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Stumble, Gorgeous

Stumble, Gorgeous

"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. It's hard to improve on lines of intelligence and grace like these: 'We learn to love by loving silhouette, / We learn to love as a kind of jangling / Prayer, vernacular cant to the floppy horizon, / The unhearing, unheard from hole at the center of.' One marvels at her playful openness, but more so at her passionate movement toward acceptance: 'Flushed, / breathing, making do.'" -Ira Sadoff

"For a mother to abandon her children is a desertion of mythic proportions. In these poems Paula McLain is able, somehow, to find what is archetypal in the ensuing devastation and rebuilding of a human being. We watch as she moves from the place where 'the kingdom of memory is the kingdom of counting / on nothing' to one where she can, with her fingernails, 'scratch' self 'in a cradle of roots,' and finally arrive at 'how the mudbaby left in a field for the crows / To mother becomes a mother herself.' And she gets there with the rasp and backbone of our most basic music, music of the 'Lark and swale and rucksack; / the halt and the toppled; the rapt.'" -Jane Mead

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