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Instructions for My Imposter - by Kathleen McGookey (Paperback)

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Number of Pages: 84

Genre: Poetry

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Press 53

Author: Kathleen McGookey

Language: English

Street Date: October 3, 2019
TCIN: 78118073
UPC: 9781950413119
Item Number (DPCI): 247-77-4393


Both music and magic flare within Kathleen McGookey's writing, sparked in part by paradox, by the inherent tension between two contradictory impulses which complement and complicate one another--the lyric and the narrative. Her latest collection, Instructions for My Imposter, is an irresistible read: sixty-three resonant and lovingly polished works that sing their stories with only a few well-chosen details and images. The prose poem is an overnight bag which the writer must pack carefully, given there's room only for essentials. Most of McGookey's prose poems run fewer than two hundred words. Crucial in micro-works like these are memorable opening and closing sentences, to hook readers and then leave them with a haunting image--which McGookey delivers, yet she also pays close attention to all the words in between. Her prose poems are burnished and buffed until they shimmer with elegance. Gliding along the edges of a lovely strangeness, they're the perfect melding of narrative and lyric, story and song. --Clare MacQueen, founding editor/publisher of KYSO Flash

In these stunning prose poems--full of family and beautiful birds, loss and quiet observation, color and so much light--McGookey has written lines that will blind you with a luminescence that springs from precision and tender attention to detail. Her explorations of daily life are by turns yearning, metaphorical, and grounded in the holy ordinary. They depict moments both earthly and otherworldly. I feel as though I am reading sacred language, our plain human endeavors elevated by the flow of inspired song running under it all. --Anne-Marie Oomen, author of Un-Coded Woman

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