Weaker than Water

"In the world, there is nothing more submissive and weak than water. Yet for attacking that which is hard and strong, nothing can surpass it." –Lao Tzu

The Book

2nd-edition-coverIn April, 2013, in time to celebrate National Poetry Month, Katherine Mercurio Gotthardt released select poems as a collection through Amazon. In 2016, she released the second edition.  Weaker Than Water is available as an affordable e-book, compatible with most PCs and handheld devices, and as a traditional text.

The exquisite poetry in Weaker than Water spans from 2002 through 2013, metaphorically documenting a journey of spiritual development, pain, survival and victory.  Filled with puns, imagery and word play, these poems overflow with universal themes, offering new ways to consider the human experience.


There is so much to recommend in these poems. They are by turns witty, insightful, gritty, heartfelt, searching, touching, evocative and soaring. The variety of forms and control of language demonstrate attention not only to technical matters, but to concerns of the mind and soul.  Katherine speaks with a unique and clear voice, and we are all better for having read her work.  Dan Verner, Author

We become companions on Katherine’s spiritual journey through her poems. Along the way, she finds a new and different way of looking at daily life.  Carole Keily, Staff Writer and former Editor for The Anchor.

Good tone…the most difficult element to sustain in poetry.  It seems to come naturally.  Fr. Joseph Roccasalvo, Ph.D., Author, Mentor

The imagery is both vivid and visceral. I haven’t had the pleasure of reading poetry in a long time, and several of these resonated deeply.  Stacia D. Kelly, author of Reduce You and co-author of 9 Months In ~ 9 Months Out



“Poetry resonated more with me during high school and college. In fact, Weaker Than Water, a poetry collection by Katherine Gotthardt, is probably the first poetry that I’ve really connected with since I completed graduate school (and that was years ago). From Gotthardt’s first poem, I was hooked!” Kristy Feltenberger Gillespie

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