Her language muscular and resolute, equally hard-edged and finely honed, Corrinne Clegg Hales explores the sometimes uneasy resonances between family and community, the self and history, reminding us that one of poetry s noble purposes lies in the skillful ordering of emotional chaos. To Make It Right contains poetry of fierce, undeniable beauty despite the hardships that have inspired it, and includes a sequence devoted to the discovery of a narrative s first fine threads of truth buried with the victims of the Mountain Meadow Massacre of 1857, when Mormon zealots murdered over a hundred emigrants men, women, and children bound for California. Ambitious and sustained, this remarkable collection is the work a poet intent on responding to the call of this world. --Claudia Emerson
Corrinne Clegg Hales latest collection, To Make It Right, recognizes the dead we carry within us, as well as the inheritance of grief we pass on to those we love. These poems refuse to avert their gaze, opting instead for a lyrical scrutiny of loss and tenderness given in equal measure. To Make It Right gathers in the resilience of those who survive the wounds of a broken world, poem by poem, until the book s end reaches a hard-earned and stunning beauty. It is a brave work that I will return to often as the years go by. --Brian Turner
This is a masterpiece. Hales, at the peak of her powers, pierces the past, present and future. I am in absolute awe. --Juan Felipe Herrera
About the Author
Corrinne Clegg Hales was born in Tooele, Utah, and grew up in Salt Lake City. Her previous full-length books include Separate Escapes
(Ashland Poetry Press, winner of the Richard Snyder Prize) and Underground
(Ahsahta Press), as well as two chapbooks. Awards include two NEA Fellowship Grants and the River Styx International Poetry Prize. She lives in Fresno, California where she coordinates the MFA Program in Creative Writing at California State University, Fresno.