"Same Life: Poems is such a tour de force that it’s hard to believe it’s Maureen N. McLane’s first collection. She’s an established critic and professor of literature, which explains the confidence that permeates her poems. It takes a combination of hubris and humility to write variations on Sappho, and McLane has both in 'After Sappho,' a series of poems that is equal parts translation, adulation and transformation. Her range is aptly demonstrated: a lanky free-verse question-and-answer ('Catechism'), spread out across a page in a liberated invocation of William Carlos Williams; a less self-conscious than self-provoking use of rhyme in 'After Guston'; genocide as a subject in 'Report'; and cultural critique in 'Letter From Paris.' But McLane’s got a razor-sharp and snarky sense of humor, too, and a deft hand at love poems . . . These are contemporary, urban poems, but they are also fully imbued with the classical poetic tradition."—Kel Munger, Sacramento News & Review
Maureen N. McLane’s essays on poetry and contemporary culture have appeared in the Chicago Tribune, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and other major venues. She teaches at New York University.
Maureen N. McLanes reads sections of her poem After Sappho.