Sentimental Standards: Poems

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D.R. Godine, 2004 - Poetry - 68 pages
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This third collection of McMahon's poems reconfirms her position among the most promising poets of her generation, a status reinforced this spring by her major award from the American Academy of Arts & Letters. She has a genius for making sense, and poetry, of the ordinary, for "transforming the least promising dross into aspects for intricate contemplation"; or, as G. E. Murray put it in The Southern Review, "Perhaps 'rear-ranging molecules' of thought and language is the best way to describe how she uses the unconscious to grab the reader's attention." Hers is a large and promising talent.

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LYNNE MCMAHON is a graduate of the University of California, Irvine (B.A. 1978) and the University of Utah (Ph.D. 1982). She was twice winner of an Academy of American Poets Prize, at Irvine in 1978 and at Utah in 1981. Her chapbook, White Tablecloths, won the 1983 Riverstone International Chapbook Competition. McMahon is visiting professor of English at the University of Missouri-Columbia. She is married to Sherod Santos, who is also a Wesleyan poet.

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