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Selected poems of Maureen N. McLane More Anon gathers a selection of poems from Maureen N. McLane’s critically acclaimed first five books of poetry. McLane, whose 2014 collection This Blue was a finalist for the National Book Award, is a poet of wit and play, of romanticism and intellect, of song and polemic. More Anon presents her work anew. The poems spark with life, and t Selected poems of Maureen N. McLane More Anon gathers a selection of poems from Maureen N. McLane’s critically acclaimed first five books of poetry. McLane, whose 2014 collection This Blue was a finalist for the National Book Award, is a poet of wit and play, of romanticism and intellect, of song and polemic. More Anon presents her work anew. The poems spark with life, and the concentrated selection showcases her energy and style.


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Selected poems of Maureen N. McLane More Anon gathers a selection of poems from Maureen N. McLane’s critically acclaimed first five books of poetry. McLane, whose 2014 collection This Blue was a finalist for the National Book Award, is a poet of wit and play, of romanticism and intellect, of song and polemic. More Anon presents her work anew. The poems spark with life, and t Selected poems of Maureen N. McLane More Anon gathers a selection of poems from Maureen N. McLane’s critically acclaimed first five books of poetry. McLane, whose 2014 collection This Blue was a finalist for the National Book Award, is a poet of wit and play, of romanticism and intellect, of song and polemic. More Anon presents her work anew. The poems spark with life, and the concentrated selection showcases her energy and style.

33 review for More Anon: Selected Poems

  1. 5 out of 5

    Geoff

    Really, really good poetry collection. Fit that sweet spot with personal emotion, connecting large and small scale observations, languages that surprised and made you work, but not so sterile and formal to be uninteresting. This had selections from her first five books, so it was skimming the cream but it also allowed a look at the different styles that she has worked in. There were a lot of great poems here, but two of my favorites were 'For You' and 'Song of the Last Meeting': 'For You' It’s bee Really, really good poetry collection. Fit that sweet spot with personal emotion, connecting large and small scale observations, languages that surprised and made you work, but not so sterile and formal to be uninteresting. This had selections from her first five books, so it was skimming the cream but it also allowed a look at the different styles that she has worked in. There were a lot of great poems here, but two of my favorites were 'For You' and 'Song of the Last Meeting': 'For You' It’s been a long while since I was up before you but here I am, up before you. I see you sleeping now that I am up before you. I see the whole morning before you. How dare the sun be up before you when the moon last night promised to hold off the sun just for you! I hear the church bells ring before you. Most days it’s true the birds are up before you. I should make the coffee, as I am up before you. I might just lie here though before you wake up. Let me look at you, since I am here before you. I am so rarely simply quiet before you. The orange cat who’ll soon wake you is always up before you. In Morocco or Lamu the muezzin would be up before you. And yes it’s true most days the sun is up before you— long before me and a while before you. Shall I make it a habit, to be up before you? To see your soft cheek and feel your breath if I am up before you? Shall I prepare the mise-en-scène for you? Hold the shot of the sun in my eye just for you? Go back to sleep my love for you are only dreaming I am up before you. 'Song of the Last Meeting' A few roses were blooming on the almost bare trellis.... All morning I'd wondered whether to wear this or that skirt. It might have mattered. It was strange to see you in a new house shining as you sat in a necklace of raw flowers. And when later in the café you were so quick to flare at any casual thing I said I saw how you must have flashed for all your lovers. **Thanks to the author, publisher, and NetGalley for a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Tabatha Shipley

    This was an electronic ARC from Netgalley and the publisher. More Anon gathers poems from McLane’s 5 preview poetry works. What I Didn’t Like: -In my opinion, poetry should be about emotion. These fell a little flat for me. I had trouble relating to what the author was saying, even when rereading. They didn’t land for me, basically. -Metaphors are stunted. They felt like things I’d heard before. Nothing that stood out or will remain in my brain later. -Sd for every instance of said got on my nerv This was an electronic ARC from Netgalley and the publisher. More Anon gathers poems from McLane’s 5 preview poetry works. What I Didn’t Like: -In my opinion, poetry should be about emotion. These fell a little flat for me. I had trouble relating to what the author was saying, even when rereading. They didn’t land for me, basically. -Metaphors are stunted. They felt like things I’d heard before. Nothing that stood out or will remain in my brain later. -Sd for every instance of said got on my nerves. I’m aware that’s a weird thing to mention. What I Did Like: -The white space on many of the poems is tantalizing. I enjoy white space. I enjoy the way it forces you to pause and gives a visual shape to the words. This poetry collection does a good job with that. -No holding back. It’s clear this poet isn’t afraid to put life and normally taboo topics into her poetry. I applaud her for that. -Rhyme scheme. Although not all poems need (or have) rhyme patterns I did enjoy the occasional one in this collection that did. Who Should Read This One: -Poetry, even more than most mediums, is incredibly subjective. This one didn’t reach out and grab my emotions, but it might grab yours! If you’re a poetry fan, give it a try. My Rating: 2 Stars. For me poetry should be lyrical and emotional. The fact that I couldn’t connect to this one made it problematic. But, again, poetry is incredibly subjective and you may feel VERY differently.

