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A beautifully presented collection by the estimable New England publisher, David R. Godine. . . . McNair succeeds in making a poetry that is recognizably and distinctly his own and a potry that many readers will recognize as their own. --Harvard Review Online

Poetry, like all art, seeks to tell a story all its own. Lovers of the Lost is a collection of poetry from Wesley McNair, presenting some of his favored works alongside with some of his newest creations. Looking into the insights of the soul and the stories of our lives and the characters around it, Lovers of the Lost is a fine read and a strong pick for poetry readers. --Midwest Book Review

He is a much loved Maine poet grounded in small town rural life. He has a distinguished career in Maine and nationally, his poems are accessible to a wide demographic and he is one of the great storytellers in contemporary poetry. --Donna McNeil, Director of the Maine Arts Commission

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Wesley McNair's volumes of poetry include seven books and two limited editions. The author of a memoir and books of essays, he has also edited several anthologies. A recipient of Fulbright and Guggenheim fellowships, he has won two NEA grants and twice received Rockefeller fellowships for creative work at the Bellagio Center in Italy. His honors in poetry include the Theodore Roethke Prize, the Robert Frost Prize, the Jane Kenyon Award, and the Sarah Josepha Hale Medal. In 2006 he was awarded a United States Artist Fellowship in poetry.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: David R Godine; First Edition edition (March 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1567923984
  • ISBN-13: 978-1567923988
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.5 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,583,264 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By John Michael Albert on April 18, 2010
Format: Paperback
Wesley McNair hardly needs any praise from me. He's had a long and rewarding career with boatloads of awards by way of encouragement and has even served as one of the judges on the Pulitzer committee (haven't you wondered who has that task?). But I want to say how grateful I am for this book. It is an excellent read, from cover to cover, and something of an autobiography, since he is an unashamed thief of the details of his own life. And, lest you think "Oh, great. Another stuffy academic poet wandering off into the stratosphere while I wrestle with step-children and rent," I encourage you to give him another chance. I am especially delighted to discover at least two poems--"It" and "The Characters of Dirty Jokes"--that reveal a capacity for self-parody and humor--our chief tools for survival. But most of all I am happy to report that, as I read the book, cover to cover (following a recent reading at the University of New Hampshire, with the sound of his voice fresh in my mind), I was slowly seduced by his gift for exposition of life as a series of often non-sequitur, run on events. Where have I read such a master before? James Agee, "Knoxville, Summer of 1915," the intro to A Death in the Family. I don't know if McNair would be flattered or not, but I think I've found a modern Agee and that is beyond wonderful to me. (And its a small pleasure to discover another author who knows that T-shirts are T-shirts, not t-shirts, because they're shaped like a T, not a t.)
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