Weapon, came out in 2016, and my second, The Apidictor Tapes, is forthcoming in 2022. Click on the “My Poems” tab above to read some of my work.

This blog is a growing collection of descriptions and comments on books I’ve read, posts on reading and writing in general, and other reading-related stuff. My bibliographic diet is diverse, so there’s a chance you’ll stumble across something you might like to read too. Enjoy!

P.S. I’m also on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/11032688-annette-boehm



  1. Fun. Lots to read here. Your by-line is funny.
    So……. I’ll be hunkering down in the evening with a good Annette read. :~)
    … and thanks for One Eye’d Leigh.

    • J.H. thanks for stopping by, and I hope you found a few interesting bits. I’m informationally challenged at the moment since the tornado knocked out all our power and internet Sunday afternoon, but I plan on posting a new entry by Friday, either on Elizabeth Bishop or Marianne Moore. See you around?!

  2. Gail Rosenkrantz

    Very refreshing and stimulating! Thank you. Gail R

  3. I was just browsing your E. Bishop posts. I am so far removed from poetry, I do not even know how to talk about it, but I think your blog is thoughtful and fun, and that is a good combination 😉

    I like “Dear, My Compass” and “One Art,” which I think is a truly exceptional poem. I took a Bishop course as an undergraduate, and I still have those books on my shelves. I revisit them now and again.

    • Gene’O, I’m glad you enjoyed the posts on Bishop! And I agree, those are truly interesting poems.
      I understand what you mean re: talking about poetry, but at the same time I feel that in a way, as soon as you read and engage with a text, in a way you’re qualified to talk about it, in whichever way that makes sense to you. Of course academic discourse works differently, but for the most part, reading happens outside of that framework (I hope!), and what better than to have a conversation about what you’re reading? 🙂
      Thanks for your comment!

  4. umar

    Nice article on e bishop
    And thanx to ur easy writing style 😊

  5. Shery Alexander Heinis

    It’s wonderful to meet fellow bibliophiles, poets, writers like yourself here! I’m going to check out your poetry!

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