Finishing Line Press, 2015
$14, including shipping

My chapbook of poems, Inheritance, can be purchased via my publisher. For a signed copy, order via my website.

"The majestic, determined poems in Carla Drysdale’s stunning debut chapbook Inheritance act as a dual lens to art and motherhood. They reflect the thriving childhood of the poet’s sons and also refract their mother’s childhood, demonstrating that what is inherited can both be passed on and reversed. In Drysdale’s poems, the fruit of tenderness is always set inside a rind of candor. She practices a poetics of strength: not only does vigorous language define her poems, but their sheer force of character gives them backbone. Inheritance shines with Drysdale’s craft and passionate intensity."
—Molly Peacock, author of Cornucopia and The Second Blush

Little Venus

Tightrope Books, 2009
$15, including shipping

Signed copies of my full-length book of poems, Little Venus, can be purchased via my website. Limited copies remain on

"Carla Drysdale writes relentlessly truth-telling poetry, but if it were just a matter of honesty — even about experiences it is terrible to be honest about — we would not be unnerved in the way we are about her work. What makes her book difficult to put down is the rhetorical intelligence everywhere evident, the rigorous musicality in the face of the violence of the world, the spotless eloquence. These poems are bitter, beautiful, compensatory."

—Vijay Seshadri, Pulitzer-prize winning author of 3 Sections