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Your Rightful Childhood
New and Selected Poems, 1970-1995
Paula Rankin



Carnegie Mellon Poetry Series

Carnegie Mellon
1997 • 120 pp. 5 1/2 x 8 1/2"
Poetry / Poetry - American

$16.95 Paperback, 978-0-88748-246-5



A collection of new and selected poems by Paula Rankin.

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“Paula Rankin has the Jamesian grasp of poetry: it remembers us and with it we remember, and that rejoining with the lost parts of our experience is deeply compelling. Rankin has been from her first poems one of those people on whom nothing has been lost. Her gift for specific detail and the mosaic of scene is so intense as to deny time’s passage, for she will plunge us into moments of love and harm as quickly as recall the contents of a dead neighbor’s refrigerator. Rankin is both a pastoralist of the unbeautiful and a maker of memorials, but you could tour her town with information her poems hold. It happens that her town is mine, but her poems are so compelling and passionate they invite any life to live with them, to re-join. Rankin’s New and Selected Poems is a work any of us might be proud to have made and a book many will delight to see.” —Dave Smith



PAULA RANKIN was born in Newport News, Virginia, and educated at Christopher Newport University, The College of William and Mary, and Vanderbilt University. Her work has been published in many magazines, including The Southern Review, The Partisan Review, The Nation, and North American Review. Your Rightful Childhood is her fifth book. She lives in Newport News with her husband, children, and grandchildren, and is Professor of English at Hampton University.



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