Making Love To The Rain by Catfish McDaris was reviewed by Richard D. Houff for Small Press Review, but did not make it to print before SPR editor Len Fulton's unfortunate passing. The review was instead printed in the Heeltap Book Reviews Supplement #15:
Making Love To The Rain, poems and prose by Catfish McDarisAlternating Current, PO Box 183, Palo Alto, California email@example.com
There are very few poets who can turn a smile into a wicked grin these days. Of course, I’m speaking entirely in defense of yours truly. The last decade has brought on a new world sense of apathy and disillusionment. Musicians play the clubs to the sound of one hand clapping, and the poets read in empty rooms from their unpawnable chapbooks—yes, I’ve painted a pretty grim picture, and at the same time, left out more than you, the reader, can imagine. It would take a book to cover all the negatives.
Catfish McDaris has struggled with all of the above like the rest of us survivors. If it’s a question of who throws in the towel, and who opts to continue, you won’t be disappointed, because McDaris is a true fighter.
And in this new collection, he won’t let you down; an excellent mix of the work we’ve come to know over the years. There are too many highlights, but I’d have to say, the prose piece: The Nineteenth is a killer! Highly recommended.