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Landscape with Plywood Silhouettes
Kerrin McCadden

First Book

New Issues Poetry & Prose
2014 • 84 pp. 6 x 8 1/2"

$15.00 Paperback, 978-1-936970-26-1

“In her poem 'Burial,' published in this isue, Kerrin McCadden juxtaposes an indoor scene of mourning with an outdoor scene of work that must be done despite, and to move... [continued in Reviews below]”—Rachel Contrenl Flynn, Beloit Poetry Journal

Landscape with Plywood Silhouettes is a book hell-bent on making sense of a life after divorce, of making sense of the middle years of life, of finding love in the middle of raising a family in the rural North.

This collection is about living in the rural North. Inside that, it is about isolation and love and loneliness. Landscape with Plywood Silhouettes is preoccupied with reckoning, with grief and happiness, with divorce and what constitutes family. At its core are people trying to cross the lines between them—emotional, physical, intellectual. It is not, however, a book that embraces sadness, making, instead, at every turn it can, a way to lean toward joy.

Reviews / Endorsements

“In her poem 'Burial,' published in this isue, Kerrin McCadden juxtaposes an indoor scene of mourning with an outdoor scene of work that must be done despite, and to move through, that mourning. The poem enacts a mash-up of song where human, machine, and bird voices combine, and these sorts of intersections of scenes and music are emblematic of McCaddens work. The poems in her first book, Landscape with Plywood Silhouettes, are wide and wise enough to encompass that which is brusque and well as gentle, the methodical and the ambiguous. McCadden's work seeks, delicately yet steadfastly, to illuminate complex mysteries that nevertheless remain partly in shadow. Through her poems we learn truths about our shadowy, mashed-up world; in 'Burial,' not only do we come to understand something of the way a woodcock makes its song, but about how to grieve in a worl that moves on, keeps digging.”—Rachel Contrenl Flynn, Beloit Poetry Journal

“Kerrin McCadden’s Landscape with Plywood Silhouettes is one of the most compelling and powerful debut collections in recent American poetry. These exquisite meditations on the lived life are often nothing less than stunning, and are at times truly devastating. This gorgeous collection is both mature and tender in its reckonings of our shifting relationships with family and loved ones. Kerrin McCadden is especially accomplished in considering those who’ve engaged in constructions of daily happiness only to discover that what they’d begun in dream has ended in quiet wreckage. Poem by poem, we are consoled by the poet’s remarkable reflective ease and her profound intimacy. The beauty of these poems is matched only by their sense of triumph in resilience, and its resulting peace.”—David St. John


Winner of the New Issues Prize
Winner of the Vermont Book Award

KERRIN MCCADDEN'S poems have appeared recently in Best American Poetry, American Poetry Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Green Mountains Review, Failbetter, Rattle and elsewhere. She is the recent recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry, as well as support from The Vermont Arts Endowment Fund and The Vermont Studio Center. She teaches English and Creative Writing at Montpelier High School in Montpelier, Vermont and is an MFA degree candidate at Warren Wilson College. She lives in Plainfield, Vermont with her two children.

Sun, 3 Jun 2018 18:20:57 -0500