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The Deepest Part of the River
Mekeel McBride

Carnegie Mellon Poetry Series

Carnegie Mellon
2001 • 72 pp. 5 1/2 x 8 1/2"
Poetry / Poetry - American

$15.95 Paperback, 978-0-88748-341-7
$24.95 Hardcover, 978-0-88748-318-9

A collection of poetry by Mekeel McBride.

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The Deepest Part of the River is a book of jagged beauties and unexpected wonders—poetry that makes us see and feel more clearly not only the angles of a day, a fence, a ferris wheel, but those inside our hearts and spirits. These are poems that nourished me with their precision, their sadness, and their bravery.”—Charlotte Bacon

“Across the trajectory of five books of poems, Mekeel McBride has engaged in a mighty struggle with despair, the daily problem of how we’re to love a world in which suffering takes place, a world with cruelty in it, and sorrow. The pressure of this struggle has never been more evident than in the poems in The Deepest Part of the River, and their grace and generosity lie precisely in their willingness to involve us in that wrestling. Not to conquer darkness exactly—how could we ever do that, we who are the parents of that darkness?—but to enact that struggle lovingly, attentively, with honor. Hope, this poet says to us, in one brave poem after another, is the permanent result.”—Mark Doty

MEKEEL MCBRIDE is presently a Full Professor of English at the University of New Hampshire. She also works part time as a floor-guard and birthday party specialist at Happy Wheels Roller Rink. Her previous books, each published by Carnegie Mellon, are Wind of the White Dresses (1995), Red Letters Days (1988), The Going Under of the Evening Land (1983), and No Ordinary World (1979). She lives in Kittery, Maine, near the Piscataqua River with eight cats, one dog, and three goldfish.

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