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Stumble, Gorgeous (New Issues Poetry) [Paperback]

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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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Pages   57
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.5" Width: 5.8" Height: 0.4"
Weight:   0.25 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 1, 2005
Publisher   New Issues Press Poetry
ISBN  1930974566  
ISBN13  9781930974562  

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Paula McLain is the author of the novels The Paris Wife and A Ticket to Ride, the memoir Like Family: Growing Up in Other People s Houses, and two collections of poetry. She has received fellowships from Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony, and the National Endowment for the Arts. She lives in Cleveland with her family.


Paula McLain currently resides in Cleveland, in the state of Ohio.

Paula McLain has published or released items in the following series...
  1. P.S.
  2. Random House Reader's Circle

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1Books > Subjects > Literature & Fiction > Poetry > General
2Books > Subjects > Literature & Fiction > Poetry > Single Authors > United States
3Books > Subjects > Literature & Fiction > World Literature > United States > Poetry > 20th Century
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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.

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