Maureen McLane reveals her free-ranging poetic vision in her National Book Award Finalist, This Blue
With a brief introduction by National Book Foundation Executive Director and author Harold Augenbraum, award-winning American poet, critic, and professor at New York University Maureen Mclanen, a 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist in Autobiography and 2014 National Book Award Finalist in Poetry, took the stage at the 2014 Miami Book Fair International and read the first poem called A Situation in her NBA Finalist collection This Blue, recently released in time for National Poetry Month in trade paperback(Farrar, Straus & Giroux; March, 2015). Revealing her breadth of interests in history and humanity, McLane went on to read That Man, a poem inspired by the ancient Greek lyric poet Sappho; a poem titled Quiet Car about a train ride on Amtrak; and OK Fern, a poem poking fun at pastoral poetry. McLane wrapped her appearance with a question from Augenbraum, explaining how she taps experience to write poetry in 'fits of unciousness'.
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