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Inventing Constellations Paperback – September 25, 2012
About the Author
Al Maginnes is the author of four full length poetry collections including Taking Up Our Daily Tools (St. Andrews College Press, 1997), The Light In Our Houses (Pleaides Press, 2000), winner of the Lena-Myles Wever Todd Award, Film History (WordTech Editions, 2005) and Ghost Alphabet (White Pine Press, 2008), which won the 2007 White Pine Poetry Prize. He has also published four chapbooks, most recently Between States (Main Street Rag Press, 2010) and Greatest Hits 1987-2010 (Pudding House Publications, 2010). His poems and reviews have appeared in journals and anthologies including Poetry, Georgia Review, Shenandoah, Tar River Poetry and many others. He lives in Raleigh, North Carolina with his wife and daughter and teaches composition, literature and creative writing at Wake Technical Community College.
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I usually don't "get" it, but this collection resonates for me, as a father, as a woefully inept musician, and most of all, as a human being.
This is not the poetry you were forced to read in high school, nor is it meant (at least for me) to be read quickly. I got my copy almost a week ago and made a conscious decision to digest Maginnes' work slowly, usually reading one poem each day, several times, giving each one time to soak in and digest slowly.
For such a slim volume, this collection is worth every penny I paid and more.