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Poetry. Jen McClanaghan's poems roam across the most intimate of terrains: love, loss, and memory. They pause over the poet's personal tragedies before turning back to the world's larger calamities, never for long letting the one escape the shadow of the other. RIVER LEGS is nostalgic for the prelapsarian world of two-parent households, of dogs half-asleep on the front lawn, of youth and first love. But its wistfulness is tainted by the knowledge that the world is not only fallen but even now falling. Fathers die, mothers drink themselves sick, relationships fray. Meanwhile, these poems turn to the careful order of language, not to keep the world at bay but to finally allow it in.
Kore Press, 9781888553710, 70pp.
Publication Date: April 1, 2014
About the Author
Jen McClanaghan is a poet whose work has appeared in "Best American Poetry 2013," the "Iowa Review," the "New England Review," the "New Yorker," and the "Southern Review." She is an assistant professor and writer in residence at Salve Regina University. She lives in Newport, Rhode Island.""
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