The Pilot's Daughter

The Pilot's Daughter

by Gardner McFall
     
 

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Poetry. Revised Edition. At the heart of this book are sequences that portray some of the central themes of our time: what the Vietnam War took away from us, what the painful reexamination of our loss can give back, and what surprising durability inheres in the sinews of our origins, family, and beliefs. With a fine clarity and precision of language, McFall's

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Poetry. Revised Edition. At the heart of this book are sequences that portray some of the central themes of our time: what the Vietnam War took away from us, what the painful reexamination of our loss can give back, and what surprising durability inheres in the sinews of our origins, family, and beliefs. With a fine clarity and precision of language, McFall's thirty-nine poems look back to her pilot-father's death, across her native Floridian landscape, and ahead to her child's birth. At once elegiac and celebratory, highly crafted and full of feeling, they illustrate the restorative powers of art, memory and the natural world.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781568090290
Publisher:
Time Being Books
Publication date:
05/01/1996
Pages:
81
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.30(d)

What People are saying about this

Richard Howard
The ardors of domestic experience, mostly from one generation to the next, are what fuel her poems to their (often fierce) heat. I salute the intimate heroism thus revealed, even unmasked.
Linda Pastan
Speaking of her father, lost in the Vietnam war, Gardner McFall writes: "I have kept/ all the doors open in my life/ so that he could walk in..." The vibrant, deeply felt poems in this book open doors for the reader, allowing us to enter experiences as if they were our own.
M. L. Rosenthal
Gardner McFall has the gift of conveying the sense of mystery in literal scenes -- her poem "Peninsular Life" is a telling instance -- and the force of subjective musings. Her work reaches painful intensity when it centers on her father's death in war: especially in "Missing," "Facts," and the title-piece, "The Pilot's Daughter." But she can also discover a kindred intensity, almost uncanny, in moments of mesmerized natural observation."

Meet the Author


Gardner McFall is the author of The Pilot's Daughter (Time Being Books). She is also the editor of Made with Words, a prose miscellany, by May Swenson (University of Michigan Press), the author of two children's books, Jonathan's Cloud (Harper & Row) and Naming the Animals (Viking), and the librettist for Amelia, an opera commissioned by Seattle Opera, with music by Daron Hagen. Ms. McFall, who has received a "Discovery"/ The Nation award and the Missouri Review's Thomas McAfee Prize for Poetry, earned her master's degree from the Writing Seminars at The Johns Hopkins University and her doctorate, in English, from New York University. She lives in New York City and teaches at Hunter College.

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