Allow The Light: The Lost Poems of Jack McCarthy

Allow The Light: The Lost Poems of Jack McCarthy

by Jack McCarthy
Allow The Light: The Lost Poems of Jack McCarthy

Allow The Light: The Lost Poems of Jack McCarthy

by Jack McCarthy


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Jack McCarthy lived his life like an open mic. He invited everyone in, encouraged them to share their stories, gave them space for their experiences, and, most importantly, he listened. He listened when we thought no one would ever want to hear us. It didn't matter where he was, California, Boston, Seattle, Bellingham, Spain, New York; Jack could always create community. If you knew him, you know you were lucky to have crossed paths with this quick witted and often hilariously self deprecating Spoken Word master. If you knew him, then you know that when Jack wasn't listening, he was writing. When he passed away in January of 2013, he left behind an immense collection of unpublished work, work that no one has ever seen. It would be a shame to keep this work hidden away, because Jack wrote his work to be shared. To be heard. To be experienced.

Now, for the first time, the world will finally be able to read some of Jack McCarthy's unpublished poetry. Allow The Light follows the narrative line of McCarthy's life, from grief and sobriety, to fatherhood, marriage, and divorce. These poems navigate the discovery of new love after loss, the struggles of the working class, and the acceptance of your family's emotional inheritance. Interspersed throughout the collection are remembrances from some of the people that knew Jack's poetry best, writers like Taylor Mali, Ryler Dustin, Robert Lashley, and more.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781949342253
Publisher: Write Bloody Publishing
Publication date: 10/15/2020
Pages: 184
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

John (Jack) Xavier McCarthy was born in South Boston, Massachusetts. At the beginning of his senior year, his mother died in a car accident and in the following spring, his father died suddenly from a heart attack. On the day of his father's funeral, Jack received a scholarship to attend Dartmouth College. He dropped out of school when alcohol intervened in his life. He started attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings in 1962, stayed sober, and returned to graduate from Dartmouth five years later. He remained an active member of A.A. for the remainder of his life.

Jack began writing poetry in the 1960s and was published in the Boston Sunday Globe. In 1993, his love for poetry reignited in 1993 at The Cantab Lounge in Boston. Later, Jack started the Evergreen Invitational Poetry Slam in Marysville, Washington. He remained active in the poetry community, giving performances through November 2012.

Later in his life, as he battled against cancer, Jack prepared a collection of poetry and short prose pieces called Drunks and Other Poems of Recovery. It was published posthumously by Write Bloody Publishing in 2013. Jack McCarthy died in his sleep of complications from cancer surgery on the morning of January 17, 2013, in Seattle, Washington, with his wife Carol by his side. After his death, the Rauner Special Collections Library of Dartmouth College acquired all of Jack's papers. All The Light is his posthumous collection of found poems and memories of the massively influential force in poetry that was Jack McCarthy.
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