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To Make It Right Paperback – February 28, 2011

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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

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“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 emigrant men, women, and children bound for California. Ambitious and sustained, this remarkable collection is the work of a poet intent on responding to the call of this world.” (Claudia Emerson)
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 88 pages
  • Publisher: Autumn House (February 28, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932870474
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932870473
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #234,308 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Corrinne Blegg Hales's book, To Make It Right, is a powerful collection concerning the unexpected hardships and moments of beauty in a life. Rather than shying away from the darkness, she runs straight into it, as in the series of poems dealign with Utah's Mountain Meadow Massacre. Hales has a keen eye for detail, embracing discomfort in herself and others in pursuit of overlooked truths. Some of the poems in the collection, such as "City Cemetery Love Poem: 1975," are joyful and romantic, but even in these Hales's uncommon thoughtfulness is apparent. This is a collection of weighty themes and beautifully controlled language, the combination of which is breathtaking.
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"To Make it Right" by Corrine Clegg Hales was on my mind days after reading the collection. The tragedy in this book is counteracted by the beauty and richness of her descriptions. At times you may want to divert your eyes from the harsh landscape of Hales' work, but you carry on because you trust the poet and in the end you feel as if you understand the world in a different way.
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Hales' new collection is one of the finest I have read in some time. From the opening poems grounded in childhood, to the poems chronicling the Mountain Meadow Massacre, there is resonance, darkness, pain, and above all, true beauty. "School Lunch Work Program" is one of those poems that makes me stop and say, "I am truly lucky to have read that (and we are all truly lucky Hales wrote that)." Absolutely stunning.
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