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Vanitas (Walt McDonald First-Book Series in Poetry)

Jane McKinley, Robert A. Fink (Translator)


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vanitas: A still-life painting of a 17th-century Dutch genre incorporating symbols of mortality or mutability. --The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary Jane McKinley weaves together memories, myths, and interior worlds to create a vanitas of her own. With an oboist's mastery of rhythm and form and a painterly eye for detail, the poet retraces scenes from her childhood, allowing us to witness its shattering conclusion: the death of a beloved sister and its silent aftershocks.

Texas Tech University Press, 9780896726840, 95pp.

Publication Date: February 15, 2011

About the Author

Jane McKinley is a professional oboist and artistic director of the Dryden Ensemble, a Baroque chamber music group based in Princeton, New Jersey. Her poems have appeared in the Georgia Review, the Southern Poetry Review, and on Poetry Daily. Her sonnet Mud Season won the 2008 Patricia Dobler Award from Carlow University. She lives in Hopewell, New Jersey."