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In the Wake of Home
Christian McEwen




Bauhan
2004 • 96 pp. 6 x 9"
Poetry

$14.95 Paperback, 978-0-87233-134-1



Christian McEwen's first book of poetry

In the Wake of Home is a volume of acute tenderness: for a father’s drinking, a sister’s death by drowning, a brother’s suicide, a lover found and lost, and above all for the vulnerable child self that remains alive in the grown woman who seeks "a way to praise."

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n poems that search, name, nab, and unsettle, Christian McEwen excavates loss-—and discovers evidence of love. Many of the poems make poignant use of the rich iambic throb and dangerous lilt of nursery rhyme, while others follow instinct and let mystery do the singing. A toddler left to a “hot smear of sunlight,” a woman watching her hands “like other people’s children,” another crying “Give me the bloody lunch that is your heart”—I am grateful for these voices’ testimony, fierce and gentle.—Ellen Doré Watson

In the Wake of Home is a volume of acute tenderness: for a father’s drinking, a sister’s death by drowning, a brother’s suicide, a lover found and lost, and above all for the vulnerable child self that remains alive in the grown woman who seeks “a way to praise.” With a deft music at times lyric, at times analytic, mordant and comic, Christian McEwen’s poetry touches what’s most inward in us.—Alicia Ostriker



Christian McEwen was born in London and grew up in the Borders of Scotland. She has edited four anthologies, including Naming the Waves: Contemporary Lesbian Poetry, and Jo’s Girls: Tomboy Tales of High Adventure, True Grit & Real Life. She has written for the Nation and the Village Voice, and her poems and essays have been widely published. McEwen has taught poetry, environmental literature and creative writing at a number of different venues, including The Scottish Poetry Library in Edinburgh, Williams College, Smith College, and Lesley University. She has been a fellow, several times, at the Yaddo and MacDowell colonies, and currently lives in Northampton, Massachusetts.



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