Escape Velocity

Overview

Carmelita McGrath's Escape Velocity — the long awaited follow-up to her Atlantic Poetry Prize-winning collection To the New World — culls overlooked fragments from domestic lives and ferries them on unpredictable journeys. A conversation with a telemarketer becoms a monologue on overcoming loss, stray animals provoke cautionary tales shared between generations of women, and junk mail fosters a meditation on necessity, debt, and the inevitability of one's passing. From the elegiac to the playful to the meditative,...
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Overview

Carmelita McGrath's Escape Velocity — the long awaited follow-up to her Atlantic Poetry Prize-winning collection To the New World — culls overlooked fragments from domestic lives and ferries them on unpredictable journeys. A conversation with a telemarketer becoms a monologue on overcoming loss, stray animals provoke cautionary tales shared between generations of women, and junk mail fosters a meditation on necessity, debt, and the inevitability of one's passing. From the elegiac to the playful to the meditative, McGrath effortlessly shifts from a natural refinement to a near-breathless elegance. Well worth the wait, Escape Velocity marks the return of McGrath's receptive intelligence as it gathers strength and takes flight.
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"Escape Velocity is the latest collection from poet, novelist, and editor Carmelita McGrath, who wastes no time in displaying her talent for writing. . . . will encourage any unfamiliar with her work to find more and read it as soon as possible." — Adam Shirley, Scene

"Escape Velocity demonstrates the craftsmanship of another fine Atlantic writer in her prime. These images are strong, and the writing is both elegant and approachable, an outstanding achievement in these flippant times. I highly recommend it." — Philip K. Thompson, Chronicle-Herald

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780864929068
  • Publisher: Goose Lane Editions
  • Publication date: 4/23/2013
  • Series: Icehouse Poetry Series
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 94
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Carmelita McGrath is a poet, editor, anthologist, short story writer, and novelist. She is the author of more than a dozen books, including two previously published collections of poetry. In addition to the Atlantic Poetry Prize, she has won the Newfoundland Book Award for her novel Stranger Things Have Happened, which was also shortlisted for the Thomas Head Raddall Fiction Award. She lives in St. John's.
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