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The Ghosts of You and Me

The Ghosts of You and Me

by Wesley McNair

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ISBN: 978-1-56792-293-6
Pages: 96
Size: 5.5" x 8.25"
Published: June 2006
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“Wesley McNair is a kind of Chekhov of American poetry.” —Ted Kooser, Pulitzer Prize winner and Poet Laureate

Wesley McNair offers a full vision of human life, both its hardships and its rich possibilities. Opening with poems about growing up with family conflict in a New England of broken farms and towns, McNair explores the limits of personal wishes and American dreams. Here too are haunting encounters with ghost selves, the dead, and the gangsters in old movies; the poignant hopefulness of comb-overs; and a transcendent series of lyrics that celebrate self-acceptance and the spiritual dimension of “life on the ground.”

McNair's poems are full of people with lives like his own, like ours, ordinary lives that are incredibly unique and complex. —Louis McKee, Library Journal
He is a much loved Maine poet grounded in small town rural life. He has a distinguished career in Maine and nationally, his poems are accessible to a wide demographic and he is one of the great storytellers in contemporary poetry. —Donna McNeil, Director of the Maine Arts Commission
Wesley McNair

Wesley McNair has won grants from the Fulbright and Guggenheim foundations, two Rockefeller Fellowships, two NEA grants in creative writing, and an Emmy Award. He has twice been invited to read his poetry by the Library of Congress and served five times on the Pulitzer jury for the Pulitzer Prize in poetry. He was recently selected for a United States Artists Fellowship as one of America’s “finest living artists.” His collection The Lost Child: Ozark Poems, won the 2015 PEN New England Award for Literary Excellence in Poetry. McNair's most recent book of poems is Dwellers in the House of the Lord