The Faces of Americans in 1853

The Faces of Americans in 1853

by Wesley McNair


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A reissuing of The Faces of Americans in 1853, poetry by Wesley McNair.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780887483561
Publisher: Carnegie-Mellon University Press
Publication date: 01/01/2001
Series: Carnegie Mellon Classic Contemporary Series: Poetry
Pages: 64
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.20(d)

About the Author

WESLEY MCNAIR lives with his wife Diane in Mercer, Maine. The recipient of Guggenheim, Rockefeller, Fulbright, and National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, he has won prizes in poetry from Poetry, Poetry Northwest, and Yankee magazines. He has published five collections of verse, an anthology of Maine writing, and a book of essays on poetry and place. He directs the creative writing program at the University of Maine at Farmington and is a visiting professor at Colby College.

Table of Contents

LEAVING THE COUNTRY HOUSE Small Towns Are Passing • Old Trees • Fire in Enfield • Leaving the Country House • Memory of Kuhre • Mina Bell’s Cows GOING BACK TO FIFTH GRADE Hair on Television • The Bald Spot • Don Greenwood’s Picture in an Insurance Magazine • Going Back to Fifth Grade • The Thugs of Old Comics • Holding the Goat • When Superman Died in Springfield, Vermont THE FACES OF AMERICANS IN 1853 The Faces of Americans in 1853 • The Last Peaceable Kingdom • Fitz Hugh Lane Goes to the Mast-Head • The Poetic License • Rufus Porter, Itinerant Muralist and Inventor, Undertakes a Commission in Bradford Center, N.H. • Rufus Porter by Himself WHERE I LIVE Memory of North Sutton • After the Ice • The Man • Thinking about Carnevale’s Wife • Calling Harold • A Dream of Herman • Trees That Pass Us in Our Cars • Country People • Where I Live

What People are Saying About This

Donald Hall

“Because he is a true poet [McNair’s] New England is unlimited. Whole lives fill small lines, real to this poet, and therefore to us.”

Thomas R. Smith

“The Northeast seems to produce a disproportionate number of poets with a gift for charging their home place—and its inhabitants—with such imaginative energy that their work comes virtually to define it: one thinks of Alden Nowlan’s Nova Scotia and Robert Frost’s New Hampshire. To that list we can add Maine’s Wesley McNair.”

David Wagoner

"McNair writes with apparent artlessness but actually with a very well-concealed and well-controlled skill while maintaining throughout the book the tones, rhythms, and accents of American speech. He is clear and simple, yet original: a rare combination."

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