Poetry. "In his stunning new book THE NAME MUSEUM, Nick McRae reminds us that every name is, finally, a museum, an elegy, a narrative, and that all narrative becomes translation of place—and the collective voice of place—sometimes 'mythic, bloody as a psalm.' McRae's formal control always certain, ever graceful, these poems fuse harshness, longing, loss, spirituality, and beauty with the 'sweat and rapture' of the very best poetry."—Claudia Emerson
"The hard evidence we gather from history and local lore, from tradition and experience, determines what we believe—or so we are inclined by logic to believe. And yet we linger more over the truths that defy belief. It is a strange paradox but one Nick McRae finds everywhere he trains his vision. An email from God, an homage to a one-armed barber, snakes and trucks, saints and prophets: this is the grist of a wonderful book of poetry, half apocalypse and half love-song. It is also the work of a young poet skilled in his craft and clearly devoted to his art."—Maurice Manning
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About the Author
Nick McRae is the author of THE NAME MUSEUM (C&R Press, 2014), winner of the 2012 De Novo Prize. He is also the author of the chapbook MOUNTAIN REDEMPTION (Black Lawrence Press, 2013) and editor of the anthology Gathered: Contemporary Quaker Poets (Sundress Publications, 2013). His poems appear in Cincinnati Review, Hayden's Ferry Review, The Southern Review, Third Coast, and elsewhere. He serves as associate editor for 32 Poems, poetry coordinator for the annual Best of the Net anthology, and is a member of the Sewanee Writers' Conference staff. Born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and raised in the Northwest Georgia foothills, Nick earned an MFA in creative writing at Ohio State University and is currently a Robert B. Toulouse Doctoral Fellow in English at the University of North Texas.