  3. 5 out of 5

    bee

    More Anon: Selected Poems collects poems from Maureen N. McLane's previously published books and strings them together in a new and intense collection. I definitely could tell how much work went into all of these poems, and I think having the chance to read poetry from various stages of McLane's life is valuable. The unabashed way McLane approaches all facets of life in her poetry was something that I really respected, as it makes it very clear that she is able to own up to all decisions she mak More Anon: Selected Poems collects poems from Maureen N. McLane's previously published books and strings them together in a new and intense collection. I definitely could tell how much work went into all of these poems, and I think having the chance to read poetry from various stages of McLane's life is valuable. The unabashed way McLane approaches all facets of life in her poetry was something that I really respected, as it makes it very clear that she is able to own up to all decisions she makes. This type of "radically honest, no matter the cost" poetry is interesting as it's less stereotypically lyrical in a lot of ways but allows for more rhyme scheme opportunities. I wish that there had been a little more description of the emotional side of McLane, but the lack of this doesn't negate the other good parts of her writing. As an occasional poet, I can see McLane's thought process in several poems, and while it's different from how I approach poetry, it's still valuable. This was not my favorite collection of poetry that I have read recently, but I did enjoy reading it nonetheless. Overall rating: 2/5 More Anon will be available for purchase on July 20th. Be sure to add it to your Goodreads shelf and see where it's available to buy. Also, be sure to check out Maureen N. McLane’s profile on the Poetry Foundation's website! I was lucky enough to be able to read this Advanced Reader's Copy through my partnership with NetGalley. All opinions are my own.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Michelle McGrane

    Maureen N. McLane is the author of several previous books of poetry, including Some Say; Mz N: the serial: A Poem-in-Episodes; and the 2014 National Book Award finalist This Blue. Her book My Poets, a hybrid of memoir and criticism, was a finalist for the 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award for autobiography. McLean is a Professor of English at New York University where her research interests are British romanticism/English and Scottish literature and culture, 1750-1830; twentieth-century and Maureen N. McLane is the author of several previous books of poetry, including Some Say; Mz N: the serial: A Poem-in-Episodes; and the 2014 National Book Award finalist This Blue. Her book My Poets, a hybrid of memoir and criticism, was a finalist for the 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award for autobiography. McLean is a Professor of English at New York University where her research interests are British romanticism/English and Scottish literature and culture, 1750-1830; twentieth-century and contemporary North American poetries; modernity, mediality, poetics; human sciences and literature. * Song of the Last Meeting Maureen N. McLean A few roses were blooming on the almost bare trellis. Your hair was now short. I had never seen you that way. All morning I’d wondered whether to wear this or that skirt. It might have mattered. It was strange to see you in a new house shining as you sat in a necklace of raw flowers. And when later at the café you were so quick to flare at any casual thing I said I saw how you must have flashed for all your lovers. * A huge thank you to @NetGalley and @fsgbooks for an ARC of ‘More Anon: Selected Poems’ by Maureen N. McLane.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Seher

    Thank you NetGalley for the chance to read and review this! This was an interesting collection, but definitely one that takes time to get into. There were some really lovely bits, and I personally loved Sappho IV and her Mz N poems. However, I don't think I'd be interested in reading more by this poet. Thank you NetGalley for the chance to read and review this! This was an interesting collection, but definitely one that takes time to get into. There were some really lovely bits, and I personally loved Sappho IV and her Mz N poems. However, I don't think I'd be interested in reading more by this poet.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Schulman

    I am so glad I had the opportunity to read McLane's selected- the spectrum over time gave me a new feeling about her work-before I felt respect and interest, but now I see the playfulness, the personal vulnerability, the chance taking. Lots of love here, and then the wisdom. I am so glad I had the opportunity to read McLane's selected- the spectrum over time gave me a new feeling about her work-before I felt respect and interest, but now I see the playfulness, the personal vulnerability, the chance taking. Lots of love here, and then the wisdom.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Allison

    I just love this woman's poetry so much. I just love this woman's poetry so much.

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