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"Light-hearted, though wearing a heavy heart, Paula McLain tries her best to shake her cast of invisible fathers. It's brave to interrogate and, Job-like, dispense of heaven to go on living in and of this world. Stumble, Gorgeous offers her most powerful and accomplished writing to date: the music sings metrically and in a range of sounds and voices; the syntax unfolds pleasure and difficulty in uneven doses and often surprises in its jangling turns." ---Ira Sadoff
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.5" Width: 5.8" Height: 0.4" Weight: 0.25 lbs.
Release Date Oct 1, 2005
Publisher New Issues Press Poetry
ISBN 1930974566 ISBN13 9781930974562
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More About Paula McLain
Paula McLain received her M.F.A. in poetry from the University of Michigan and has been awarded fellowships from Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony, and the National Endowment for the Arts. She is the author of two collections of poetry; a memoir, Like Family: Growing Up in Other People's Houses; and a first novel, A Ticket to Ride. She lives in Cleveland with her family.
Paula McLain currently resides in Cleveland, in the state of Ohio.
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A menagerie of things strange and beautiful Dec 1, 2005
Stumble, Gorgeous, McLain's eagerly awaited second book of poetry, is a thin volume of the richest poems. These finely crafted poems are intimate and fresh with voices both strange and honest. In her poem "Heaven," McLain revisits some of the same themes found in her memoir Like Family: Growing Up In Other People's Houses, a book about her teenage years in foster care.
"In practical terms, we were children-mortal And possessed. We folded easily into handbags and teacups"
In the section called "Bestiary," the animals listed there are just a step away from normal. Poems have names like "Fiji Mermaid," "Kissing Bug," "Two-Headed Nightingale," and "Platypus, Dreaming." These strange beings speak in voices similar to those of the lost girls, wanting to find a familiar place, a home, but feeling the world doesn't quite know what to do with them. From "Jackalope":
"Something must have mothered me, Rare as I am, shy of light as I am."
Stumble, Gorgeous is a book of contradictions and juxtapositions-its world a menagerie of things strange and beautiful looking for a safe place to call home.