American Life In Poetry
July 23, 2020
Maine's former poet laureate, Wesley McNair, is one of my favorite writers. Godine has just published a touching book-length memoir, in verse, entitled Dwellers in the House of the Lord. Though it's impossible to convey the sweep of a poem of 63 pages, here is a short excerpt to give you some idea of the poem's open-handed style. At this point McNair's sister has separated from Mike, her abusive husband, and the poet's feelings are mixed, just as many of yours might be, or have been, in such a situation.
I, too, am confused. I reach out
to the Mike who calls me
Buddy, the Navy name