River Legs

River Legs

by Jen McClanaghan



Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781888553710
Publisher: Kore Press
Publication date: 04/01/2014
Series: Kore Press First Book Award for Poetry Series
Pages: 80
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Jen McClanaghan was educated at Antioch College, Columbia University, and Florida State University. After earning her PhD, she completed a two-year postdoc as resident scholar at The Southern Review, where she edited a special issue on Americana. Her work has appeared in numerous places including The New Yorker, Best American Poetry 2013), The Iowa Review, The Southern Review, and New England Review. Her poetry manuscript, RIVER LEGS, a finalist for the Dorset Prize and the National Poetry Series, was selected by Nikky Finney for Kore's first-book prize. She is at work on her second collection.

Table of Contents


My Lie 3

Infinite Melancholy 4

Historical Disasters 6

Personal Ad with Lobsters 7

A Human Question 8

Dear Toledo 9

World's Largest Milk Bottles 10

Dear Worcester 11

One Red Look 12

Spending the Day in Bed 14

Entering the Cemetery 15

Your Own Private Oil Spill 16

Miniature Pardons 17


Vidalia 23

Greatest Show on Earth 24

Easy for a God 25

The Widowed Bird 27

Dear Mr. President, Dear Abraham Lincoln, Dear December 29

Where No One Sleeps 30

Dear Teddie Darling 31

Not Even the Rain 32

Yet Another World 33

Redneck Volvo 34

On Returning to the World 36

Dog Making Lunch 37

The Last Fire at the End of the Earth 38


The Cairo Letters 43


Magician's Assistant Sawed in Two 55

Night Garden of Slow Birds 56

Square Dancing 57

The Rose 58

Goodbye World 59

Snow in Summer 60

The Angela B 62

Minutes Are Fireworks 63

Mid-Career 64

The Smallest Barometer 65

An Apology for Some of the Ways the World Went Wrong 66

The Garden District 67

Stepping Into a Furnace 68

River Legs 69

Acknowledgments 70

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