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Stumble, Gorgeous
Paula McLain

Green Rose Series

New Issues Poetry & Prose
2005 • 57 pp. 6 x 9 3/4"

$14.00 Paperback, 978-1-930974-56-2

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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. 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

PAULA MCLAIN received an MFA in poetry from the University of Michigan, and has been a resident of Yaddo and the MacDowell Colony. She is the author of two collections of poetry, two novels, and a memoir, and lives in Cleveland with her family.

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