- Series: Swenson Poetry Award (Book 16)
- Hardcover: 80 pages
- Publisher: Utah State University Press; 1 edition (September 15, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0874219078
- ISBN-13: 978-0874219074
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,531,485 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Lame God (Swenson Poetry Award) Hardcover – September 15, 2013
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“This book is crushing and brilliantly written. If ever there were a time for McLatchey’s deeply moving and compassionate poems, it is now with the crazed, unchecked violence against our children. There are no elegies here, only a powerful intellect at work and a truly gifted poet’s heartbreaking songs to our lost children.”
–Jeffrey Greene, author of Beautiful Monsters
“In magisterial cadences, this powerful poetic sequence gives voice to the unspeakable and transposes profound grief into immortal song. McLatchey's poems are talismans and spells—not against loss but against forgetting.”
–Philip Brady, author of Fathom and co-founder of Etruscan Press
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The mythological references intimate that these are endless human events, and humanity itself is to blame. By turns in these poems, we are accuser, accusation, victim, monster, avenger, and grief itself. In the title poem, McLatchey writes "On this city bus, gods sit in rows; some absently/stare ahead, some drop their heads to doze. One/ moves his lips as his hand passes over black beads;/one scans a tabloid for discounts, celebrities . . ." We are lame, distracted, dozy gods, and these poems call us to wake. The tenderness of this book is the tenderness of a mother, dissecting her own heart to comprehend the impossible tissues of love and blame and loss. We must be there for her to find, present to this condition of our humanity. It is almost unendurable, but love asks it. The book holds up these innocent blue veins, our gauzy belief in safety, and apologizes "for trusting the gods."