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Little River New and Selected Poems by Linda McCarriston

Little River New and Selected Poems

Part of the Triquarterly Books Series


Little River New and Selected Poems by Linda McCarriston

From lyric, to narrative, to bardic, Linda McCarriston's poems continue to probe the contexts in which we experience both joy and anguish. They portray animals, children, friendships and landscapes while taking on the difficult issues of family life and gender power structures.


There is a clean quality to McCarriston's work that makes it seem like worked stone, as though everything unnecessary had been stripped away. Stripped and bare as they are, McCarriston's poems are also musical, with voices calling and answering to each other despite all obstacles. Despite palpable loss, this is ultimately a majestically hopeful book. -- Booklist

When political poetry succeeds, it usually does so through a broadly announced theme. McCarriston's . . . third collection, a rich amalgam of new work and a glorious smattering of poems from previous award-winning volumes, works in a more delicate fashion: through imagery . . . the merits and hazards of personal autonomy resound in poem after poem. . . . McCarriston's poetic gifts are many, the layered inversion of meaning ranking high among them. Provocative, finely wrought poems packing thematic punch with rare imagistic beauty. -- Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

Linda McCarriston is the author of two award-winning collections of poetry, Talking Soft Dutch and Eva-Mary. The latter was also published by TriQuarterly Books/Northwestern University Press and was a finalist for the National Book Award for Poetry. McCarriston holds both Irish and U.S. citizenship and lives and teaches in Anchorage, Alaska.

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Publication date

31st March 2002


Linda McCarriston

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Northwestern University Press


104 pages


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