Lovers of the Lost: New & Selected Poems

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Praised by Maxine Kumin as 'a master craftsman' and Philip Levine as 'one of the great storytellers of contemporary poetry', Wesley McNair has selected for this volume a wide range of narratives, lyrics, and meditations. His subjects, as always, are ordinary people and the lives they lead; their hopes and sorrows, their struggles and triumphs, all providing insight into New England, America, and the more obscure geography of the human heart.

McNair's verse - whether about the trauma of family conflict, the humour of popular culture, or the solace of place - represents a singular achievement, providing what the Ruminator Review called 'one of the most individual and original bodies of work by a poet of his generation'.

Although he has been writing and publishing poetry for over 40 years, this volume constitutes his first book of selected poems, and here, the best of these 40 years is displayed in a single volume. The world of McNair's poetry is real and palpable, rooted partially in his relationship with his parents, brother, and family, but even more strongly in New England's gritty soil and landscape.

In this, the fifth book published by David R. Godine, we see an overview of his work gathered from six previous books, along with ten new poems, a representative and exciting collection from one of the region's most accomplished and beloved poets.

'Wes McNair is a New England poet, preserving the speech and character of a region intimately known. Because he is a true poet, his New England is unlimited' - Donald Hall, Harvard Magazine

'McNair's unornamented American speech and his insistent, blue-collar sincerity recall Philip Levine, but McNair's real precedent lies closer to his Down East home: he is the true heir of Philip Booth, whose quiet lines have long melted New England hearts and won younger poets' warm allegiance, no matter how icy the air outside - Publishers Weekly

Wesley McNair's volumes of poetry include seven books and two limited editions. The author of a memoir and books of essays, he has also edited several anthologies. A recipient of Fulbright and Guggenheim fellowships, he has won two NEA grants and twice received Rockefeller fellowships for creative work at the Bellagio Centre in Italy. His honours in poetry include the Theodore Roethke Prize, the Robert Frost Prize, the Jane Kenyon Award, and the Sarah Josepha Hale Medal. In 2006 he was awarded a United States Artist Fellowship in poetry.
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(9781567923988)

SKU 9781567923988
Barcode # 9781567923988
Brand Godine
Artist / Author Wesley MCNAIR

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