The Pebble

The Pebble : Old and New Poems

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Collecting the best of Mairi MacInnes's previous work - including her breakthrough poem, "I Object, Said the Object" - along with new poems, "The Pebble" reflects years of quandary and conflict at home and abroad as the poet imposes on them the order of poetry. This volume concludes with her essay "Why Poetry," on the clash between obligations and rights through which imagination must make its way. A native of England of Highland Scots descent, one who spent nearly thirty years in the United States, MacInnes looks afresh at what a changing perspective brings. Hers is a poetry of estrangement, loss, madness, reprieve, stalemate, and reconciliation. Calling into question, the bonds between person and place, parent and child, traveler and homeland, MacInnes draws our gaze to the crack in the foundation, the friction within an ordinary exchange, the shifting of ground beneath a familiar landscape, the long step between a museum of art and the slum streets more

Product details

  • Hardback | 184 pages
  • 152 x 210 x 19.05mm | 405g
  • University of Illinois Press
  • Baltimore, United States
  • English
  • 0252025717
  • 9780252025716

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"MacInnes is a writer who knows what to leave out. Her poems hint rather than state in order to create a powerful sense of the identity of place." -- Helen Dunsmore, Poetry Review "[MacInnes] weds intelligence to experience ... combining an intensely English feeling for place and landscape with a hard, American style." -- Dana Gioia, Hudson Review "MacInnes is a thoughtful, contemplative poet who insists that her readers be likewise. For those willing to extend the effort, a rare treat, a real conversation, a true telling ensues." -- Steven Conkle, Small Press Review "A quality of visionary realism, of narrative freedom harkening to things seen and considered, distinguishes Mairi MacInnes's poetry as particularly intelligent... She is a true poet who, in accepting the challenge of major themes, shows herself to be equal to them, technically, emotionally and above all, humanly." -- Anne Stevenson "MacInnes' poetry has a lapidary, carved quality. The words seem formed in stone, they are that concrete and permanent... The stern precision of her words moves... from mere description to luminescent evocation of a grander, more deeply lived world... MacInnes doesn't publish frequently, but we are the richer for it. For these poems sound and resound in ways more casually composed poetry cannot... Poetry this good makes one remember what poetry is for." -- Patricia Monaghan, Booklistshow more