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James McMichael


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Capacity, the extraordinary new collection from the award-winning poet James McMichael, deliberates an earth that supplies what people need to live. Land, water, sky, food, shelter, thought, talk, sex—each is addressed at the pace of someone dense with wonder's resistance to take for granted even the smallest or most obvious parts of existence.

Capacity is a 2006 National Book Award Finalist for Poetry.

Praise For Capacity: Poems

“[McMichael's] strongest work . . . What makes him so unique in American poetry right now is the strength and subtlety with which he blends conceptual ambition with emotional power.” —Peter Campion, The Yale Review

“McMichael is the 13-year cicada of poetry. With roughly the same regularity he surfaces, sheds his old skin and delivers a song that's entirely his own . . . Everything, from immigration patterns to heartsickness, is described in the same objective, almost clinical tone--a strange and wonderful choice, lending disproportionate power to the subtlest gestures.” —Eric McHenry, The New York Times Book Review

Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 9780374530723, 88pp.

Publication Date: March 20, 2007

About the Author

James McMichael is the author of five books of poetry, including The World at Large: New and Selected Poems, 1971-1996. Among his awards are a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Whiting Writers' Award, and the Shelley Memorial Prize.