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Dark poems struggling to reconcile a haunting loss and troubled present Selected by Kate Daniels as the winner of the South Carolina Poetry Book Prize, Driving through the Country before You Are Born is the first collection of poetry from Ray McManus. The speaker in these poems searches for redemption and solace while navigating from a traumatic loss in the past to a present fraught with violence and self-destruction. The volume chronicles his attempt to glean some measure of forgiveness through acceptance of his own responsibly for his circumstances. The reader is called on to witness family stories without happy endings, landscapes on the verge of collapse, and prophetic visions of horrors yet to come. From these haunting visions, the only viable salvation is rooted in hope that, out of the ruins, there remains the possibility of a fresh beginning.
South Carolina Poetry Book Prize
University of South Carolina Press
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8.51 x 6.78 x 0.29 Inches
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This is one of those p...
This is one of those poetry collections that has such a simple power as to remind you why you read poetry at all. The poems are unforced, organic, and careful--each one ripe with emotion and plays of language and image, each one clear, and holding no more language than it needs. This is one of those books that I'll return to again and again, and which anyone can enjoy. And for me, it's one of those books that reminds me why I love reading and writing poetry. Absolutely recommended.
whitewavedarling, December 31, 2016
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