Fire

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In this collection, his fourth to be published by Godine, McNair writes on a wide range of subjects, casting his eye on everything from his own pet dog to an executive's torments in Hell. But the real beauty of the collection does not lie with its range, but with its carefully tended boundaries. Because he has grouped each section of poems in the book around a theme that is narrow enough to be definitive but ambiguous enough to prevent the poems from becoming pedantic or merely clever, McNair successfully speaks ...
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Brinkerhoff, Robert (Cover illustration by). 2002 Trade paperback First edition. New. No dust jacket as issued. Signed by author. SIGNED and dated, 'At the Canaan Street ... Meeting House 8/8/02' in NH, a reading. Trade paperback (US). Glued binding. 96 p. Audience: General/trade. New Hampshire and Maine poet Wes McNair published his 5th collection with this edition. The subjects range, and the presentation is varied as well in 4 sections: Speech, Afterlives, Home, and Fire. This last is a narrative, p.69-92, about a family's destruction, a son't attempt at reconciliation with his mother, and their cross-country trip to a family reunion, revealing her past history. Read more Show Less

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In this collection, his fourth to be published by Godine, McNair writes on a wide range of subjects, casting his eye on everything from his own pet dog to an executive's torments in Hell. But the real beauty of the collection does not lie with its range, but with its carefully tended boundaries. Because he has grouped each section of poems in the book around a theme that is narrow enough to be definitive but ambiguous enough to prevent the poems from becoming pedantic or merely clever, McNair successfully speaks in both a personal tone, evoking an essay or memoir, and a more distant one, reminiscent of a folklorist's. Fire is one of McNair's most beautifully constructed collections of poetry, exquisite not only in the careful balance of its structure—of long poems against short, of personal against universal, of descriptive against reflective—but also in the detailed and authentic cadence of the true New Englander's voice that resounds through every line.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781567921601
  • Publisher: Godine, David R. Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/2002
  • Pages: 92
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

How I Became a Poet 13
How She Told Him 14
The Unspoken 15
My Mother Falling Asleep 16
Sleep 18
My Stepfather's Hands 19
Voiceless 21
Speech 23
History of Talking on the Phone 24
When My Mother Called About the Fire 26
Massive 31
Watch 32
The Invention of the Present 33
What Became 35
The Rules of the New Car 36
Goodbye to the Old Life 38
The One I Think of Now 40
The Visitors 41
An Executive's Afterlife 42
Smoking 44
Driving North in Winter 49
What They Are 51
Charles by Accident 53
Town Limits 55
Home 60
Shovels 62
The Good-Boy Suit 64
Fire 69
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