“It takes a rare poet to write poems like these, using traditional verse forms to honor the lives we don’t see. In sestinas, villanelles, centos, and three masterful crowns of sonnets, McClung chronicles what we might otherwise miss with compassion, intelligence and sure-footed grace. In poems by turns devastating and witty, this collection draws our attention to ‘what breathes beneath the veils’ to witness the lives unfolding in rented houses and back alleys. McClung won’t avert her gaze–and won’t let us either–burnishing her real and imagined subjects until they shine, luminous against the dark. I don’t know which I admire more: the mastery of craft or the perceptive sensibility of the poet.”
–Holly J. Hughes, author of Sailing by Ravens and Passings
Published by Kelsay Books
ISBN 978-1-947465-60-2 $17
Available now online at Kelsay Books and Amazon or email me through the Contact tab to request a signed copy. The May 6 launch event at The Artisans of San Francisco was a joy!